One interesting thing is that if we still had 6.0 judging, Rachael would have won in both 2008 and 2009 on factored placements.
IMHO there has only been one decent LP by a U.S. lady this season, Rachael at Skate America.
As for the mantra, "just wait till 2014!" -- all the current crop of U.S. ladies may be gone by then.
Thanks to the various posters who corrected me about the standings! I had looked something up and found Alissa in fourth--maybe it was the free skate itself--but the final standings put her in second. Great! She wins silver. It's stressful being an Alissa fan...one can't really breathe easily until the points come in. I think it's worth it, though; spins and footwork like hers don't come along every day, or every year, by a long shot.
But the news is still depressing for Zhang, alas.
As for Rachael, I don't know how to evaluate her skating. She's certainly more consistent than most of the other U.S. ladies. She's probably blessed with the kind of steady temperament we wish for all our favorites (and so few of them have). But there's nothing about her that stands out for me. Is there something I'm not seeing? The fact that she's not a glamor girl like Ando or Czisny shouldn't change the effect her skating has on us. I noticed in Skate America that she reminds me a lot of Jayne Torvill, who could mesmerize anyone who had a pulse. (Christopher Dean didn't get all those 6.0's all by his lonesome!) So what is it about her that doesn't make me feel as though she's the savior of American ladies' skating? I really want to feel that way about her. I admire her perseverance and like her personality.
I do wish Czisny would become more of an "attack" skater. That could really make a difference in terms of the "ghost points" for example.
I think her inconsistency and tentativeness will keep her from the top crop of skaters but I'd say she's a very good B-list skater- that is, when she's on. But when she has her usual performances, she's more in C-range.
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Anyway, onto my comments about the comp. Not much to write home about. Most everyone was underwhelming. But I really took notice of this Lepisto girl- maybe it's the right program for her or something but her performance really stood out (despite the errors). Very charming.
Hats off to Mirai and Alyssa though Mirai for staying strong and Alyssa for hanging on to get silver. Zhang's disappointing though- I really hope she can regroup but things just seem to be slipping away for her- she seems to have regressed since the beginning of the season (and last year). I wonder if it's that or just an off-night for her. She's GOT to fix the jump technique though.
1 more lepisto fan. about time you noticed the bewitching laura
i like laura. i find her more alluring than kira korpi as eye candy. in terms of jump technique and posture, as a skater, also. poykio is the 3rd prettiest and so doesn't stand a chance to make the finnish oly team, since so far it's been a beauty pageant, though she should receive extra points for her very tasteful short program dress
so glad i didn't skip my dinner date to watch the ladiezzzzzz.
As for this competition, the judging has really made the whole thing very confusing . I mean, the only girl to land a triple-triple tonight was Sarah Hecken, and she finished in 9th place I think that says a lot. 112 for Joannie's skate that was full of doubles? Same goes for Laura Lepisto, who I was noticing tonight looks almost dangerously thin...hope she's ok!
Caroline looked so depressed on the ice, I think she should quit skating and pick up ballet or rhythmic gymnastics...less pressure, less scrutiny, and her flexibility would make her very good at either.
In terms of Olympics, if Alissa does well at nationals, the US should just send her. She really wants to go to the Olympics, if she does well then great, but if not, she still gets to go and it might just mean she'll end up retiring from the sport fairly soon. Plus, placement at the Olympcis doesn't determine anything does it? Ashley, Mirai, and Rachael are all young enough that they could easily go in 2014. Alissa had a good shot in making it in 2005 and continued to progress since then.