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    I think Ashley made a wise choice. She needs a technical coach to help her get to the next level (successfully executing 3-3s and 2A-3Ts in competition) and Arutunian is known for his expertise in that area.

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    Wise decision for Ashley. Her chances of making the podium in Sochi IMO has just been increased.

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    I think he will help Ashley with her jumps, but then I remember Mao and wonder.

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    Yeah sometimes a skater has maxed out on what jumps they can do and then they level off then decline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icey View Post
    I think he will help Ashley with her jumps, but then I remember Mao and wonder.
    Mao IS somewhat headstrong according to reports in terms of jumping repertoire, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icey View Post
    I think he will help Ashley with her jumps, but then I remember Mao and wonder.
    Mao's 3A while under RA was pretty good as I recall. The reason Mao's jumps aren't correct right now is b/c she left RA right before 2008 worlds (IIRC) and then ended up going to Tarasova who is NOT a technical coach. I never understood that...if she'd stayed with him who knows how stable her jumps might be?

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    Predicted by Dave on his video blog, so I've already had some time to get used to the idea that Ashley is going to train with Rafael. I hope they click and that he can keep her calm and focused at some very stressful events coming up!
    Interesting to see what people are saying about whether or not Ashley has peaked. I've often wondered myself. Then I remember the 2010-2011 season and how everyone thought her career was over (finishing 6th at Nats) and how she came back incredibly strong after coaching & choreographer change in the off-season. Maybe this new coach and choreographers will once again give her a boost. If she can get the 3-3 consistent, she would definitely be able to compete with Asada/Kostner/Suzuki. Her basic jumping technique has improved a LOT since 2010-2011 so I don't think it's impossible that it improves just that tiny bit more so she can get fully around on the second part of the combo. I'm also slightly less confident about the 2A-3T. In interviews she always claims the 2A is an 'easy' jump for her, but I think I've seen her struggle with it more than her 'nemesis' 3S (downgrades and then it became the jump became part of the 'psychologically rough section' of her Samson & Delilah program after the nasty fall on it in the GPF). Otoh, I have seen her land the combo cleanly several times in Nice (practices), so it *is* possible.

    Watching her win a medal at the Olympics would be a dream come true. If I can get one wish granted from the skating gods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I still wonder if he would be willing to travel just once if Ashley does make it to Sochi.
    Never say never. But I think Mr. Nicks was making a point of explaining that he had made a well-informed decision not to travel to the Sochi Olympics -- based on first-hand experience of the length and rigors of the Sochi GPF trip. His concern over the extensive journey was/is not merely abstract or theoretical. He told Wagner well in advance so that she would have time to get settled in with a traveling coach (not only for Sochi, but also for the whole season). And so she has chosen one.

    ETA, correcting part of what I said above :
    What I should have said is that Mr. Nicks told Wagner well in advance so that she could figure out who her coach(es) would be this season -- he did not assume that a role for him would be part of the new equation.
    When Mr. Nicks decided against traveling with Wagner this coming season, he understood that she in turn might decide to part ways with him entirely and train full-time with a new coach who would work with her both at home and at competitions. Mr. Nicks was comfortable with the possibility that he himself would have no hand whatsoever in her Olympic season.
    He did tell Wagner that if she wanted to continue training with him at home, he would be fine with that arrangement -- but that she would need to make other plans for a traveling coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    I'm not optimistic about her prospects for a 3-3 combo either. I agree that she will need to increase her base value to maintain her standing nationally and internationally. I honesty think we have seen the best we are going to see from Ashley and she has had outstanding results the past two years compared to what she was doing before that time.
    If I had to guess, I don't think Ashley will get a consistent 3-3 combo either. If she was capable of landing them consistently, she would have added them to her programs by now. I also tend to think she has maxed out her ability. She's a good skater, but she isn't really great at at anything. She's just consistent. Her technical content is respectable, but not outstanding. And her artistry is nothing special. See her disaster of a Sweet Dreams exhibition program for proof of that.

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    I have to agree with some of the earlier post the double axel/triple toe is just not going to happen. Ashley needs to come up with a combination that is equal to the value of the jump. I think she will be able to land a triple triple, but it may be one of the easier ones such as triple toe/triple toe or triple loop/triple toe. I think the loop/toe would really be her best option.

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    The tripe loop triple toe is a hard one just because of the lack of speed going into the loop.

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    i highly doubt her ability to do a 3Lo+3T. As skaterboy ^ said its a hard combo because of lack of speed after loop.

    Ashleys best jump is clearly flip and we know she is capable of doing 3F+3T. She just needs to do it in competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene View Post
    If I had to guess, I don't think Ashley will get a consistent 3-3 combo either. If she was capable of landing them consistently, she would have added them to her programs by now. I also tend to think she has maxed out her ability. She's a good skater, but she isn't really great at at anything. She's just consistent. Her technical content is respectable, but not outstanding. And her artistry is nothing special. See her disaster of a Sweet Dreams exhibition program for proof of that.
    Well, she could go the Kanako route and get 7 triples into her FS without doing a 3-3 by doing a 2a after one of her triples in sequence and having that be the only axel-jump she does in the program. I guess the only risk with that is that she needs to make sure it actually happens or else one of her passes won't count (in other words, if she were to fall on the jump before the 2a, she'd have to tack a 2a onto another jump in order to to get credit for all her passes). A layout like this might not be a bad idea if the 3-3 isn't happening (though I would have to agree with other posters that I do think she's capable of doing a 3f-3t and getting it ratified/consistent if she can just stick to trying for it every time in competition):

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    x 3lz
    x 3t-2t (or 3t-2a SEQ to give her some more points and alleviate the pressure of needing to do a 2a after the 1st loop)
    x 3lo

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    I have to wonder if Ashley is so intent on upping her technical content why she is doing so many shows this summer. It's almost July and she's booked for more shows and all that travel takes it's toll. Makes me wonder when the hard training is going to happen because 3-3's don't happen overnight. Meanwhile Gracie is continuing to work on upping her jumps even more. D/W aren't doing any shows at all because they are preparing for Sochi. I think Ashley needs to start putting in the work now because before you know it the season will already be here.

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    Well, the other extreme is that you train so hard that you peak too early in the season and burn yourself out by the crucial moment. If anything, it's probably a smart move to not get too intense at the moment. Especially given that throughout her competitive history, she has her best results earlier in the season as opposed to later. 2011-12 was the exception to that rule.

    ETA: Anyway, what we've seen tells us absolutely nothing about either's current training habits or schedules. How could we possibly know?

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