I don't think anything "happens". She just doesn't win.
It would be much better to have a silver and bronze or whatever instead of one gold and one complete implosion.
No offense to the OP, but...do we really need 5 or 6 different Gracie Gold threads? Seems like a new one pops up every week or so...
Anyway, I never really understood why so many fans put great emphasis on the GP. I mean, it's a great avenue for skaters to move up the rankings and get comfortable with new programs, get into season's groove, but as far as any serious evaluation - forget it.
So - the answer to this question for me seems to be quite short & simple: Nothing.
I agree. I can't see how some could think that Gold ISN'T the US #1 because she has beaten Wagner 3x in a row now, and 2 of those times Wagner seemed to be near her best...Three straight wins over Wagner makes her number #1 going into next season. Whether she stays there or not is the question.
Back to the original topic, Gracie's win is just matter of time.
Unless somebody in US figure skating comes along and blows her out of the water, if she is still competing in 2018 regardless of her results in the past 4 years - the US media will prop her up as OGM favorite.
Originally Posted by CarneAsada View Post
She would not beat Adelina Sotnikova if they were both at Skate America. Adelina has a clean 3Lutz-3Toe and Level 4 steps with +3 GOE. She has a soon-to-be-unveiled quad toe. She has beautiful artistry, a thousand transitions, and immaculate skating skills, all the ingredients necessary to earn 75 PCS. She is the Zamboni Who Will Ice the World. If she competes at Gracie, Skate America will have no chance.
You're only as good as your last competition. Before the Olympics people would have said (and did say) Kostner "clearly" isn't going to win a medal at Olympics or Worlds, given her early season performances. Many would have also written off Sotnikova as clearly not winning an Olympic medal (whether a propped up gold or otherwise), pre-Russian nationals.