Now, do I think Alissa should use these spots if she is blatantly not in shape? No. If, for instance, she took some spots and she was only able to land double jumps, and her spins were gone I would think that was wrong. But it doesn't sound like that is the case. In addition, it appears at least somewhat likely that she will have to go through regionals and sectionals (or at least one of them)- quite literally earning her spot. If she can do so, that is no concern of anyone else's.
Well her jumps looked rather gone in shows so I am not sure she deserves to go to ie GP if that is the case. Some would argue she has pulled a Rachel Flatt; Alyssa has been given many chances but has not capitalize yet.
If she doesn't go to the GP she still HAS to do Regionals and Sectionals to qualify for Nationals. If she is able to qualify, then she deserves to try for an Olympic berth.
Anyway, the only GP slot she could get would be SA. The alternate list is based on the Seasons Best standings, and Alissa isn't on SB as she didn't compete in a GP or ISU Championship in 2012-2013, so she couldn't get a second GP.
If USFS gives Alissa the SA TBA, that would get Alissa out of Regionals. USFS could also send her to an International B in November, thus getting her out of Sectionals. However, I would hate to see USFS do that, as it would show blatant favoritism towards Alissa. I think USFS should take those actions ONLY if Alissa participates in at least two summer events AND skates well.
^ You know they would...If USFS gives Alissa the SA TBA, that would get Alissa out of Regionals. USFS could also send her to an International B in November, thus getting her out of Sectionals. However, I would hate to see USFS do that,
She won a GPF and 2 US titles. How is that, in any way, failing to capitalize on her chances? I understand that she slipped in 2012, but in 2011, she WAS the uncontested leader of the US ladies -- Ashley was nowhere to be seen, Mirai was already struggling with her jumps, and Rachael was on the decline due to her injuries.
It isn't as if USFS giving Alissa SA is necessarily a good thing. SA is just 14 weeks away, and if she is just starting to work triple jumps in isolation, she has a long way to go to integrate those jumps into two programs and be able to perform those programs at a competitive level. The danger for Alissa skating in SA is a poor performance before ISU judges. If she falters at SA, the judges will be reminded of her 2012 Worlds performance and that could further hurt her reputation and her PCS scores.
That's why I feel that Alissa needs to show she is in competition shape by skating well in some summer events. If she isn't ready to do that, then a GP event should not be her first competition in the 18 months since Worlds 2012. She would be better off making her competitive debut at Regionals where a few mistakes wouldn't be held against her.
Then, hopefully, someone really surprises at GF in August and gets the spot!!
you are saying she should be merited because she is a two time national champion ? let have none quad jumping Lysacek too then
Gracie and Wagner will beat her anyways
getting SA host pick and splatting all over the place isn't that more humiliating
You're predicting that Alissa will humiliate herself; fine. Please answer my question, then. Which of the US ladies (who doesn't already have two assignments) has accomplished as much as, or more than, Alissa -- and therefore "deserves" the SA opening more?