Ross or Josh Farris would have been a safer bet than Rippon, internationally the PCS are all the same, and ADAM ESSENTIALLY DOES NOT HAVE A 3A. Heck even Mahbanoozadeh would have been a safer bet than Rippon. But I mean, honestly, Farris beat Denis Ten by 13 points at JW, Denis skated just slightly better here than at JW and winds up 7th - ahead of both Americans. Heck even Jason Brown with no 3a beat D10 at JW. The sad thing is Rippon's performance here was not even disappointing - he skated exactly like he has all season, the quad is never more than 3.5 rotations and always a fall or 2ft, he always fudges up at least one axel if not both, when he does miraculously manage to land the 3a, he exits the jump at a standstill due to stalking it for 20 seconds before the takeoff. Honestly, why not send Ross, who beat Adam at 4CC and is on the upswing, who can actually do a respectable 3a and is proving himself to be a very strong competitor? Or send Farris after posting that big score at JW, he is just 17 and shows so much promise for the future, and has great technique on his jumps (including the 3a), has been training the 4t and already tried it in competition with more success than Adam, and has posture, spins, and artistry that are just beautiful. Sure, maybe they would have ended up 13th, but honestly, either would have probably placed higher, and a 17 year old placing 13th with that kind of talent doesn't even look bad, a 22 year old who can't land a decent 3a and is supposedly the number 2 man in the nation finishing 13th does.