Sashaspins, I agree Gracie's PCS scores were much too high---but so were Ashley's. The crowd in the arena would not agree that Gracie skated without passion and enthusiasm, because we gave her a spontaneous standing ovation, and she was the ONLY lady to receive such an accolade. No other lady landed the huge jumps she did, or displayed as much technical virtuosity. Her spins and footwork were good, too --- nearly all L4 (and BTW, she's received L4 for spins and L3 for footwork internationally, too).
I sense that you don't like Gracie Gold much, but give credit where it is due. If Ashley had delivered Gracie's program with the same jumps, spins and choreo, she would have scored well over 140.
Gracie just needs to project more to the crowd and not have that blank look on her face like she did for much of her LP. A new choreographer would help too. Her coach needs to get this girl the help she needs and forget Scott Brown. If and when she does all these things she will be as Sandra Bezic said formidable.
If Ashley and Gracie have similar skates at Worlds we are not getting those 3 spots back. Gracie especially as a newbie will be buried should she flub the SP as she did here.
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 01-27-2013 at 12:26 PM.
It is unfortunate Mirai had the flu before the competition /during the competition that undoubtedly sapped her strength. There were so many good skates - not great thoug. Yes, natinional gifting was apparent but that happens everywhere - Japan, Canada, Russia. Most concerning was ice dance because those scores suggest D and W are by far head V and M. Outrageous - to think this year's routine for d and w wasn't even a masteerpiece. But as for the aldies mira needs to find true happiness and not worry about the world. I empathize with her but so many good, not great American ladies and two spots. mayhbe three next year. You never know in this slippery sport Mirai might come back or she might slip into oblivion never to be seen again. There are so many fans for the skater that you will find those who say retire and those who want to see them compete more. It's a tough sport if not a fickle one. Mirai was touted to be the next great one but it has not fanned out as of yet.
The only reason I feel a tiny bit sorry for Mirai is the unfortunate timing of getting the flu, which probably had some effect on her performance. The way things went down with the other skaters, if Mirai had just fully rotated either of those triple flips, and fully rotated the triple loop for full credit rather than downgrade, she probably would have ended up on the podium, even with her other UR's catalogued and scored as they were. However, given how Mirai has skated over the last couple of years, she's fully capable of cheating rotations even when 100% healthy, so it's hard to say that the flu made the difference in the TES. I felt in real-time, Mirai's underrotations were the most glaring of skaters in the last two groups--it wasn't even subtle and how can the tech panel/judges ignore the obvious? The jumps weren't even on the bubble where benefit-of-doubt could be given, and this was overall a relatively lenient tech panel.
Honestly its stuff like this that's makes people turn away from skating. I agree with the poster who said blah. I too was bore last night. While there were some great skates none of them had the wow factor for me. In fact I watched videos of euros and they didnt do it for me either. So many cookie cutter programs. I miss the artistry and feeling. Frankly, the television coverage really stinks and at times is downright offensive. (The camera in Mirai's face).
I would like to say to the powers that be at the only ice show in the US (if you want to call it that with 6 stops)....grab these girls before they go off and do something else. I really think that this is the end for Mirai but I would love to see her in a show!
Disclaimer....I love figure skating but lost some passion for ever since my mom died since it was something we watched and went to together. So I haven't been excited about it this year...at all.
I think one of the other things that makes Mirai's results so difficult is that it's clear she was training to do well here and continue on from Nationals (as any good athlete SHOULD be).
Suddenly she had a toe/toe. The one in her short here looked so solid and it's the second one she's hit this season. Plus she was training a flip/toe. Even though she wasn't putting it in this event, it seems like she was constructively finding ways to grow and build her technical content to become even more competitive within this season.
Unfortunately with a 7th place finish I don't know what international even she could get sent to. I'm really proud of the work she did this season and the changes she made. Point value wise, this fall was easily the most successful grand prix season she's ever had. And her sp here displayed the quality she still has and determination to be competitive and enjoy her skating. I would be VERY surprised if they sent her to 4CC, but maybe a smaller competition like the International Challenge Cup?
We all have our favorites out there, and she's definitely one of mine, but I'd love to see her have a chance to hit the reset button and skate without the flu.