Read the list of entries, for USA, it's Karen Chen and Barbie Long. Chen is listed as an entry whereas before she was a substitute so I'm pretty sure she's going. Also, Keiser isn't even listed as a substitute anymore.
Thank you silverlake for your very informativ reply
I agree. Cesario hasn't really done anything to deserve two assignments and Hicks certainly should at least have one GP event.
It is weird not only that she has no senior or junior assisgnements altough I think she was offered the junior GP but she said no (she probably wants to stay senior and prepare for the 3rd spot), but because she has no Senior B. I mean Nebelhorn and Finlandia are the most important senior Bs and who does USFSA send? Cain and Lam?? this is such a waste.
But I am really, really happy for Samantha. I 've never expected this, I am sure neither has she. But it is not her fault that France prefered her. As for USFSA, I think there is no unjustice, they both some good results in the last season ant they had to pick someone and that someone happened to be Samantha. I hope she will have good performences because this is her big chance to be seen.
The funniest thing would be if she beats Sam at Salt Lake and then Sam competes in two GPs when Courtney stays at home without having JGP/GP competitions!
I have to say, I completely agree with Samantha getting two spots (and mind you she originally had 0) over Courtney. As Dave on TSL said, Sam looks and skates much more like a senior lady, whereas Courtney still clunks around the ice, skating from jump to jump like a junior lady. I don't think Courtney would have been well received on the senior GP, but Sam will ver likely be well received.
And for the record, it's going to take a miracle for Courtney to get the 3rd spot. The USFSA would have to be idiots to put her on the Olympic team, where she'd be shoved down in the rankings, versus Alissa/Agnes/Mirai/Christina.
Courtney needs to do some serious work, NOW. Her posture, artistry, skating skills, speed, etc need serious work before she won't look out of place on the senior GP. Sam completely deserves those two spots.
Then why does Gracie get to be on the GP and the world team? Her presentation isn't any better than Courtney's and they have equally strong jumps. I don't see why one skater gets pushed into the world stage (and gets inflated PCS marks for horrible choreography and interpretation) and the other is snubbed for GP events.
I agree that Courtney earned the Skate America spot over both Zhang and Cesario by soundly beating them at Nationals. She deserved at least one GP, IMO. And I don't see why the USFSA prefers Zhang and Cesario, who are way inferior technically and won't get great PCS on the GP either.