In any event, there are people with various body types doing fully rotated jumps. (And skaters with various body types that have UR issues). For example, I don't think Kaetlyn Osmond has UR issues and her body type is certainly not stick-thin. In fact, she only started landing her triples consistently once her figure matured, and has actually said that it was her body maturing that helped her get the jumps.
She's above average in everything but not excellent in anything.
perpetual 2foot landing on flip, loop, toe, and even sal
has a habit of under-rotating the 2A pre-2012
skating skills aren't the same level as the top tier
cannot rotate 3x3
programs with Mills were good in a sense that they masked her weaknesses, but moving forward, she can't do S&D again, and she can't do Black Swan 4 years in a row, so I think she is at the end of the row. The way they parted, Mills probably will not give her any programs in the next few years.
Limited TES. Limited PCS. This is why she can't even medal in transition year. And when the Russian caught up, she's dropping further down in the ranking. And with Gracie positioned as US #1, I see her placing in the 6-12 range from now until she retires.
LMAO. Ashley commentating her free. Calls her last jump series a "bit sketch" and laments about how much she hates performing the spins. Very funny even with the little shade thrown at Gracie and Polina at the end.
Of course that video will just fuel her haters anymore. Can't wait to see all the "omg she's a *****" posts.
I'd never underestimate Ashley. She finished behind Mirai Nagasu and Caroline Zhang, who were thought to be the next upstarts in figure skating, in 2007 Nationals (Jr. level) and she finished behind Mirai and Rachael Flatt in 2010 and Alissa, Mirai and Rachael in 2011. She eventually beat all of them
Certainly Gracie and Polina are likely to pass her given they are younger, but nothing's ever a sure thing.
(And certainly Mirai could also have a second act if she works on her weaknesses).
I felt like the end of this season was all about survival for Wagner. She survived. I think she's got enough juice to make it to 2018, but it remains to be seen whether she can make the team -- probably going to come down to whether USA keeps 3 spots or if other girls falter.
In any case...Wagner is one of those skaters who has to work at everything to get it. I think she did well considering her circumstances...she must have been freaking out, but to stand up on the biggest stage of your career, she should be proud of that even if she is displeased with the result (I think one could make a case for 5th, although a medal was out of reach).
She got to go to the Olympics, barely, and I know she wanted a medal but with how the top 3 skated it wasn't going to happen regardless. At least she's got the team bronze (which she was a critical part of that effort).
Not sure she'll fare much better at worlds to be honest, but if she can skate like she did at the Games (or better) and more mistakes are made at the top, I guess you never know.