Well just to clarify Mirai is doing Stars on Ice USA. There is nothing to indicate she is also doing Japan. I checked the Japanese website and she is not on the roster, which looks pretty complete at this point. I suppose she could be added to it, but somehow I doubt that will be the case.
But because she skated just after clean Anna's skating. No matter was Gracie last or second in warm-up.
It made Gracie more nervous.
Or 18000 spectators with their standing ovation?
But of the ladies who skated in the final group, Anna got the lowest PCS score, so the judges agree with me.
She had lots of speed, but not much in the way of character or relation to the music.
Kostner - only some spectators stood up. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmT876rlpfA from 5:50.
Suzuki - got.
Asada - got, of course.
Lipnitskaia - less than half of spectators. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IVh5FyJg2o
Gold - like Kostner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za88iOk9-hM
Pogorilaya - the only of non-Japanese Ladies in last warm-up with massive standing ovation.
Getting back on topic, which US woman do you think has the most potential to surprise?
I really hope that Gracie would change her style next season. As of now: she is so nice, her programs are so nice, her outfits are so nice - what missing is personality, distinctive style, wow factor. I think her Sleeping Beauty lp was totally wrong for her, I actually made my mind about Gracie that she would never impress me and then I saw her in the Olympic Gala and thought wow this girl can be so different! Chicago or something similar could bring much more personality and the style really suits her.
Ashley Wagner may become No 3 of Team USA at season 2014/2015.
Gracie Gold will be very good if will be more stable and earn more personality (she was "not as others", but now looks as "standard US lady skater") .
Karen Chen? She may be very good at 2015/2016 (or 2016/2017), but may repeat way of Caroline Zhang.
My 2014/2015 predictions for the US ladies:
Gracie stays #1. She medals at Worlds (3rd).
Polina closes the gap on Gracie. She remains the #2 US lady; but by 2015/2016, she will be the #1 US lady.
Ashley struggles to keep #3 - it will not surprise me if she goes sinks lower. I expect she will retire in the next year or so.
I don't think there's anyone coming up in Juniors that will surprise a la Polina this year. I think some people may be surprised by Polina winning a GP and her pCS rising majorly even if there's no marked difference in her skating.
I think Ashley will actually have a fantastic season and a much better Nationals with the pressure of being US #1 and getting three spots no longer squarely on her. I don't think USFS will be all that quick to dump her either as she's shown she can bring in sponsors. What USFS really needs are personalities the public responds to and she is probably #1 there.
I think Gracie will have an up and down fall, lose her National title and then medal at Worlds.