Rachel - hmmmm is she really the equal of Irina and Michelle technically? Irina scored many 5.9's for her technical mark but her skating was faster and her jumps so much bigger.
We tend to think of Michelle for her artistry but so much of it was based on a very strong technique.
I really can't see Rachel under 6.0 being close to Michelle's equal.
Mirai seemed so happy with her scores and seemed to think they were appropriate. She did not come across as someone who thought she wuzrobbbed. I think she knows what she needs to work on. I'd love to see her skate lights out in Vancouver. I'm just loving her comments about blowing the competition away. BAM, BAM, BAM, indeed!
Several posts have mentioned Mirai's respect for Rachael as a competitor and maybe even friend. I do remember when Mirai won 2 years ago, Rachael mentioned in an interview (she was standing there bouncing up and down a little and grinning ear to ear [still with braces then, it was cute]) after the LP I think that she had watched Mirai skate and was so happy for her. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that all among competing athletes is nicey-nice and sweet, but I do think it appears that there is clearly respect between the two but also some genuine camaraderie. Anyone else see that, or am I imagining?
I like the report of Mirai's "Bam, bam, bam!" comment, too. Gotta go out there with confidence!
I think they are just both excited to go to the Olympics for the first time. I think Mirai will work on the URs and I believe Rachael will on her artistry.
And one more point: this isn't like the last U.S. championship that these two will compete in. So just because Mirai didn't win this one doesn't mean that she's fated not to win another championship. As others said, she's on the cusp and with a 3X3 on the horizon she'll be hard to beat.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 01-25-2010 at 06:17 PM.
That issue happens to be the lead editorial article at Blazing Blades today.
Like many here they noticed a difference in the skill level between Mirai and Rachael in certain pcs which was in no way reflected in the marks.
Rachael won the jumps and was scored as Mirai's equal in everything else...
I am happy that Mirai and Rachael made the olympic team and can't wait to cheer them on in Vancover. That being said I have some thought on cop.
I wish that some of the less flexible skaters would do simpler spins that they could do well vs trying the more difficult flexible spins. I think they should crack down on goe. It does not make sense for the system to reward skaters for somthing they can't do.
I also wish that they could have a sliding scale for urs like they have now with edge calls. If the caller can't see it in real time than just give them a warning mark with negitive goe. If the caller can see it in real time than it should be downgraded.
These are just my thoughts on the system overall I do like cop though. I can't wait until Vancover.
I think the dismissal of CoP by some posters and the yearning to return to 6.0 is the ostrich burying its head in the sand to avoid reality. CoP isn't going anywhere, and if anything, URs will be more closely monitored than ever.
It makes no sense to say beautiful flexible skating with multiple technical errors should win over correct technique with less flexibility. Basically, it's Rachael's lack of flexibility which seems to annoy posters. Rachael has a chronic back problem and she is unable to do some of the more complex spin positions. As a result, she gets lower GOE on spins and spiral than skaters who are more flexible. And that probably is not going to change much in the future.
But by the same token, skaters who cannot fully rotate triples should not be given credit for jumps that are basically overrotated doubles. Rachael doesn't get high GOE for her spins, and Mirai should not get the base value of triple jumps for jumps that are not triples.
Last edited by chuckm; 01-25-2010 at 10:47 PM.
Really, a chronic back problem? I never knew that. But it would make sense why her layback seemed to suffer this year. I don't thinks he ever did a beillmann, but she had a gorgeous traditional layback position, and it seemed lacking at Nationals. Dorothy said it best:Originally Posted by chuckm
'Get the image of being a tiny little bird out of your head,' " Hamill said in an interview after Flatt's victory. " 'You are an amazing athlete, and you have to build on your strengths. You can't wish and hope and pray for something that you don't have.'