Yeah, but they loved Miss "I Just Want To Skate My Best"...
Good for Wagner (and a couple others) for not serving up the same BS, for the most part.
Wagner comes across as a motivated and levelheaded person. She looks fitter than ever and I think she will do well at worlds if she can maintain her calm as well as her spirits.
No need to overestimate the American media. They love a winner. When they don't have one, they look for personal narratives. Alissa, Mirai and Rachel Flatt all figured out one. Ashley should soon. (I mean, always getting beaten until now isn't really a narrative.) I guess "fighting solo for american" could work, if she manages to do it when Alissa bombs hard (say Wagner 3rd, Czisny 10th..)
Not sure if 10th is falling hard - maybe 16th but Alyssa's scores or rather pcs seem to be high even when she falls apart. Though I do find a lack of a dynamic program when she falls apart. But Wagner just needs to focus on herself and let Alyssa do what she needs to do. If Alyssa and Ashley or A squared skate cleanly I think Alyssa might win but that is just a guess.
Michael Jordan was never an underdog and the media loved him too. Yes we like the underdog story here in the US but so do most people actually.
I love Alissa's smooth style and elegant presentation but she's just too soft. I love her SP but her LP is a empty and a bit of a snoozer, whereas Ashley's SP is light and upbeat and her LP is dynamic and full of energy...she'll outshine Alissa easily. Alissa has beautiful presentation on the ice and some of the best spins around BUT her technical content and the impact of her skating (ie. the impression she leaves on the ice) can't touch what Ashley's been doing this season. Because Ashley skates with speed and power and her programs are well put together and well-skated she leaves a much bigger and lasting impression with her performances. I just can't see Alissa matching her.
here you can see how her jump technique has changed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVnCwvTsvc
"The boast" is a staple element of all Indo-Aryan heroic fiction. "I am (Beowulf, Rama, Gilgamesh, Achilles) and I am going to do this to you, and when I am finished I am going to that to whatever is left of you." Female characters are either beautiful princesses who sit around waiting to be rescued or else wicked witches.
The times, they are a-changin'.
But doesn't this actually show that it wasn't always a mind game for Alissa? Her poor technique contributed to her failed jumps.
Besides technique, another thing that stood out for me was how she looked noticeably thinner last year than the previous year (I noticed this last year, but I got reminded again looking at this video). Probably not carrying that little extra weight also helped her gain more airtime. She's just as thin this year, but unlike last year, she gives the impression of "frail" rather than "fit." Maybe she's started to lose more muscle mass. She just looks so uncertain on the ice again.