PLEASE let's all agree to keep this thread on topic and factual. Not a love fest, a bash fest or any of that for any skater.
I really appreciate Sasha's talents. As a fan of all the top skaters, I used every four letter word I know, and made up a couple new ones when she fell tonight. It's not about a fall in this specific performance, it's a growing concern that she will ever be able to stay on her feet for a full LP when it counts - Nationals, International comps, GP series, World's, etc.
I'm wondering if anyone has stats on this sort of thing. I'm thinking about current and past skaters and how things have gone. It seems like skaters such as Michelle, Irina, Plush, etc. who have been competing at the elite level for some length of time just don't fall that much. All of them have had REALLY bad days where they have a fall, but for the most part, a "bad day" seems to be more like an "off" performance from an energy / presentation standpoint, or even mistakes (double a jump, wonky landing, etc.) rather than spending much time on the butts.
Then we have skaters like Abt, Sandhu, Cohen, Maria B, etc. who I think of has having (or had) TRUE elite winning potential but missed the top of the podium all too often because they just had too many times when they couldn't stay on their feet.
I'm not talking about the second tier of excellent elite skaters. I would consider the second tier of elites to be people like Jenny Kirk, who could medal with the performance of a lifetime for THEM, but could probably not snitch much gold from their top tier peers (Irina, Michelle, Cohen on a good day, etc.)
What are the odds at this stage (a few years now on the international scene, age 20 I think) that Sasha will be able to fix this? I really don't even want to think about Sasha being our US Ladies version of Sandhu in the Canada Men's verion. (and I LOVE Sandhu's skating just like I love Sasha's skating!)