01-10-2014, 02:28 AM
where have you been ?
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
Gracie has been propped since the past seasons
now that she has delivered, USFS can finally proclaim her a US No.1
they have been waiting in the wings for Gracie
01-10-2014, 02:35 AM
01-10-2014, 02:37 AM
I don't see what she did tonight (a clean SP) much different that what she already "delivered" at Skate Canada, if you recall, and we all know how her season went after that.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20
She can finally be proclaimed a US No. 1 if she wins on Saturday. Until then, she is simply the leader after the Nationals short program.
01-10-2014, 02:42 AM
Hmm. As much as I want Gracie to do well, I think I've changed my mind about her SP. When I first saw the fan cam of it for the American Legends event, I thought it was a wonderful program for her. Now, I don't think I was right.
All this program does is force her to be "artistic"--not the kind that necessarily invokes strong feelings in someone, but rather what the judges can cushion PCS with. Sure she smiles more, but her movements are artificial fluff that serve no purpose other than to convince judges that she's become Lu Chen or something.
Make no mistake though, I still like this better than her first SP.
01-10-2014, 02:47 AM
01-10-2014, 04:54 AM
Tripping on the Podium
That new sp of Gracie's was a cheap rushed replica of Mao's Nocturne. Look at the transitions and choreo in between elements.
01-10-2014, 05:51 AM
How funny, Mao's SP came to my mind as well! I still liked it a lot and thought she looked like a different skater out there, very sophisticated
Originally Posted by Kirk
01-10-2014, 06:44 AM
Anyone seen these? (Good vid interviews)
The Carroll factor this year can boost her credit considerably leading to Sochi
01-10-2014, 07:24 AM
Right now for Gracie it's one step at a time and first she needs to finally skate a good LP while holding a lead. I don't want to see her overwhelmed like she has been in the past. This is her moment she needs to take it because something tells me the girls behind her are going to skate great. Ashley is always dangerous in the LP especially when she's behind and Polina has no real pressure but is confident that she can make the team. As we've seen in the past with Oksana and Tara beware a confident 15 year old who can jump and doesn't get rattled in the big moments.
Originally Posted by os168
01-10-2014, 09:03 AM
I enjoyed her SP more than her previous one. Especially the first half of the program. She's improved much over the course of the season. If she stay on that track and keep polishing her programs for the remaining month before Sochi, I think she can finish on the Olympic podium. I love the determination written over her mean, lean body.
It looks like the young American ladies will hold their ground just fine against the Russian wonder kids. I think they have superior scale, technique for the jumps. With more polishing, they can compete with anybody for the top.
I'm curious about how tall Gold and Edmunds are now. They look taller than their listed height at 5'4+" in the ISU profile.
01-10-2014, 09:17 AM
I remember first seeing Polina as a very skinny 12 year old skating as a Junior back in 2011. I wondered how she was skating at that level at that age since she was at least 3 years younger then most of the competitors. But she more then held her own even though she only finished 7th and she's kept improving every year.
01-10-2014, 09:51 AM
Yes, I thought she's a special talent, since I first saw her in a video earlier this season.
Originally Posted by Jammers
01-10-2014, 10:35 AM
Gold´s skate was good but not anything to get on the OG podium with. Not enough polish, snap, or connection with the music. Maybe it will improve over the next month.
Sorry the year has not turned out that great for Gao. Such a naturally graceful skater. Just didn´t have enough natural ability? Again, can´t skate and carry courseload at big-deal school? Moving to Mark Mitchell didn´t add much? Technically, she semed to come down a little.
01-10-2014, 10:55 AM
I would just like to add one little comment here: Mirai! Mirai! Mirai!
01-10-2014, 11:21 AM
I have had my eye on her for a little while now but I have to say I look at her and I still see, junior. Those long limbs of hers should be assets not distractions, as I see it now.
Originally Posted by thinspread