I hope Mirai makes it but on the other hand I also wish she would fail and have Ashley-kind-of evolution after the games. That will be all the more magical with a skater like Mirai.
I have absolutely no idea who will be taking that third spot.
No matter how they skate Gold and Wagner will get really high scores in the free skate. With Gold's score form the short program she is now being mentioned for Olympic Gold! And by giving them both high scores in the free there will be talk of 2 ladies medals for the US and that will spark interest and boost the ratings for coverage in the US.
Gold will likely win Nationals, Olympics, and Worlds this year if she's clean. No one can challenge her except maybe Yuna.
I've been holding my tongue for a while, but some of you are delusional.
As I have said previously, it isn't about YuNa making mistakes, it's about others having no chance if they make mistakes. A nuanced but vital point niggling at the minds of all skaters hoping to challenge in Sochi. YuNa is probably feeling the least pressure of all the ladies going into Sochi. I would have said the same for Mao as well but I am not as sure of that; her legacy might seem lacking to her still. Be that as it may, any lady hoping to dethrone YuNA is going require top level mental toughness.