Mirai's URs are not that concerning at this point because:
1.) 2a-3t is a hard combination to get ratified, it essentially is a 3-3, Akiko was getting dinged for it this season before she changed in to a sequence. Mirai either does a 3t-2a sequence or a 3-2 with her most solid triple jump in it's place.
2.) The second lutz would probably been ratified under a different panel. Of all the jumps that got UR calls, this was the most rotated.
3.) The 3t at the end of the program was the only jump that I thought deserved to get a UR call. This is just stamina, she was tired and had to wait a long time after the warmup before she skated, which is hard to do and probably the reason Ashley fell in the SP. Her 3t is not usually a problematic jump for her so I'm sure it's something that can be worked on before the Olympics.
So if Mirai gets one UR call at the Olympics or Worlds, it's not going to ruin her chances of placing well. All she needs to do is replace the 2a-3t combo (she can still fit in 6 triples without doing that combination) and work on stamina so she doesn't get tired at the end. Once she does this, she will be fine and kick butt . I'm sure she and Frank are aware of what her issues are and will be working to fix them in these last few weeks.
At Skate Canada, Mirai did not attempt the 2A+3T; she did 2A+2T. She didn't UR the solo 3Z or the 3T, but URd the same two double jumps as at Cup of China, and she got "e" on both her lutzes, with stiff penalties (-2.00 for one and -3.00 for the other).
I'm not sure Mirai can fix her UR problems overnight. She's been URing jumps consistently since 2008. She probably needs to revamp her pick jump technique, and that is not an easy task. She also is going to have to work on that flutz, because losing 5 points in the FS will definitely hurt her in the standings.
Last edited by chuckm; 01-27-2010 at 12:22 AM.
If that's the case, than that sucks. I understand why they'd boost Sasha at the expense of everyone else. I'm not sure why they'd boost Flatt (or Wagner).
Jeez, why are people still getting riled up about this issue? It isn't as if they're depriving Mirai of going to Olympics because of the UR/edge calls. She's one of top 2. Mission accomplished.
Good luck to both of them!
Last edited by Figure88; 01-27-2010 at 09:45 AM.