If you think about it, when Brian Boitano was younger (leading right up to the season before the 1988 Olympics) people were saying he was a jumper but not much of an artist. He then went to Sandra Bezic for his Olympic year choreography. The right packaging made him unforgettable. I think Ross has gorgeous basic skating skills, and with the right packaging and a little more experience, he just may have a chance to be another unforgettable skater from the US. He certainly has the basic skating skills and CONSISTENCY to build from!
Will now Ross land his quad salchow on a regular basis? I don't know. I also thought after Finlandia , theat Dornbush, who blew me away there with his free skate, will now have the quad in the bag, and look at him now...he keeps falling.
IMO, Miner and Dornbush have equal chances at US Nationals, both seems to land all their triples and attempt the quad in both programs, with one landed at an ISU conpetiition.
I personally prefer Dornbush, artistically, I think his potenatial is higher than Ross, if he goes clean, not to speak about the fact that he attepts 2 quads.
herios, I saw Dornbush live at 2010 Nationals. He was very scratchy and his presentation didn't reach beyond the boards- Ross had a more memorable LP (and a standing O from the crowd). And Richard was a disaster last year at Nationals and 4CC's. Consequently I am a bit slow to jump on the Ricky train.
I didn't see Ricky at Finlandia except on the small screen, and not a very good vid at that. Did you get to see the comp live?
BTW Welcome to Golden Skate skatel80!
After seeing Miner on TV today (and I see these guys at all the nationals live too) I would say JA had better look out. Miner is improving all the time...JA, of course an excellent skater when he is on, has topped out for now, IMHO. Maybe next year he comes back and can do three quads...more power to him....but in two months JA better skate with his high level of artistry and tech ability....hungry young guns are comming up behind him, and leading them is Miner...
I reference the 3A in my original post because he REALLY struggled with it during the GP series, particularly in the short program.
Here's his 3A attempts at 2010 GP:
NHK 2010 SP: -1.14 GOE
NHK 2010 FS: 0
COC 2010 SP: -0.86
COC 2010 FS: +0.86
then Nationals 2011 more than two months later....(And yes, it's worth noting that he went from only doing one 3A in the FS to two!)
SP: +1.14 GOE
FS 3A+2T: +1.43
FS 3A: +.14
And since Nationals 2011, he's only had negative GOE three times, at Skate Canada 2011, when he popped the jump in the SP and got -GOE in the FS and at nationals 2012, in the free skate.
Worlds 2011 SP: +0.86 GOE
Worlds 2011 FS 3A+2T: +1.14
Worlds 2011 FS 3A: +1.00
SC 2011 SP: 1A + -0.60
SC 2011 FS 3A: +1.43
SC 2011 FS 3A+2T: -1.43
NHK 2011 SP: +0.57
NHK 2011 FS 3A: +1.43
NHK 2011 FS 3A+2T: +0.29
Nationals 2012 SP: +1.86
Nationals 2012 FS 3A: +1.86
Nationals 2012 FS 3A SEQ: -3.00
4CC 2012 SP: +1.29
4CC 2012 FS 3A: +1.57
4CC 2012 FS 3A+2T: +1.00
SC 2012 SP: +1.00
SC 2012 FS 3A+2T: +0.86
SC 2012 FS 3A: +0.71
NHK 2012 SP: +1.43
NHK 2012 FS 3A+2T: +0.86
NHK 2012 FS 3A: +1.00
So basically he's 86 percent on hitting the 3A since Nationals 2011. Pretty good! And he's 100 percent so far this season! And not only that, he's getting sold +1 and +2 for them!
Point is, Ross has shown a history of working out his struggling jumps, so I wouldn't be surprised if the 4S came about in a similar fashion.
Maybe. Miner's LP is boring this year compared to last year's Casablanca program but that quad at NHK was impressive. Abbott just never, ever seems to be able to but it together but when he does, it usually at Nationals. I think Abbott will skate well enough to win, by Miner may get that second spot if Johnny and Evan don't show (which I don't feel is very likely at this point).
I agree. He reminds me of a young Boitano in some ways. Despite that people are usually reluctant to give a chance to middle aged skaters just starting to breakthrough, I think he has huge potential, and could see him going to 2018. I hope the USFSA gives him a chance and gets behind him. Atleast he delivers under pressure it seems.
I was just thinking that the way most American men have been skating, Miner can win nationals. He has been skating very steady. Besides his quad, he delivers the rest of the program strongly whereas Abbott tends to fall apart at different portions of his program. Richard, is also skating strong aside from his quads and way better than last year.
The most important thing at NHK was that he was able to score really high in the FS.
Miner isn't even that old (he's 21- young for a male skater). He was nineteen when he won his first medal at Nationals and competed at Worlds (2011), just like Evan Lysacek. Evan didn't win his world title until he was 23, Olympics at 24. Ross will be 22 at the Olympics if he makes the team, only 1 year older than Johnny was at his first Olympics. He would be 26 in 2018; a year younger than Abbott is now, and only 2 years older than Evan was when he won the Olympics. Ross is not necessarily anywhere near the end of his career!
My answer is yes: I think Ross can win nationals. If he lands the quad and skates like he did at NHK, he could be tough to beat! I've been a Ross supporter for a while now--I just like his consistency as a competitor--and I'm so excited about his performance at NHK. Wow--when that TES came up--that was huge!! What a step for him. Yes, he is reminiscent of Boitano, and Lysacek too, in his competitive ability.
Having recently seen them live at a show, I will say that, when you look solely at their basic skating skills, Jeremy Abbott is a much better skater than Ross Miner. But Ross is already a better, steadier competitor than Jeremy has probably ever been. Sadly, Jeremy is more of a head case than ever this season, while Ross continues to quietly improve. I wish the best for Jeremy, because he is so incredibly talented and such an artist. Ross still needs a lot of development in this area. However, this is a sport, and Jeremy has had so many chances to show his best for the U.S. in competition, and has rarely done so. His best is usually at Nationals, and even if he peaks there this season, I really hope Ross gets that second spot at least. I think he will perform well for the U.S. at Worlds, and that is so important this year.
As for the other U.S. guys, I have yet to see Dornbush, Messing, and Aaron this season, so cannot venture an opinion. My overall impression of Dornbush is he's quite talented but flaky and unreliable. I do see Ross as having definitely passed Dornbush at this point, again because of his steadiness as a competitor. (Although some may feel Dornbush is naturally more talented, and I don't necessarily disagree with that, natural talent only takes you so far.) I like Armin but his results the last 2 seasons are disappointing. Rippon is out of it, this year at least. I think his latest coaching change was not a good move and also I don't think his programs are working this year. The programs are fine, but they just don't feel like Adam.
I do not expect to see Evan at Nationals. And as for Johnny, I am a big fan and had high hopes for his comeback, but I think the GP withdrawals pretty much killed his chances. Finlandia, to me, showed that he still has skill and ability, but needs more competitive experience and, especially, more experience competing his new programs. The GP withdrawals deprived him of that, and he will be coming into Nationals cold. I do not see him making the team.
So yes, I think Ross has a real chance to win, and I will be rooting for him!!