Maybe it's just the typical press statement. As I said EVERY high level lady skater says they're working on the 3A at some point (including Kwan) but very few back it up with even a credible attempt in competition or official practices. Maybe "working" on the 3A is Peter's and Karen's way of fixing her 2A.
A triple axel from Caroline? That would be something to see!
I guess I could see if she works on the 3A in a harness she could learn to get more height for her 2A. It's just frustrating to hear that she wants to attempt the jump because she has almost closed the gap between her and the skaters ahead of her. A better 2A won't get as many points as improving her skating skills, and being able to do a LP 2 flips and a 3/3 would put her on par (jump-wise) with the best in the world.
I guess I am just glad to let Caroline be enthusiastic about skating/ready to work/not WANTING a break. And if she has fun working on the triple axel, go for it! Yes, sure, those other things mentioned are more important for her skill set, but I hear a skater who, after all these ups and downs, is still wanting to get out there and skate, and work at it, daily. Go, Caroline!
if she tries it she'll have to work on her technique and overall jumping height because it was someone like Midori Ito who flew like 4 feet into the air and span like a pencil for her to get her 3A completely rotated. Considering her body at the moment and her place in US skating, she should just focus on solidifying her 3lo-3lo, making another 3-3 consistent, getting her 2A consistent FIRST, and speed.
I'm happy for Caroline's progress this season when so many people have written her off last season. But shouldn't she be training to increase her speed instead?
i think she can do it if that is what caroline wants. she should be able to try without any kind of discouragement from anyone.
that would be like me telling mao not to do /try a triple /triple, mirai not to try to do one.
all skaters should be able to have the right to try and practice and compete with what they want with no one telling them they can't andor shouldn't.
maybe i should tell some skaters/fans favorite not to do their jumps. which is absolutely wrong.
fairly, I don't think they are saying Caroline SHOULDN'T work on the 3A, I think people are SURPRISED given the unstableness of her 2A (complete stop before take off) and that there appear to be other things that should be a higher priority in the off season (more consistency on the 3+3, better 2A, more speed and flow).
She has already regained it as much as what she had before. Do keep in mind she was never the top American, nor did she ever qualify for a Worlds. Right now back as the 3rd or 4th best American, that is about what she was at her previous best so to the thread title mission already accomplished. The question now is what she has to do to remain there or even possibly move up from there next year. Wagner is coming on like a freight train and is clearly the #1 American for the moment, Czisny is still a favorite of the USFSA and her future towards Sochi could still be bright if she comes through at Worlds, Gold might be the U.S next It girl, and Nagasu, Agnes, and maybe even Gao still have all the potential in the World. I would say Zhang will have to have a similar improvement as she had over the last year if she wants to be in the top 2 or 3 at Nationals next year and make Worlds for the first time. It will be anything but easy.
I remember several women talking triple axel. It seems so unlikely for her and a PR thing. Just as Sasha was training her quad but never landed her triples consistently. It is nice Caroline is confident, but I think she was likely told to say that. Caroline may feel she can be national champion but with Ashley, Agnes and Gracie next season's senior debut, I doubt it will happen. And Alissa may stick around for two years an is a USFS favorite. Christina Gao is another skater that is a slow cooker, and I'd be surprised to see her do anything much internationally. But she is young and appears dedicated. I guess anything is possible. Caroline's bronze placements are nice and everyone is thrilled for her. She did a lot of work to skate this well, rework her technique but the triple axel? Oh, come on Caroline. Work on your stroking, speed, basic skating and edges. This skater has one move that makes her special. Other than that she is slow and very cute. I get they like her, and her famous coaches. But she's wasting time she does not have and focusing on something she doesn't need. A solid triple triple is worth more, isn't it?