Gracie may look at skating as her job, but boy, does she ever LOVE her job! There was no doubt or trepidation when she came out on the ice. She was all business---I'm the princess and I'm here to rule, her face said. Her posture was regal, her jumps HUGE. She smiled benevolently at the crowd as she spun and jumped her way through "Sleeping Beauty", then when she landed that last 2a, she broke into a laugh and she beamed with joy as she did the final choreographic sequence and spin.
This was a totally different Gracie from the one we saw at the GP. And she is WONDERFUL!
Kaetlyn has a lot of strengths: a consistent triple-triple combination (albeit an easier one than some), good speed and flow, sizeable and generally fully rotated jumps, and a reasonable talent for executing choreography. If everyone skates to their potential, she is not going to win a medal; neither her technical content nor the sophistication of her presentation are quite there yet. Of course, anything can happen if the top skaters fail to skate to their potential, but a top-10 finish would be great. I see a lot of promise for the future as her artistry develops further and her technical arsenal ramps up. She'll be pushed at home by Dalemans, which will help. Canadians are excited about her because she's engaging on ice, but also because in this country we have historically had to wait years (and sometimes decades) between women with real medal potential. There wasn't a lot of optimism after Joannie stopped competing, and then all of a sudden there was Kaetlyn - and (rather unexpectedly) Canada can hope to have a top-10 skater again.
I think KO has a decent chance of getting in the top ten. I would not expect her to medal. I wonder which will be a better skate for her, the team or the ladies event. More pressure in the team event I think since Skate Canada has said it expects to medal.
But then there have been crazier upsets. I don't think anyone in Canada thought Elizabeth Manley would win a silver in '88 either.
I'm not sure why Gracie Gold is part of this thread but I would expect her to be higher than KO. She seems more polished and put together to my eye. If she won the gold I'd be surprised but then the ice is slippery.
Thank you! What an amazing comeback after her injury. She's amazing!Originally Posted by Taan
Yes, especially Korpi is very likely to place in front of Kaetlyn *cough*Originally Posted by pangtongfan
I also don't think Li will necessarily place above Kaetlyn, as she would probably get lower PCS, and despite Polinas techincal difficulty, looking at the rest of her skating, I'd get a major headache if she beat a clean Osmond.
The Osmond hate/bashing/whatever is completly unnecessary. I don't see any major hype sorrounding her these days. And to be honest, she's not a threat for a medal, but I'm so glad to have her at the Olympics for the same reason I'm glad to see Jason there: she's the kind of skater that could get non-fans into this sport. A lot more than some of the supposed medal threats, I think.