I certainly am very excited about her and do see her as a potential savior of US ladies figure skating. She has had incredible achievements this season but I am cautiously optimistic. A lot of skaters have had one terrific season, such as Sokolova, Zhang, Harding, etc. so this could be the beginning of a great career or just one great season. Things can unravel quickly in a sport where career-threatening injuries, eating disorders, lack of confidence, and federation pressure are commonplace. Gracie has held up very well thus far but now she will begin facing the weight of expectation.
That is true and I agree that anything can happen.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
But I'm simply just appreciating where she is at right now. If you read my posts I haven't said anything about her being the future of U.S. skating or anything like that. And quite frankly, I don't even think about that. Rather, I am focused on the things I appreciate about her now and hope that she will continue to progress in the future. (I have a similar feeling with Jason Brown, despite his lack of a 3A).
I think the one thing she has going for her is that she had her expectations meltdown early (last season) and a lot of the things she learned in dealing with pressure as a junior I think she can apply when she moves up to seniors.
Also I wouldn't count Adelina out either. She's had some setbacks, but she still managed to podium at all her events this season.
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