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    I think we would have to see how the LP plays out. Alyssa is right there, and I can't see them leaving her off the team if she skates well. I would really hate for them the put a junior skater on the World team, just because I feel skating in seniors, against our country's best, would be more pressure on Gracie and I'd like to see how she would skate when competing directly against Alyssa, Agnes and Mirai. I personally wouldn't put her on the world team.

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    For fun here's what the top five did in jumps (combo/single jump) + base value

    1.) Agnes 3T-3T, 3Z, BV 29.70
    2.) Alissa 3Z-2T, 3L, BV 26.20 (lower BV due to singled axel)
    3.) Ashley 3F-2T, 3L, BV 27.50
    4.) Caroline 3L+3L<, 3F BV 28.60 (would have had higher BV if not for UR)
    5.) Mirai 3Z(e)+2T, 3L, BV 28.40

    Compare with top five in junior ladies
    1. Gracie 3F-3T, 3Z, BV 30.30
    2. Hannah 3F-2T, 3Z(e), BV 29.00
    3.) Ashley Cain 3L-2L, 3Z, BV 27.50
    4.) Polina 3F(e)-3T, 3Z BV 30.10
    5.) Barbie Long 3F (e)-2T, 3Z, BV 28.40

    So all things considered, the top five in juniors, at least by base value could be quite competitive to the seniors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    I think we would have to see how the LP plays out. Alyssa is right there, and I can't see them leaving her off the team if she skates well. I would really hate for them the put a junior skater on the World team, just because I feel skating in seniors, against our country's best, would be more pressure on Gracie and I'd like to see how she would skate when competing directly against Alyssa, Agnes and Mirai. I personally wouldn't put her on the world team.
    ITA. Going to 4CCs, maybe -- but not Worlds. Let her go to Jr. Worlds and Senior GPs next season for the international exposure she needs, then debut at senior Nats next year. If they send GG to Worlds this year prematurely, it could backfire in a big way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    One final note before I retire for the night.

    I've been thinking about how the USFSA needs some hard hitters, female skaters that can go head-to-head with the Russian phenoms of the likes of Adelina Sotnikova & Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, and I'm thinking Gracie Gold is almost a given (knock on wood, don't want to jinx her) and maybe just maybe Agnes Zawadski, whom I was over the moon about last year at Nationals (comparing her to Tonya Harding, etc. etc. etc.). (8^D But as we've seen Agnes did not pan out during the GP, and this is what gives me pause for thought. Then again neither did Adelina, but I wouldn't compare Agnes to Adelina, Agnes still has a long way to go. Still, my point is that right now the only two big jumpers I see the USA have are these two ~ Gracie & Agnes ~ and Sochi 2014 is only two years off. What will they do?

    Hard one to call. The Russian phenoms are not eligible for Worlds this year, but Gracie is, Gracie is. (;^) And we all know the more experience one has at Worlds the better the chance one has to do well. This is to Gracie's advantage. Because next year all bets are off with the Russians coming! Just some food for thought...
    I dont think its good if the us skating ed will rush gold to senior worlds this season
    she still has some polishing to do, and juniors will be good for Gracie

    Im surprised at Agnes though leading the short, but I still think its Alissa's to lose
    good to see Caroline in a fighting mood.

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    As much as I would love to see us send a young phenom to show American strength and give us a story to root for, a la Shawn Johnson in Gymnastics, I think it would be a mistake to send Gold to Sr Worlds. Jr Worlds is perfect: gives her strong international experience, and gives her a platform to make her mark and not feel the pressure of an entire nation.

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    I hope mskater93 (who skates at the same rink as GG) can give some insight. But as I said earlier, I really really doubt that even if USFSA asks Gracie to go to Worlds — even 4CC — that her team will say no. There is a reason they kept her in juniors at the Nationals level. I doubt the will suddenly got all crazy and rush her up to seniors.

    Besides she is probably better of competing against the likes of Elizaveta, Adelina and Julia (and Risa, Zijun) in junior worlds since she will face them in 2014 in Sochi (if she goes, that is; but I think she has a good chance!). It's hard to say whether any of the (current) senior girls would be competitive by 2014 once everyone is age eligible.
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    Yeah. I think its weird that the powers that be are even considering the possibility of sending Gracie to Worlds.
    It has always been that the top 2/3(in recent years) at Senior Nationals go to Senior Worlds. AFAIK.
    I mean, people will moan and complain that the best possible team is not whoever places at the top and that they should consider other competitions to decide the team, like Japan does. But the USFSA hasn't changed the rules. So why should they change them in this case?
    Is there precedent for a situation like this? Has something similar happened in the past?

