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    Who is likely to represent the US women at Sochi?

    Assuming Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold will come first and second at nationals, though who will win may be at issue the big battle i suggest is the third and final spot for Oly glory. Who are the contenders? Well Mirai Nagasu if she skated her best one would think she would have the best shot - even winning nationals but she lately has struggled it appears a passion for the sort and under rotations. Christina Gao is dedicated taking time off from studies but rather ho hum. Caroline Zhang showed some promise twice now but has the mule kick and still skates a bit slow but a pretty skater. Agnes Zawadiak has a nice power about her. Alissa Czisny is a question mark. If it weren't her consistency with jumps it is now her injuries. her lack of triples at a recent competition does not give much confidence. Vanessa Lam is an outside shot and rather juniorish still. Rachel Flatt seems to be lacking good coaching and is busy with school. One wonders how wise is it to compete with two homemade programs and spreading herself thin one wonders does she have the consistency still and the jumps. There are more contenders too but what a dog fight.

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    A dog fight indeed. How nice to have so many possible contenders. It's going to be an interesting season!

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    Courtney Hicks isn't my cup of tea but she can land those jumps, and Polina Edmunds has shown in the JGP that she can rotate hers. They could surprise.

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    Good additions chuckm. Hicks upset Gold recently. Not sure if Polina has enough polish to make the team though. Who is the front runner for no. 3. Mirai's body looks more like Caroline Zhang now taller and more filled out - these girls are still slim people please don't think I am saying they are fat. they are just built more like woman unlike Julia Lipnskaya who reminds me of Tara Lipinski though I think Julia is more refined and elegant. Small girls who rotate like tops.

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    Based on what I've seen so far this season... granted, that ain't much... and some of what I've seen has been on pretty shaky video...

    I'm not so sure that the top 2 spots are locked up.

    If I were an up-and-comer, I'd be more encouraged than I was six months ago. I'm really interested in seeing how the season progresses.

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    Ashley would really have to have a major meltdown not to get a spot, because she did last year and still won Nationals. She should have a good season, will probably medal at Skate America and TEB on PCS alone and has a great shot of winning TEB. Gracie also should do well at Skate Canada and will medal at NHK if she skates well. With their reputations and decent skates, these two will have the best GP results of the Americans.

    For the third spot, I think the two favorites are Agnes and Courtney and if both skate their best Courtney will take it. I do hope Courtney earns the spot because she is another skater like Gracie who has the technical goods to compete with the world's best over the next 4 years.

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