Originally posted by Rgirl
Sasha won five gold at either GP events, the GPF, or cheezefests, and this season she won four golds, including Campbell's. She regularly hits 5 to 6 triples in her LPs and in '02 did land 3L/3t. I hear and understand your arguments--4th at Olympics and two worlds--but IMO there were factors in those situations On the surface, the argument makes sense, but when you really look at the situation, it's not right for the individual.
ME: first off, I admit that I do not know what's right for Sasha ~ only she does. Thus, I am only giving my opinions and what I think would be good for her. That said, I don't place a lot of value on any of those GP golds....it's great that Sasha won those.....but, to me, everything leads to the Olympics (not the other way around). One will see everyone going all out during the Olympic season in preparation for the big one. However, Nationals & Worlds are equally important in one's career, especially Worlds b/c that's when one goes against the best in the world (not just one's countrywomen/men). And therein comes my worry and my noting of what you also mentioned in your post up above (aka 4th). Btw, I too acknowledge that she regularly hits those triples, but she also regularly has some sort of mishap or fall throughout her entire skating career, especially notable at the big ones (aka Nationals, Worlds, Olympics).
***Note: I cut out your mentions of Michelle b/c this has nothing to do with her IMHO, unless it means more bad luck for Sasha to be competing against her. :(***
it's not as if team skaters are all easy-going, always agreeable people. Let's see, Barbara Fusar-Poli, Marina Anissina, Pasha Grishuk, Kyoko Ina, Oksana Kasakova, Christopher Dean, Isabelle Duschanay, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier--do I make my point yet
? Tanith Belbin went through four or five partners before she clicked with Ben.
ME: lol :D , yeah, I do have to agree with you....great citing of those ones up above.......especially Marina Anissina, whom I adore (broken heart since she & Gwendal quit skating, no lie :( ). Btw, I never brought up Sasha's "supposed" attitude ~ none of us really know her ~ so I think that's all b.s. In fact, my instinct tells me that she puts on a front to hide how vulnerable she really is (reminds me of the astrological sign of the crab). Though I do think she can be any one of those things (aka angel, devil, diva, demure, sweet, etc.) on any given day, but aren't we all. I know I sure as heck am! :D
Anyway, I'm sure, Nadine. that you're making this suggestion out of a newfound appreciation for Sasha's skating and feeling bad for her disappointment.
ME: Rgirl, hmmm, think you're right.....I remember laying eyes on her for the first time at a pro-am during the Fall of 1999......and though I saw how pretty & cute she and her skating were, she didn't move me. And my ambivalence continued on & off while she was competing against an all-time favorite of mine (aka Sarah Hughes). Still, I never failed to note her extraordinary gifts throughout those years or her gutsiness, especially at the Olympics, where I feared if she landed everything she would beat Sarah no matter how magical Sarah skated that night (and I truly think she would've). However, the turning point really came for me at 2003 Worlds......was blown away by her landing of the 3Z/3T......and as a result was literally "crushed" when she didn't capture the bronze (was truly heartbroken for her, as I am now). And the reason for that is b/c, for once, I would really like to see her live up to her potential at one of the big ones ~ the ones that have been around forever, go on a skater's resume, and can either make or break a skater ~ Nationals, Worlds, Olympics. Anyhow, yes, a newfound appreciation of Sasha's skating came for me this year....first at TL exhibition performances....and then followed up at Nationals. With it culminating today with "Romeo & Juliet" ~ literally shed tears for her for the first time ever during this performance. She has finally moved me ~ it started with the SP, built up during the FS, and finally broke during the exhibition. :(
You described how dejected she seemed in the interview after the competition, but I didn't get that at all--and on the Exhibitions Terry Gannon said the same thing, that he talked to Sasha afterwards and she "didn't seem dejected at all."
ME: yes, I heard Terry say that too during the exhibitions......but once again it's all in the eyes of the beholder......b/c my perception was entirely different.
IMO Sasha has too much talent as a singles skater to do pairs. Yes, she would make a lovely pairs skater at least regarding lifts. But the problems that plague her in singles would still be there in pairs--that is, whatever it is that prevents her from giving a 6-triple performance at Nationals and so far Worlds. It would still affect her in throw jumps and SBS jumps. After all, she did fall on a 3t.
ME: we'll have to agree to disagree.......not on her talent b/c, yes, she has it in spades.......but rather on pairs skating. I, for one, hold pairs skating in the same high regard as I do singles (no lie). OTOH, it seems from your post that you do not (JMHO). And I would be literally ecstatic if Sasha chose pairs, no b.s. I think her talent could shine even moreso in this discipline........not just lifts........but throws, unison skating, pair spins, passion, presentation, everything! ***Note: kinda off-topic, but I always find it sad when I see Katia Gordeeva skating solo ~ she shines in pairs ~ JMHO***
I like Sasha just where she is. Give Sasha a chance with Robin. Even if she never wins the BIG gold, she can still work to fulfill her potential as a singles skater. Who knows? She may have some problem that hasn't been identified yet that has nothing to do with focus and that can be solved with the right approach.
ME: actually, my thinking of Sasha as a pairs skater has nothing to do w/Robin Wagner, et al. I'm sure Robin will do all she can for Sasha. No, my suggestion came from a genuine love of pairs skating and a desire to see Sasha & American pairs skating flourish (no lie). Anyhow, I wish her luck and no matter what will continue to enjoy watching her gutsy & beautiful skating.