- Jul 9, 2014
I am not a fan of upsets however, if Gracie were to medal, I would be one happy man.
I agree. If she makes the top 10, she will make the broadcast and that would be HUGE for her.
She’s Gracie Gold. She’s likely to make the broadcast anyway (she did last year.). And that incredible standing ovation!I agree. If she makes the top 10, she will make the broadcast and that would be HUGE for her.
Why is Andrew T. a surprise?
Was he not fifth last year? Was he not in third after the SP? My boy ...
... I was thinking of the pewter, which is a medal as far as USFS is concerned ...
I hope we'll see two clean programs from Andrew... I'm just slightly concerned that Raf usually needs 2 years when working with a new skater because his technique is so different. So I don't know if they are in the process of retooling Andrew's technique which might affect consistency of the jumps etc.
But I think the conventional wisdom is that the top three places will be Nathan, and then Vincent and Jason in either order.
If you discount the pewter, I think Andrew (or Alex) snagging a medal would surprise a lot of people, because that would mean they've dislodged one of the favorites.
Me too can’t think of anyone winning over Nathan, Jason or Vincent. I had hopes last season that the new seniors could challenge Vincent/Jason for the excitement. Especially Tomoki looked promising. Him, Andrew, Alexei and Camden skated well now and then but never really got it all together.
Nathan is invincible, Vincent young with quads improving on other elements and Jason when he includes his quad; not a chance for an upset medalist beating him.
Actually I can’t see anyone challenging these three for the olympic team either. Someone suddenly improving a lot with new confidence? or Malinin?
What’s the story behind US having a pewter medal? Better than be given a potato though
I hope there will be a way to watch them while they are competing at a good time for me. All of them are exciting to watch
I know this will make a lot of fans defensive, but Jason could be vulnerable to an upset. I'm not saying it's likely, but it is more possible now than it has been. And I say this as someone who really enjoys the direction his skating has taken in the past few years.
Vincent is perhaps more vulnerable. He couldn't or didn't wish to go to Canada to train with his chosen coach. But I still believe he has found other good options.As for Vincent, he looked good in his early competition, but I wasn't really overcome with how great it was. We'll see where he is now.
Malinin will not be at US Nationals. He was sick during the qualifying. I complained about it on another thread, but have been convinced that the rules are the rules. So be it, better luck and better health next year, Ilia.
Me too though hard to know after not seeing much of them so far of course...I am excited to see how all this plays out.
Oh no. I hope he is ok. I can emphasize. I remember when I was trying to read GS pre 2019 Nationals because I was terrified Gracie would withdraw and almost wrecking my car in the Arby’s drive thru line when she did.
Yes! This is the year for my Keegan!!For Canada, like others have said, Ice Dance and pairs is pretty predictable. The men could be interesting, I'd love Keegan to get his first Canadian title, he truly deserves it. There's so many great Canadian men, Nam, Roman, Joseph, Stephen, Nic, Conrad, that if they skate clean can threaten for a medal. My money would be on Roman and Joseph because they have beautiful PCS. The women is the most unpredictable, similar to last year. All I'd like to see is some clean 3-3's in the short and free and I'll be happy. Gabby has been posting a lot of skating videos lately, and she's still our best bet to keep 2 spots for the Olympics (but we don't really need 2 spots?), but we can't count on her for that at this point.
For the USA the top 3 men is mostly decided, although Jason would have to be clean to snag the bronze (assuming Nathan and Vincent have all the rotated/landed quads). Clean Jason would probably still get bronze without a quad, but he really should go for the quad in competition, it's the only way to get it consistent. The women have basically been decided by USFS, and if Bell is clean they want to give her the gold. IMO Bradie is the better overall skater, but my opinion doesn't matter. Shin in a beautiful skater, and if the other 2 make mistakes she can rise above them. There's also Alyssa and Amber who could take a medal if others fault. I would actually love for Alyssa to podium, I think it would be a huge letdown for her after winning 2 titles, especially leading up to 2022. The quads and 3A's will be necessary to compete with the Russians/Japanese, so hopefully she can get them back. The top 3 in Ice dance is mostly a given, but Pairs will be interesting, would love Jessica and Brian to win!
Also to @Roo87Yes! This is the year for my Keegan!!