U.S. figure skater Ashley Cain was born on July 22, 1995, in Carrollton, Texas.
Where has USFS been hiding this girl???!!!
Oh, yeah – in Pairs!
As you may have gathered, it is taking me some time to be convinced that Gracie Gold is the future of American Ladies skating.
But with Ashley Cain, I was convinced straight away after seeing her SP at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy. And her FS just cemented my opinion.
Of course, we are all talking about Radionova, because she won the Gold in her first senior international. And that is a magnificent achievement that should be talked about. But, we have known how good Radionova is for a few years now. Ashley Cain, on the other hand, just came out of the blue. Well, for us outside America, anyway!
But to win Bronze in your first senior international event as a singles skater, and to only be beaten by well-known names like Elena Radionova and Miki Ando, is some achievement as well.
And this was no fluke - Cain was 3rd in the SP (behind Radionova and Ando), and 2nd in the FS (behind only Radionova; Ando was 4th).
Ashley Cain is just so beautiful to watch on the ice. You would not think that she has only just come back from Pairs and, hence, is less experienced in singles skating than her peers.
I really can see her having a big future within Team USA. OK, so if we assume that Wagner and Gold are 2 of the girls going to Sochi, then I can't see Cain getting the third slot. There's just too many candidates - Czisny, Nagasu, Zhang, Cesario, Gao, Zawadski...
But if Wagner, Czisny and one or two of the other skaters retire after Sochi, then Cain has a good shot for Pjeongchang. She already has a good foundation on which to build over the next 4 years.
In summary, I think Ashley Cain deserves a thread in the Fan Fest forum. Because I have a feeling we will be talking a lot about her over the next few years...!!!
Update: August 2015
Ashley Cain was born in Carrollton, Texas, in July 1995. She is the daughter of Australian Pairs skater Peter Cain and Canadian Ice Dancer Darlene Wendt.
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012262.htm (with Joshua Reagan)
Stats On Ice Bios:
https://statsonice.com/skaterteam/As...Joshua/Reagan/ (with Joshua Reagan)
https://statsonice.com/skaterteam/As...ergei/Sidorov/ (with Sergei Sidorov)
https://statsonice.com/skaterteam/As...n/Axel/Severs/ (with Axel Severs)
http://tracings.net/cain-reag.html (with Joshua Reagan)
http://tracings.net/cain-sido.html (with Sergei Sidorov)
GS Articles And Threads
24th December 2015: “Ashley Cain GoFundMe for Journey to US Nats” (Thread about Ashley trying to raise funds for her Nationals campaign)
1st September 2014: “Cain prepares for Grand Prix debut, again” (Article about Ashley making her singles Grand Prix debut)
24th February 2012: “Cain and Reagan End Partnership” (Thread about Ashley and Joshua splitting)
28th January 2011: “Cain and Reagan accomplish rare feat at U.S. Nationals” (Article about Ashley and Joshua winning Novice and Junior Nationals in consecutive seasons)
5th September 2010: “Cain and Reagan ambitious and ready” (Article about Ashley and Joshua)
Articles And Video Interviews
12th August 2015: “Cain, Miner take their turn in Olympic Center spotlight” (Lake Placid News)
7th November 2014: “Ashley Cain: "This season I'm stepping out of my box!"” (Absolute Skating) [Interview with Ashley, in which she talks about the Ondrj Nepela Trophy, and her plans]
5th November 2014: “Team USA takes home two medals at Cup of China” (Figure Skaters Online) [Review of Cup of China. Ashley Gets a sentence about her singles GP debut]
15th August 2014: “Cain enjoys stay in Lake Placid, looks ahead to upcoming season” (Lake Placid News)
21st July 2014: “Philadelphia postcards: Cain is able but not willing” (Ice Network) [Interview with Ashley, in which she talks about her plans]
11th February 2014: “You don’t have to be an Olympic hopeful to love ice skating: 6 tips to get started” (Dallas Morning News) [Ashley and a coach give tips on how to start skating]
10th February 2014: “Up to date on Sochi? See Tuesday's Olympic schedule” (Dallas Morning News) [TV listings, but with a picture of Ashley for accompaniment]
10th February 2014: “Team USA figure skater Ashley Cain, 16, of Coppell performs a head stand to work on her balance” (Dallas Morning News) [Photo of Ashley]
6th January 2014: “Ashley Cain: "I feel almost like a new skater"” (Absolute Skating) [Interview with Ashley, in which she talks about the Nebelhorn Trophy, the switch to Singles, and lots of other things!]
31st October 2013: “For Coppell resident, figure skating is childhood love turned competitive endeavor” (Dallas Morning News) [Story about Ashley]
18th August 2013: “MEET THE SKATERS: Ashley Cain” (Lake Placid News)
29th July 2013: “Skating double duty requires plenty of discipline” (Ice Network) [Story about doing Singles and Pairs/Dance at the same time. Ashley talks about her experience of doing it]
23rd January 2013: “Coppell resident Ashley Cain, 17, skates against the United States' best” (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
24th October 2012: “Olympic Team USA figure skater Ashley Cain's training tips” (Dallas Morning News) [Video of Ashley]
11th August 2012: “Rising star: Cain makes stop at Olympic Center” (Lake Placid News)
13th February 2012: “Ashley Cain: US Figure Skating's Rising Star” (Huffington Post)
28th August 2011: “Cain, Reagan bank on strong jumping skills” (Ice Network) [Story about Ashley and Joshua in lead up to GP debut]
17th August 2011: “Best is Yet to Come for Junior Skaters” (Lake Placid News) [Story about a show Ashley and Joshua were appearing in. Ashley is interviewed]
10th December 2010: “Santa sightings!” (Dallas Morning News) [I wouldn’t normally include a story about upcoming events, but this one is funny! Ashley and Josh to appear with Santa at “Holiday Magic On Ice”]
25th February 2010: “Olympic dreams are on ice for Dallas-area skaters” (Dallas Morning News) [Story about Ashley and Joshua]