02-01-2011, 12:30 AM
I think everyone's frustration and/or disappointment with Mirai is that she is currently the most talented skater we have. Rachael has fine jumps but not much in the way of delivery, and it also seems as though her career is winding down so she can focus on college. Alissa is splendid but is not the future of skating. Agnes and Christina aren't ready yet. Mirai has the talent, the sparkle, and the potential to be the next star American skater. She didn't lose her jumps to the Puberty Monster and has managed to add to her gifts as a spinner and a performer.
And then she just goes "thud" at the Nationals that could have sent her into the next stage of her career.
If it's nerves, that's bad enough. But if it's a combination of nerves and a lack of commitment, that's not someone we can put our trust in, because she'll always let us down. I think that's what many of us fear.
As for Frank Carroll's behavior, I don't know what to say. He's always been a bit of a curmudgeon, and maybe he just feels that he wants out as well as Mirai. So he's burning his bridges as he goes. Maybe he feels that his time is too precious to spend on anyone who doesn't work as hard as Evan, who was a notorious workhorse. And after all, Carroll too was probably spoiled by Michelle, as we were. She gave her all in both practice and competition and made magic in a way few coaches get to see even once, let alone more than once. Few skaters can live up to those two examples!
I'm not excusing him. I'm just trying to understand what's going on.
02-01-2011, 01:01 AM
Czisny is what I would call a LATE BLOOMER. She's been around since, what- 2004? And despite her inconsistency/ups and downs over those years, she appears to be reaching her peak performance level right now. Instead of the youngsters taking over the next generation of US skaters, she's hanging in there. There is a void that needs to be filled and no one seems to be willing to step up to the plate. Will Czisny be that skater (at least for the time being)?
02-01-2011, 02:05 AM
On the Ice
I was torn watching the event, as thrilled as I am for Alissa(which I am very thrilled) I was very saddened by Mirai's end result. I really hoped she would be able to hold it together, but she looked about in tears even before she skated, which broke my heart. I hope she can overcome this. Mirai is easily the most talented ladies skater we have. She is brilliant when she is on. Caroline's struggle also made me sad as well. I hope she continues to work on her technique, it takes time, hopefully she has the patience to hang in there for the long haul.
Frank's sour disposition isnt helping matters with Mirai in my opinion. I could be wrong & maybe its what she needs...but Im not so sure.
Needless to say if it were me in the situation, Frank would have had alot more to say to Hersh. Cause I know I would have told Frank off. Im all for seriousness on the ice etc. I liked my coaches that way. HOWEVER, the rude comments and airing stuff to people who dont need to know is unnecessary & I would have given him an explicit piece of my mind LOL Im willing to bend over backwards and work my butt off for you, but talk trash about me or disrespect me and trust me you have bitten off more than you can chew
Here's hoping Alissa & Rachel get us 3 spots, but unlike years past where I stressed about the 3 spots, I am just hoping they have good skates that they are happy about. Best of luck to the whole US Team
Last edited by Pikachuusb; 02-01-2011 at 02:07 AM.
02-01-2011, 10:57 AM
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
You make a good point about few skaters being able to live up to Michelle and Evan in many ways.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Somehow, I think it would look worse for Frank if he dumped Mirai than it did when he dumped Goebel. And besides, strange to think about, but Frank doesn't have any other skaters of Mirai's caliber right now, men or women.
But Frank's 70 years old and he has his Olympic gold medal. I suppose he can do whatever he wants.
My bet is that if they do part ways they'll present it as a mutual decision, though.
02-01-2011, 12:19 PM