At least Lipnistkaia did the right thing which is more than I can say about other skaters who waited and waited and essentially did not allow someone else the chance. I know people will say that it wasn't done on purpose but..whatever.
This is Julia's third injury in 6 months. I think she should just take a good long break to recover. Nationals will come too soon, and just as Liza T did last season, there is no point in going back into juniors. Hence, best just to start afresh next season.
Last edited by Mao88; 11-30-2012 at 05:36 PM.
Gao is in a perfect position. All she has to do is relax and skate her two programs. If others skate well and Gao finishes last, so what? If she doesn't, good for her.
Realistic predictions would say Gao finishes last. She has the least amount of clout and the personal best she has shown so far in her career has been lower than all of the other ladies going to the GPF. Doesn't really matter, though, it's a good experience for her.
Seriously though, I say we will see. I don't think she'll be close to the podium, but I think she can be in the mix to not finish last.
And heck, did anyone predict that she would be in the GPF in the first place (or anywhere close to it?!).
That said, I'm not sure if concussion is the same as tibia injury, however. I get the feeling if her doctor didn't tell her she couldn't skate at all or her coach didn't stop her, she would still compete, FWIW.
(Not aiming at this at you tulosai, just pointing out that I'm not surprised somebody would bring this up.)
I think it is mild concussion. I can tell you a fractured tibia feels like you broke your knee cap)I fractured my Tibial plateu in my bedroon when on sleep med Ambien-all bad stuff but ...when you need to sleep. Anyway, The tibia fracture should have had her in a leg cast and off it. Flatt is gutsy and so competitive.
I'm not happy because I don't know if Julia is hurt, and I was wanting to see the showdown between Liza and Julia, but I am this year become a Gao fan. Her skating competitions have gotten better, maybe because she made a mental shift to student and not "american skater looking for Olympic berth."
Nationals should be great, and I am so glad we have two entries for GPF. Gao has come a long way. She might pull a Paul Wylie some day!
Last edited by skateluvr; 11-30-2012 at 07:58 PM.
I bet Gao is tickled that she decided not to retire this past summer! Looks like a change of scenery made a big difference (in several ways). She's looked wonderful this early in the season already.