How is Rachael to blame that they do not?
Honestly, I don't think there's much more Rachel can do. She is mid top-10 material AT BEST
But besides Nagasu, I can't see any other American lady who can be counted on for top 10 Worlds placement. No one.
People remembered Cohen in 2006 because a) she actually won a medal and 2) she attended events afterward and kept her name fresh. OTOH, Nagasu did NOT win a medal, and got overshadowed (rightfully) by men's OGM winner Lysacek. the only thing noteworthy thing she's done since is do SOI, which isn't mainstream enough to keep you recognized.
Mirai is the best-known competitive lady skater in the U.S. She put herself on the map internationally with two eye-popping performances at the Olympics. She has a bright future. Everyone wishes her well and expects great things of her. She has all the ingredients of an extraordinary champion. We are all rooting for her next year. Everyone who contributed to this thread picked Mirai as having the best shot at grabbing the title of "America's Sweetheart," if anyone can.
How does any of that justify saying uncharitable things about Rachael Flatt?
Maybe we need Johnny to consult with the top 3 ladies who are very good and consistent. Self promotion seems essential unless you are from a country with one good figureskater. Just a thought. Think Witt!
I am sure Mirai would have liked to take the Spring off but skating with SOI will help pay for her training next season. She has mentioned how it has been a struggle for her family keeping up with her training expenses.
Mirai's story - being the daughter of immigrants who came to USA looking for better opportunities is a very American story and one the public can embrace.
If the moderator's here wish to favor Rachael so be it. I don't think their comments change the broader feeling of most skating fans who appear to see Mirai as being the more exciting skater and having more star quality. :
Last edited by janetfan; 06-16-2010 at 07:27 AM.
[PHP][/PHP]Sorry to be nitpicky but Mirai didn't do the full SOI tour -- she was full-time through April and had a couple of the California stops in May. And Rachael was 7th at the Olympics, not 9th.
I don't believe in publically anointing anyone the "next big star" because skating is tough enough without the added pressure of fans' expectations. So I'll just state the obvious -- everyone has to keep working on improving their weaknesses and continue showing off their strengths.
Last edited by Sylvia; 06-16-2010 at 07:55 AM.
Who is the front-runner for America's sweetheart? I just did a quick count through this thread, and so far the vote is
Mirai -- 21 votes (including R.D., who -- like Mikey on the commercial -- doesn't like anyone. )
Adam Rippon -- 5 votes.
Evan Lysacek -- 2 votes.
One vote each for Agnes Zawadki, Christina Gao, Nathan Chen, Katarina Kudgeyku, Keegan Messing, Gracie Gold, Carolyn Zhang (2 votes, counting -- by implication -- Polymer Bob's ), Kimmie Meissner, and Ashley Wagner. There were two posts saying it could be anyone, we'll have to wait and see.
0 votes for anyone else.
As for Rachael, I believe that she, like other aspirants to skating fame and glory, is doing the best she can with the talent that the Good Lord in his wisdom has given her, and we should applaud and encourage her for that.