Sam is really amazing at selling her programs. her performance is very very impressive. people got goosebumps watching her! but she is slow at skate america. I adore Mirai! Gracie is such a beauty and improved a lot, presentation wise this season, Ashley is also very impressive, great performer, but she is also kinda slow...
I love Christina Gao too, understated elegance with inner strength, very rare quality among US ladies! I love them all, so hard to choose....
I would be happy if she proves me wrong, but if Agnes manages to pull off anything resembling a clean LP, I'll eat my pillow.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
Yeah. I think maybe partly they have 'lost faith' as someone else said, but she also just does NOT skate with enthusiasm and passion anymore, and it IS impacting her PCS significantly IMO.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
Agreed. Skating with blank face + going through motions + being seen as a skater past their prime who isnt supported highly by their federation anymore = mediocre PCS.
Originally Posted by tulosai
The crazy thing is that veteran Mirai is the same age as fresh faced Cesario, only a year older then Gao and Zawadzki and almost 3 years younger then Kim and Asada, 6 years younger then Kostner and 8 years younger then Suzuki. I think she's got a 3rd act due soon , though she has to want it!
Her < problem is chronic and not easily fixed. The quality of her skating has declined a lot from her peak in 2009-2011 too for whatever reason, and her rep value is way down. Julia making a ton of mistakes beat one of her best efforts in years in the LP, and crushed her on PCS.
Originally Posted by ivy
Then again who knows. After Sochi will be a clean slate for a lot of people. I think a lot will depend on finances if it is even feasible for her to keep going or not.
I would like the US Olympic Team to be Ashley Wagner, Polina Edmunds and Samantha Cesario.
Ashley Wagner's skating is now at such level, she seems to be head and shoulders over other US Ladies, overall. Hard to imagine her not winning US Nats, unless she bombs.
Polina Edmunds has skated extremely well at both of her JGPs and she has the best jumping content of any US lady at the moment. Not selecting her for JGP last season was one of the most stupid USFS decisions ever. Time for atonement!
Samantha Cesario seems to have addressed her underrotation issues, is in great shape and she's a skater with presence and character, who stands out from the crowd. I haven't been this excited about a US lady ever. She does need to work on developing more speed though.
I think that Gracie Gold and Courtney Hicks are both capable of getting on the team. Gold hasn't been very consistent this season, though. If she lands her jumps, she's definitely in. But will she? Hicks is an excellent jumper but the PCS aspects of her skating are very poor at this stage.
Clean Nagasu and Gao could probably sneak in but will need mistakes from others.
Probably only Ashley Wagner...although it seems unlikely that she will medal in Sochi considering how weak her long program is. Gracie Gold is clearly a head-case skater...it would be a miracle if she skated two somewhat clean programs in a row. The rest of the American ladies are pretty meh...none of them are glaringly awful, but none of them have something special, either.
After watching Pacific Coast Sr...no way for any of them! I know video looks slow, but WOW! No Triple-Triples, not even Lam's trademark 2 double Axels. Keiser used to pop of triple triples. Sad when the winner barely cracks 100!
Yes, Polina is too green.
Originally Posted by skateluvr
She looks like Pogorilaya past season - ready to Junior, not ready to Senior Internationals.
But ... Past season was the situation - Gosviani and Leonova had ISU Championships spots, as the best age eligible Ladies for 3rd spot.
Probably Pogorilaya (she was ahead them at Russian Nats and had higher Season Best Score) would have better results than Gosviani at Euro and than Leonova at Worlds, only because her jumps and stability.
Pogorilaya was not age eligible past season.
Situation like this may be in US female skating this season. But Polina Edmunds is age eligible. So she may fill the spot.
3rd of age eligible.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
3rd place of US Nats may be Karen Chen, who is not.
I'm not sure why people keep criticizing her LP. It obviously has the scoring potential to keep her in the medal hunt. What other program of her's can earn above ~135?
Originally Posted by bump
Karen is competing in juniors nationally.
Originally Posted by AlexRus
I would choose Gracie representing our future, Ashley deserves a Olympic experience and Samantha a NY/Long Island girl.
Gracie bombed with UR and had 1A.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
GOE of Mirai were even higher than Agnes'.
Agnes had highest BV of all competitors.
But I believe that GOE of her jumps are a bit too high. And she was slow as usually.
Thank you, I didn't know.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
But why? As for me Karen's skating is more "seniorish" than Polina's.