She's planning to include a 3-3 again, and in the video she was practicing the salchow... Is she going back to her 2011-2012 plan? Please, Alissa, just be careful not to get injuried again, you can be a medal contender at nationals even with 6 triples! Good luck sweet girl!
Does Alissa plan to compete in the Grand Prix? She can possibly get two assignments as a returning skater. Skate America is only 5 months away, which doesn't give her a lot of time to bring her skating up to competition level. If she doesn't do the GP, would she have to do Regionals and Sectionals?
If she doesn't compete at any GP events, I think she'll have to go through the same qualification process as most other skaters. She qualified for this year's US Nationals based on her 2nd place finish in 2012, but since she didn't end up competing, she has no recent results that would allow her to get a bye for next year. The top five at 2013 Nationals (Wagner, Gold, Zawadzki, Hicks, Gao) will automatically receive a bye to 2014 Nationals.
ETA: Forgot that Alissa did have 2012 Worlds results that allowed her to get a GP last year.
Great interview. Hope she does well and is satisfied. One thing I hate about the Olympic year is all the broken hearts. :-( I'm rooting for Alyssa.
I think, though, that the real culprit is the constant pounding on triple jumps. especially the loop. Michelle had to abandon the loop altogether, and so did Yuna Kim, not to mention Tara Lipinsky's hip problems. In Alissa case I imagine it is even worse because her landings are not so perfect.
Last edited by Mathman; 05-08-2013 at 08:43 PM.
The 3Lz-3T attempts are likely what has caused the problems with her body. Since her blade is always landing short and then forcefully turning on the ice, it's grinding her hip.
She needs to stay away from even attempting it. She doesn't need it to make the Olympic team and another injury will ruin her chances.
I really was disappointed with her routine without jumps. Why well the routine really didn't look all that great though I liked the spins While i wish Alyssa well a lot o people have gone through hard things. I consider hard things more like when it is more of a fluke ie your mother dying or your house or roof falling on you. Injuries especially as a result of training issues wella ren't so sympathetic in some ways. Yes, there will be broken hearts. As for doom and gloom I do believe an American can make the podium but they will require some luck with Yuna and ?Carolina almost guaranteed a medal each this means the American lady - most likely Gold or Wagner needs to beat all three Japanese ladies and hope the Russians don't get it together assuming they hold off Korpi and Osmond and Rochette doesn't return in an decent shape.