Speaking of fierce - if US Skating had left Flatt home and added Gold or Nagasu there could have been a sweep by the American Ladies.
That might actually have created a bit of a stir and raised some interest......
Aren't the judges international? What skin do they have in the game of giving Ashley extra points?
168 is a score Mirai gets for an average skate. So if she skated well she beats Adelina's score. I forgot Agnes...she also could have been given SA.
The bigger mistake was not to feature Gracie at SA. Big mistake in my opinion.
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can't wait to see what our folks in the arena come back and share!
My thoughts: Ashley was great. She's quickly becoming my favourite ladies skater, American or otherwise. The only others I saw on NBC were Sotnikova, Marchei, Gao, and Meite. They were all decent but none of them blew me away. Gao was better than usual but she has always bored me a bit. It's too bad about Rachael Flatt but I can't even be bothered to go watch the performance on youtube - what's the point if it's bad? The only other one I might want to see is Viktoria Helgesson's but it'll break my heart if it's a really bad performance from her (which I'm suspecting it was, from her low placement).
Those who questioned the "fierce" description. Yes, Ashley Wagner is fierce in her intensity, her desire, her determination, her attack, her confidence, and her hard work. If anyone deserves "rep" points, Ashley certainly does. She skated with so much more maturity and cohesiveness than Sotnikova. Who cares 3/3 completed if you falter with other elements, and don't have a cohesive program or music that really works that well for you? Sotnikova already gets rep points and she's only 17. She's talented too, and with a strong Russian federation behind her, Sotnikova just needs to continue working on her weaknesses. She didn't do badly here.
Ashley deserved her win. I agree re Sandra mentioning on NBC broadcast that Ashley was patient throughout her program, taking her time and interpreting the music without rushing, whereas Sotnikova started out well and then lost her focus in the middle of her program.
Alena looked like a lost deer wandering aimlessly in the wilderness. Imai and Marchesi and Meite were wonderful. Christina Gao was out of this world. Speaking of "rep," if Gao had any, she would have taken first place in the sp or at least have scored much higher than she did -- she completed a gorgeous 3/3 in the sp. Gao was clean and beautiful in both sp and fp, and its wonderful to see. Peter J and Mark M are very good coaches.
Ashley scored 1 point less than Four Continents last year and her performance was just a good. Christina didnt even beat Sotnikova who she clearly deserved to beat by much. They were not overscored.
Ashley rocked it for me as well, can't wait to hear what people in the stadium also thought.
If Ashley continues to build from this, she is going to be like the "IT" girl for worlds. I do agree that she needs to up the technical ante in terms of doing a triple-triple and the double axel-triple toe.
I think she should do the triple-triple. But if it ain't broke and you are getting huge scores- try to make it better and better!
I love Christina- she was boring in the past, but there is a fire and passion I didn't see before. She is just gorgeous. Reminiscent of Yu-Na in some aspects- but she is her own star.
I see Ashley breaking 200 + by GPF, 4CC and WC!
She is surely getting the reputation!