Just off teleconference with Ross Miner. Said is ankle injury (sprain) has been resolved (he changed his boots) and is in full training which has been going well. No decision yet on quad Salchow in SP but looks good. Theme for FS is Boston Strong, reflecting a tribute to those hurt in the Boston Marathon bombing. Said it was the easiest program to choreograph. He is always nervous for Nationals but not any more nervous because of it being held in Boston. He is very excited to compete there.
Per Lynn Rutherford on Twitter :
On his teleconference @jasonbskates said he's working on his quad every day, but it will not be in programs at '14 US Championships.
For quad, Brown & coach Kori Ade are sticking with same strategy they used for 3A: "Not pushing too hard, not risking integrity of programs"
The strategy may work; w/o quad Brown scored 84.77 for his short during Grand Prix. Will focus on flow in & out of jumps to gain higher GOE.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Teleconference with Jason Brown: Although he continues to work on the quad, Brown does not plan a quad jump in his programs for Nationals, but he feels he still has as good a chance as anyone to make the Olympic Team, citing Evan Lysacek’s win in Vancouver as inspiration. He has been training well working on consistency and more flow in both programs, and making everything look effortless. He is working with a sports psychologist. His first year on the senior international circuit has been a confidence booster and he’s really excited to compete in Boston.
Thanks for the full report, KKonas. Though given the amount of grief Evan got on these boards for winning the Olympics w/o a quad, I'm hoping Jason doesn't get the same amount should he make the top 2 at Nationals...
Just off Shibutani press conference. Very chatty. Highly recommend listening to it when Icenetwork puts it up. They replaced the middle section of their Michael Jackson FD music (Ben) to "Man in the Mirror." They changed some of the choreo including a spin and the choreo lift. Alex was born in Boston and his parents met while both attended Harvard. He is looking forward to competing there as he is still a big fan of Boston athletic teams. He and Maia are taking independent studies at U of Mich. Alex is now looking at a career in film and film production.
Looking forward to hearing the call later. Thanks for the report, KKonas!
Gracie Gold says she is very happy with her move to LA. She is there with her sister and mom. She feels like a different person, a different skater. New SP to Grieg Concerto (Adagio) choreo by Lori Nichol. Frank has been great. He thought her overall skating was too "frantic." She has learned a lot this year, learned to take her time, take a breath, trust her training. She said she rarely misses the triple Lutz/triple toe in her program and has performed her new SP at the holiday show at the Toyota Center. Likes being around other top skaters - sees Denis Ten almost every day, and other skaters often stop by. Felt Chicago was a little isolated with lack of other top skaters regularly at the rink. Looking forward to Boston.