I think I may have seen the post, too (now that I think about it) but still, no confirmation in the form of a video or article.
Still, I guess in any case I can't blame her if she felt a bit frustrated that her teammate wasn't going to get it done even if she did. I think the vast majority of US fans shared that frustration (and saw it coming from a mile away).
I just hope Wagner and/or Gold (especially Gold!) don't get too hung up over this "3 spots" thing. Last thing you want to do is think too much and put too much pressure on yourself. They can't control how the other does, but only on what THEY do.
I don't necessarily find Gao to be the most thrilling evah. But she has consistently landed a heck of a lot of triples every time. And in terms of Gracie, Gracie doesn't have exactly a ton of international experience herself. Gao HAS out performed her internationally this year.
Now I DO think Gracie has better jumps more likely to do the 3/3s. But Gracie's 3/3s aren't exactly Yu-na consistent.
Last edited by bekalc; 02-10-2013 at 11:12 PM.
And for the record I'm not censoring Gracie. I"m not sure I have so much of a problem with her on the world team. But what I have a problem with is the double standard. Where some skaters get credit for having good seasons, other skaters don't.
At the end of the day, what I think should have happened is the USFSA should have named Wagner provisionally to the team based on her good season results (but insisted on a test skate before Worlds due to how inconsistent she's been lately). And should have sent Gao, Gold, and Hicks to Four Continents. (I don't think Agnes deserved to place as high as she did at Nationals) and then looked at how well all of these girls did there. Then named the World team. Because I'm sorry Gracie has had one good free skate this season. I think she's a fantastic talent, and I'm not censoring her. But I think using Four Continents would have been a good idea...
Kim's are. Tukt's are becoming very consistent in the long...And a lot of girls have landed them more than Gracie.....And I think her 3/3s are incredible but right now they are extremely hit and miss.Lol. Whose are?
And Gao's been pretty consistently doing more triples in her free skate than Gold has.... And right now being able to consistently do about 5 triples in your program, isn't something to snuff at as uneventful. Especially when you consider Asada got credit for only rotating 4 triples here.
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Gracie Gold's 3-3s 2012-2013 season (international/international comps; not including summer comps)
Successful 3F-3T attempts (no falls/UR): 2/5 (40 percent) Successful at Cup of Russia and FCC
Successful 3Z-3T attempts (no falls/UR): 4/5 (80 percent) Only failure was at 4CC.
Successful 3F-1L-3S attempts: 1/3 (33 percent) She only did this combo at the SLC Senior B early in the season.
So as you can see here, her problem has been with the 3F combos, not sure if it's because she's trying to fix her lip or what.
But her 3Z-3T is actually quite consistent. I believe this is the first competition (including summer comps) that she did not get that combo ratified.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 02-10-2013 at 11:24 PM.
Honestly I have a lot more problems with how Wagner was scored at Nationals than Gracie. I think Gracie is a huge talent and get why the USFSA wanted her out there but another part of me is just not sure she's ready for this... And I fear she'll be crucified if she's not perfect right away. I think she's a potential World Champ and don't consider her a headcase or even a disappointment.
However, I feel the USFSA has this tendency of shooting some girls up after one/two skates when the girls haven't really consistently performed well. Than they heap on all these kinds of pressure/expectations before they are ready for it...Its my real concern with Gracie....Not that I don't believe in her talent.
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