Don't forget that Rachael's first summer comp's scores were lower than Caroline's GW scores. It's possible to improve that much that fast, especially at the start of the season when the new programs are just starting to sink in.
Okay, I can't make up my mind whether to be hopeful or keep my expectations low, so that I don't get disappointed when TEB rolls around.
I wouldn't worry too much about her not doing a 3-3 at GW. It would've been silly for her to do them at such a minor event when she's had (or still has) a slightly torn ACL. In that practice vid of her SP that starrysky posted before GW, I think it was mentioned that she landed the 3F-3T, so we know she's still practicing them. I'm positive the 3-3 will be back in her competitive programmes by as soon as TEB, where she most certainly will have to come out with all guns a-blazin'.
Mirai looks way taller than Caroline.
It could be the way that Caroline is standing. She is now 5'4". and Mirai is, per her IceNetwork profile, also 5'4". Also 5'4". Alissa Cizny and YuNa Kim.
It's because Mirai has extra long limbs. Her upper torso is very short, haven't you noticed? Caroline is actually 1/2 inch taller than Mirai.
I remember reading somewhere that Caroline and Mirai were having a contest to see who could grow more.
I remember reading in the Orange County Register (I think) that Caroline was less concerned with height than with her legs not growing as long as she'd like. Mirai is blessed with what Charlene Wong used to say were one of her greatest assets-- long legs! I agree that Mirai's torso's short in comparison, but I also kind of find it to be very aesthetically pleasing for a female skater to have long limbs...makes lines look longer and in her case purer too since she has great posture.
It's kinda funny to me...I ride horses and when watching a clip on youtube recently, I remarked to my boyfriend Mirai would be the perfect pony rider-she's got long legs and arms and a short torso!
I agree that it can be aesthetically pleasing to watch a skater with longer limbs, especially when doing super bendy positions. I always thought the reason Sasha's beillmann isn't quite as impressive as some of her uber flexy peers is because she is tall in the torso and not long in the arm, therefore her arms can't get as extended over her head.
I still haven't found any videos of Caroline's second performance. Charice sang in that one as well.
Nothing new to add, but I just have a feeling Caroline is training really hard and in a more focused manner than before, what with TEB only a few weeks away and the upcoming season being such an important one.
Her Twitter and Facebook have been very quiet - I think it's likely she's preparing for this season quite militantly.
We might end up being very surprised at TEB, but I make no guarantees on that one.
Zhang does not appear in good shape according to her coach.