Callers are inconsistent and, again, there's no specific definition in the rules.
I feel some actual weight should be on the ice (not "full weight", though).
Mirai suffered from the flu virus, ( Influenza A H3N2 ).
................. while Caroline suffered from the screw virus, ( Techcallerous ridiculi ).
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I do hope that Caroline keeps working at all the things she needs to improve on and keeps excelling and pushing herself in ares that she already does well. Considering how much she's changed physically as well as how all over the place her results have been since moving up to the senior ranks, I think it's pretty remarkable that she still loves to skate and is at nationals every year. (I wish she hadn't moved up to senior so quickly, but at the time she was was very much ahead of the field in the junior ranks and the US had a HUGE hole in the ladies senior ranks) For the past two seasons, i have really enjoyed her skates at nationals (and 4CC last year)...it seems that she's been training to peak later in the season...and i definitely think she was under marked in the SP at nationals this year.
I hope that she keeps skating for as long as she still loves it, and i really do want to see her land and get credit for a clean 3R-3R combo...NO ONE does a loop jump quite like her. In fact the amount of spring she gets in her loop (just look at when she has a 2R at the end of a combo...she jumps higher than the toe!) indicates that she has good spring/ability to jump purely from her leg muscles, but i think there's a disconnect between taking the momentum from her skating into the jump to translating it into the jump itself.
Some food for thought:
- who else read the post on IN about Caroline's coaches addressing the inconsistencies in judging the loop jump (especially with regards of the pre-rotation/take off in a curve)...do you think it will be addressed/can it be addressed? how do you truly measure under-rotation on a loop if the direction you land is not truly the direction you face when you actually jump?
- her axel has gotten better and the mule kick is less obvious, this all means that she's been making changes, and i think she can continue to do so if she doesn't push too hard for the results (like don't worry about making the team, just focus on what she can control)
- her spirals are the best in the world currently...she's one of about 5 ladies that i can think of currently who are allowed to perform spirals in my book...i have zero tolerance for ugly spiral positions, so basically, if for purely selfish reasons, i want her to keep skating just to show all the other ladies what a spiral sequence should look like/or at least what's required to get the + GOEs
- we know the US judges will score her better if she gets better results internationally, but do you think she'll be scored fairly internationally even if she skates relatively clean?
Her biggest problem is still lack of speed in her basic skating IMO. Until she skates as fast as the top skaters, she won't get the PCS scores, which tend to index off "Skating Skills." I'd recommend a summer spent with ice dance coaches to fix the problem. She a tenacious, hard-working lady, and I think she can do it!
That's true. I'm just hoping that at this point, she's old enough to understand the advice, and young enough to be able to benefit from it. It isn't necessary to schlep to Michigan. I'm sure there are coaches in her area that can teach basic stroking and depth of edge.
I saw this years GP events and Caroline simply was the SLOWEST OF ALL skaters on the GP circuit. She either was passed by everyone else or since the field has been cut to 10 at each event, the weakest links are not participating, so now Caroline's slow speed became glaring.
And the slow speed has a ripple efect pn PCS, she cannot do transitions either, as she spends more time to get from one element to the next.
And I just don't see her taking control of her destiny as Ashley Wagner did and move to the other end of the country to seek help from a coach who would know what she has to work on.
The US ladies field will be extremely crowded by candidates next season and there will be no time for those who will start from scratch.
Despite all the wishful thinking here, I cannot picture her getting back into contention.
She had her heyday. What is to feel sorry for? She is not injured, has had a respectable career. Some must come up and others go away. She should go to college or move on. Be realistic for her. I feel sorry for Gold who is now skating like the once heralded Agnes. These two can skate and they are nervous nellies. Hope Wagner holds it together for worlds.