I'm fed up with the American women being written off in this Olympic Cycle!
Of course we all know that Kim Yu-Na as well as team Japan are expected to clobber everyone in Vancouver with only Joannie Rochette possibly putting any kind of stop to it...right?
Well...maybe? But can we see what happens next weekend in Spokane before we just write off the American women all together...can we? They may surprise us yet!
I seem to remember Rachael Flatt winning the Free Skate at Cancer.Net Skate America over...OMG...Kim Yu-Na! Two-thirds of our ladies Torino Olympic Team is competing in Spokane...expereince! I think these ladies, whomever makes the Olympic Team, go into Vancouver in the best possible situation. All the world will be focused elsewhere and while other competitors are dealing with ridiculous pressure, cameras in their face 24/7, and spectators criticizing every little detail, two American women will have the opprotunity to go for broke, hold nothing back, and maybe...just maybe...produce a star.
We don't have an 'it' women right now (ala Lipinski, Kwan, Hughes, etc.). That doesn't mean we are out of it! I dare anyone out there to put the enormity of the Olympics into perspective and reach the conclusion that I do, that's it's a big deal! Olympic pressure is not easy and haven't we learned that the skater with nothing to lose and everything to gain amongst the women has recently faired better. Consider '94, '98, '02, and '06 if you will. Who won? I'll help you with those answers...not the person who was supposed to!
Are you really ready to write off the American women so quick?