The ladies USA Olympic team?
I believe that each of theses skaters earn their spot square and fair.
I'm sorry but Ashley prove that she isn't able to handle the pressure, this nationals was an exercise to see which ladies is able to skate the best under high pressure, and to me Gracie, Mirai and Polina prove themselves that they can handle the pressure of the Olympic and they are the best in USA this season.
I really hope that the USA will not pick Ashley for Sotchi because it's unfair!!
For example, Amelie Lacoste was the favorite to take the 2nd spot for Sotchi and she didn't handle the pressure and lost to Gabrielle Daleman. So, in Canada, even if we would have like to give an Olympic experience for Amelie, they will pick Gabrielle Daleman because she earn that spot fairly with her 2nd place.
I agree, it really sad that both Amelie Lacoste and Ashley Wagner lost two opportunity of making the Olympic team by one place both in 2010 and in 2014, but it's life isn't it.
Ladies -- who will go to Sochi (it's not just 1-2-3 at Nationals)
This article in the New York Times begins as a bio of Polina Edmunds but continues to a discussion of how the three Olympic contestants are determined:
Just came back to my hotel room from Canadian Tire centre in Ottawa, forgive me because it has been a hectic day and just caught on what happened in Boston. Since you used Amelie Lacoste in your example, I am sorry to tell you that your comparison is flawed. There was never a favorite for the 2nd spot in Sochi as far as Canadian ladies were concerned. In fact, even Osmond's spot wasn't guaranteed, unlike say Chan or Virtue/Moir. Furthermore, Gabrielle Daleman had a 7 Triple program which includes two Lutzes, a clean and very well executed Triple Lutz + Triple Toe and a Double Axel + Triple Toe. In the end, Daleman didn't just beat Lacoste, the former instead won a decisive victory over the latter in every aspect without any doubt.
Originally Posted by coolboogie22
What you failed to understand is that when some national medalists aren't picked for Olympic/World team, one of the key factor assessed is the potential of the said skater who may underperform on a given day but due to long-standing track record, demonstrated significantly higher potential when they perform up to their usual standards. In this case, Lacoste has no reliable or long-standing international accomplishments to show for unlike Ashley Wagner, therefore, any comparison between the two ladies are flawed to begin with. Furthermore, an important question that USFS will need to ask in assessing this difficult situation is "what would have happened if Ashley Wagner had skated up to her usual standards?" Would she still be behind Nagasu or Edmunds? If so, by how much? Let me also remind you, even the U.S. Champion is no longer guaranteed a spot for the Olympic team. It would have been nice if the Nationals results were more clear cut but that's the reality we have to deal with.
The bottom-line is Ashley Wagner has done enough to justify her case, it's up to USFS to decide how they will handle this. Either way, I think it's fair.
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