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

    New article on Christina Gao entitled: "Christina Gao ready for Olympic season". Reads:-

    Christina Gao may have placed fifth in the past four U.S. Championships, but this year she’s hoping to break that streak by finishing in the top three and go on to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics.

    The 2012-2013 season was full of break-out moments for Christina. She finished second at Skate America and fourth at Trophee Eric Bompard to qualify for her first ISU Senior Grand Prix Final. She did this all while taking a full course load at Harvard University.

    Christina will start her quest for Sochi with the Nepela Trophy in Slovakia in October, followed by Skate Canada and Trophee Bompard Paris in the ISU Grand Prix Series.
    So, what are Gao's chances of making it on to the U.S. team? I think Gold and Wagner will definitely make it on to the team. However, the third spot is very much up for grabs and Gao is in with a good chance.

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    I think a lot of skaters have a chance, and that's in all positions.

    Overall, I don't think we US fans have a lot of medal favorites. Obviously we have some good prospects, but other than D/W, I wouldn't bet on any other medals. I'm happy if I'm surprised.

    Anyway... aside from that, the events seem to be really packed.

    You could make reasonable arguments for a half dozen men and ladies, at least four dance teams, and maybe more than that many pairs teams.

    Who will have that breakthrough performance at Nationals??? It remains to be seen.

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    I would have Courtney and Agnes ahead of Christina as far as odds of making the team, if only because the USFSA seems to strongly favor Agnes over Christina. Courtney has been of fire as of late.

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    I really think Gao and Agnes have the skills. Agnes is not a tiny pwetty pwincess. It goes against her in the pageantry of the sport. But I think she can put out a nice program. If she had the confidence, she'd do well as her jumps are really smooth. I like her skating. I think Gao is more the complete package, and I can see her on podium this year. I really hope that Ashley recovers her confidence. She skates with much expression, but she can get slow and nervous. If she does not attack her jumps, she is in trouble. Anyone seen her skate lately?

    I really like Hicks and Edmunds, as well as Cesario. I think it is wide open, but I cannot see USFSA putting any of these skaters before Ashley with her experience and her last shot at Olympic team, nor backing off Gracie, with her Potential to outjump the world when YuNa quits. I personally want to see Gracie and Ashley go. I would feel so bad if Ashley fell apart.

    Does anyone think Alyssa could pull of 3rd place? I think USFSA adores this sweet girlish princess and I can see them backing her. This year Nationals is all about the OLY team and it really does not have to even be the top 3, or does it? Are they obligated to pick top 3? What about is number 4 is a favorite and usually does well, but blows it due to nerves? I have not followed any Alyssa threads so have no clue what kind of shape she is in.

    I'm bummed not to see two of my faves Kiira and YuNa on the GP. It is hard to believe, with my year, the season is here. May the injuries be healed, and may we have another glorious ladies final like 98, 2010, others.

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    Realistically, I don't think Alissa is in the picture. In the TSL inyterview with her coach Yuka Sato, Sato did not sound optimistic at all.

    My personal bet is on Courtny Hicks. I thought she should have taken third at nationals last year ahead of Agnes, and she already has a strong opening performance this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Does anyone think Alyssa could pull of 3rd place? I think USFSA adores this sweet girlish princess and I can see them backing her. This year Nationals is all about the OLY team and it really does not have to even be the top 3, or does it? Are they obligated to pick top 3? What about is number 4 is a favorite and usually does well, but blows it due to nerves? I have not followed any Alyssa threads so have no clue what kind of shape she is in.
    I don't think 4th has any shot of going unless Ashley or Gracie have an incredible GP season and for some reason bomb at Nationals to finish 4th. Assuming the top two spots are taken, no one else has the results to merit a bump over the 3rd place finisher.

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    Gracie is not a lock considering how she looked in SLC and with her coaching situation. She's still prone to bomb and needs to become a better competitor.

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    Well, Gao has the consistency I think (she really skated a lot of almost-clean programs last season, the only ones that she really bombed were the TEB and GPF SPs), she needs better spins (and she said that she's been working a lot on them) and 7 triples in the FS: if she can achieve this, she can make it to the Olympic team, ahead of a FS-bombing Zawadzki for example...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    Gracie is not a lock considering how she looked in SLC and with her coaching situation. She's still prone to bomb and needs to become a better competitor.
    We will see. I have an inkling of how FrankC coaches since my coach is a former student of his and I can see how this could definitely be a match made in heaven with his style and her personality.

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    I'm not optimistic that she can go to Sochi. I don't think she can make the kind of improvement she needs to make the team.

    But she can (maybe) make it if Ashley and/or Gracie get injured.

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    Well, the U.S. has three ladies' spots. Somebody has to grab that third spot even if Ashley and Gracie both skate well.

    Right now, I don't think anyone's position, even Ashley's, is a given.

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    I think the fact that Christina has chosen to stay with a short program that is comfortable with, and had success with last season, will play to her advantage in no insignificant way. If she can position herself well during arguably the make it or break it short program, she will be in a position of strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Well, the U.S. has three ladies' spots. Somebody has to grab that third spot even if Ashley and Gracie both skate well.

    Right now, I don't think anyone's position, even Ashley's, is a given.
    My point of view also.

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    I answered to the thread previously, but now I want to revise my answer.

    No. I don't think she'll make the Olympic Team. At least not while a full time student, assuming she's taking her studies seriously.

    My son is a college freshman, an engineering student. He's at a good school, but it's not Harvard. I know how much time he invests in reading, research, labs, homework, other assignments (tonight, a symphony concert for a music class)... I don't think it's possible for someone to do all that and STILL maintain the training schedule required of an Olympic figure skater.

    My prediction: she skates ok, but no Olympic team. There will be too many with a laser focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    No. I don't think she'll make the Olympic Team. At least not while a full time student, assuming she's taking her studies seriously.

    My son is a college freshman, an engineering student. He's at a good school, but it's not Harvard. I know how much time he invests in reading, research, labs, homework, other assignments (tonight, a symphony concert for a music class)... I don't think it's possible for someone to do all that and STILL maintain the training schedule required of an Olympic figure skater.
    Christina has taken time out of her studies for this year to focus on skating. I think she has a shot at a place on the Olympic team, though a long one.

    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/stor...ue-of-her-own/

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