I was shocked Cohen wasn't called for the flutz either. Sasha deserved much more -GOE for that combo than she was given, for sure. I knew not to expect fair judging where she is concerned though. When has she not been held up during her career?David Kirby, an international technical specialist not working this event but doing a closed-circuit radiocast in the arena, told his listening audience that Cohen took off from the wrong edge on the lutz. But the technical panel did not penalize her for it.
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Although, Michelle Kwan certainly got a lot more perfect 6.0 at nationals than anywhere else ... but I think the new scoring system is confusing enough without the inflated scores at all the national competitions.
Still, ITA agree with the placements here. How far apart the top 3 should be from each other, I don't know. All three were very solid and each had moments when they outshined each other. So I'm not too fussed. I
'm thrilled that Mirai is first. What a performance! I thought she was very gracious about Sasha, calling her an icon.
I think worlds would be an awesome experience for Flatt and Wagner too since they've never medaled, and in Ashley's case was way down in 15th her first time. They need to keep showing up at worlds and show what they can do.
Sasha definitely was gifted with her combination jump in the SP. I am biased because I am a Sasha fan but judges are human and Sasha had already created some buzz during the practices that she was in shape and moving well. No doubt they (as I did) could see how nervous she was in the SP. She tied her skate before starting her program and in the warm-up. I've never seen her so nervous before- not even at the Olympics during the SP and she was pretty bad there as well.
I don't feel the scoring is any more unfair than it normally is during nationals. Mirai was great and is in first place. Both Wagner and Flatt are within striking distance and both girls can put it down in the LP. However giving Sasha a little padding isn't the worse thing in the world. Of the US ladies, she has the greatest potential to make an impression and medal at the Olympic games. She can only improve on her nationals performance because it was her very first competition back.
I also don't think that Sasha needs to be perfect in the long program. All of the girls save for Flatt have consistency issues and Flatt is nowhere near the level Sasha is.
Personally, if Sasha has a typical Sasha program with her usual one mistake- I don't see why the USFS would not send her. None of the international girls are skating clean and Sasha can pull high PCS scores. Judges have always liked Sasha's skating and her competitive record in spite of her errors speaks for itself.
Unfortunately there are only 2 places- if Mirai skates her LP the way she had her short she should go to the Olympics. Ideally I think Wagner/Cohen would be the best team because Wagner is much better in all the other elements and skating skills than Flatt.
Mirai was great, I think she should be further ahead of Sasha. Mirai's jumps were rock solid, her spins are crazy fast with amazing positions, and her speed speaks for itself. Sasha got away with the flutz and the shaky landing on the 2toe, and her spins and footwork just didn't have the energy Mirai's did.
I hope Mirai keeps it together in the long. Skating last has got to be tough. I expect Rachael and Ashley to bring it on Saturday, but I don't see the order changing unless Mirai and Sasha falter. Which is actually pretty likely, but I think they will be held up by PCS - especially Sasha. Mirai could go either way, since USFSA really wants Rachael on that team...
Christina Gao was amazing. She had two tiny glitches but was really underscored (not sure why her flip had -GOE) and held down in PCS. If she finishes 5th or so, it's likely she could go to 4CC as well as Junior Worlds. Since the top 2 definitely won't do 4CC, that leaves 3-4-5.
IMO the difference between Cohen and Nagasu should be bigger. Mirai's jumps were so secure and there's not a single thing she doesn't do better than Cohen. I also just find her presentation to e much more versatile and enjoyable.
What can we say? It's Sasha Cohen, and the US figure skating needs a star.
I guess it proves that even though she missed the entire GP series, she is very likely to go to the olympics over nagasu or wagner...
wow sashas goe for her spiral are high 2.71
does anybody know if wagner corrected her lutz take off? in the protocols its seems they didnt call it as flutz