Based on Body of Work presented by the US ladies so far this season, and extrapolating on what is likely to come out on the ice at US Nationals, I'd say the strongest 2 ladies the US can send to Worlds would be Czisny and Nagasu. I think Flatt is on the downswing, injury or no. Wagner might be the only one who could pull herself together as a complete package, but she's yet to step up and deliver this season. I'm not seeing any other US Sr ladies that the international judges would be willing to give the scores to (assuming great skates, of course).
Absolutely thrilled for Alissa! So exciting for her and fans of the U.S. ladies.
I continue to be baffled by the decisions of Team Flatt. Maybe this will be what it takes for her to decide to make some changes (that she should have made two years ago.)
I didn't think much of this but an American lady winning a big event is refreshing! Let's hope this is a beginning of a revival of interest in skating in the states.
Btw the trivia quiz was so much fun. I was going "Mao and... Shizuka? Oh Fumie!!!" and also looking back at the intense rivalry between Kwan and Lipinski back in '97!
I didn't want to be spoiled so I avoided reading this thread until I had seen the skates on YouTube, and...I AM BEYOND THRILLED THAT ALISSA WON!!!
Thank goodness that she finally pulled out a relatively clean FS and at the right time, too. You could see how relieved she was at the end. So, Alissa is now a National champion, GPF champion...Olympic champion might be too much of a monumental task for her, but can we dare hope that she might one day become World champion?
As for Kanako - I actually enjoyed her LP this time around, so perhaps there's still hope that I could eventually become a convert.
And I definitely think that Akiko was underscored in PCS.
Unlike YOU - my pick for the Natl team has been Mirai and Alissa all season long.
Your choices, posted many times are different.
I can still say US Natls will be a tougher event for Alissa to win than the GPF.
We will have to wait until January to see.
A fierce competion like US Natls - with a trip to Worlds on the line still feels not just tougher but more important and prestigious.
No problem if you disagree and looks like you do see the difference. Winning the GPF is nice, even great for what it is.
But it comes with no guarantees and means little when Natls roll around.
As poorly as Flatt skated - I can easily predict she will be back at Natls with alot to prove. If she is healthy she will most definitely be a factor.
Does Rachael deserve a shot at redemption? Is she still allowed to skate for a place on the Natl team?
I say YES....and that competition is good. It is what SPORTS are all about, no?
But happy to see you belatedly jumping on the Alissa bandwagon
Last edited by janetfan; 12-11-2010 at 09:36 AM.
Wait wow just a minute here. Did I read this right?
Man, how crazy is this...the two that were most likely to bomb the event finish 1 and 2?? Wow. Insane. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor...180 pts? CZISNY HAS NOW OFFICIALLY REDEEMED HERSELF
Yes, you don't have to tell me. I was wrong and I'll be the first to say so. Again, for most "headcase" skaters there's that one moment where it all comes together and for Czisny, looks like this was it. Her first major ISU title after such a disappointing OLY season...and after just about everyone except her biggest fans wrote her off. What an accomplishment for her.
The question I have now is, with Nationals coming up...can she hold the momentum? It's still a big test because the pressure will be even greater here. With what- 7 or 8 Nats appearances and 2 medals to show for it, considering her level, her track record there is not that great... Now, if she finishes top 2 I wouldn't have a problem at all sending her to Worlds. Based on what she's done this season she absolutely would have earned it.
As for Flatt, such an uncharacteristic showing has me thinking the injury is still bothering her. Why then, did she go? This is a HUGE decline from SA and puts a bad taste in one's mouth. Now, if she's out of favor at Nationals it might be enough to leave her off the team.
Last edited by R.D.; 12-11-2010 at 09:33 AM.
that's it. I gotta actually watch this craziness. Wow. Unbelievable