Rosalyn Summers (she won silver to witt's OG ), Linda Fratianne, Elaine Zayack . Of course, I am assuming they are at their prime and have jumps competitive with the current crew.
I'd love to see Sasha Cohen skate at the Olympics again. There's no one like her, she really tells a story when she skates and is just incredible, regardless of the mistakes!
Kristi had what would be considered a fall today in her 1992 Olympics.
I find it amazing though that she had a triple lutz/ triple toe in 1992 and our national champion today doesn't have any kind of 3/3.
At the same Olympics, Harding had a fall.
Janet Lynn had a fall at the 1972 Olympics. Emily Hughes fell qt the 2006 Olympics. NIcole Bobek fell at her Olympics in 1998.
So if a fall at an OLympics is a basis for elimination in this thread, quite a few suggested skaters would have to have their name withdrawn.
Was there a name for the tanyo-like double axel Nancy did at her first Olympics?
Not under the assumptions of this thread: If Elaine' s skating days were today, she would probably have an amazing arsenal of triples. Since Rosalyn did well against witt, if her skating days were today, I think she would be competitive with many of the top skaters today. Same for Linda. If they were frozen in time, of course, it would be fantasy to think they could do well today. But since looking at Kristi's olympic program I think some of today's top skaters would find her a very worthy competitor (all of the american ladies, in fact)
Sumners was not that competitive with Witt. The only amateur competition she ever beat Witt was the 83 Worlds when Witt was 8th in figures to her 1st. The only reason Sarajevo was close was her being the reigning World Champion and again being 1st in figures which dont exist today. I wouldnt want Sumners other than for enjoyment level (well she isnt that enjoyable for me even, but if she is for you that is cool). She was never a strong jumper even for her own era, her spins were also quite weak even for her own era, and she wouldnt be much of a threat under todays system even if she was able to do all 5 triples (which given her would all be inconsistent and prone to scaling down when she was nervous).
Zayak I could see more potential to be a threat today assuming she had a triple lutz and flip. She was ahead of her time in jumps, strong in spins, strong in jump combinations, and despite her oft criticized artistry did lots of field moves, transitions, and steps in between and into jumps.
Fratianne I found a total zzzzz skater and IMO was successful in an incredibly weak era. Not sure objectively speaking how suited she would be to COP, probably more than Sumners, but less than Zayak.
So the original question was ...Which past US girls to send to Sochi???
Several people said ...why send Sasha, she falls. If that's part of the criteria then we wouldn't have any US ladies to send.