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Thread: What are Christina Gao's chances of making the American Olympic team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaylee View Post
    My guess is that Christina has difficulty with doing steps before her flip, so that's why she does the loop in the SP. I thought her track record with the loop was pretty decent last season, not sure what you're referring to. I think she landed it cleanly in all but one event.

    Perhaps it was the injury she had over the summer, but Christina looks like she regressed in many aspects of her skating since last season. Lots of jump problems, her footwork was sluggish, and her spins weren't good either. Her final combo spin in the FS was not good at all.
    She had a good track record with the 3lo in the FS last season, but not so much the SP. I believe she URed it at TEB and the URed and 2-footed it at the GPF. Her 3f she almost never misses except for occasionally the one in the 2nd half of her FS. And she did 3f out of steps on the JGP and at Nationals in 2010 without any issues, so really I think she's trying to put the 3f-3t back in.

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    Going out and having a "disappointing" competition can be tremendously helpful or it can be demoralizing. Christina is a smart cookie. Bet she turns this into something that works to her advantage.

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    It definitely looks like she lacks training. Even her skating basics do not look very nice this time.

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    Christina Gao's free skate at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2013. She scored 100.70 for the long program and 152.84 overall. She finished in 3rd place.

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    Well, she did have an injury at Champs Camp, so some of it was probably due to lack of training. Her jumps that required a right foot to toe pick in seemed kind of tentative, and that was the foot she hurt.

    I like Christina overall and think she has a decent shot of getting on the Olympic team. However, I'm not convinced that this season's FS music is right for her - some parts especially seem too heavy and grand for her...at this point I don't know if she has the gravitas in her skating to carry that kind of music. It's early in the season yet though, and perhaps it will improve with a better performance of the program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    She had a good track record with the 3lo in the FS last season, but not so much the SP. I believe she URed it at TEB and the URed and 2-footed it at the GPF. Her 3f she almost never misses except for occasionally the one in the 2nd half of her FS. And she did 3f out of steps on the JGP and at Nationals in 2010 without any issues, so really I think she's trying to put the 3f-3t back in.
    You're wrong about Christina's 3Lo in the SP. It was a very consistent jump for her last season in the SP. So there shouldn't be any surprise she's still doing the 3Lo this season.

    Skate America 2012 +0.70 GOE: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gp..._SP_Scores.pdf
    TEB: 3Lo/2T (she missed her 3T combo), +0.60 GOE: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gp..._SP_Scores.pdf
    GPF: UR, -1.30 GOE: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gp..._SP_Scores.pdf
    US Nationals 2013: +0.20 GOE: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leade...001SEG001.html
    Four Continents: +1.10 GOE: http://www.isuresults.com/results/fc..._SP_Scores.pdf

    The GPF is the ONLY competition where she missed it in the SP. And the fact that she last did 3F out of steps on the JGP and at Nationals in 2010 says a lot. If she thought she could do the 3F out of steps in the SP, I'm sure she would've put it back in since then.

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