Alissa Czisny is the easy favorite to win the 2008 U.S. Collegiate Championships which kick off tomorrow in Denver (Arvada, CO to be exact). As the only ladies competitor in the field to see a podium finish at U.S. Nationals for Senior Ladies, it should be a cake walk.
My guess is Alissa knows this so it's probably more of a mental game for her to put her skating back on track. Two years ago she was a sensation on the Grand Prix only to struggle at the Grand Prix Final and 2006 U.S. Nationals. In 2007, she struggled through the regular season but rallied to a bronze medal at Nationals (winning the free skate in fact!) but struggled at the World Championships. This past season she has just struggled and found herself finishing 9th at Nationals. This event is a chance for her to get her skating back together.
Alissa has stated clearly that her goal is to make the 2010 Olympic Team, a task getting harder and harder each passing season with young stars on the rise. Alissa has the talent to do it; her spins are amazing and she has natural beauty, breath, and grace to her skating that her national rivals envy and the judges respect. This season is a critical test for Alissa, can she compete with the big guns or is her Olympic Dream too far out of reach?
Ice Network will be covering the event, you can check it out here.