I'm happy for Karen and repeat my earlier statement that she's easily the most artistic of the US ladies. I also agree with the poster that she hasn't been rewarded enough in terms of PCS.
That being said, I'm definitely in the minority because I would have chosen Amber to go to Worlds if I'd had a vote. I think she should have been given the chance to gain some international experience in a big competition like Worlds before the Olympic season. She's improved so much, I feel like she really earned her spot. I guess the only way they would have sent her is if she'd hit the triple axel in the short. Hopefully this will just make her more determined.
When I think of how Karen has fared internationally, I'm not sure that I agree with the train of thought she and Bradie together are our best chance to increase the number of spots for the ladies. No medals from the Grand Prix ever, no Four Continents medals, no medals at Worlds. Not even a medal at Skate America when she was only against other Americans. Karen was fourth and Amber was fifth at Skate America. They really are comparable when it comes to international results, Karen has just had more opportunities than Amber. Also, Amber doesn't have the underrotation issues that Karen sometimes has on her jumps.
Anyway, I hope that Karen and Bradie have perfect skates at Worlds. It would be awesome if the US could send three ladies again.