So...after Skate America, what are your thoughts?
I admit I underestimated Gao's ability- she came out and really surprised a lot of us with solid routines. She has also developed apart from jumps and is not as shy as she used to be (although her style is still very much the reserved kind). But then- I like surprises. I hate it when everything is boring and predictable. I like it when someone shakes things up. Especially one of our own!
Gao was solid here at SA, getting a silver when I figured the best she could do was 5th. BUT- I would not put her name in the Contenders' ring just yet. She skated about the best she possibly could here at SA, and this is just one event. As we all know, skating is all about CONSISTENCY. She will have to at least maintain that intensity into her 2nd event (France in 4 weeks) if she wishes to be taken seriously and elevate herself to that top rung. So- the question to be answered here is: Is this the beginning of something big for Gao? Or did she simply have the competition of her life? Also remember that she's a full-time college student...as classes really kick up, we'll see if she can maintain this level.
For Wagner, nice start for her and congrats on her first GP win. I felt her SP wasn't the "wow" (seeing it on TV) that it was when I saw it live. Either the oomph was lost in translation...or she held back somewhat. Which is OK, because we don't want her to peak too early. She fought for many of those landings in the FS, but remained upright and that's what's important. 127 to start the season, not bad at all.
And as for Flatt, I think I was right about her. I take it she is on her way out as she said school is now her #1 priority. Frankly I don't even know why she bothered to compete this year...I'm sure she could have found a show or two to skate in because that's really all she's bringing to the table. She is no longer competitive. Then again, having said that, she is nursing an injury so it's possible that held her back. But somehow I feel it's less the injury and more her just simply moving on mentally and physically from top-level skating. Someone else (Nagasu?) probably should have gotten her SA spot.
The good old U.S. of A. came with three arrows in its quiver and hit the bullseye twice. Ashley and Christina could hardly have been better, especially at this stage of the season. Too bad about Rachael; she does not seem to be competitive any more. I can't wait to see what Gracie Gold and Caroline Zhang bring to Skate Canada next week.
I missed Rachael but saw Ashley and Christina. Both were impressive. How great for them!
Also, she's dumped Frank Carroll because "the drive was too far." That seems like a grave and childish mistake to me. I know it's hard to leave the nest at her age, but she only gets this shot for a short period of time in her life. I'd have thought a top skater would want to relocate closer to their world-class coach for a while until the Olympics, rather than settle for a lesser coach.
Last edited by JPierce; 10-21-2012 at 09:43 PM.
^ Nah, Mirai's not like that at all. Phil Hersh put her in the top ten "funnest" athletes (all sports) in the country.
I thought Mirai didn't relocate closer because her mother didn't want her to live with another family (for various reasons)?
Actually, while I'm at it- may as well link the videos to Wagner and Gao as well, just for reference.
Wagner SA SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1SMi4QwAq0
Gao SA SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKHO4xNEZo
Wagner SA FS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lu5JWRNutk
Gao SA FS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d90P_GKo6lc