I agree. I do not think Osmond will medal. If she does she will have to get a lot of help from other skaters. I think she has done well to place where she is in her first World's. So far she has handled the pressure. The LP is a longer time and more time to make errors. If she hits the top five it should be a dream come true. If she remains in the top 10 good for her. So far she is enjoying the moment and doing well at the same time. I hope she keeps that wonderful smile on her face all through the long. She has made Canada proud and I hope it continues to-day for her.
Ashley posted this on her twitter. I guess this means we can look forward to either a 3-3 or a 2A-3T."Don't be afraid to give up the good and go for the great."
Akiko is 2-3 points back. In the LP, both skate clean, Osmond will still win. If Akiko makes any mistake in the LP, she's off the podium.
Kanako will have at least 3 URs and stay in 6th or 5th.
At this point, Osmond doesn't need any help from any other girls. She just have to be clean. If she's clean, there's no way Ashley or Akiko can beat her, given clean Ashley can't beat clean Osmond in the SP, and Akiko has bigger deficit to cover.
I think a clean Akiko might beat a clean Osmond in the LP, but not enough to make up the deficit in the SP.
A clean Ashley will not beat a clean Osmond, just like in the SP.
The real question is can Osmond skate clean?
Osmond can't catch Kostner and Yuna. Kostner has 1 fall + 1 step out advantage over Osmond in the SP.
In the LP, more elements, PCS doubled, etc... Kostner should extend that to at least 2 falls + 1 step out advantage over her. On top of the deficit from the SP, I'd say Kostner is locked for at least silver. Yuna is also locked for at least silver.
By the way, I really like her practice costume. As the ISU rule book puts it, "attire appropriate for an athletic competition."
That said, I hope Mao makes the podium.
Saying that, really hope that Yuna skates lights out! And for Suzuki to make a comeback up the standings. I really enjoy her LP this year. And I want ALL the ladies to skate clean. Last night, the final 2 flights started out promising and then went downhill from there.
I don't think so. She's being a bit hard on herself in this sense.If that moment arises, it'll be EXTREME vindication for Ashley, as she still considers it her fault that the US lost the 3 spots in the first place.
Everyone from that era had a hand in it - Meissner was in a slump and managed only 7th (she may have been able to be 4th-5th if clean)...not much was expected out of Bebe Liang but she did well for herself finishing 10th...and of course, Wagner's inexperience led to her 16th. But - there were SEVERAL opportunities presented to get that spot back which Wagner had nothing to do with. in 2009, Czisny fell twice in the SP which pretty much eliminated the possibility of a 3rd Vancouver spot. In 2010, Nagasu melted down in the FS, coughing up another opportunity (which came back to bite her in 2011 when SHE was 3rd at Nationals). In 2011, Flatt decided to skate injured at Worlds...ditto for Czisny in 2012...the list goes on and on. Honestly, there really isn't one person that this predicament can be blamed on. In fact, it can be argued that even USFS can partake in the shared blame (for reasons that have been talked about many times).