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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    I don't think it will be Dobbs [for the SA TBA spot], as she has China the week before that.
    So does Kristine Musademba (China as her 1 GP assignment).
    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    I thought Dobbs was a pairs skater. Has she decided on singles?
    Dobbs is still doing both. She has 1 GP spot due to her top 24 SB score at 2010 Four Continents. She and her pair partner, Joe Jacobsen, are eligible for a Senior B assignment in pairs due to their 7th place finish at Nationals. Not sure if they are in contention for the Skate America TBA pairs spot (host pick) because of her singles schedule, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by cornell08 View Post
    Toth and Zhang had said in a video interview that they hoped to get assignments for the senior grand prix this upcoming season-- were their disappointing jgp outings why they didn't get anything?
    7 U.S. pair teams were ranked and selected ahead of them (3 teams got 2 GP assignments each and 4 teams got 1 apiece) and Zhang/Toth's ISU Season Best score is ranked #47 on the list, behind #44 Riseeuw/Paxton GBR on the GP alternate list as the top 2 of the remaining teams currently without an assignment. Zhang/Toth should be in contention for the Skate America pairs TBA spot.
    And why would Gao choose not to go to the SGP? I would think its risker if she were to not to do well in the JGP against a talented young(er) field than to not do well in the senior grand prix against seasoned skaters.
    Gao was guaranteed only 1 GP assignment and so maybe she is hoping to gain more ISU ranking points by competing well enough on the JGP to get 2 events and qualify for the Final again. I would imagine that she and her team weighed all the pros and cons of moving up/staying Jr. internationally before making the decision to return to the JGP -- we'll have to wait and see if it pays off for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    Agreeing with someone doesnt mean it was correct at first place for them to say it, I learnt this here but you kind of lost my point They didnt speak about Plushenko (btw last time Plushenko did a bielman was Worlds 2005 so I doubt they addressed to him) Browning said "we'll leave those to Johnny Weir" and then Patrick said "you lose respect among the men doing the bielman"!
    Anyway it is another kind of humor i guess..
    well then I judge Browning for not fact finding if he did give it to Johnny. I don't think he's ever done one.

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    i am with you r.d the women assignments are spread out and appear to be about even or spread out, in most cases the medals are up for grabs with a only cup of russia and cup of china basically pre-competition appears to be yu-na, miki and akiko on inside track for the 3 medals, and mao on inside track for her medals at nhk and france, but
    other skate canada and skate america are wide open for all three spots, depending on how they skate.
    for me way too much different scenarios to pre-predict who will come home with the medals, .

    for me all the discplines seem spread out for their assignments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiuliaPlum View Post
    What about the JGP assignments? maybe it will be a bit more interesting than Senior Ladies'... :sheesh:
    It hasn't been announced yet. I'm a little concerned about the JGP this year though, it's going to be very hard to make the final, with both Polina's, Anna, Sofya, maybe Roza (who has improved a lot this season) or Kristina Zaseeva, Gao, Baga on on the JGP for the second time, not to mention Liza and Adelina who will be making their JGP debuts but can put up massive scores and Kim Hae-Jin from Korea. I'm worried about the chances of skaters like Kiri or Anna or Sofya or Christina to even make the final, Kiri where she's inconsistent and doesn't have that much technical content in her programs, Anna where she has the tendency to struggle in the LP, Sofya where she is inconsistent, and Christina because of her PCS and recent struggles with her 3t-3t (i'm still hoping she upgrades it to 3f-3t next season, which will give her an advantage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiuliaPlum View Post
    What about the JGP assignments? maybe it will be a bit more interesting than Senior Ladies'... :sheesh:
    FYI, I've started a separate thread for Junior Grand Prix discussion -- link: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...amp-discussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold12345 View Post
    I agree. I don't think the TBA spot has anything to do with Sasha.

    Honestly, it's a miracle she even showed up at Nationals last season. There have been zero signs of her training since Nationals... It's just been shows.
    I was totally impressed at how in shape Sasha looked at Nationals. I mean she was lean, toned, fit, muscular. This girl had trained HARD!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    I was totally impressed at how in shape Sasha looked at Nationals. I mean she was lean, toned, fit, muscular. This girl had trained HARD!!
    She did look amazng and the SP showed what could have been. People around her (Scott Hamilton?) mentioned she was training again days after Nationals, even knowing she was in line after Ashey as a replacement for Vancouver. I think she will try and end her skating career on a higher note.

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    I am not going to comment at all on the GP assignments. I suspect that in about two months after all the withdrawals and replacements, the assignments will be totally different!! They I will comment.

    But I will say this, there are an awful lot of people assigned to GP's that have officially said they were retiring or taking the year off. What's up with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    I was totally impressed at how in shape Sasha looked at Nationals. I mean she was lean, toned, fit, muscular. This girl had trained HARD!!
    She looked emaciated to me. On tv they showed Sasha give Mirai a hug and Mirai looked like Serena Williams in comparison to Sasha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    She looked emaciated to me. On tv they showed Sasha give Mirai a hug and Mirai looked like Serena Williams in comparison to Sasha.

