I've said before and I still stand behind what I said.Originally Posted by janetfan
Rachael is still the #1 US girl.
Mirai/Ashley for the second spot.
Alisa is done.
Agnes is too young.
Gao is still young and inexperience. She's going to Jr. World, probably.
Yuna is done, Laura Lepisto is injured, Carolina is inconsistent, Joannie is done. I see Rachael on the Worlds podium. Maybe even both US girls on the podium if Miki bombs.
Mao will win the third World title.
An odd post at best - and no reason to belittle Caroline for winning a medal. Talk about a tough, injury plagued season!
I was very happy for Caroline coming back the way she did after such a disappointing Natls.
[SIZE="1"]Keep away from the cakes and[/SIZE] Go Caroline!
ETA: Your predictions are interesting and it would be OK with me if that is what happens.
I don't know if Yuna is done though.
Cohen, Czisny, Hughes, Meissner and Zhang are done in my eyes. I feel bad saying this because I really love Cohen, Czisny and Hughes but after Nationals it's clear that the next generation has taken over. Meissner seems to have injuries that can't leave and for some reason I just can't see Zhang doing well.
Unless her injury really nags her, I think Nagasu will be the top American skater. If she stays focused and really concentrates on her rotations, I see her faring well internationally, maybe even making the podium at Worlds. There is a lot of potential in her.
It's possible that Flatt was focused on senior year, and that's why she didn't do so well at the Olympics and Worlds, but without school to focus on this year, I can see her doing better. Since she's taking a year off school, is this her final season? I hope it's her best yet if so.
Now that Wagner's had several major disappointments with SP, I think she'll focus on doing a good SP and LP because you need two good programs to do well. Still, I think she may be giving Flatt a run for her money.
And I think Gao, Dobbs, Gilles and Zawadzski (sp?) are all going to bring in a lot of new talent. They are our future.
My predictions for Nationals:
My dream National outcome:
You think so?Mirai let down at Worlds but as our Natl Silver medalist her performance in Vancouver was quite good and acceptable at Worlds. Too bad we didn't send Mirai and Ashley to Worlds because Ashley might have given us a stronger team.
At least Flatt was consistent enough to be top 10 in the world...if we could just get a medal or a 4th place finish from someone else, there would be a good possibility for three spots. Before, that seemed hopeless, but Nagasu's surprising turnout at the Olys changed all that. Now we knew she could be a medal contender at her best. She really was the bigger disappointment at worlds.
Wagner, OTOH, would likely be buried in the standings after a flawed/bombed SP. (Remember Czisny in 2009??) To be a real medal contender these days you HAVE to nail the SP, or at least avoid making a major mistake. I don't think she would be top 10 material...or at least, she wouldn't have been. That said, she's likely better than the alternative(s).
Last edited by R.D.; 09-08-2010 at 07:59 PM. Reason: clarify a point.
There are so many interesting "ifs" this year.Mao will win the third World title.
If Yuna and Mao are both still around and perform to the same standards as last year than everyone else will still be vying for bronze. I really thought it would be an American bronze at this year's worlds, but I was disappointed.
Miki - will she still be around and will we see her at her best? If so, she is one of those skaters the international judges like.
If not, than I agree the door is wide open for the US girls - even for a gold! I don't see any of the other skaters out there as untouchable threats. Laura is the biggest threat because her skating is lovely when she bring her A-game and the international judges love her.
But still, I'm hoping the US girls step up their game to compete with skaters of the Mao/Yuna caliber. Or at least be a more frightening threat to skaters like Laura.
We saw that both Rachael and Mirai beat Yuna during a portion of a competition last year - when Yuna skated her worst.
At the Olympics, when everyone skated so well, we saw that the international judges were not convinced enough to place Mirai or Rachael high enough to medal. Maybe it's just that they haven't been around long enough for the INT judges to warm up to them. But a solid 3-3 from Mirai and better spins and presentation from Rachael wouldn't hurt.
Of all the top U.S. ladies, I think Mirai is the one with the most potential to improve and become real a-lister but we shall have to see.
No guarantee on her but Rachael was not herself at Wolrds. Could have been the long season and fatigue. I don;t think Rachael even tried a 3x3 in either program.
Ashley did something Mirai and Rachael did not do last season. She made the GPF.
So yes, if I could try again I would keep Mirai's 7th place and see if Ashley could do better than Rachael's 9th.
What would you do if we had a second chance?
No predictions for me this year, I don't want to jinx anyone. Instead, I'll post my dream podium.