For one thing, would she be able to keep up her tech at 26? And it's hard to imagine her tech won't be surpassed. I hope it will be anyway - otherwise we definitely won't have a strong medal contender for Sochi, as it's nearly unthinkable that one of these upcoming junior Russians won't emerge to be medal favorites. And they are the type that will have both 3-3 AND great lines, etc.
But it doesn't matter. It's already great that Alissa that she stuck around for her most successful year yet and can be proud of her career. She won't be a superstar but she'll be a fan favorite for a long time.
Rachael may be young but don't see her vastly improving while attending Standford at the same time.
All be told it's anyone's guess who will be on the US ladies Olympic team. This would be be fine if there was any clear emerging star power out there but to me there just isn't at this point, unless Mirai gets her act together.
You say it's good news that it's a new era for the American ladies. Except that a whole "new era" has come and gone with none of the newbies - Rachael, Mirai, Ashley, Caroline, - living up to what they did as juniors. So are we in for a similar cycle over the next three years?
Welcome, skatingfan1, and thanks for your thoughtful first post.
congratulations to Miki ando for winning your 2nd world title, good job.
congratulations to Yu-na for coming in 2nd in your only competition--good job.
congratulations to Carolina Kostner for winning the bronze medal. good job
Congratulations to Alena for coming in 4th--good job.
Congratulations to ALissa for coming in 5th--good job. way to go.
Congratulations to all athletes for doing your best,
good job Rachel for doing your best with your injury.
I like Yuna's LP! The jumps were not there, but she was engaged to the performance. And I agree with Tracy(?) her performance is more mature. I thinks this is beyond superfacial acting now.
Karolina is the high light and I'm so happy for her comeback.
I love the young Japane girl, and Mao was robbed of PCS.
Miki made progress in performance this year but this was not the best for her this year. I still believe she is not musical and just does what she's told to. It showed this time obviously. But she deserve to win I guess, when others faltered. Congratulations!
All in all, a so so compitition, lest interesting one in this Worlds.
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I also noticed that her first Triple Salchow was completely divine. The height and ice coverage on that thing was amazing. That jump, along with her Triple Flip, both definitely deserved +2 GOE. Her overall arm movements in this performance were simply lovely as well. It's definitely her best performance of the program; she really paid attention to the details here and felt the music.
So now I'm actually thinking Miki Ando shouldn't have been on the podium at all.
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I think what Layfan was getting at is that we have no reason to think that the next wave of the future will turn out any better than the current wave of the future, or than the previous wave of the future.