As to Cohen, I agree, she did not win a major title. However, in her 2003-2006 "quad," she won the Olympic silver, 2 World silvers, 1 World bronze, 1 Grand Prix final gold, 1 GP Final silver. That has to be considered a highly successful record. She was clearly one of the dominant skaters of the quad, along with Slutskaya and Arakawa.
I do think Agnes and Gracie Gold are the U.S's best hopes to get back into the elite on the World level though, not Ashley. As for right now Czisny has a better shot at a World medal than Ashley if Czisny goes clean. In fact I think if Czisny goes clean at Worlds this year she will likely be given a medal (considering I highly doubt all the other main contenders will go clean). I have almost given up on Nagasu.
Still if Flatt could make it up to 5th in the World I could see Wagner sneaking a bronze in at some point if everything comes together and the right situation arises. I think now that she is maximizing her potential she is a better skater than Flatt was.
Last edited by pangtongfan; 01-29-2012 at 12:59 PM.
Rewatched Nagasu's LP while I'm importing the DVR footage onto my computer (to make videos). Seriously- even if that program had been clean, it was completely lifeless and devoid of any emotion whatsoever. The program is just a poor fit for her, not sure what team Nagasu was thinking. It forces her to hold back too much.
Performance started out fine, too (jump-wise). But it was the fall on the end of the 3-2-2 combo about 1/3 of the way in where everything came undone. She absolutely gave up after that mistake and if she wants any success at all, she needs to take a page out of the Cohen book and keep going no matter what. You just give so many points away...