I'm not sold on the girls from the last Olympic cycle 2007-2010 and would rather see some new girls. Alissa will be almost 27 and seems to be running out of steam Zhang doesn't have the overall skills and Mirai just seems to want to screw off and not do the work to be a champion. As for Ashley i'm not sold on her either. Agnes is one of the new girls and has the talent but needs to be able to do a clean LP. She has the jumps which most of the other US Ladies don't have. Who knows some Junior that's under the radar right now might get a spot for all we know. There's a lot of talent in the Junior ranks and one of them might peak at the right time.
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I have doubts the US would get three spots for Sochi. Coming 2013 with three Russian babies, three solid Japanese girls (even Miki might be back then) plus Carolina and a few others, it is just going to be really difficult. I think this would be a Russian dominating quad anyway, Sochi and all. Wherever Putin puts his money at, he usually gets what he pays for.
and judges never, ever change their minds about PCS. nope, they didn't slam mao, 2-time world champion, when she had multiple not-so-outstanding outings. nope, ashley wagner's PCS didn't suddenly skyrocket at 4cc after she finally became national champion either.
I would like that team as well, Ashey, Gracie and Caroline, however Agnes and Mirai have a big chance as well as maybe another younger skater... a lot of things can happen in 2 years.
Truthfully, none of the current names except for Gold give me hope. They can all improve and get much better, but they are so unreliable and unpredictable that I don't even know. I LOVE Wagner's skating but she has often had trouble in the past and even now she doesn't have consistent 3-3 that I wish she would. I have a hard time seeing Caroline ever medaling at worlds or olympics in the future. Agnes is the same. Last season, she had pretty good short programs and terrible long programs. This year, except for nationals sp, she pretty much had a poor season. Mirai can't seem to get it together when she needs to and something really strange is going on with Alissa. The only reliable US skater I think I will see in Sochi is Gold. At least she has the jumps.
my ideal team is ashley, agnes, and gracie. of course that depends on how the next 2 years go.
Ashley and Caroline might make a good team. I don't know about Gracie yet.