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    but on second thought, maybe its not such a bad idea send in to duke in for the second spot at worlds at the 4CC with Gold also to compete
    this will give her international exposure and then regardless of who finishes the top ranked us skater at 4CC, Gold will still go to Jr. Worlds
    at the same time not to feel the seniors of being " robbed " of the spot at Worlds by a Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    One final note before I retire for the night.

    I've been thinking about how the USFSA needs some hard hitters, female skaters that can go head-to-head with the Russian phenoms of the likes of Adelina Sotnikova & Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, and I'm thinking Gracie Gold is almost a given (knock on wood, don't want to jinx her) and maybe just maybe Agnes Zawadski, whom I was over the moon about last year at Nationals (comparing her to Tonya Harding, etc. etc. etc.). (8^D But as we've seen Agnes did not pan out during the GP, and this is what gives me pause for thought. Then again neither did Adelina, but I wouldn't compare Agnes to Adelina, Agnes still has a long way to go. Still, my point is that right now the only two big jumpers I see the USA have are these two ~ Gracie & Agnes ~ and Sochi 2014 is only two years off. What will they do?

    Hard one to call. The Russian phenoms are not eligible for Worlds this year, but Gracie is, Gracie is. (;^) And we all know the more experience one has at Worlds the better the chance one has to do well. This is to Gracie's advantage. Because next year all bets are off with the Russians coming! Just some food for thought...
    Actually one of the Russian phenoms will be at worlds Polina K. She hasn't been as talked about as much as Julia, Elizaveta, Adelina; but its partly because until this year she didn't have some of the harder jumps. Now Polina has all five triples, with no edge issues. AND a triple/flip triple toe. She landed 7 triples in qualification; and the jumps are of very nice quality. Did I mention took that Polina has a very balletic skating style.

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    Also, let's point out the obvious (at least as far as I know): Gracie has never skated a senior LP. I have no idea (again mskater93 can probably tell us) if she even has a senior-level LP lying around or has been practicing them.

    Those 30 seconds make a HUGE difference. Remember with Christina Gao in 2010. She did JGP during the fall, then did seniors at Nationals. She ran out of gas at the end with those silly errors during the LP after a fantastic start with a 3-3 and several triples.

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    Wait, what's this about Rachael & politics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by claphappy View Post
    Wait, what's this about Rachael & politics?
    I'd like to know,too, but apparentally(sp?) it's personal and Nadine has said the final word on the subject.
    I thought maybe she meant about the USFSA favoring her the past couple of years or something like that, but now I'm not sure what she's talking about.

    And she doesn't want to talk about it publicly so use PM if you must know. Right, Nadine? Hehe

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    I guess we will see about Gracie G. But personally I don't think it would be right to send her and in the end, not very likely(for all the reasons mentioned above) I think so anyways, but what do I know?
    And I'm talking about Worlds. 4CC is a different story. Not so controversial to send her there, I think.

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    Even if Rachael's politic views are very silly, it's be expected. She's an 18 year old college freshman, they are notorious for doing silly things.

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    i agree. having Gracie go to 4CC gives her a chance to go to a big international competition. It'll give her a chance to do a senior LP (if she has one), and it give her exposure to the international crowd as well as gives her a chance to learn about the media hub-bub at these events...keeping in mind this year 4CC is in CS, which takes the travel problem out of the equation
    as for worlds, i think its was NO...yes Gracie has the technical content/consistency that may make her seem more reliable, but it's not like she alone can get use 3 spots back. She hasn't had a lot of international experience and having her go to the BIGGEST figure skating competition of the year would just be a poor choice on USFSA's. (While I hope reputation is NOT a factor with scoring, we all know it is when it comes to PCS and Gracie would get slammed on those at Worlds if we're being completely honest)

    i know i don't post often, but i pretty much read all the forums and have thoughts on most of the things that get discussed here, I just don't always have the time to spend to discuss it all

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