03-30-2013, 10:18 AM
Sarah vs. Gracie
Sarah burst onto the scene in year #1 after Olympics. She had four years to improve herself and get herself into a position to be forgiven some small mistakes by the judges in the short program. By then she was the reigning world bronze medalist and had beaten both Michelle and Irina at Skate Canada, iirc. She was no newcomer and had a pretty good resume by then.
She probably was not as good as Michelle or Irina overall, but on that night she skated clean and neither of those skaters did.
Gracie burst onto the scene the year before the Olympics. She hasn't been around long enough to get "reputation points." Nor has she skated as consistently well as she could have. It's hard to believe she's as wonderful as everyone says she is when she didn't medal in the 4CC, one of her Grand Prix assignments and came in 8th and 9th in two short programs.
If she's like anyone, it will be that she's like Tara Lipinski. Maybe she'll get really, really good next year and jump over everybody, if that's even possible today.
Frankly, I find it sort of depressing that everyone's predicting next year's medallist to be 67% like last Olympics, and the third spot is "slotted" to go to the female Patrick Chan. There have been no exciting new skaters at all who have amounted to anything in 4 years, and that's sad.
03-30-2013, 11:06 AM
I don't think Alissa will be coming back from a second hip injury--she should understand that her body is telling her, "Enough." And even if she does return, the odds that she'll be in competitive shape in time to challenge for that third spot are minuscule at best. The same goes for Rachael, who seems to have acknowledged that her skating career is indefinitely on hold.
Originally Posted by Skater Boy
The judges, as you probably saw at US Nationals this year, don't think as highly of Mirai or Caroline as they used to. At top form, Mirai could possibly challenge for that third spot, but she'll have to overhaul her jumping technique (i.e., fully rotating ) before anyone in the USFSA considers putting her on another Olympic team. She should have a chance to prove herself anew on the GP circuit.
Angela Wang has never been to a big junior OR senior competition, and I wouldn't expect the Olympics to be her first. She has the potential to finish in the top six at Nationals if she skates two clean programs. As of now, I'm more interested in seeing how many (if any) GP assignments she gets.
03-30-2013, 11:16 AM
I would love to see Angela and Hanna on the senior GP next year. I think they are ready. They appear to be good competitors.
03-30-2013, 11:21 AM
She more than held it together in the FS at US Nationals, IMO. And she didn't crumble under the pressure at Worlds in the way that many other girls did--Gracie was the highest finisher of the "new generation" of teenagers. This is her first season as a senior, and while she hasn't handled her nerves as well as she could have, the amount of expectations thrust onto her in the few months of transition from junior to senior has been more than enough to spook her.
Originally Posted by Poodlepal
03-30-2013, 01:52 PM