Apache and Mathman =
Michelle's SP was skated very well but a little on the 'holding back' side. I think her 4th place in the SP was simply because Sasha, and Shizuka skated better. Although she placed behind Miki, I don't think she deserved that. Miki has not yet arrived.
There is a difference in seeing something live and on tape. It wasn't until her concluding footwork did MK suddenly come to life. And Sasha was on a roll and Shizuka was coming into her own.
Michele"s LP was incredibly good LIVE. The drama of Tosca really showed up and her second place finish in the LP was well deserved. Had she thrown in a 3x3 we could be arguing about lst place in the LP.
I don't think she's through yet. The work ahead will be difficult because she hasn't worked on the 3x3 combos, and she must have them Shizuka, Miki and Carolina do have them and and MK can not rely on all three missing them in competition.
She's now the underdog and that may suit her better.
Also she needs the GP practice - not for the medals but for the experience of the CoP.