The US has lots of talented young girls as well, but in view of the rise and fall of Nagasu and Zhang, it's best to wait until very young skaters pass through the ravages of the puberty bug before declaring them stars.
But Radionova is a star, and she will be in history of FS, even if Triglav Trophy-2013 will be her last competition.
More mature age also gives no warranty. Silver medalist of Worlds Leonova significantly degraded at age 22, and nobody knows will she restore or not.
Asada had two poor seasons after Olympics-2010.
And so on.
So let us enjoy skating of all skaters who skate well now. Even if their future is not guaranteed (in fact future of any skater is not guaranteed).
If either Jason Brown (possible) or Joshua Farris (not likely) return to the JGP, I think they will continue to do well.
Are Blommaert & Annabelle Prölß & Ruben Blommaert age eligible?
Blommaert turned 21 on 5 March this year?
Likewise, I would not be surprise if Kaitlyn Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker to use their extra year of dance eligibility in Juniors (if they are still eligible?) to do well.
The team has not been together a full year yet, and really did very well on the JGP last year.
they really are a future for German Pairs, love the 3 twist and high throws, hopefully Anabelle doesn't grow any taller
Jason Brown in another JGP is another regression imo
he is ready for seniors
Hawayek-Baker are very technical but I think their progress will be hampered by their height similarities
that's why I think they are not potential JGP stars or even in seniors
They finished 7th in their first JW despite having a mistake in the SD and could have a great future if he could grow a little taller and she stops growing. They are almost the same size, and though Jean-Luc seems to have no trouble lifting Kaitlyn, if she gets any bigger he will have to find a new partner.Likewise, I would not be surprise if Kaitlyn Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker to use their extra year of dance eligibility in Juniors (if they are still eligible?) to do well. The team has not been together a full year yet, and really did very well on the JGP last year.
Jason will be wasted on the JGP. With the way US Men are at this point he can beat about 90% of them when he's on. If he gets a quad he's top 4 material easily if not higher.
Men are eligible for the JGP if they haven't turned 19 by July 1, 2013. Jason Brown turned 18 in December.
He's not out of place in the JGP, and as for moving over for younger guys, the new Junior champ Vincent Zhou won't be eligible for the JGP until the 2014-2015 season, and some of the other juniors from nationals have already aged out.
In any event, JGP vs. GP does not matter for someone like Brown, with 2 spots on the Olympic team there are truly only 4 guys in consideration for the spots: Aaron, Abbott, Dornbush, Lysacek.
With Rippon, Miner, and Farris maybe having a 5% chance combined to make the team but again I doubt it, not after the seasons Rippon and Miner had and not with Farris being junior this season, always falling on his quad, and getting lower components than Aaron and Miner at Nationals.
No one else really has any shot at all I would say.
Jason Brown is in the top 24 on both lists: #20 on the updated WR, and #22 on SB, so it is possible he will get two invitations to the GP. But without a quad, he is unlikely to win a medal on the GP, whereas in the JGP he is sure to medal in his events and possibly win the JGPF. Then if he finishes high enough at Nationals, he can go to 4CC, since the Olympic-bound US men will skip 4CC in Taiwan. The top Canadian men will also skip 4CC, too, so there is opportunity for a high placement for Jason.