I think the best thing for Agnes is to do a year on the JGP. She can medal, likely make the JGPF, earn some $$$ and make a name for herself. She'd likely earn two spots based on SB and world standing. She'd go into the GP as a Junior World medalist this year, but still relatively obscure and with little experience. A year in the JGP couldn't hurt. Then, skate senior at nationals and if she makes the World team, then so be it.
I agree that Agnes should do the JGP next season. It's an easy way for her to get recognition and earn a few medals along the way. She'd likely make the JGPF and even medal there, setting herself up for guaranteed GP events in 2011-2012. She could then aim for a Worlds berth by medaling at US Nationals.
If she went in the GP, USFS would have to "hold" an SA slot (TBD it) rather than name her to SA right off the bat, so as not to have her host pick counted as her "guaranteed assignment". And she'd likely get lowballed on PCS and finish midpack anyway because she is a total newbie. It could be hard to build up any momentum that way.
What do people think the three Russian girls should do? They are still so young but because there are only 2 good Russian skaters above the age of 15 they probably could all do seniors if they wanted to. Staying on the JGP could be a good idea if they end up fighting puberty battles next year, rather then go to the SGP and get slammed with bad scores for URs and low PCS and then have to rebuild their reputations with the judges the next season (what happened to Mirai and likely why her scores were so low this season).
Whatever happened to Kiri. She was like dynamite last season? I still think she is the wave of the future. Don't know Agnes. Was she really better than Kiri, if Kiri was at her best?
Here's a video of Kanako's LP. Although Kanako is called "mini-Mao" in Japan, I have noticed she is quite different from Mao as a skater. Kanako isn't as light as Mao at 15 but she seems more powerful on ice. Maybe because Kanako is not as waiflike as Mao was at that age. She does seem more mature and elegant for a 15 year old. Also she does have better spins than Mao at that age.
As for Agnes, I like Agnes a lot from the clips I've seen. She has huge jumps, the best Jumper of all the US girls. The best jumper in terms of BIG JUMPS to come from a US girl in a long time. The US hasn't had a girl with a lutz like her's since Kerrigan. Even though she doesn't do 3/3s yet.. With this girl, a JUMP is a Jump. She also has good spins not Nagasu level but she can spin etc. Now she's not a pretty pretty ballerina, but I think she has nice presentation too. She performs to the audience etc. Pays attention to the music. Not everyone is going to be "pretty pretty". It would be boring if they were.
The USFSA knew darn well that Agnes was their up coming skater with the most potential. And if it wasn't a fluke at sectionals, she'd have won Junior Nationals a year ago. But they still stupidly didn't give the girl a JGP assignment so she could get some international experience. Frankly I like Agnes a lot better than Flatt and Wagner.
Last edited by bekalc; 03-13-2010 at 10:34 PM.
Polina Agafonova FS. She was wonderful! Love the spins and she has a nice presence, even if puberty messes up her jumps, it shouldn't mess up her gorgeous spins and great presentation
Anna Ovcharova FS. Not as bad as I thought it would be, she fought through it and good for her for landing those two sequences at the end after falling twice.
As for Gerboldt, she decided to try in pairs
Polina's FS in better quality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbvonvGBDMU
Last edited by Lucky Star; 03-14-2010 at 05:02 AM.