I agree with that assessment. I don't think one is better than the other. By all accounts they are even. Rachael has the edge in the triple count, but Alissa is maintaining higher PCS despite the lack of them. As i noted elsewhere, I'll reserve my judgement about the PCS gap until I actually see the programs.
Originally Posted by tulosai
We'll have another data point on Rachael sooner than later in Nice, which is next weekend. Short program is Saturday, Oct. 26.
First place is good, but the other competing ladies don´t consist of skaters who have been seen at Worlds competitions, do they? I will be rooting for her in Nice.
Originally Posted by Sjs5572
Rachael was 6th at her last nationals and looked incredibly out of shape. I doubt she is going to be any higher than that after taking a year off.
I saw Rachel live in San Jose and she looked great...she was the only skater to get a standing O (partial) outside of the final group...and to be honest I thought her long should have been 3rd.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Rachael recently appeared at An Evening With Champions. Here's her performance.
I've always heard that Rachael looks her best when she's seen live, rather than on TV. Some dynamism and connection with the audience comes across in the arena that isn't as apparent on TV.
Originally Posted by leoncorazon
Comparing Rachel and Alissa isn't a good sign for either at least to make the Oly team. The issue who has the best potential and realistic opportunity for growth. Alissa's injury is an issue and Rachel's time commitment (school) is an issue. Nationals if they make it could be their swan song.
This has nothing to do with her comeback, but Kristi Yamaguchi posted a photo of her, Rudy Galindo and Rachael at a benefit tonight:
Rachael looks super gorgeous! I love the waves in her hair. She mentioned during Evening of Champions she was growing it out. It looks like its growing out quite nicely.
Minusaramadad from Arctaroon
I agree! The short cut she had until recently did not suite her, and the long hair compliments her becoming a gorgeous young woman. Go Rachael!
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
Rachael doesn't really expect to go to Sochi. She's just hoping to get to go to Nationals again because she loves competing there. I'm going to Boston and hope she does get to go. I always enjoy watching her skate.