Which three U.S. Ladies do you want to see at the Olympics next year?
That is, I wish she would skate so well next season and at nationals that she deserves to make the team.
Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, and Christina Gao.
Gracie and Ashley, in my opinion, deserves to go
Gracie is actually VERY consistent. In practice she rarely misses ANYTHING that is in her programs. She is learning how to compete and bring what she does to practice with her onto the competition ice. Watching her go from complete meltdown (at SC) to Worlds (6th where she fought for everything) tells me she's on the right track on this plan...
Maybe Ashley would go for 3+3 in WTT or her first GP of the season.
I disagree about Ashley going only for a 3/3 in the SP and omitting it in the LP. If she can get a 3/3 consistent enough to be included in the SP, why not include it in the LP as well? Besides, it would force her to train it more frequently, which I imagine can only help her.
Ashley, Alissa & Christina.
Ashley and 3FLutz-3Loop? She can't even do 2A-3T.
A combo that guarantees -GOE, who wants that?
There's no chance she can compete with the top girls unless she has the skate of her life, and they fall 5 times. As you can see, Caro fell twice, and popped once, and still beat her by more than 10 points. Caro can fall 2 more times and still beat Ashley.
The only way to improve her chance at a medal is to have a consistent 3x3 in both SP and LP. She can't afford to give away a single point for doing 3T-2A unless all she wants is a spot on the Olympics team. If all she wants is a spot on the Olympics team, then she can just do whatever she's doing now. All other suggestions seem so silly and useless for someone like her.
Her best jump is actually her 3F, so naturally, that should be the jump she uses for the 3x3 combo. Her 2A was never that good, and got UR calls consistently just a year or two ago.
I'm glad to read that Gracie has stopped growing! She's going, then. Why was she in 9th after the short program at World's? Her performance wasn't linked like the rest of them, and of course I'm part of the 99% without Universal Sports so I didn't actually see it live. I assumed that she had made a mistake. She also didn't do well at 4CC. I don't see where she's consistent at all, especially in her short program.
1. Getting a < call on your 3-3 in the SP doesn't matter as much because your jumping passes are limited anyway. A 3-3< is still worth more than a 3-2, wheres in the LP doing a 3-3< is worth less points than doing a Triple jump in sequence with a double axel.
2. The amount of energy spent doing a 3-3 in the SP doesn't matter because the program is much shorter. In the LP there's so much more you have to execute.
3. Doing a 3-3 in the SP already establishes your reputation. The result of the SP very much determines how judges look at you in the LP, and once you've established that reputation the LP is basically about collecting points as intelligently as possible. If you are a skater the judges like, it doesn't really matter if your technical content in the LP is a bit lower. GOE and PCS is the name of the game.
If she wants a spot on the Olympics spot, then do whatever she's doing now.
If she wants a medal, then she needs a 3x3, and a smarter layout.
She's someone who can't afford to throw away any fraction of a point. So a 3T-2A in her program is a stupid idea. It doesn't accomplish anything more than what she can do now.
Her flutz is well known, so doing a flutz combo and get guaranteed -GOE is also another stupid idea. If you two-foot and get -GOE, then that's fine. Why work on a combo that will get you -GOE immediately at take off?
Her best jump is her 3F. Why not work on 3x3 with a 3F? Start doing them even at Liberty. Don't wait until big event to pull it out.