I forgot one thing. It´s not impossible. Look at Kostner. How many times did people say (including her) that she had peaked - a few times I think. Also, there could be a backlash in the scoring of ISU. Maturity may become more important that it has in the last few years.
I think there is still room for improvement: Hit the 3-3 when it counts; find choreography that suits her; try to get a true lutz and maybe repeat that jump in the LP / use it in the SP. She was doing a 3(f)lutz-3loop back around '08, so maybe she could do that, but just do it w/ proper edges and landings. I know it's a big ask but these are avenues she'll have to travel to get the respect of the judges and be a podium contender.
Judges are willing to reward her when they see improvements. She just needs to find a way to keep improving and stay relevant
There is still room for improvement with her, but the PCS scoring in the SP in Sochi clearly shows that the judges regard her as one of the top skaters. Like Kostner, she could develop better consistency with her 3-3 combination... she's only made the 3-3 a priority this season, which is something that apparently only worked for Kostner (as far as I know). I think with less pressure at Worlds, and a strong Olympic showing to bounce back after Nationals, Ashley is slated for a confident skate.
Wagner will be dumped starting next season
with the eligibility of Polina in Senior GPs
and Karen Chen and Amber Glenn the next year being senior eligible
there is always Holllywood that she can try,
maybe some B casting acting and other fame methods to get money
I think Gracie has a wonderful future ahead of her. When Ashley was her age she had horrible consistency issues - was always close but never quite there. It was only at the 2012 Nats where she really started coming into her own. From that perspective I think Gracie is ahead of Ashley at this point in time. As for Gracie and Mirai, the difference there is the work ethic. I think Gracie has found a niche with Frank and will hopefully stay with him through her career. If so - I expect great things from her. I have no clue what to expect from Mirai in the coming year. Hopefully she'll get a grand prix assignment and do well.
Polina has the technical ability now just needs the finesses that maturity and competition will bring her. Karen Chen is awesome and altho her technical ability is on the senior level - she has a ways to go before she'll really be competitive on that level with the likes of Gracie and maybe Ashley. The rest of the juniors that I saw this year at Nats really have some maturing to do over the next 4 years if they're to be competitive on the world level. JMO....
- Four Continents gold 2012
- GPF silver 2012; GPF bronze 2013; GPF fourth place 2009
- GP gold x 3; GP silver x 2; GP bronze x 4
- U.S. Nationals: gold x 2; bronze x 2; pewter x 2
- captain of Team USA (gold medalists) at WTT 2013
The fact that Gold has outplaced Wagner twice in 2014 does not mean that your statement is true.
It does mean that Worlds and next season will be very interesting for both ladies.
Tearing down Wagner only makes you look ridiculous. It does not help Gold one bit.
Gold's future is in her own hands, and it looks promising. But her achievements to date do not surpass Wagner's.
Wagner is young. Gold is younger.
As previously noted in other threads, freshness and beauty are in the eye of the beholder. Let's just say that no young lady has a monopoly on either.
[QUOTE=noskates;882241 I have no clue what to expect from Mirai in the coming year. Hopefully she'll get a grand prix assignment and do well.[/QUOTE]
Even after Olys, Mirai is 21 on the Seasons best list and 23 on the World rankings list. If you are in the top 25 on either list you are guaranteed one assignment (being in the top 25 on both lists will not guarantee you two though- still only one). While it is POSSIBLE Mirai will be knocked off the world standing top 25, it is virtually impossible she will be knocked off the top 25 seasons best scores. Therefore, she should be guaranteed 1 GP assignment barring a HUGE surprise at worlds from 5 people (if 4 pass her she will still be #25 and get one assignment). I believe only 3 people going who currently have a seasons best score lower than hers have ANY realistic possibility of passing her- Meite, Marchei, and Osmond. One or two more could pass her with the best skate of their past 4 years (GEDEVANISHVILI anyone?)
But yeah, I'd basically bet all the money in my checking account that Mirai's spot in the top 25 seasons best is safe.
Can anyone at junior worlds bump her?