And I don't know if maybe part of that has to do with her family or culture, because I certainly can identify with obsessive, controling Asian parents, but I really hope we see a change after the Olympics (regardless of whether or not she makes it). Bottom line is, I'll be happy for her achievements but I won't be disappointed or upset anymore if she falls short.
Just being drawn out of the woodwork here to say that I love Caroline's skating, but unfortunately I don't think this season will be that great. I just hope it doesn't hurt her spirits, since she seems like such a nice kid.
Actually, given that she's only as old as my "little brother", I always imagined that the next round of Olympics would be her time to shine. Heck, I'm 20 now and I don't consider myself "old"! I'm sure the next 4 years could make a HUGE difference.
Caroline's new pictures from the USOC Media Summit are gorgeous: http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Se...src=standard#3
Last edited by LeCygne; 09-12-2009 at 12:23 AM.
Wow, she's turning into quite a young lady. These are great photos.
Her hair is so long!
All the photos are great. The ones of Mirai are adorable, and Alissa looks wonderful also. Caroline's pictures are splendid indeed. I especially like the ones where she's smiling broadly. Thanks for providing this link!
Thanks! They look great and like they are having fun!
Where's Sasha? I thought she was supposed to be here as well, and having an interview today?
Mirai also looks cute, and Ashley looks so, so pretty. She reminds me of Rachel Hurd-Wood who played Wendy in Peter Pan (2003). Is it just me or do the Jeremy + icicles photos all look a bit menacing?
HAHAHAHAHA Johnny cracks me up. Everyone else is in USA gear and Johnnys dressed like Tarasova.
Last edited by cornell08; 09-12-2009 at 01:14 PM.
I just saw a new ESPN piece. Caroline is interviewed about her coaching changes, her injury, her working relationship with Wong and Li.
So that meniscus tear was an ACL tear. And she was off the ice for a month instead of a week as she first thought. But it sounds like she has a good relationship with both Wong and Li. I'm glad that she's working with Wong on footwork and speed and endurance. And it sounds like maybe Li and Caroline are making some changes in their coaching relationship as well. I hope she has enough time to get everything together at TEB! Good luck, Caroline!
"When I left, I wanted to see if I could make a big change this year," Zhang said. "There wasn't enough time to switch over and be completely comfortable."
An injury didn't help. What Zhang thought was a meniscus injury in her right knee turned out to be a slight ACL tear, and she was off the ice for about a month to let it heal. She returned in August, but because she'd drawn Trophee Eric Bompard, the first Grand Prix of the season, that left her only about two months to prepare.
Zhang said she's still working with Wong on footwork -- to increase her endurance and speed -- and choreography, but Li is her primary coach.
"She's pushing me a lot harder than she used to, and I'm listening a lot better," the 16-year-old said. "I listened, but we didn't plan as much. Now we've set up things for the entire season. ... I'm determined to do my best from the beginning of the season instead of peaking too late."