If the USA, Russia and Japan don't all earn 3 ladies spots for Sochi, I'll dance naked with the mailman.
This just in- mail carriers across the country, who previously had no interest in figure skating, are all rooting for USA, Russia, and Japan to get their 3 spots in ladies for Sochi.
In all seriousness I would be very much surprised if the 3 countries didn't send 3 ladies to Sochi (considering the depth in the ladies field for each country).
If the total placement cannot exceed 13 at worlds, I don't see any real problems with this happening (unless Korpi or Osmond stir things up a bit at worlds). The only other ladies I can think of to place high enough are, of course, Kim and Kostner.
I'm wondering what Ashley's strategy is going to be. Will she be going for more difficult combinations in hopes of competing for a podium spot (dependent upon errors from one or more of the top three) or will she be content with a Top 6 finish and attempt her watered-down 2 triple SP and 6 triple LP? I think if she's clean with the easier content she will place 5th or 6th because many of the skaters will make errors, but if she goes for the higher difficulty and falls she could find herself closer to 10th.
Personally I think her best strategy is to go with easier content. I think it's just too risky to suddenly throw triple/triples when she hasn't landed a single one all season. If she'd at least tried it in a previous comp, even if not landed 100%, I'd be better with it.
Of course, she'll probably do just the opposite of my advice and land two combos, thereby proving me totally wrong. :-)
Gracie seems to have one bad competition then one good one. Hopefully that means she is due to skate better then she did at 4CC.
Beyond the top 3, (in this order) there could be Akiko, Liza, Kanako, Korpi, Gold, Adelina, Wagner, Li, Osmond.
Note that we are seeing a (very likely) situation that nobody but Korea (if Kim places first) and Japan gets three spots, and everybody falls right into their deserved places give or take. Canada doesn't even get two spots and this is when Osmond does reasonable. Ladies is just crazy deep this year. US isn't looking good with Wagner's difficulty.