Should Flatt have skated at the World Championships on an injury?
This thread is not intended to be a bash thread, but I would like to pose a legitimate question.
For those that haven't kept up with the WC developments, after the ladies SP (where Flatt placed 8th), it was revealed that Flatt had a leg injury- I believed it was a fractured right tibia, which was diagnosed last Friday. She appeared to be in serious physical pain in the practices. Anyway, she went on to skate the FS, struggled mightily (not quite as much as at GPF, but still nowhere close to her best) and placed 14th (12th overall). Along with Czisny's 5th placement, the US once again falls short of 3 spots, and extends the medal-less streak to 5 years.
The question here is this: Assuming that this was an injury that has been bothering her for at least a week prior- should she have gone to Worlds? Should she have WD and allowed a healthier member of Team USA to go in her place? Or even if the alternate couldn't make it- should she have WD, at least to save face? Of course, if the injury occurred WHILE she was at Worlds, not much could be done. But it seems like something that she's been struggling with beforehand. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Question: If Flatt had withdrawn before the free skate, would Alyssa's 5th place finish have stood alone to give US a 3rd entry (5 + 0 = 5)?
Hm. I don't think so. Yuna's top three finishes have only given S. Korea two placements.
Originally Posted by Penny
Six Point Zero
A week before? No way. Nagasu could not have prepared in time for a decent performance at Worlds with only a week or two. Was Mirai even still training on the possibility she may get called as an alternate? I don't think so, so I really don't see how she could have placed much higher than Rachael.
For her own sake, she probably willed herself to perform despite the pain and injury because she knows there's a good chance this could be her last Worlds. She probably believes that skating and giving it her all despite the pain and injury was a better way to "save face" than to withdraw. At least it reaffirms that she's mentally tough.
It's only my thoughts, but I read somewhere that she would attend that spiffy university in California, after this Worlds. So this was her Last Hurrah for figure skating, and she wanted to skate it. Actually she helped to retain the USFS 2 spots. So it wasn't so terrible after all.
Cizny's been around for quite sometime. Does she have plans to stay on? No doubt Mirai will. Does the USFS have any up-and-coming Lady figure skaters in case either of them blow it in the Nats? It's not longer a Lock with MK, SC, and JK not there.
^agree with this 100%.
Originally Posted by Joesitz