I'm just going to go ahead and plagiarize myself...
Something seems amiss in Jack Gallagher's article. The one posted by summervie in another thread ( http://maoasada.logu2.com/mao-chat-f...rview-t528.htm ) seems far more insightful into the decision-making factors Tarasova and Mao considered.
For example, Tat stated in the interview that it was the JSF's decision to schedule Mao consecutively in TEB and CoR. Russia was probably a must, leaving the TEB choice as questionable (although I am guessing that the JSF wanted Mao to have an early head-to-head with YuNa.)
Thus, this paragraph doesn't quite follow.It appears that Mao's entire season was configured for Tarasova's convenience. Mao was assigned to the first two Grand Prix events, which clearly were done so the 62-year-old coach would only have to travel to France and then be at home in Russia the following week.
Also, what may have seemed like an "over-reliance on Mao's triple axel" makes a lot more sense when Tat confirms that Mao was able to do them in her practices. Tat's interview states that she is considering substituting the second 3axel in the FP with a 3-3, which could handily yield higher marks anyway, so I feel that Tarasova is not the problem (although I had my doubts, too, and which I now feel bad for.)
I think it would be unwise to scapegoat Tarasova. Some of the more unfortunate aspects of her working with Mao (the Japan-Russia travelling arrangements, the Grand Prix dates) were clearly out of her control. MikiAndoFans#1's suggestion of having someone possibly come in and help out may work, and wouldn't require dumping Tat completely, as bringing on someone totally different and forcing a drastic change might make things worse for Mao.
Also, I am sorry, but:This quote seems to suggest that Arakawa's success lay in her leaving Tarasova for Morozov. But not only does it not quantify how much Tarasova may have helped her...personally I feel that it was a combination of Arakawa doing well and her opponents falling apart. So that is a really bad argument Gallagher is making for his case.Shizuka Arakawa left Tarasova for Nikolai Morozov during the Olympic campaign (in November 2005) and was rewarded for her gutsy decision with a gold medal.
Is there a public petition one can sign to urge Mao to find another coach? I have a feeling that it would be quite popular.
Mao and his team must have a wake-up.
Stubbornness does not give any good result.
Mao, please leave Tarasova !!!
Go to Rafael Arutunian or Lee Barkell !!
Last edited by bx11; 10-28-2009 at 08:58 AM.
ITA. I feel that while Tarasova may not be the best match with Mao as a coach, I also think she deserves credit for being a pretty damn good coach and that the troubles plaguing Mao right now are not necessarily stemming from TAT. When I read interviews or press conference releases, I get the impression that Mao is too fixated on her 3As; it wasn't TAT who put the 3A in her SP in the first place, it was Mao. She's under some kind of illusion that if her axels are landed, everything else will magically fall into place, and she's not taking the damage (yes, damage. that's what I consider it now, the way that she's basically lowering the content to make space for the 3As) that the 3As are inflicting on her program into account.
Tarasova's a smart coach, she sees what's been happening in the recent competitions and I don't think she would want to rely on an element that is all too plainly undependable. That said, I have ISSUES with the music she picked out for Mao (though, again, it was Mao's own decision to go with the heavier Rachmaninoff piece) and I feel that right now, TAT is not the coach Mao needs (regardless of what she may want, even).
Tremendous athlete. Tremendous coach. Sometimes does not always add up though. Shame the pressure of this Olympic year. Does anyone doubt that Mao would have been so deserving of a wonderful Olympics in 2006 were she only old enough? I do not dare underestimate either of them. Both have genius. I have confidence that the Mao will come back stronger from these disappointments and Tarasova will know how to help her find her way.
I see Gallagher is up to his usual tricks again! Yeah, he has an agenda and wants everything to fit into the story he tries to tell, nothing new there...But you could argue that TAT has an agenda as well. She doesn't want to take the blame for things going wrong. So even though she didn't object beforehand that the dates set were too close, now it's all the JSF's fault.
I personally believe that the JSF is always to blame somehow. OTOH it's undeniable that at the moment something is not working. I think it's a fatal combination of many things. So only blaming TAT misses the larger context. I sound like a broken, very annoying record, I know, but why is this a part-time coaching arrangement? Why is there no jump specialist around (that we know of, and if someone exists, he/she is doing a woeful job IMO)? Why are all her jumps falling apart? Who decided that it was a good idea to rework all her jumps at once? Why the crazy obsession with the axel? Why the heavy music and the ugly costumes? And who thought it was a good idea to recycle an old program in an Olympic year?
So there are quite some issues that need to be adressed. Of course doing it the way Gallagher does is not very productive, but he thrives on scandal and provocation. That's his style and in some ways his job. That he saw an opening to write this sort of article only shows that the situation has deteriorated quite a bit.
It seems to me that the decisions governing her programs, costumes, music, jumps, etc., are coming from Mao and not TAT. TAT has come across in interviews as willing to make some changes, where Mao has not. If Mao left TAT and continued to insist upon doing things the way she's been doing them, nothing might change. What is unknown here is how Mao might respond to a new coach and situation. It could make her more open to changes and new ways of doing things.