Re: Alissa being cautious. It's also early in the season. I think there is a lot of pressure on her this year as she is the No. 1 USA. When she was No. 1 USA in 2009 she crumbled badly with bad finishes at 4CC and Worlds. Then following that with a 10th place finish at the following year's nationals.
This time around she finished in the top 5 and I wouldn't be surprised if she was anxious of having to prove that last year was not a fluke. Esp. since there are plenty of other skaters who can usurp her.
And I'm sure the win at SA had an * next to it for her....
That said, I think Alissa can feel good that she handed down a clean skate today. That will help with her confidence.
I'm hoping come Nationals Alissa will be in tip-top shape.