^ I agree here and it is not like Phaneuf is doing that great since worlds 2010. She did great there but many ladies in Lp went really bad in Torino anyway. And this is a case that they dont have a clear outstanding athlete to get the benefit of the doubt even if he had one bad skate at nationals. And if they dont give Lacoste the chance how would they know what she can do to Worlds.re: Phaneuf vs LaCoste
Mathman re RF and FF, I thought mainly RF is using different competitions to send to worlds and olympics, and basically for the disciplines where they dont have clear frontrunners to send, but they do send the national champion and maybe second usually like they sent Menshov last year for his first ever international comp at 28 years old. But when it comes down to Bush or Dimitriev or even Voronov for the second or third spot, I can see why they test Euros first. In pairs they have the top three and then a pool of pairs that can do bad or not bad internationally, but last euros they sent G/E in euros based on their national appearance despite I/M having had a great gp season. In ladies I think they have so many options they wont know what to do with them.
I thought French federation doesnt do it though, or have I missed something? Maybe because they dont have so many top athletes to shuffle.
The only time I saw Mao and Carolina together was 2010 worlds and Carolina wasnt good there, so I cant compare their relative speed but Mao is so smooth and light like a butterfly, that even if she is slower than Carolina, she still looks very fast.
The best performance of the night for me was Ashley Wagner, who performed more interesting choreography with good transitions, timed perfectly to the music (see her spread eagle sequence), and connected with the audience. Aside from the 2-foot on the combo, she was spot on. Great 3Loop. Ashley was hindered by lack of an international reputation, but helped by the support from the crowd, and I'm glad to see her in medal position.