I'd love to see Angela crack the top 5 this year. That's the best case scenario for her b/c she'd earn a trip to junior worlds, hopefully do well there, and set herself up for a debut on the GP next season...
To my inexpert eye, I thought Gold was markedly superior in all five program components. She had speed, attack, blade work, pizzazz.
To me, it's one thing to say that Ashley Wagner is much better than the rest of the field this year and will probably win. even if she is not perfect, no matter what the other girls do. It is quite another to say that the USFSA has already directed the judges to give her undeservedly high marks because they want to send her to worlds. Worlds should not be a consideration. Judge the contest before you.
I'm just hoping there won't be another repeat of the same this year if Alissa doesn't skate well.
LOL there is no chance of Czisny being held up this year. In fact the reverse is true, I would be surprised if she isnt held down if she has a somewhat decent skate to a fairly poor skate, and if she did somehow have a great skate I guarantee she would be held down in the scores (if even neccessary as at this point Wagner, Gold, Nagasu, can all easily outskate even a perfect Czisny) to ensure she wasnt on the World team. This year is the reverse of last year, Czisny is no longer any pet figure of the USFSA, and while they might allow her a fighting shot at a 3 women Olympic team next season if she does everything right between now and then, she is the last one they will want to ever send to a 2 women Worlds with Olympic spots on the line and rightfully so. The only way she would be going to Worlds this year is if she lands 3 different types of quadruples jumps at Nationals.
Just don't consider the presentation, only the technical elements: 3Lo, 3Lz+2T, 2A (as difficult as the programs that all the others were planning), perfectly executed, with excellent height, flow, distance, perfect outside edge in the lutz, she did a FCSp, that is actually more difficult than the FSSp (it has a higher value under the CoP), I personally liked the steps and the spirals, at least she had a wonderful speed and they were fairly difficult, good CCoSp, well centred, not extraordinary speed but the positions were good and teh technique was really good, difficult entry in the LSp with a very good back position and good arm movements. The only thing that could have been better, in my opinion, was the speed in the spins that were, however, well centred and executed with graceful positions.
Now look at her technical marks: 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.3, 5.6, 5.7, 5.6, 5.7, 5.2. 5.2 and 5.3?! She should have received all 5.8s and 5.9s in my opinion, maybe 5.7 if you consider that the 3Lo is a bit easier than a 3F and that she didn't do a 3-3 but all the marks between 5.2 and 5.5 are totally unjustified for me! The truth is that the judges were biased because she wasn't a well-known skaters nor a top contender, it's obvious that if Michelle/Maria B./Slutskaya did this same technical elements, her marks would have been surely between 5.7 and 5.9!
(Sorry for the off-topic post! )
I guess I am the last Pollyanna left standing.
I don’t think we should accept all this winking and nodding so jadedly. The worst thing that can happen to a sport is that people come to believe that it is fixed. Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life for betting on games. This was the one unforgivable sin, because if the public starts to believe that major league baseball is in the pocket of gambling interests, then no one will ever go to a baseball game again.
IMHO the ISU and the USFSA should be doing everything they can to dispel this image of their sport.
If you are going to hold a national championship competition, hold a national championship competition. If not, don't, and send whoever you want to Worlds.
NO competition is any fun to watch when the results are pre-determined (i.e. fixed). That's when I tune out.
ETA: on a related note, not much fun either when the result is a foregone conclusion after the SP. The women's final in Vancouver 2010 had absolutely no suspense at all because Yuna Kim was ahead by like 500 points or something. What a killjoy.
Last edited by R.D.; 01-09-2013 at 07:33 PM.
^ We've seen that quite a bit this year, too. Someone is so far ahead after the short program that the only suspense is whether it is possible for them to sakte so badly in the long that the other guy can catch up. (Nope -- it was bad, but not quite that bad.)
Seriously. More generally, I'd also argue that seeing Nagasu, Lepisto and Suzuki having career high skates, Asada making history and Rochette rising to the occasion made the Vancouver Ladies long program one of the greatest skating events I can recall. And Kim capping that off with her greatest performance ever? My word.