I don't think Ashley should play it safe at all. Also, perhaps a new choreographer will be the best thing for her. It just might get her out of the comfort zone she appears to be in. That being said it all depends on what happens with Mr. Nicks and his coaching one more Olympic games.
Good question. It's too soon to tell what may happen but if Nicks does retire, sounds like Wagner will have to look for another coach, which could mean another big move. Not really the thing she'd want at this point IMO.I just wonder where this leaves John Nicks... Anyone know whether he's officially retired now? Is Ashley looking for a new choreographer *as well* as a new coach? Because as I understood it, Mills was going to become Ashley's fulltime coach in case Nicks retired (so it's not just a choreographer/skater split, it's a coaching split as well). I really hope John Nicks will take Ashley to the Olympics... I truly think he's good for her. Keeps her focused.
"Playing it safe" aside, Nicks has been great for her. He got her from 6th in the US to top 5 in the world. Granted, he hasn't gotten her onto the podium yet but each small step is very important. Last-minute change didn't pan out for MK so hopefully Team Wagner will be able to work things out. If she has to go back to her old coach, it may be a step back for her in the long run.
Looking up articles about Nicks possible retirement, it looks like on the one side Ashley seemed pretty convinced he was going to stay on and he was just spreading the rumour to keep her on her toes, on the other side with Philip Mills being involved in her coaching from day one, it would seem it really was planned that Nicks was going to retire eventually, possibly even before the Olympics.
I hope we won't have to wait until October until we know the deal.
Yes, Nicks hasn't gotten her onto the podium yet, but he's gotten her to be a medal contender. Multiple GP wins, 4 continents win, LP bronze in Nice... That's the whole point of this thread, I think, she's close but it looks like she needs just that little bit extra something (technical content?) to close the remaining gap between her and a medal. Changing everything (both choreographer and coach, training situation, location etc) would likely end up being a step in the wrong direction.
I'm crossing my fingers John Nicks will help her find a new, good choreographer. I went looking on Wikipedia who Sasha's past choreographers were (not that you can compare Ashley to Sasha, but still) - a lot of programs by Morozov (I didn't know that!), Tarasova and Sasha herself (with John Nicks!). Don't know what kind of choreographer would work best for Ashley?
Someone who can tap into her core personality as a skater, bring it out, and exploit it to its fullest.Don't know what kind of choreographer would work best for Ashley?
NOT someone who tries to switch her style or turn her into THEIR idea of a great skater.
Wasn't Ashley difficult to work with? If both are strong head, that's how it's going to end.
Anyway, let's get real. Mills got her to 4th best PCS. NO CHOREOGRAPHER will get her higher than that. I see her PCS tanking next year.
Actually her PCS was only 5th best for the season, Suzuki just skated poorly at Worlds. A lot of that was rep for momentum and #1 American status too. Nobody is ever going to look back at Ashley's LP from the past season and truly care about it. Well, maybe her WTT version, since the hair thing worked itself perfectly into the choreography and actually made the program a lot better. LMAO.
Ashley could be top 3 if she has the programs and really sets herself up strong next season. One of Kostner or Asada are going to have a rough Olympic season. You can just feel it.
You have very strange biases.
There is nothing wrong with "playing it safe" and knowing your limits. If your technique is not good enough for a second triple you can find other ways to maximize BV without it, as Blade of Passion suggested.
Not a fan of this strategy to be honest. I'd rather see the tech. But sometimes you do what you gotta do and you work with what you have to work with.
Yes, possibly - but remember, it could happen to Wagner too.Ashley could be top 3 if she has the programs and really sets herself up strong next season. One of Kostner or Asada are going to have a rough Olympic season. You can just feel it.