Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 4 Days!

Alexe Gilles (Broadmoor SC)
  • 2007 US Novice Nationals 5th
  • 2007 Jr. Grand Prix Final 6th
  • 2008 Jr. Nationals 5th
  • 2008 Jr. Grand Prix Final Bronze Medalist
  • 2009 Jr. National Champion
  • 2010 US Nationals 8th
  • 2010 Four Continents 9th
  • 2010 Skate Canada 11th
  • 2010 Skate America 12th
Alexe is one of those skaters who really showed so much promise as a junior but can't seem to get out of her own head enough to have success on the senior level. She is so beautiful to watch when she is doing well but she seems to struggle with self-confidence issues, especially this year on the Grand Prix. It was sad to see her meltdown at Skate Canada when her programs were so gorgeous. She showed us glimpses of what she can do at Skate America with a lovely triple-triple in her short program, but seemed to doubt herself again and suffered a few falls in the short and the long. For her sake, I would love to see her pull off an excellent short program in Greensboro, make the final warm-up group for the free skate, and pull out a top 6 finish. She recently graduated from high school and I don't know what her future plans are, but with her grace and elegance, she would make an excellent show skater as well.

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