She is amazing. Great talent + tough coach.
Ashley is the US champ but is she really the golden girl?
I foresee a ton of Gracie coverage in near future, possibly endorsements that will have escaped Ashley, and marketing as our bright future star. Dunno why, but I think this is the real start.
Also, bouncing off my earlier point; Gracie "peaked" at the right time. NBC decided to show Nationals this year because it's a pre-Olympic season event--many people were outraged that she didn't win, nabbing her sympathy bonus points and now more people know her name vs. that of Ashley's.
... Unpopular opinion, but I still think no one deserved the National title based one their performances there.
Where's your generally very fair and unbiased dis-hyping of overhyped skaters?
^ Oh, pooh, at "no [girl] deserving to win the Nats this year".
Gracie Gold put down a technical performance that no American lady has done since...I guess someone mentioned Kristi Yamaguchi? Early 90's?
Yeah, so she messed up her SP. That doesn't make her FS any less commendable.
The two best girls to send to Worlds are being sent to Worlds. Ashley Wagner was held up a bit (especially in PCS, IMO) but Gracie Gold fairly stole the show and got a very deserving trip to London, Canada. I wouldn't have protested had she actually become the new US Ladies Champ.
Wasn't Gold considering leaving skating not too long ago?