Mirai is an extremely talented skater. If Frank can get her back on track and help her get the UR problems under control, then I think she has the goods necessary to trump all the other US ladies, including Sasha (more technical difficulty) & Caroline (more speed) & Rachael (more "it" factor). This coaching change was long overdue. With her athletic abilities, the height and distance she gets on her jumps, there's really no reason why she shouldn't get +GOE on every single jump, never mind under-rotating them.
The other girls better watch out!
What a Soviet led bloc voting on OG'80 are you talking about? There were only two judges from socialist bloc (USSr and GDR) of nine, how they could organize a bloc voting??
Anyway, I was wondering about Mirai. Seems that an injury (and growth spurt) made her a non-factor only a year after her surprise US championship.
Part of what I like about Mirai's skating is the speed and height of her jumps along with the excitement/personality she brings. If Yuna is the "state of the art" right now in Ladies skating, I see Mirai having more Yuna-eske qualities than either Rachael or Caroline. I am a big Caroline fan - but have to admit that she and Rachael at times still have this slow, "Junior" feel to their skating.
Not much was said about Mirai's GP assignments but I think if she comes back strong she has as good of a chance to make the GP Final as any of our Ladies.
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I agree, if Mirai can come back strong and injury-free, she could have a great shot as well. She's incredibly talented and has very good basics. I'm excited to see what Frank Carroll can do with her.
But I think it's more a matter of can she put it all together? She's lost considerable ground last season, missing out on a lot of major competition experience that Caroline and Rachael got at 4CC and WTT (Worlds as well, in Rachael's case). And Mirai doesn't have a history of performing well under pressure, either.
But if she can get her jumps back after the injury and growth spurt, and develop a consistency similar to Rachael and Caroline's, she'll easily surpass both of them.
Admittedly, Mirai had a tough season last year with injury and growth spurt (though there were others who were injured and had growth spurt), and a rocky relationship with her coach, so let's hope it was a one-off thing. Frank Caroll seems very much like a no non-sense sort of coach, maybe he will help her get into the mindset of a mature champion.
It seems there are many of our friends from the "East" who have a much different take on Frank Carrol. But he has a proven record that is only disputed by a few "fanistas" - and I not only recognize - but appreciate the work he has done with many great American skaters. (ex: if only Irina had been under Frank's guidance it might not have taken her 10 years to discover the artistic side of her skating).
I remember Michelle being very emotional when she was younger - and if she wasn't in tears before a skate she certainly was many, many times after she finished. (I am talking big major, teenage river of hormone driven tears).
I read a year ago, that unlike Caroline, Mirai is not an "ice rink rat." She is a very bright girl with many interests and very active in activities besides skating.
The article mentioned that Mirai was practicing no more than a couple of hours a day for 3-4 days a week. (Yuna, Mao & Caroline practice that much in a day or two if we can believe what we read).
If that is true, I hope to see a new , more disciplined Mirai emerging, better trained and in better shape. I think that athletically she is probably superior to Caroline, Rachael and Ashley and see a real chance for her to breakout and break away from the pack of "little ones" she came into prominence with. It is strange coz she already had, at age 14, what Rachael, Caroline and Ashley don't have - the US Ladies Championship.
Like all the other thoughts floating around this board I guess we will have to wait a few months to see who is hot and who is not. But I think it is very short sighted to ignore Mirai's potential for this season.
I think Mirai's tears were caused by the pain she was in as well as because she though she would be unable to skate decently.
I agree that Michelle often cried after her skates when she was young
Yeah, Michelle often had tears by the end of a long program. But I think part of that was she really controlled herself emotionally before and during her skates, and when she finished, it was such relief and it was like the tears washed all that tension away. That's not the same as finding oneself in tears and emotionally shaken before even taking the ice.
I´m glad that Mirai Nagasu will be coached by Frank Carroll, WOW, and will be looking forward to watch the result. Mirai is definetely my biggest favourite among the young US female skaters of today.
I think Frank & Mirai will be a formidable combination, and I can't wait to see what his coaching program brings to her arsenal of untapped talent.
Perhaps of note, Mirai has experience staging a comeback. As an Intermediate level competitor, she place 1st at Regionals, yet as a Novice she didn't even make it to Sectionals. Then, as a Junior, she won Nationals, and again as a Senior! I hope she can draw from that experience and shine next year. JW
She certainly sounds like she's got the fire to do well, i just hope that she and/or her family have learnt that you cannot ignore injuries and that she has healed up well and is ready for the off season training.
I've actually now started wondering what Carroll's position will be regarding the elemtns he allows Mirai to do. I seem to recall him being very particular about the success rate he requires in practice before he allows an element to go in to a programme. So i wonder if there will be 3/3s attempted by Mirai.
Evan didn't put the quad in his programmes this past season - i wonder if that was at Carroll's behest?
Quite a few comments about Mirai never completing this or that but for a 16 year old she seems to have won more than a fair share of titles.
There are often questions about which whizz kids will make the most successful transition from juniors to seniors. At this point Rachael and Caroline seem to have passed Mirai but we will see what happens this year if a healthy Mirai returns. All three of them have a few problem areas to address before they can successfully challenge for medals at Worlds/Olympics.
I think Mirai's problems might be easier to fix as it is mostly a matter of getting hers jumps cleaned up. (OK, maybe that won't be so easy.) But she does skate much faster and her bigger jumps can potentially rack up points.
Rachael and Caroline have to adjust their slower, more cautious style of skating to compete with the top senior skaters. If they can't then they will have to rely on other skaters melting down to make a podium. Not bad but they have the potential for more.
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