If Mirai doesn't make a real effort to convince USFS she is serious about her skating, Mirai could find herself off the World team once again. Gracie, Ashley and Polina impressed the ISU judges at Sochi and Saitama while Mirai bombed at 4CC. Mirai has a lot to prove, and she could start by selecting a coach and then train hard in preparation for the GP. She absolutely has to put in two good performances on the GP circuit to have any chance at 2015 Nationals.
I think Gracie will stay the #1 US lady. I don't find her very artistic but I want to wait and she what she creates with Lori first.
Gracie is far more athletic than artistic.
I think they needed the ice princess image to lend her some sort of gravitas. Ultimately she just has to develop more emotional projection. Her skating skills aren't so bad. She just has to connect them to a mood/character. Also stop hanging her arm down during catch foot spins. It makes her look like a blond blue eyed gorilla!
Reading the "crazy predictions" thread, I realized that a lot of people already consider Polina ahead of Gracie for the next seasons... Why?! I'm not stating that Gracie is "the best skater in the world now and forever" as someone does but Polina has never actually beaten Gracie!! They're both excellent skaters, yes, but I think that Gracie's jumps and spins are much better than Polina's, and with Carroll has PCS has really gone up miles. The only thing in favour of Polina at the moment would be consistency but... do you remember 2012 Gracie? She was extremely solid and consistent, but then everyone expected so much from her and in the GP she began to bomb here and there. Couldn't the same happen to Polina, too (so they would both become "sometimes consistent and sometimes inconsistent skaters", as almost everyone is)?