Reading responses to Ashley thread I wonder if Grace is solidly number one with the USFSA. I think Grace will have to win this year decisively over Ash and Polina. The skater I love to watch besides the top 4 this past year is Smantha Cesario. I think she is an incredibly exciting skater and like her so much better than most skaters on the world scene. I think she missed out on her time tho due to that injury. I loved her Carmen more than anyone's including Katarina Witt. People seem to hate Carmen but Smantha broughtfire and freshness. Plus being beautiful does not hurt.
With all things Gold I wonder who else will drop out this year? I was so sad to see the demise of Agnes. And surprised that Mirai is hanging in there. I was surprised also she got two grand prix assignments. I guess they felt sorry for her after last year is my guess and she has been around a long time now on senior level. I think Mirai has taken the place of another sometime great skater Alissa C. Did AC ever make a formal retirement? Is she done with competition?
I think Gracie will be more nervous defending her title but I can't see anyone beating her unless she falls twice and Polina or Ashley have two great skates. I think we have currently 5 very interesting performers. I forgot who else got assignments. Is Christina still competing this year? I like her but have to say she doesn't really grab me like some other US ladies do.