It is strange to oppose Gracie with Russians as something united. Russians have very different skills, choreography, jumps techniques. If Gracie does have any advantages over all Russians, it is due to her seniority and maturity.
I hope Gracie will gain a consistency and will be among the top skaters. But Russians are numerous and have a large room for improvement. I'm sure that some of them, not all, will progress a lot. Probability theory takes their part.
^^ it wasn't my intention really. I just defended people attacked GG by pointing out her strength. It was kind of funny too, since I have been rooting for Radionova all along. This is ladies FS we're talking about, who knows, in a few years we might be talking about Karen Chen VS Prok instead. Whatever will happen, I wish all of them came through with their struggles.
I'm just worried about Anna P. She is quite tall and slim right now. If she puts on any weight, she may get into trouble with the jumps, like Polina K.
thus will have a higher chance of increasing her PCS
she has great speed, power , skating skills to add to also being one of the most attractive facially amongst the ladies
Gracie has solid technique, is already a young lady and has huge 3-3 jumps
Gracie is making also a huge impact in US FS and she is being taken as role models by younger Americans
this we haven't seen since Kwan's time, she could become a continental household name
This thread should be changed to the Russian Babies versus Gracie Gold thread!
Right now Gracie is not at the level of Adelina and Yulia. They clearly separated themselves from Gracie this past season. Now will Gracie improve enough to challenge them and be able to beat the other Russian girls coming on strong the next 4 years? I hope she can. We shall see.
Lol, rink intimidation isn't anything new. Didn't Kat Witt employ it back in the day? Made her way to two Olympic golds, so I'd say Witt did quite well for herself.
I prefer (most of) the Russian girls to Gracie, but Gracie does have one thing they don't--she seems to have made it through puberty intact. I really hope Yulia will be fine; it's inevitable that she'll lose some of her insane flexibility, but I hope she keeps her jumps going forward.