Last edited by ImaginaryPogue; 03-10-2012 at 10:51 PM.
i think adding things at the last minute/changing things around isn't a good setup for alissa. some people handle it better than others. i also think she should go back to her old layout in the short...3Lz+2T, 3F and 2A. even if you keep changing the layout all year it can be difficult because you never really have enough time to get it consistent...they should have kept her long the same way all season. i think when she is going to go for the triple-triple she is thinking about it too much, and her loop has been inconsistent the times she's attempted it in the short. the other layout seemed to suit her better. it's smarter to do a clean performance with positive GOE's than go for difficult tech content with negatives. i think her confidence still gets hindered very easily, and maybe that's why she didn't do well in the long. i hope this competition was just to get the bugs out of both jeremy and alissa, as i love them both. if both go to worlds, i hope both of them will be fighters.
It is a very tempting thought indeed- to kick Czisny off the World team for this atrocity. I bet certain other federations wouldn't hesitate to do so...
But upon further thought- you kick Czisny off the team and replace her with who, exactly?
Zawadzki? Don't make me laugh. She is just as inconsistent as Czisny is, and worse, she doesn't get the scores Czisny does (yet). This is clearly a step down.
Zhang? After 4CC this might be tempting...but Zhang was quite solid at both Nationals and 4CCs. If she has a bit of an off-night (happens to everyone)? Not sure she has much to hold her up if that happens. I think it would be a serious gamble.
Nagasu? Well, not after what we saw at Nationals. Her head clearly isn't in the game and I doubt she's training actively enough to be ready for top-level competition in 2 weeks.
Gold? She has not skated a senior program all year long, and while it appears she has SOME mental toughness, still a lot to ask of anyone to get ready for big worlds in just 2 weeks time. Anyway, is 2 weeks enough to get a senior LP trained and ready to go?
Flatt? Well...let's just not go there (again).
Looking at the above options, I think Gold would be the best choice, but it's still a lot to ask. I never thought we had a strong shot at 3 spots because of Czisny's condition and Wagner's unpredictability. Even if Wagner did the unprecedented and finished on the podium, Czisny would be well out of the top 10 if she were to bomb the LP this hard (or even like GPF), and we still have 2 spots.
On the bright side, potentially, better she tanks here than at worlds- but I'm worried about her confidence and the short time for traveling. As soon as she gets back and gets acclimated to US time again, it's almost time to roll...
...the dice, perhaps.
Mirai really hasn't had a good skate all year, although I understand her practices at US Nationals were good. Just let Czisny go. Sometimes the US doesn't deserve 3 spots. But for crying out loud, don't next Nationals go out of your way to overgift any of the skaters on PCS. The point of Nationals is to let them go head to head, and see who qualifies.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 03-11-2012 at 06:18 AM.
Totally agree that Czisny was gifted with the silver medal at Nationals. At best, she should have been in fourth place behind Zawadzki and Zhang. USFS has had a bad habit of predeciding Nationals based on GP results and gifting the anointed ones with ridiculous PCS scores.
National medals should be given out for performance at Nationals, not what skaters did in the early season.
Also, I don't understand why Alissa would be revamping her programs to do jumps that she is not comfortable with. She just isn't a reliable jumper and should stick with the jumps she can do with some confidence.
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Keep this in mind, USFSA, remember what happened to Rachael Flatt last year.
My final word on the subject.