Well becalc I guess we just have to agree to disagree. I think Gracie is hand over hand a more complete skater than Christina Gao. She's alot younger, too, so certainly has time to grow and gain that consistency. Maybe it's just personal preference but I just find Christina kind of boring. But then - shoot me - I was never a Czisny fan either. Since Michelle retired there really hasn't been a clear star on the women's front. For years Ashley had all the promise and usually shot herself in the foot - as did Alyssa. They would start out with all the confidence and gusto and then self-destruct. Alyssa at Nationals - 3rd, 9th, 1st, 10th, 1st, 2nd, WD! Not a poster child for consistency. I think the highlight of her career was winning the Grand Prix! Last year at Nats was Ashley's break-out year. She was awesome. This year - not so much!!! Her LP at Nats was just not good. She looked tenuous on the ice. Whether it was injury or reverting back to her old self - who knows. (and yes I do know she had success in the Grand Prix series) Mirai Negasu was supposed to be the heir apparent and something happened there. I still think she's a beautiful skater but, like Jeremy Abbott, she skates in her head instead of on the ice. I find little or nothing visually pleasing about Agnes' skating. IMO though - Gracie does light up the arena and she had the crowd in her pocket at Nationals this year. I still maintain she is the US hope for the future. I wish all of our ladies much success and I do think this next year is going to be a seminal year for many of them. I guess I just have my favorites.
eek! double post for some reason
Last edited by noskates; 02-11-2013 at 11:20 AM.
4CC was a fluke for Gracie
Im sure by Worlds she will deliver as she will ahve less pressure Top 5 or bronze medal is still within her reach
Gracie is the future of US ladies
No US lady can match her presentation and jumps
she can score the highest amongst all Americans if she is at her game.
Have to agree with R.D. And I really like Jammers analogy! I really get cranky when people blame the judges for favoritism or analyze scoring to death as to why someone is better than another one. There is so much that goes into judging and the technical specialists really dont' have an axe to grind in my opinion. And in the final analysis, unless figure skating enacts "instant replay" (oh God, please, no, just NO) it's still a human making a judgement call in a split second!
Historically the USFSA has just almost automatically chosen the gold, silver (and when possible) bronze placers on the World or Olympic team being the easiest way to decide. Todd Eldredge was an exception and I thought at the time it was a good call to put him on the team. If there was truly favoritism I think Jeremy Abbott would have been on the men's World team because of his past accomplishments and what was really a bad skate in his LP. I guess there will always be cries of favoritism and judges or the federation holding someone up or supporting one over the other. Unfortunately that's probably the nature of most sports. "What have you done for me lately!"
Regardless of what went down this year, a new season will start in Octoberish (Skate America?) and we'll start all over again!
When will everyone realize that the ladies single skating discipline has been dominated by other countries (non-US) for the last five or six years? There is an ebb and flow to dominance in any discipline. Right now, dance is dominated by North American skaters. Pairs, once dominated by the Russians and Chinese, has seen an influx of strong talent from Europe and now potentially the Canadians. What I like is that these competitions are no longer coronations. (as seen in results from US Nationals men's results....as much as I like Abbott, there is new blood pushing the envelope, and if that is the wake up call Abbott needs to push himself to make the team for Socchi, so be it).
Wagner and Gold need to be able to lay down two clean programs each in London, ONT to get the US women back to 3 spots for 2014. Simple as that. And, quite honestly, neither of them has shown the ability to skate two clean programs recently.
I just hope Gracie when she competes at Worlds doesn't worry about her placement so much or getting that 3rd spot back. I hope she just goes out and skates like she knows she can and shut out all the other nonsense.
She hasn't been able to handle the pressure all season and it's a very big mistake on USFS' part to send her to Worlds.
I like it. It's quaint, it's old-fashioned, it's egalitarian -- and it sort of thumbs its nose at the ISU, saying that your grand world thingy is not so important as you think it is.
Last edited by Mathman; 02-11-2013 at 03:13 PM.
At the end of the day what really matters is how you perform at major international competitions in front of an international judging panel.
Last edited by Ziggy; 02-11-2013 at 03:47 PM.
Wow Ziggy. Who do you think they should have sent?