04-16-2013, 04:48 PM
Oh my goodness! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIRAI!!!
I think it's safe to say that if all things being equal, Gracie and Ashley will def get the nod for the Olympics. They earned those three spots for the US, both of them have shown the ability to put up big numbers on the international scene and seem to demonstrate a certain level of consistency that the other US ladies have not displayed.
The very unlikely trio that my heart would love to see is Mirai, Alissa, and Christina. I just love their styles.
Of those three I genuinely have no idea who has the best chance. If Alissa can return to her form she would certainly be a sentimental favorite and her style is just SO appealing.
Christina had a real breakout season this fall and many feel she was robbed at Nationals. She had a very good if not great finish at 4CC, and SCOB seems to suit her well. Perhaps skating on her new home turf will work in her favor?
Mirai at one point had all the goods to be a world champion and she began to show signs of that young girl again this season. Her jumps were still getting UR and her FS at Nationals was well below par, but she was also fighting the flu and if the fall and her sp were any indication, she could be on track for a real comeback. Also, she was the spitfire American girl that to some, almost stole the spotlight as the Finale to incredible Ladies FS in Vancouver. She also still has the highest sp and lp international scores recorded for current US ladies. If she can return to form (which I think she was doing) she is my top choice for Sochi.
The USFSA still seems intent on supporting Agnes, and the ladies I just mentioned will have to give them real reason to stop supporting her... if Agnes doesn't do that herself. She is a sp skater. And last season of the ladies I've mentioned, the only one she's been able to beat was Gracie Gold at the top of the season. She wasn't even in the same ballpark as Mirai at NHK or Christina at 4CC.
The younger girls may prove to be ready for the Olympics, but I don't think we'll see any of them making much noise next year at the Olympics. If we send them it will really be for development and the experience rather than big results.
So with all THAT madness here is my hope for Olympic Team while still trying to use some logic:
04-16-2013, 06:17 PM
Any news on how many GP spots Mirai can expect in the fall?
04-16-2013, 07:35 PM
Wicked Yankee Girl
Mirai is in the top 24 in rankings, and will still be when last year's scores are dropped.
She's guaranteed at least 1; might get 2, same as last year, I think.
04-16-2013, 07:46 PM
I hope, I hope...Mirai for the third spot!!
After Ashley and Gracie, none of the other top potential US ladies compel me!!! MIRAI PLEAAASE
04-16-2013, 10:16 PM
Mirai has to deserve that third spot by finishing top 3 at Nationals. She's been 7th two years in a row. Something is very lacking in her skating, namely personality and attack. She skates as if she is on cruise control, and her mind is elsewhere.
04-17-2013, 02:23 PM
Can't believe Mirai is 20!! Crazy, I feel like she won Nationals as a tiny 14 year old just a couple years ago but clearly that's not the case lol. Time flies! Hope she has a great birthday!
04-17-2013, 02:37 PM
Since the thread is about hopes, not predictions, I hope Alissa is not done yet.
04-18-2013, 02:47 PM
Alissa, Ashley and Gracie!
04-19-2013, 11:32 AM
Doris just wrote a post in 2013-14 programs thread, where it says that Angela Wang is going to compete senior nationally and junior internationally. So it changes my wish and wishes of some others. Now for me it's Gracie Gold, Caroline Zhang and Ashley Wagner. That truly is a dream team.
04-19-2013, 01:51 PM
Ashley, Gracie aaaaaaaaand ALISSA!