Do we not think Russian will choose Yulia as one of their host picks? Or would they automatically go with Adelina since she is national champ? How have they used their host picks in the past?
^I think Gracie fell on her 3f in her FS at US Nats....Polina too.
I hope you got to see Marai's Golden Pond.
In terms of predictions and the US ladies I just can't pick a favorite or maybe its the inability to identify anyone to put faith in. They seem to just flip flop in my mind from event to event. After Nationals Gracie was the American I liked especially after Ashley seemed so content on a Bronze at GPF which easily would have been 4th if Radinova hadn't fallen. Then after Worlds, even though Gracie placed higher, I was much more impressed with Ashley via the FS. Of all three of them Polina seems to be the only one I see making any real improvements going forward and going on an overall upward trend. The thing is with all their inconsistencies I feel completely confused. I just want one that I feel a connection to and it's just not happening for me yet. My instincts want it to be Gracie but I'm probably more on team Polina than any other Americans....at least for now.
I can't even pick which American should or likely will go to GPF. It's probably Gracie. It's likely going to be all set up for her to get there but what she does with it will really solidify my impression of her. I wouldn't be surprised if others felt the same way.
1. Asada (not doing GP)
2. LIPNITSKAIA #1 Seed
3. Kostner (not doing GP)
4. POGORILAYA #2 Seed
5. GOLD #3 Seed
6. Suzuki (retired)
7. WAGNER #4 Seed
8. EDMUNDS #5 Seed
9. PARK #6 Seed
If USFS host-picks Gold for Skate America, Lipnitskaia can't go there because an event can have only one seed from the 1-3 group. By the same token, if Russia host-picks Lipnitskaia or Pogorilaya for CoR, then Gold can't go there----but Wagner or Edmunds can, because they are in the 4-6 group.
No Sotnikova in the GPF?
And LOL at mocking Osmond's falls when your precious Gracie fell in *every* competition last year... Oh, except for a stepout with both hands down at US Nationals.
My guess is no Sotnikova on the GP period. But if she's there, she bumps either Wagner or Pogo off my lineup.