I think the judging at Challenge was very very very very generous. Alyssa had flaw after flaw. If Ashley wins gold at world's, Agnes could get 11 or 12th and the US is back where it used to be 3 ladies. I don't think Alyssa will drop out though - like RAchel - it's hard to give up a chance to skate at world's and she doesn't have a lot to lose unlike Mchelle Kwan at the 2006 Olympics where her reputation was at stake as she had won so much. It's possible; she beat Mao and everyone so all she has to do (Ashley) is beat Carolina and she should be able to hold off the rest of Europe - "all" is the key though.