It's hard to do an apples to apples compassion because Carolina's first two world appearances were judged under the 6.0 system.
Perhaps Gracie is not as fast as Carolina or Yuna, but her PCS scores is reflected as such. It's not like they're getting the sames scores! Carolina's PCS scores in the FS were more than 10 points ahead and Yuna's was 13 points. Don't see the outrage in that regard.
There is a case to perhaps say hers is too high relative to her peers (i.e. Adelina/Liza/Zijun/Kaetlyn).....
In 2005, she was buried with great 3F3T, great 3R, great 2A.
In 2007, her PCS was like 27 in the SP for clean program with 3F3T, 3Lutz.
Irina, Sasha didn't have 3Z, didn't have 3x3 in the SP. So. What?
Your nonsensical statement is ridiculous.
I would expect Hannah to skate to something more "mature" even if this would be a good fit for her. Something about Disney scores turns off a lot fo skaters trying to be "serious"
As far as the Gracie and speed argument goes, I do think she's above average but not close to Carolina or Yu-Na who are the two fastest skaters of this era. I don't even think Gracie is as fast as Mirai was circa 2010...Mirai used to zoom! around the rink before her second growth spurt, to the point she almost ran into the boards several times. Gracie is fast but not exceedingly so. Personally, I find her powerful jumping to be her best attribute. Her jumps are big and effortless-looking. To me, her power is better than Carolina's and just as good as Yu-Na's.
I think it's good that Gracie waited until 17 to come out as a senior. How many phenoms have we seen come out sooner, at 14 or 15, and then flame out as seniors? Personally, and this is just my opinion, I do feel that Gracie has a stronger presence and generally more mature look out there than the younger phenoms like Lipnitskaia, Li, and even Tukt. Yes, her artistry and musical interpretation definitely need work, but what I like is that Gracie keeps your attention. She has charisma, and that is important. You could argue that Lipnitskaia and Li both have more lovely individual positions than Gracie. But their skating lacks amplitude, and fire, and Gracie has some of that.
For what it's worth, Nancy Kerrigan's first U.S. Nationals as a senior was at age 19, and I don't think anyone would say that waiting until then was a detriment to her career. Not everyone is as precocious as Michelle Kwan or Tara Lipinksi (or Adelina, Liza or Julia).
Gracie URed the 3T, edge violated her flip on her first WC and still scored less than 2 points from Caro.
How can you make such a statement that Caro was even more generously scored when she barely broke 60 in her THIRD season as a senior?
I agree that it's better that Gracie waited to make the jump to seniors until she was ready, but the truth of the matter is prior to the 2011-2012 season, she wasn't a factor. She competed at one event on the JGP before going to junior worlds; everyone else competed at least one full season. It took Gracie longer to get her skating under control but I do think it's good that her technique is solid (except the flip) and that she won't/shouldn't have to take a season or two to figure out her technique and retrain her jumps which is something a lot of the others will have/need to do.
I agree Gracie has a more mature look on the ice but physically she's bigger than a number of her peers so her skating does come across bigger. I also agree that Gracie has amplitude and power when she skates. Her speed is good and her power is excellent which means she leaves a bigger impression on the ice relative to her competitors. I think Li has nice speed and ice coverage and she has very pretty jumps that carry a lot of speed as well. Unfortunately, next to Gracie she doesn't look as fast or powerful b/c she's smaller.
Where I disagree (and, of course, it's my subjective opinion) is on Gracie's charisma and ability to hold my attention. I think she has charisma but it only comes out in spurts during her time on the ice...it's not consistent during her performances. Gracie spends the majority of her performances in her head. She shows personality during her footwork and at the end, but nearly everything b/w the other elements is blank b/c she's thinking her way through her program. I can almost see the cogs moving in her head when she skates.
For that reason, she often bores me when I watch her. Jumps are wonderful but if you calculate the amount of time it takes to do the jumps, we're left with a lot of in-between moments that need to be filled and, to me, this is where Gracie frequently drops the ball.
As I said I realize it is going to take Gracie some time for her non-technical talents to match her technical talents. The lucky thing for her is her technical talents will carry her in the sport while we wait on everything else to catch up...assuming it will. But even if it doesn't I'm sure once the Big Three make their exit Gracie will be on the podium every time as long as she can land her jumps. I want to see her improve her presentation/interpretation/connection to the music/etc. but I doubt a lack of those things will stop her from winning post-Sochi.
I mean, to go from not making Nationals at the junior levelto the top six in the world within two years is pretty notable. I think it speaks to her ability, as mskater93 noted a few posts back, her ability to learn from her struggles and mistakes.