Quote Originally Posted by Hernando View Post
Here is Alissa at 2004 Skate America.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Co8ilXlvo

There was a buzz about her but it was all about the future. Alissa was no threat to Sasha or Michelle in '04.

And just for fun a look back at Miki from 2004 Skate America.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdBr4_upBJ8
Wow! They have both improved soo much since then! I will admit that Miki was very impressive for a 16 year old, although I think her skating regressed in the years following the 04-05 season when she gained weight, dealt with injuries and the media pressure, and focused too much on the 4s and not enough on the rest of her skating, until 06-07 of course when she came back better than ever and won worlds, and has continued to polish her skating since.