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Thread: Your dream ladies podium at US Nationals 2014

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    Your dream ladies podium at US Nationals 2014

    I def. see Ash as the strongest competitor and her LP is growing on me. Disappointed totally in her sp, but she is now a seasoned performer. I want Grace to go for experience. She will be a favorite in 4 years I hope. And I am mad SA did not invite the lovely Samantha Cesario to skate but invited French girl!

    I love how Sam moves and she is confident. She has now made up my mind. I was iffy on Gao for 3rd But Sam has fans I have seen. I have a bad feeling sputnik Courtney is going to rotate well AND GET BRONZE. I have a feeling Agnes will struggle as usual, and forget the rest. Maybe Wang has a chance? So I hope Ash wins her third, Gracie wins sec. and Sam gets PCS she deserves-with two great performances. I love her Carmen. Not since Sasha have I loved a single skater's Carmen. And I guess I never get sick of it.

    This is your dream team-but hopefully a strategic one, too. I find these three the best we have currently, with Gao a close third with Sam.

    Who is your dream trio. I'm thrilled we are sending 3 finally!!!!!

    ETA having comp troubles...where can I ask help for flukey curser that hops around wrecking sentences?

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    I'd like to see Gao make that step up after a few years of good skates at Nationals, so:

    1) Ashley
    2) Gracie
    3) Gao

    Unless Gracie's late season form is way off what she is capable of, I don't see anyone grabbing the top two spots.

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    May I ask what you think of Sam's chances for bronze? What is it about Gao you prefer? And have you watched Sam's Sp and LP? No one else with a dream team?

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    I enjoy Sam's skating, especially her LP. I think she needs to optimize her jump layout because IMO she can do better replacing the 3R-3R<. I think it will be hard for her to separate herself from the pack because there are so many great jumpers now, but if she is able to land everything she will do well because most of the ladies struggle with the pressure at Nationals, understandably.

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    I'd hate to see Hicks be rewarded when she is just a good jumper. She is early Irina or Bonaly for me. I don't watch her, she is so pedestrian. Gao is not as dynamic. I am wondering why SA did not invite Sam to Gala. Mae finished lower. She has power but that is it. I must say France has the oddest skaters in history. The ladies/the men. I prefer Bonaly to Mae. I think some skaters have unfortunate figures and they cannot do what IJS requires gracefully. She may improve but Skate AMERICA shouldhave asked Cesario.

    Amazing how they stick by Caroline for years. Sam must not be a USFS fave. Alissa should perform half as well. I hate the politics/personality game in FS. It still reeks of unfairness so often. IJS did not change that, sadly.

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    Alissa, Rachael, Christina, in any order.

    Joking only a little What is more realistic is Ashley, Christina, Mirai. I don't want Gold or Hicks on the podium...lost cause, I know.

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    dream? like honestly dream?

    Mirai, skating with the passion she skated with 4 years ago
    Christina G. finally breaking through
    Samantha S., so beautiful.

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    Dream, okay?

    Wagner (because I really think she's our best chance for an Olympic medal)
    Nagasu (because I have always loved her skating and wish she could skate with her feet and not her head......)
    Gold (because she's fabulous but she also has another Oly in her at her age)

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    I'm still rooting for Courtney,

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    Wagner, Gao, Gold, Cesario - in that order
    Except I want Edmunds and Nagasu on the podium too, but the above is my more realistic dream podium.

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    Total dream: Ashley, Hannah and Mariah. The later two, in particular, have lovely choreographed programs this year. And Ashley looks great, love the SP.

    Honestly, I don't have anything vested in the ladies, but this would be a fun podium.

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    Ashley
    Gracie
    Alissa OR Mirai

    Yup.

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    Ashley
    Mirai
    Gracie

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    Ashley
    Alissa
    Samantha

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    Ashley
    Gracie
    Alissa

    DREAM TEAM FOR OLYMPICS!

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