With a decent LP she would have. I certainly hope it will be a learning experience because medals lost can't ever be regained.
If Mirai were to medal at Worlds next season she would still be missing the medal she let slip away at 2010 worlds.
Mirai would have won under the 6.0 system but the CoP went for the points.
Imo, the CoP is good as a nitty gritty sport determinant but the 6.0 system has more of the essence of Figure Skating. The CoP does not capture the 'Finished' look of a Senior skater. However, the CoP does show Juveniles, Novices the work which leads to a great Senior.
Under 6.0 judging, I, as an average fan, could easily form a well-reasoned opinion about which skater's performance I liked the best. Sometimes the expert judges agreed, sometimes they didn't, and sometimes the judges panel was split, with some judges agreeing with me and some holding a different opinion.
Now, I am not really permitted to have an opinion at all. I may think that Mirai skated great, but here come the protocols the next day saying, oh you silly person, Mirai didn't skate well at all; you are just showing your ignorance of skating if you think she did.
On the Sarah Hughes thread I was struck by the similarity between Rachael and Sarah, in terms of public impression. Nice kid, smart, has a bright future outside of skating, steady competitor -- she'll do until someone more interesting comes along. The "more interesting" lades were Sasha and now Mirai.
Yeah...but their careers on the ice couldn't be more different. Big Hughes at her best was a world-class competitor (at the time). Flatt at her best is just...well...um, yeah.
One thing they do have in common is solid mental toughness- you almost never see them fall apart in competition.
Flatt didn't win Olys and she has a Nats championship...
Last edited by R.D.; 05-13-2010 at 08:27 AM.
Very little was said about Rachael leading into Vancouver. Is it because so many thought she was not the deserving champion?
Maybe because skating popularity has dropped quite a bit in USA since the 2002 scandal and the introduction of the CoP.
Here is where it stands in my family: I would have given Dai the OGM. My mom can't stand Evan and thinks Plushy wuz robbed. My sister said rachael is the least accomplished US Lady champion she ever saw and did not care much about watching the Olympics after the results at Natls.
My sister skated alot when she was young, took dance classes and doesn't buy into CoP scoring and thinks it is ruining the aesthetic appeal of skating. She said of Rachael "she skates with as much finesse as a truck driver."
Like many former skating fans she has stopped watching.
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There was little buzz in general re. the US ladies. Instead, the focus was on other sports (skiing, snowboarding). Also, the night of the women's skating event wasn't the most-watched like it usually is. (part of the reason being how late it was on, but still).
I think TPTB were just DYING for Cohen to qualify. When she didn't it was almost like a big who cares to them.
There are millions of fans/potential fans who don't give a darn about a flutz.
Or an invisible UR.
What a dilemma for the ISU. For now they will simply have to tighten their belts until they can figure out a way to get back the millions of US TV dollars they have lost.
Did we ever come up with a better name than "newjump"?
Last edited by janetfan; 05-13-2010 at 09:31 AM.
as for CoP there are a lot of skaters who also love the concept. so it's not that cut and dry.
I think there are some people who were looking for any excuse not to the love the sport anymore. It's still skating be it 6.0 or CoP... we're just all a bunch of wanna be dramaqueens who watch a sport filled with dramaqueens... so yeah everything is so horrible.
Who is missing from the CoP love-in? The fans.
To me, it seems harder to make an emotional commitment. My reaction at the end of a skate used to be YAY!!!! or Awwww. Now it is, well, let's wait for the tech guys to view the slo-motion so I can decide how I am supposed to feel. (JMO.)It's still skating be it 6.0 or CoP... we're just all a bunch of wanna be dramaqueens who watch a sport filled with dramaqueens... so yeah everything is so horrible.
Interestingly enough we're not arguing more or less over who should have won, and it still boils down to 'my favorite didn't win so I'm gonna cry the wuzrobbed song.'