The disaster was the 2008 team that lost the 3rd spot in the first place not Alissa. And why doesn't anyone get on Mirai for collapsing at Worlds last year? A decent skate in the LP and she medals and the US gets 3 spots this year.
And yes, I pointed out the 2008 team in a recent post (not sure if it was in this thread or not).
I don't think any reasonable person "blames" a skater for a bad performance.
Trust me, skaters do not deliberately mess up just perversely to annoy us.
You'd think posters have some kind of financial stake in the third spot or something. I can understand being disappointed that U.S. ladies skating is not what it once was. But being "mad" at a skater and wondering whether it's okay to "forgive" them?
Every lady to have gone to worlds since 2008 has been disappointing, except Rachael in 2009. In 2010, nerves and post-Olympic tiredness got to both her and Mirai. Sure I'm disappointed but I just don't get being personally mad at them. Or Alissa, Bebe, Kimmie and Ashley.
I'm not "mad" at anyone. Was just asking a question, a question that, given the animosity of many posts on the forums a while back, IMO is worth asking.
Honestly, though- there are times that I'm forced to think that a few posters may not be real SPORTS fans in the traditional sense. Happy at the thrill of victory, disappointed at the agony of defeat, upset when a perfectly winnable game is blown. All perfectly normal (and common) reactions. These skaters aren't delicate flowers or princesses, man.
Even in other sports there's a difference between being disappointed in a team or player's performance and taking it like some kind of personal affront. There are some soccer fans who get that way. But they give me the begeebees. And some fans do go too far in actions, not just words.
Maybe you're not mad but there are other posters who have expressed that exact sentiment about Alissa.
It strikes me as a bit much but maybe I'm overreacting. I won't say anything more.
Well, maybe I'll say this just to add a new thought: Even though figure skating sends "teams" to worlds and the Olympics, it is actually not a "team sport." There isn't even a team medal like in gymnastics or a relay like in track.
Maybe that's why I just can't get as worked up about the third spot.
As for whether I'm a "real" sports fan, i don't really care. I enjoy watching baseball and soccer. i enjoy watching figure skating more and I enjoy the competitive aspect of it a lot. But I also enjoy it because it's beautiful and artistic and, to me, more than just a sport.
To me, not having a third spot for the last three years is just a reflection of the overall quality of U.S. ladies skating today compared to the rest of the world. I don't see it as a reflection on just one skater.
But Silverlake was talking about Rachael's 9th place finish in 2010.This is a tough one. I consider it a success if a skater finishes 6th or higher. Why 6th? Because a skater can finish 6th and achieve 3 spots for next year with another skater finishing below her. So when Rachael finished 5th, that was a success. When Mirai finished 7th, that was failure because nobody could finish below her and achieve 3 spots.
I think Mirai and Rachael could have easily won back the third spot if they had skated well -not even perfectly but well. I think the same thing about Alissa and Rachael so that's really the bottom line for next month.