11-22-2009, 02:12 PM
Can we just let Mirai make the Olympic team just because she is my favorite US skater?
11-22-2009, 02:16 PM
And finish 15th?
Originally Posted by ks777
Sure, why not...
11-22-2009, 02:23 PM
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Alissa's SP was one of the best we've seen at Nationals in the past 3 years and the first half of her LP was divine and displayed FAR greater maturity and depth than anything the other competitors did.
Originally Posted by bekalc
She deserved her title.
If Rachael had a better LP at 2009 Nationals, she would have been the National Champion. That program was simply awful. She was wise to go back to what she used in 2008 when she went to 2009 Worlds.
The judges may hold her up this year, but she'll still have to skate well enough.
I think she is the most likely person to win the National Title this year but we won't know until it happens. She can easily be off the Olympic team.
11-22-2009, 02:28 PM
Maybe by this year, Mirai will take the decision-making out of the USFSA's hands by skating a take-no-prisoners short and long program, and they'll have to send her to the Olympics.
By the way, I just looked up a Czisny program on YouTube. It was from a year or two ago, and as I watched her spin, I realized that she was spinning faster for the final rotations than for the first ones. No wonder those of us who love her stick with her and stick up for her. I hope she holds up for the rest of the season and maintains steadiness and confidence for her whole routine, so we can see her in the Olympics. When I watch her, not only do I know that she's not counting moves and points under her breath, but I'm not counting them either.
11-22-2009, 02:43 PM
wait. didn't Michelle win back-to-back(-to-back-to-back...) titles from 1998 through to 2005?
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
11-22-2009, 02:49 PM
Yes, but she didn't successfully defend her first title, I think. Didn't she win in 96? Then Tara won in 97, if I recall. i'm typing this from memory, so someone please correct me if necessary.
11-22-2009, 02:50 PM
they were talking abour defending it for the first time
Originally Posted by SerpentineSteps
michelle won it in 96 and the next year tara won it
11-22-2009, 02:59 PM
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
In any case, neither Alyssa or Mirai, the only ladies who will have a title to either defend or win back, are Michelle Kwans. (unless Sasha really does come back.)
Originally Posted by Iscariot
11-22-2009, 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by Olympia
Kwan: won her first in 1996. Lost to Lipinski in 1997.
Trenary: won her first in 1987. Lost to Thomas in 1988.
Thomas: won her first in 1986. Lost to Trenary in 1987.
Sumners, Fratianne, Hammil, Lynn, Fleming, Heiss, Albright, Sherman, Vaughn, Tozzer, Vinson etc all successfully defended their first titles.
11-22-2009, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the confirmation, Pogue!
I just watched Zhang's program. I really feel bad for her. Her technique is really betraying her. Man, her pre-Lutz kick is almost as high as her spiral.
And now Lepisto's on. It seems to me that she's got pretty good speed across the ice. I can't say I'm impressed with her jumps, but I love her footwork. And--totally irrelevant to her performance--the drape of that dress is inspired tailoring. My favorite one of the competition by far! The Finnish ladies often have the best outfits. Do they all use the same designer?
Last edited by Olympia; 11-22-2009 at 03:19 PM.
11-22-2009, 04:07 PM
I totally agree with this post, but what I am confused about it is the "not yet" message to Mirai.
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
I mean, are they waiting for her to have an x number of great competitions before they start boosting her PCS?
I am sure she could skate exactly the same LP as she did at Skate Canada and earn much higher PCS for it. But the question is how many great competitions does she have to complete in order for the PCS to start coming in? (Note: This isn't a snark or a complaint, but more an attempt to understand what it takes for the judges to start rewarding skaters new to the scene?)
11-22-2009, 04:17 PM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
11-22-2009, 04:22 PM
Nagasu's "blow away the competition" interview did not make it to the actual NBC broadcast so she got away with that one. It was refreshing to hear it though- she's so candid about everything, lol
11-22-2009, 05:23 PM
Now that I've seen it on Universal sports, the whole competition wasn't nearly so bad as I expected. I liked Laura Lepisto the best.
On the Smokey Robinson show that followed, I liked Caryn Kadavy best.
11-22-2009, 05:27 PM
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
I am getting very frustrated with the judging at this event. Mirai was pretty much scored for a fall for her second triple lutz, which she turned out of. I didn't see the reason for "e" either. Maybe "!"