I wonder if this will be the year in which Sasha Cohen finally lives up to all of the media hype and wins the US and World titles. She obviously has the talent to win both of these championships, yet she has shown a nagging lack of consistency and/or confidence when it comes to skating a clean long program.
And, quite frankly, I've become dismayed with listening to her and her variety of coaches try to explain away her falls and miscues. Maybe she's thinking about the program too much and needs to rely on muscle memory to get her through the performance. Hopefully, Robin Wagner will help Sasha to put it all together so that she can skate from her heart and show the world her talent and grace.
One thing I have not appreciated is seeing how the media has played Sasha up as the "chosen one", and has given Michelle Kwan relatively little attention. If the media has learned anything from the past season, I hope it is to not count out Kwan in any competition. She skated a fantastic long program at the 2004 Nationals, one which probably would have won her the title, even had Cohen skated a clean long program. Just my opinion, of course.