Hi. New member here who just found this wonderful site. Just recently one of my siblings met Sarah Hughes. When I heard, it got me thinking about her Salt Lake performance so I decided to rewatch her LP. I forgot she did two 3x3 combinations (though none with a lutz). I’ve now begun to wonder if the US women have progressed much over the last 20 years with regard to technical difficulty. There are plenty of US men who can compete at the top. It seems like we are clearly behind some other nations on the women's side-certainly well behind the Russian young women. I’ve been following skating for 50 years though I was not a figure skater myself so I may be off base here. Just curious what’s happening. Thanks!