Ashley seems to always get easier GP events for some reason. Last year she had very little competition at TB besides Adelina and SC this season is weak as well. Gracie as US Champion actually has tougher competition for some reason.
I wouldn't say Ashley had easy assignments last season at all. She had the eventual Olympic champion (who had an excellent overall season) and the eventual 4th place finisher at worlds and one, and Mao Asada and one of the super Russian wunderkinds (Radianova) at the other. She finished 1st and 2nd. You have to give her credit for that. Psycho-analyzing how everyone skated (and all skated well, besides Sotnikova in the short program) is pointless, and Ashley could have skated better in both her assignments too, although that would unfortunately hold true of her for the entire year. Even when she skated well, she never skated really great or faultless. This year she has to step it up as her reputation going into this season is much lower than going into last.
i not sure but the ladies gp events are deceptive.
sure at first glance it should be, gracie, julia, adelina for wins at sa, cc & cf, cr & nhk, plus also elena, anna, probably ashley,
however the ladies are equally stack for podium finishes in all
sa should be gracie, elena, 3rd is up for grabs most likely so-youn, elizaveta possible mae berniceor mirai, sc should go to anna but ashley, satoko, kaetlyn,could mess things up add in courtney, natalie , who knows
cc of china with zijun , polina, kanako , christina,elizaveta could mess it up
cr pretty straight forward with adelina and anna 1-2 , 3rd either who mirai, so-youn or someone wants to make a name
cf should be julia, elena, ashley, but who can crash mae bernice, kaetlyn,
nhk, should be adelina, gracie, satoko, kanako, zijun, polina, not to mention maybe gabriella, christina,
ladies isn't as easy at first glance,
depends on well they skate, and how prepared they are.
pairs, mens and dance, who knows, too early, the men are more competitive, so i am not going to do anything with them.
it too early, to me some looks easier than others but not necessarily.
And people never seem to give Ashley enough credit.... Ashley's scores at SA/TEB (essentially both 194, with TEB slightly higher) would have won TEB, Skate America, Rostelecom, and CoC. They would have won silver at SC and NHK (and bested her SA silver score).
Originally Posted by Jammers
So regardless of which GP Ashley was placed in, her performances would have still gotten a top two placement.
Skate Canada has the 4CC silver medalist in Miyahara and the World 4th place finisher in Pogorilaya (and Leonova could even surprise). It's not any easier than somebody like Gold at Skate America, with Radionova probably being her only real competition (the jury is still out about Tuk - I'd wager she'd be easier to defeat than Leonova, and who knows if Park can replicate her World result).
And Wagner certainly will face tough competition at TEB from Lipnitskaia and Radionova.