Six years after Kwan, generation next disappearing

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Rachael Flatt at 2012 Skate America.  Was it her last competition?  (Mike Nelson - US Presswire)

Rachael Flatt at 2012 Skate America. Was it her last competition? (Mike Nelson - US Presswire / October 20, 2012)

Zawadzki, still just 18, remains inconsistent.  Gold, brilliant as a junior last season, brings the biggest upside but has struggled at her two senior events this season.

Gao is the fascinating X factor.

Three straight fifth-place finishes at nationals sent the 18-year-old into her freshman year at Harvard with a feeling the time had come to stop skating.  She changed her mind, went to Skate America and put together two near flawless skates - with a short program of ethereal delight – to finish second.

If Gao can skate as well again at her second Grand Prix event 2 ½ weeks from now in Paris, she becomes the favorite to win the second spot on this season’s world team.

In January, Wagner will try to be the first U.S. woman since 2005 to win consecutive U.S. titles.

That was when Michelle Kwan won her eighth straight.

There have been six different champions since.

And a virtually lost generation.

 

 

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