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    I agree-Sasha looked unhealthy at Nationals, but a couple months later, looked SO much healthier. She will always be thin and lean looking, never curvy or bulked up with muscle, it's just her body type. But she was scarily thin at Nationals, much like she was in 2006. I'm sure stress and overtraining play a huge part, as well as wanting very little weight to get back to elite shape as quick as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylionlove View Post
    But I will say this, there are an awful lot of people assigned to GP's that have officially said they were retiring or taking the year off. What's up with that?
    Good question...

    Not to mention the tons of TBAs on the board. Maybe the ISU should have waited a couple more months.

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    I thought Sasha looked seriously unprepared at Nationals. She may have been thin and fit looking, but in the practices it was clear that she was having trouble with jumps, particularly the 3F and her combo. Her SP was OK, but it lacked her usual energy and spark. She simply didn't have the stamina to get through the FS and it was obvious that she wasn't going to be top three, let alone make the Olympic team.

    Sasha couldn't train properly last season because of the nagging injury she'd had since the 2008-2009 SOI tour. Given that she hadn't been trying the harder jumps since Worlds 2006, it would have taken a major miracle for her to regain her jumps and train them sufficiently in the small interval of time she reserved for her pre-Olympic training. She tried to do too much, too late, and it was no surprise that she couldn't pull it off.

    Sasha won't return to competitive skating. She likes to win, and she won't risk trying and failing again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    I would think a lot of these would change...and I am just gutted that Ryan Bradley appears to have really retired
    Bradley hasn't officially retired. He's recovering from his foot surgery last month and hasn't made any decisions about the upcoming season yet. He tweeted on June 12: "I am still semi crippled, so I am not positive about next season."

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    I know it's been discussed a lot in this thread, but i'd just like to gush a little bit about how grat Canadian ice dance is right now.:biggrin: I don't think Skate Canada could have made better choices with the GP assignments, and I'm convinced that this is the best group of dancers our country has ever had. Virtue and Moir are Olympic champs (I still love writing that:)), and they could potentially dominate, or at least have a hell of a rivalry with Davis and White, from now untill Sochi. I can't wait to see what they come up with this season. They're scrapping the goose, and they have said in numerous interviews that they want to try and push the envelope now, so whatever they come up with should be interesting at the very least.

    As for Crone & Poirier and Weaver & Poje, they are both phenominal IMO. Sure, they still have some improvements to make, but they're definately clombing the ranks. Personally, I've always had a soft spot for W/P, but choosing between those two for the Olympic spot lasy year was torture. Thankfully three sports to worlds means that won't happen this year. Given how both teams improved last season, I'll be shocked if they don't win at least one GP medal apiece. That being said, I think they still need some fine tuning before they reach the top level at worlds. I know is seems as if W/P are nowhere near that level based on their 07 and 08 results, but they have improved majorly since then, and I wouldn't be surprised if they crack the top 10 at the 2011 worlds. I just wish they would get more confidence. I really think that their technique wavers sometimes because they just aren't sure of themselves. I think nerves cost them the Olympic spot, and I'd hate to see that happen again. C/P, on the other hand, have no problem with confidence, but could benefit from some additional flow and refinement.

    As for the lower ranked teams, I'm thrilled that Ralph & Hill have finally moved up. They've been on the junior circuit for a while now, and I really think that they've fallen under the radar. both nationally and internationally. Its' a shame, because they're rediculously talented and really young to boot. They got hammered at 4CC in the OD last season, so I'm really hoping that some senior experience will help them out and make them more well known to the judges and the audience.

    I was shocked to see Paul & Islam move up so soon. Junior champs almost never get senior assignments the next year, and if they do its usually only after they've been assessed at a summer competition. Even then, junior champs getting two assignemnets is unheard of. That being said, I think SC is making a really great move by allowing them to get some senior experience. First of all, they're close to the age cut-off for juniors, if they havn't passed it alreadly, so it makes sense for them to take the next step. While they don't have a lot of junior experience together, they do have a WJ silver medal, and we can't forget that Islam competed on the JGP circuit and at the JW championships back when he was with Joanna Lenko, and Paul had a few JGP assignments with Jason Cheperdak as well, so they've done their fair share of competing as juniors, even though it wasn't together. All that asside, these two are absolutely incredible, and I think they'll hold their own just fine amongst the worlds' seniors. If i didn't know it for sure, I would never have believed that they were a new team last year based on how they skated. If they're progressing that quickly, theres no reason for them to stick around in juniors. I honestly believe that these two are going to be something really phenominal someday soon.

    Ok, my gushing is over now.:biggrin:

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