And this is how I see it:
Nationally, Rachel should worry about Alyssa.
Internationally, Alyssa will dig her own grave, anyway, so no point.
Frankly, I do think Alyssa got quite lucky in more ways than one. This is not to say she didn't deserve her US championship but the stars had to align a certain way and it seems they did.
Very good logic and I agree based on that one competition. I was speaking in a more general manner, based on a year or two's worth of competitons. I also think that you might admit that Alissa, under 6.0 could make her choreo "super 6.0 friendly." I don't think Rachael could at this point.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Anyway, it will never happen - so happy 4th of July and thanks for sharing your views and expertise.
I do admit that gladly. But I think she can make her choreography, interpretation and performance/execution "super CoP friendly" as well.
Originally Posted by janetfan
By the way, if you are up for a good conspiracy theory, here's one.
You mentioned that Irina beat Michelle seven of the last nine times they competed against each other. Three of those seven victories were at the Grand Prix finals in 1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002. IIRC, all three results were questionable, especially the last, at which Michelle landed six clean triples to Irina's four.
Michelle won Worlds in 2000, 2001, and she was supposed to win the 2002 Olympics but it didn't work out that way.
So the conspiracy theory is, everything was fixed from the beginning. They would give Kween Michelle the two world championships and the Olympic gold medal, and as a consolation prize they would give the good soldier, Irina, the Grand Prix finals each of those years.
I don't think we can count on Alissa messing up. She is too inconsistent.
Originally Posted by Red Dog
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Thanks for the pics. My favorite is the one with her coach hugging her - yea, yea, a bit sentimental, but it was a special moment for both of them.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Hearts broken? I thought that was Michelle and Sasha's job.
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I was hoping that I wouldn't another can of worms regarding US Nationals again!
Back to Nikodinov and Czisny....
Tripping on the Podium
Besides Alissa's spins/spirals/edging/artisrty, she is basically the only US lady who has a "pure" lutz......the hardest jump among the US ladies. Alissa never gets an edge call on her lutz. Caroline gets a lutz edge call about 9 out of 10 times. Rachel about 5 out of 10 times. Alissa's lutz is what makes her stand out among the top US ladies. A "pure" lutz makes me swoon.
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Yes, but Alissa doesn't have a "pure" flip.
Originally Posted by AliasJohnDoe