The big strength Andrei has is that he's not coming back from a serious injury like Klimkin and has all of his jumps. Plus Andrei passed a big hurdle in landing a quad in competition. I also think that because Andrei is younger than Klimkin, the Russian fed might want to send Andrei to the Olympics to give him experience for 2010.Originally Posted by NansXOXOX
My personal feeling is that while Andrei is a very hard working skater, I don't get the champion vibes from him. Klimkin might be inconsistent, but he has more of a presence on the ice and takes the risk and does the big jumps.
As for all the folks saying Kimmie will get the 3rd spot on the team, all I can say is that 3rd spot is up for grabs and there's no guarantee who will get this spot. All I can say is that there were a lot of skaters with more hype than Sarah Hughes, yet Sarah is the OGM and not these other skaters. I see Emily slipping in there unheralded for that 3rd spot. I also think that Emily is a much better skater than Kimmie. Kimmie is still immature and there's no telling what growth is going to do to her jumps. Emily is already a big girl who has triple jumps. Emily will only get more consistent with her jumps as she gets used to her size. Plus there's always Bebe (though Bebe is going to have to do a lot better internationally) and Jenny.