01-27-2012, 02:09 AM
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.
01-27-2012, 02:13 AM
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.
01-27-2012, 02:15 AM
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.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
01-27-2012, 02:16 AM
I dont think its good if the us skating ed will rush gold to senior worlds this season
Originally Posted by Nadine
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.
01-27-2012, 02:16 AM
On the Ice
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.
01-27-2012, 02:21 AM
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.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 01-27-2012 at 02:25 AM.
01-27-2012, 02:31 AM
Tripping on the Podium