i think who gets grand prix slots and how many is going to be a bit of a mess this year. there are so many skaters who haven't fully proven themselves yet (caroline, agnes, gracie) or have had a bad season (alissa, rachael, mirai). i really have no idea what to expect.
I think Caroline, Gracie, Alissa and Mirai will get two as well. Caroline and Gracie because of decent showing on the international stage (4CC, JW and WTT) and Alissa and Mirai because they still have high SBs and world's ranking (currently 5th and 8th and the two highest ranked US skaters) despite relatively bad seasons.
For me Christina, Rachael and Agnes are the big question marks. All three are on the bubble or out of the top 24 in SB and are either close or out of the top 24 in WR. If they reset the rankings (i.e remove the 2009-2010 points, a move that will hurt Rachael in particular) before giving out invites, all three will be affected as they will likely be out (or stay out) of the top 24 in WR.
Also it will be interesting to see whether any slots will go to Vanessa Lam, Samantha Cessario or other junior-level skaters who choose to move up.
^ Honestly, he has his own student to worry about. I doubt he cares about what happens to Zhang!
Yes, I am sure you are right. It just looked so funny.
I don't think Rachael or Christina deserve two assignments for next year. Flatt is on her way out and Gao has yet to prove herself. Agnes has the potential but she needs to start laying down clean Long Programs. Mirai is a question mark especially with new coaches as is Allissa.
Czisny and Nagasu are listed among the top 24 SB scores in 2011-12 and are projected to be in the top 24 after the World Standings are updated for the new season, so they are guaranteed at least one GP assignment apiece under the 2011-12 GP selection rules (the 2012-13 GP Announcement with the selection rules has not been published yet by the ISU). Ditto for Zawadzki, who is #25 on the SB list and projected to be in the top 24 WS. It currently looks like neither Flatt nor Gao are going to be in the top 24 of either ISU list and so their 2012-13 GP status is unknown.
I'm not on the Agnes bandwagon. To me she is Amber Corwin 2.0; she has the jumps but is otherwise sloppy. I think her result at Nationals this year will be the best result of her career.