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    Is Gold solid as numero uno with USFS?

    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.

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    I think Gracie's secure this year. After that? No, I don't see her heading into Pyeongchang as leading lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Did AC ever make a formal retirement? Is she done with competition?
    Yes, she is retiring. Here is an icenetwork article with the announcement.

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    Well, I think Gracie is the one to beat this coming season and in the seasons to come. That is unless someone REALLY comes out of the junior ranks with the whole package - not just jumps!!! It will be interesting to see how Polina matures. But I still think Gracie has a lock on Numero Uno unless she self-implodes. I look forward to the results of Frank Carroll having a whole year to work with her. I also think trying to guess what's going to happen 4 years from now is sort of pointless.

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    I think she will stay #1 for atleast another season. After that who knows. I could easily see Edmunds overtaking her before too long. I wouldn't write off Hicks for the future just yet, and some new talents will emerge. I also would be surprised to see her head into 2018 as still U.S #1 but we will see.

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    I think Ashley could still challenge Gracie at Nationals if she changes her recent track record of skating badly at Nationals. I agree with you about Samantha Cesario. I think she is underrated.

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    I think there is a good chance of Polina being on top this season (or deserving to be, anyway). She is more musical than Gracie and already very competitive technically. She also definitely seems like the kind of person who improves quickly and would learn from her Olympic/Worlds experiences. If she has worked on adding more speed and projection into her skating, then watch out.

    Cesario is definitely underrated, but she REALLY needs to work on her spins and get a reliable Triple-Triple in the SP.

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    It is bad news for Ashley the last 2 seasons she has had by far her worst outings of the year at Nationals. She will not get away with it this time, no longer the defacto U.S #1, heck she didn't even get away with it last year to the judges who despite her status did absolutely nothing to protect her unlike 2013 (which surprised me a lot at the time I admit). This time she will need to skate very well to even ensure her spot on the team, let alone bid for the title again. She wont have as much pressure on her this time though (barring a shocking season, winning both her grand prix or the grand prix final for instance), so that might be better for her.

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    I'd hesitate to make any predictions until I've seen at least some Senior B/GP performances from all of the US ladies. So much depends on the program, music, peaking at the right time etc. And we don't always know what, if anything, happened over the summer. Did someone master a new skill? Have a growth spurt? Or a secret baby?

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    No one is solid with USFS imo.

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    Gracie has consistently issues, while she seemed to be improving last season, it all fell apart again at World's. Her issues at Worlds also don't seem to be a flukes either, considering she's having the same issues at many stops at SOI (at least based on videos I've seen), especially her 2A, but even her lutz that is normally giant seems to be declining somewhat. If she's reasonably consistent (think 1 big mistake per competition), then I think she'll hold off the other's, but otherwise it's quite plausible that Polina will pass her and maybe even Ashley. Cesario is a wildcard in the future, but I don't think for next season she'll threaten as USFS preferred choice.

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    She is, unless she also does pairs, becomes #1 there and skates in both disciplines like Kristi Yamaguchi did before she split with Rudi Galindo, and then she breaks up in her partnership like the latest crop of US pairs.

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    I really think this year's nationals could really be any of the top 3 or Mirai, depending on what they put out there. The main thing that makes me doubt Gracie a bit is the "target" that is now on her back.

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    The thing Edmunds lacks, along with the same level of reputation yet, is the skating skills and speed and power over the ice of Gold or even Wagner. I think that, along with possibly more USFSA favor at the moment, is what will keep Gold above her atleast next year. If Edmunds can improve her basics though, and Gold doesn't improve her consistency further, Gold is in trouble in a couple years and beyond.

    I don't see any universe Mirai is crowned U.S champion again, but they might let her on another world team after last years fiasco if she earns it clearly and cleanly.

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    Mark the date and the time - I'm actually agreeing with everything pantongfan said in the last post!!!!

    Totally agree about Polina but I'm reminded at how young she is. I think this coming Nationals will be a turning point for her - one way or another. It's relatively easy to skate your best when there isn't any pressure on you and no one has expectations for you. That will all change this year.

    I wish the best for Mirai but am placing her under the same category as Sasha Cohen. It's titled "if only......."

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