01-27-2012, 11:08 AM
Like most, I'm ok with 4CC but even if Gracie did well there I wouldn't send her to Worlds. I do think she could do well, perhaps better than most US ladies we could potentially send, but it just strikes me as unfair. Skaters like Ashley and Caroline slug it out at senior nationals year after year and fail to make the team. Dick Button has said Nationals is the most difficult competition and under the pressure even great skaters like Kwan and Cohen have had poor performances. So many other factors add pressure (skating before a live television audience and a packed venue, media attention, etc.) that for a junior skater to bypass all of this and get on the World team strikes me as grossly unfair.
Originally Posted by christinaskater
01-27-2012, 11:24 AM
Sorry, I don't want her to do quite well enough to make the world team. There's too much chance of her bombing once AT worlds.
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
01-27-2012, 11:38 AM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Personally, unless there is some written rule that forbids it, I don't think any factor but performance should determine who goes to Worlds. The point is to win, not to pass out favors to all the lovely girls who work so hard. If Gracie kills at 4CC and no one else does, she'd be our strongest bet at Worlds too.
That said, I'm really hoping Agnes pulls it out for a win here. That SP was so strong and mature. The program is not particularly to my taste, and I agree with Backstage Barbie who mentioned in her blog that Agnes's hair and costume seemed very "harsh." She deserves better. But she really put it down last night.
As for what happened to Rachael - she had a LOT of competition last night. I lost track of all the talented girls. She no longer has the unflappable steadiness that she had. She made only one major mistake and got nice applause, but instead of raising the bar in order to face down the competition, she merely made it through the program that blew the roof off last year.
01-27-2012, 11:49 AM
On the Ice
Spun Silver, I agree with you in regard to Rachael. She was always "Reliable Rachael" and when she lost that consistency, she lost what made her a contender. She always had the mental toughness to stick a program when other "head cases" unraveled. I've always given her the benefit of the doubt and I was blown away by East of Eden last year at Nationals because it was such a departure from the way she usually performs. She just didn't have the same spark and life in her skating last night. I feel that she does still really love skating but she's had a tough season and that has to be getting go her. She'll have to dig deep in the off season and figure out what she really wants and what is best for her.
Originally Posted by Spun Silver
01-27-2012, 11:54 AM
Really? And what are the chances of Alissa, Rachael, Ashley or Mirai bombing at Worlds?
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
01-27-2012, 12:03 PM
Originally Posted by Trewyn
There's Caroline. The only one I found. What feed is that from?
01-27-2012, 12:12 PM
(I'll keep looking for the others. Is it so much to ask for someone to upload all of the top skaters and not just their favorite? Lol)
Last edited by Ruffles78; 01-27-2012 at 12:37 PM.
01-27-2012, 12:24 PM
I dont want to see her make it to Worlds this year either. I dont think she would do well. I think it is better for her to get back in the top 5 and get Grand Prix assignments for next year, then maybe make it next year if they have 3 spots, she has improved more, and has a good Nationals.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
01-27-2012, 12:30 PM