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    Flatt plans to skate through college

    New Rachel article:

    http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...uring-college/

    No matter where Flatt ultimately decides to attend — a decision that will depend on if she makes the 2010 U.S. Olympic team and then how she performs in Vancouver — she does not plan on hanging up her skates. “I plan on skating throughout my entire college education,” Flatt said.
    Damn, best of luck to her. She'll quickly find out that it will NOT be easy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    New Rachel article:

    http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...uring-college/



    Damn, best of luck to her. She'll quickly find out that it will NOT be easy...
    Yeah, but if anyone can do it, I bet Rachael can. I mean, 4 AP courses while she's skating about 40 hours a week? She must have great time management skills.

    Plus, in college, there is more freetime than in highschool. Usually you only have 2 or 3 classes a day meaning Rachael would have plenty of time to skate, unless she is still thinking science in which case she will be in labs for many hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Yeah, but if anyone can do it, I bet Rachael can. I mean, 4 AP courses while she's skating about 40 hours a week? She must have great time management skills....
    True, but it's completely different once you're fully immersed in the college experience...

    She could also choose to defer a year if she's serious about skating, or if the unforeseeable happens (e.g. she wins an Oly medal)

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    What are the major skating clubs around the schools she applied to? Might be interesting to see what coach she might switch to.

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    She didn't say she would continue competing and might pull and Emily, making a comeback in 2014 for the Olympic team. If she wanted to, though, certainly she could continue competing and going to college. She is handling herself fine now. Sure, she probably could not join a sorority and "go out" every night, but Racheal does not seem like that kind of girl anyway.

    “I applied to the University of Denver, UCLA, Stanford, Princeton, Duke, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth,” Flatt said
    Well obviously UCLA is close to Toyota Sports Center and the Culver City Rink, Dartmouth has one of the best collegiate skating programs in the country, Harvard has the Skating Club of Boston, Duke also has a good collegiate skating program I think. I am not really familiar with the others but she seems to have done her homework as far as training facilities are concerned.

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    Duke does NOT have a good collegiate skating program, but there are rinks nearby around NC and some good coaching available there.

    Stanford is in CA and I am sure there is plenty of opportunity nearby...

    Princeton has a good collegiate program

    John's Hopkins is in MD - plenty of good rinks there/DE

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Duke does NOT have a good collegiate skating program, but there are rinks nearby around NC and some good coaching available there.

    Stanford is in CA and I am sure there is plenty of opportunity nearby...

    Princeton has a good collegiate program

    John's Hopkins is in MD - plenty of good rinks there/DE
    Harvard is near the Skating Club of Boston. I think that is a good facility because there are always a lot of skaters at nationals from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Harvard is near the Skating Club of Boston. I think that is a good facility because there are always a lot of skaters at nationals from there.
    Yes - Tiny already mentioned that, which is why I covered the others (except the obvious U Denver) and corrected the Duke misnomer.

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    Rachael actually said she plans on skating through her college year, but she didn't say she plans on competing the whole time. Two different things.

    If she trains actively, she might be able to skate during her freshman year and see how it goes. If she at least remained in high-level training while in school, she could take a couple of years off before returning to competition the year before Sochi, then take a year off from college for 2014 (she will be only 21).

    Good for her. She is so smart! If anyone can do it, she can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Yes - Tiny already mentioned that, which is why I covered the others (except the obvious U Denver) and corrected the Duke misnomer.
    Is Denver near Colorado Springs? I thought they were a couple hours apart

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Is Denver near Colorado Springs? I thought they were a couple hours apart
    *Ahem* Colorado Springs is 69 miles due south of Denver. If Rachael measured the altitude of the North Star at midnight at Denver, she would find that it is about 39.5 degrees. Then she could make the same measurement at Colorado Springs: 38.5 degrees.

    From this she could determine the circumference of the Earth. 69 miles corresponds to a difference in latitude of 1 degree, so the circumference of the whole Earth is 69 times 360 = 24,840 miles.

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    Flatt probably should have applied to Williams. It's like Dartmouth, but with its own ice rink, just like Mao's university. The school has the highest athlete per capita in the world or something, so she'll blend right in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    69 miles corresponds to a difference in latitude of 1 degree...
    Now THAT I didn't know...well, I guess you learn something new every day, particularly in unexpected places...

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    Great article!

    My money has been on Rachael from day one, since last year, though I may have been a tad distracted during the GP looking for the ONE, lol. But I'm sticking to my guns, Rachael will be an Olympian!!!!

    Regards combining both college & skating, she's the only one I see that can actually pull it off, not even my fav Sarah Hughes could do that. And I'm talking about elite skating, Worlds & Olympics, nothing else.

    The reason I feel she can do both is because Rachael is a literal genius, smarter than even the Hughes girls IMHO, and that's saying a lot. I mean Rachael's parents are like nuclear physicists, right? Whatever, a nerd in the same vein as Bill Gates. And we all know how far that took him...

    GOOOOOOOOOO RACH!!!!!!!!!!

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    Her dad graduated from MIT. She's not applying there, though. Well, MIT doesn't give much wiggle room to legacy cases anyway. But she's Rachael Flatt. Her extra curricular activity sure beats all the other kids vying for the few hundred spots.

    For someone her caliber, I think all the schools will take her, especially Stanford and Dartmouth. Columbia isn't atheletic (despite being in the league) Oops, didn't realize she did not apply to Columbia. She was really excited about the campus and its close knit community (top 3 schools during the fall college tour from her AT&T blog) and said something about insolated, but not isolated.

    I'd totally give her GOE on her SAT for being so brilliant all the time.
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