Saturday, February 16, 2008
U.S. Ladies in trouble.
Next years' World Championships in L.A. are to be our big, shining, new moment where we get to unveil all our new stars that rose to prominence at this years Nationals...problem is, we have to get them there first!
This week, the U.S. ladies finished 6th, 8th, and 11th at the Four Continets Cup. This is our worst finish since the event was created. And even more troublesome, our highest finisher, Katrina Hacker, isn't even on the world team...8th place finisher Wagner and 11th place finisher Liang are.
Combine that with the fact that the third member of our World Team is Kimmie Meissner who finished 7th at Nationals behind all the before mentioned ladies and that spells possible disaster in Sweden.
Nightmare scenario, the U.S. is hosting the World Figure Skating Championships in L.A. in 2009, we have a bucket full of fresh new stars that can challenge the worlds best, and we can't even qualify all of them to the event held in their home country because of a poor showing at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. I'm not making this up...this is the scenario that is playing out in front of our eyes.
To the credit of Meissner she is a previous World Champion and we know she has it in her to pull of a great performance but she is going to really have to come through for us in Sweden. If not Kimmie than Ashley who has also proven in the past she can be at her best when the pressure is on. God forbid we rest our hopes on Beatrisa Liang who has a history of crackling under pressure.
Everybody, send good positive energy to Shirley Hughes, Ken Congemi, and Richard Callaghan (the coaches of our U.S. ladies World Team) that they might get these ladies ready for this event and help U.S. Figure Skating avert disaster!