Let me remind you that Sasha is an Olympic Silver medalist and Flatt is a 7th place Olympic finisher, the worst showing by a US Lady Champion going back before WW2.
I hope Flatt does better at Worlds because Mirai can't get back the third spot for USA all by herself.
Mirai is the future. Her talent is obvious and has fans and experts gushing. Orser praised Mirai as did Button.
I know this thread is supposed to be about Mao, but since it has gone off topic about Rachael Flatt, I just wanted to say as an American I am proud of how she did at the Olympics. She skated two clean programs, and did her country proud, as well as herself!
By the way, this Olympics has totally destroyed whatever respect I used to have for those older than me. As the old saying goes in order to be treated with respect, one must act with respect first. And in this day & age we see more & more a-holes; a reflection on our society no doubt. The internet makes it okay for a coward to hide behind the anonymity of the 'net, especially males abusers that pick on women, be it physically, emotionally, or mentally. This coming from a former social worker, one whom used to work at a battered women's shelter. I've seen it all.
Back on topic:
There are an awful lot of snarky comments about Mao on this thread. She certainly doesn't deserve it. She delivered 2 fully rotated triple axels in her Lp and one in her short. The next time you can find a woman skater who can do that, be sure to let me know. I would never underestimate her. She has a ton of potential. All of this advice is very entertaining from armchair coaches.
It's just sad that her basic skating skills needs fix, that she needs a new jump coach, because she has been one of the top female skaters in the world, and a national treasure of Japan, and now she is the olympic silver medalist. I think it would be good for her to go USA or Canada but I don't know, she seems she likes to train at home, considering every time she goes, she had short stays mostly. I think, she has a diva- like personality which is natural thinking that she has been at the top. Fixing them would never be easy so I wouldn't be surprised if she skips next season.
As other people in here said, she really needs a good strategy team. I know some people are complaining about the base value of the quad jumps. But the rules are rules and it's a new order. The quad... I don't think that she has a time for that.
I just read an interview of Orser saying that Yu-na's next goal is 3A btw. Mao will need a quad then. It's just sad...
If I were Mao.. I would try to fix the Flutz first and then improve her weak lotto triple axel
Asada need to work with her 3A more rather than quad jump if she really want to win OGM.
I really hope that she find someone who knows CoP very well like Orser and Wilson.
Last edited by CassieH; 02-28-2010 at 11:05 PM.