Last edited by museksk8r; 01-22-2010 at 03:32 PM.
"I was a little anxious after I landed my triple flip; it was probably one of the worst landings I've had on my triple-triple all week. I just trusted my training at that point and pulled in and landed the toe."
"Flatt called her first two jumping passes "shaky" but was pleased by how she could call on her training to get through them."
Last edited by cornell08; 01-22-2010 at 04:03 PM.
Also the 2006 Olympics is not part of the so-called selection criteria. Seems nationals is 90 percent of the criteria, so if Cohen gets in the top 2, but fine, she's in.
But if she gets 3rd or 4th, I would hope she would graciously bow out and let the other girls have their experience, just like she did when she was 17. Wagner is 18, Flatt will turn 18 in July. Nagasu will turn 17 in April. Yes they have a shot in 2014, but I think it would nice for these women to have the Olympic experience early. Also, as we learned with Hughes and Meissner, a lot can happen in four years.
I think if Sasha ends up in the top 3, she will go to the Olympics. If it is Flatt, Nagasu, Cohen, or Nagusu, Flatt, Cohen, they will send the winner and Sasha.
But if the top three consist of some combination of Flatt, Nagasu and Wagner, and Sasha is 4th, I think they will send the top two.
She was great and being obsessed with skaters from the boot down, I must also admit that I was more impressed with Sasha's edges than anything else... If y'all are sending out crow for the doubters, I believe I deserve at least a wing... because I never doubted she'd be in the top two - but I did doubt it would have less to do with her outstanding performance and more to do with the lack of quality skating I've witnessed from the other US ladies this season. No gifts for Sasha, just sheer talent. Loved it!!
Good Job Sasha!
If the placement is:
It will be Flatt and Cohen
It will be Nagasu and Cohen
It will be Nagasu and Flatt.
If USFSA does name Sasha to the team in any way beside her having a top 2 finish, I think it would be such a shame. Yes, the program needs a star, but most likely that would only be through this year. Yes getting medals and high placements are important, but so is building your program for the long-term and you do that by having your skaters (if they earned it, of course) go to high-level international competitions. I know that Flatt/Wagner/Nagasu have all done the GP, but I don't think that's really the same thing as a Worlds or an Olympics when everyone is all in the same place.
The other thing, at this point I think Mirai has as good a shot at making the Olympic team as Ashley, and probably better. Mirai has "faltered" in the FS before, but for Mirai, faltering means URs, not falling on her butt two or three times. Her jump technique looked amazing last night, so if her jumps look like that tomorrow, she should be fine. I mean, her FS at SC was not amazing but pretty darn good. Also, she has an 8 point lead over Ashley. 8 points is a lot, I know Ashley can be good in the FS, but the thing is I don't think a clean Ashley will be 8 whole points above a clean Mirai.
In terms of who's freeksate is the strongest, I would have to go with Christina and Rachael, in that order. In terms of consistency and being able to land combos they are actually pretty similar. Both know how to skate TWO solid programs.
Mirai and Ashley I see as being able to land all their planned jumps, but not all with good quality. But Mirai's Carmen is so charming, if she can pull off the jumps and really become Carmen I can't see anyone beating her. Can we fly Akiko's coach over here to give her a pep talk before the long? I've always had a sneaking suspicion Frank Carroll is not the greatest at giving free skate pep talks.
You have to remember they don't care about feelings, they only care about winning. If they think sending a 4th-5th place Sasha to the Olympics gives them the best chance of winning a medal.... they will do it.
First and second place will go to the Olympics, whoever it is. Nothing else counts.