I feel that Alyssa has beautiful qualities that Rachael Flatt NEVER had. I am not defending Alyssa but I feel she failed miserably due to her lack of mental toughness. I do not think this disaster is the result of injury. Alyssa is not a good jumper, period. Alyssa needs to retire. She imploded, this is what she does, and it should not have come as a surprise. At this point, we are all so jaded that nothing comes a surprise and no one was to dream/hope about any new ice princesses but we will continue to root for the USA.
Rachael is just so unappealing and her skating so banal that it angered me greatly when she went to worlds even before the injury debacle. The reason that she was so criticized is that 1) she has never had a great following 2) some did not believe she deserved a spot in the first place 3) Mirai is adored by too many and she was next in line.