Is there a reason to debate Ashley and Gracie? The USFSA has already purchased them thank you gifts for earning back three spots. That gift: round-trip tickets to Sochi.
Alissa Czisny is the classiest U.S. skater since Michelle Kwan, both in style and in spirit. I am biased: I saw Alissa at Skate America (my first live competition). But her 2010 LP was the best American ladies LP since Kwan's TOSCA. So full of life and choreographic detail. Its strengths almost overshadowed how ugly skating requirements have become.
Seeing her possibly triumphant GONE WITH THE WIND program before the inevitable ending was heartbreaking.
Alissa may not deserve a spot, but I hope my damned she earns one.
And if not her, Mirai. Why? Probably for the same reason. Sentiment.
But Christina is very good too.
(My first post: took me years.)