I’ve called IceWorks and they have stated they are having Philly International (also Collegiates). They are having their spring ice show with spectators later this month.Part 4!
Audrey Shin finally had her moment at SA. USFS has had their eye on her for a while. They’ve sent her to international competitions since she was a novice. She’s one of those skaters that when she’s on is the full package. Graceful and connects with the music. her biggest problem before this year was her terrible underotations. It looked like she turned a corner at SA. However, nationals was completely disasterous. I’m very worry that she was injured. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, as she really shown improvement. I think USFS is still keeping her in mind as a possibility, as she was an alternate for worlds in spite of her placement at nationals. However, she has to be as good she was at SA for the fall season for her to be considered for an Olympic Spot. The good news for her is that she’s still
My Status: Possible Dark Horse, but need a very strong fall season for a spot.
Now lets talk about everyone else. I don’t think it matters if I analyze anyone deeply because they are all pretty much in the same boat. They have no recent successes internationally, therefore they are all wildcards unless they can prove otherwise. The good news for all of them is they still have time to prove themselves. Bradie has left the ultimate blue print on how to nail an Olympic spot, even though you have no achievements to rely on. I hope that as many ladies as possible take advantage of the summer competitions, especially the bigger ones (provided they hold them). They need to compete frequently. Show that they’ve got the tech and the consistency. If they have a quad or a 3A, land it in a club competition and create some buzz. Aim for the Nebelhorn and SA spot. Get as many international competitions as you can and fight hard. In the end of the day it will go down to who has the favor of the international judges. Are their jumps clean? How is their components score? Are they consistent? Do they have the tech neccessary to be competitive?
The Olympics brings out the ultimate competitor in many people. I expect many ladies to be fired up with new tech, jumps, and ready to fight. This is going to be an interesting year, considering there are so may ways the dice can roll. Therefore, I will be keep a very close eye on the following:
1. Summer Competition scores
These will determine the Nebelhorn and SA spot. USFS will look for a ladies with high scores that are consistent to justify giving them that spot.
2. Other competitions like Peggy Fleming and Aerial Competition.
A good way to get some visability and clout. Plus debuting a new Quad or 3A at AC would really put skaters higher on the list.
4. Philly International
I hope this is held this year, because it will give a lot of momentum to those on the podium. Both Bradie and Hanul Kim went to the Olympics. This will give a good idea of how things stand with certain skaters with international judges. However, a lot of this relies on flying in judges, which is still iffy at this juncture.
5. Nebelhorn Trophy
The lady selected sends a strong signal that that person is considered reliable enough to earn an Olympic Spot.
6. The SA spot
This will go to the person that does the best during the summer competitions.
7. Challenger Series placements.
It shows who USFS believes has earned an international competition slot this year. I’m keeping a look out for those that have scored two spots.
8. The Grand Prix spots
USFS will barter for spots for those lower on the totem poll that they think show potential. I’m curious who outside of the six I’ve listed will A. Get spots during at the first release
B. Get two spots
C. Get placed as alternates
(C. can be a false alarm, as some federations chose weaker ladies so they won’t be as competitive against their own.)
9. ISP Challenge
If they hold this again, it will be a good way to gauge how well skaters are doing, their preparation for the season, and how USFS is already ranking them. I hope they do it again, as it’s a great way for places that have few club competitions to get seen by USFS officials.
In conclusion, it’s going to be a roller coaster ride of a season. COVID restrictions will still impact people. There’s simply no way to predict how the dice will roll. Wish all our ladies luck. Their going to need it.
i'd like to see Alysa go. since this is her first senior international season she could use all the exposure she can get.I wonder if the US will have a sort of "test skate" to decide who will go to Germany. I think the date is 10 September which is really very early. If Alysa is at the same level she was at for Nationals, I think they will send her based on consistency. But Mariah and Amber would also be in the mix. Whoever goes-assuming they do well-would get a leg up on being selected for the Olympic team. (body of work), as I don't think the US GP placements will be sky high. (But you never know)
Honestly, I'm much more impressed by skaters who can do clean 3 triple SPs and 7 triple LPs because that is what wins big events. The 3A or a quad will get you nowhere unless you can land all the easier jumps. Maybe Amber can continue to show consistency with the other jumps and add the 3A next season, but the others need to show that they can execute a competitive layout consistently to justify any additional investment or push from the federation.
... 2. Other competitions like Peggy Fleming and Aerial Competition. ...
Amber and Mia were among the 5 skaters ---- TOTAL (!!) out of ALL juniors and seniors at nationals ---- that executed a clean triple triple in the freeskate.
i'd like to see Alysa go. since this is her first senior international season she could use all the exposure she can get.
I think, though, that a different dynamic will be at work next year. The "safe choice" Karen was figured to be the best shot at having two skaters who could finish 6th and 7th to secure three spots. At the Olympics, the goal should be to get behind the skater that they think might have the best chance at an Olympic medal. The powers that be may feel that Alysa is the" least long" of the long shots.With an Olympic spot on the line? That's a lot of pressure on a skater's very first senior international competition, and last check the "Olympic spot on the line" was used as a reason to forego Amber Glenn in favor of Karen Chen for Worlds in Stockholm as Karen was the 'safe' choice with a better body of work.
why not? if she wants to go to the Olympics she needs to make a name for herself internationally as a senior. she has to prove she can hold it together under pressure and be reliable on a bigger stage than she's experienced.And that might be the very reason not to send her.
Let's get real: the odds against any lady who isn't Russian getting an Olympic medal are astronomical.At the Olympics, the goal should be to get behind the skater that they think might have the best chance at an Olympic medal. The powers that be may feel that Alysa is the" least long" of the long shots.
They have Champs Camp which is in August.I wonder if the US will have a sort of "test skate" to decide who will go to Germany. I think the date is 10 September which is really very early. If Alysa is at the same level she was at for Nationals, I think they will send her based on consistency. But Mariah and Amber would also be in the mix. Whoever goes-assuming they do well-would get a leg up on being selected for the Olympic team. (body of work), as I don't think the US GP placements will be sky high. (But you never know)
Still, you'd want to have at least one skater there who has the technical arsenal to compete if the favorites make mistakes. I would assume that if any of the Russian skaters miss their quads, they'd still hold it together to get 7 triples landed in the LP. Since they get some points for failed quads and also earn high PCS marks, the only chance for an American would be to outscore the equivalent of a solid 7 triple program like Anna skated at Worlds plus make up for a SP deficit. I don't see how that could be done without a 3A or quad.Let's get real: the odds against any lady who isn't Russian getting an Olympic medal are astronomical.
|1. Starr Andrews|
2. Maxine Marie Bautista
3. Jason Brown
4. Karen Chen
5. Julia Fennell
6. Courtney Hicks
7. Sonja Hilmer
8. Tomoki Hiwatashi
9. Pooja Kalyan
10. Isabeau LeVito
|11. Alysa Liu|
12. Jordan Moeller
13. Yaroslav Panoit [sic]
14. Camden Pulkinen
15. Emmanuel Savary
16. Audrey Shin
17. Bradie Tennell
18. Andrew Torgashev
19. Sierra Venetta