I wouldn't worry about her neglecting her training. Don't forget who is captain of the S.S. Gold heading into Sochi. Frank is great about managing skaters. He'll allow Gracie to do interviews as long as it isn't interfering with her training...if it does interfere, he'll drop the hammer. This isn't his first time going to the Olympics with a high profile athlete...he knows what he's doing.
As for Gracie's chances at a medal, I do think she's behind a fair number of skaters (Yu-Na, Mao, Carolina, both Russians) but it is unlikely everyone will skate their best. If she can put out two programs like she did at nationals, I think she has an outside-outside shot at bronze but I could see her coming in 4th or 5th as long as she skates well. Let's be honest, no one from the US ladies has a good chance at a medal right now; Ashley and Gracie are outside shots at best...Polina can stay in the top 10 if she skates well but the event would have to be a splatfest for her to place in the top 5.
We really need the olympics to start - less talk and more action lol. but seriously it is possible Gold could win BUT probably she would have to some other big guns falter. I think she is equal or better than the Russians and unlike them she has s urvived puberty. I fear Julia is too `weak`and too poor technicque to survive and ehr artistry is limited though she uses it well with the material she has right now. Gracie is packaged far better and seems far more sophisticated and mature than Julia. Though if Gold is 16 that would be one thing but if she is 18 okay maybe that would explain the maturity differences - I can`t remember how old gold is off the top of my head. But two years ; three years is a lot.
I think Gracie is 19 - 18 at the youngest. I think it would be very weird if a skater was going into the Olympic competition and not aiming for a gold medal. Why would anyone say "oh, I know I can't win a medal but I'll skate the best I can!" Really? Not in this life and certainly not with Frank Carroll as your coach! IIRC Evan Lysacek was not projected to win the gold in Vancouver - but he did! And without a quad. Anything can happen. I honestly feel if everybody skates clean the bronze medal is up for grabs. If it's a splat-fest, anything can happen. But of the three I think Gracie has the best chance!!! Polina is amazing for her age but she doesn't have the polish! Ashley has the weight of the world on her shoulders at this point and the Mirai lovers putting juju on her......
I think Gold and Edmonds will do well in the Olympics. They have the stars lineup for them. And Edmonds will do better than predicted.
Besides, people forget that she has a pretty good shot at an Olympic medal in the team event. And a medal is a medal.
Olympic gold is not likely, but Worlds is a good possibility. Kimmie Miesner did it before.
Threads like this do my head in.
Some people need to get over themselves.
It's wishful thinking rather than being realistic.
EVERY time a better than average American skater comes through the ranks people try to make out that this person deserves to win based on nothing more than the fact they like them.
I'm half American & cringe about the US bias towards some athletes.
Support your favourite skater & wish the best for them-yes.
But trying to make out they are better than any other skater or wishing other skaters do bad is awful.
Saying things like "The S.S Gold heading into Sochi" is just making my skin crawl.
Also putting down Julia's artistry.
I'm a huge Akiko Suzuki fan but all I can wish for her is two clean programs & hope every other skater also does their best.
I'm just so tired of the Gold-Hype.
She has won 1 US title & no major medals in the senior ranks.
I know I'm going to get a lot of heat for this post but I just hate how some people start threads to make a skater seem better than everyone else.