well, i also love mirai. i was gonna say, may our joint hopes for mirai turn out better for mirai than they did for mk, but 5 world championships isn't too shabby.
but... because being a fan isn't mutually exclusive with being a nit-picker, i must ask, do you find mirai's layback aesthetically perfect as is? i find the back position and leg turn out as well as foot position not-quite-ideal. i feel since i dared to question the gospel of alissa's perfect smile on this board where mathman is king, (i must be on a roll LOL) that i can also question the perfection of mirai's layback--centered, fast, showing great flexibility, but no where near as beautiful as even ashley wagner's, much less angela nikodinov's.
ETA of course i concede that mk's layback is 500x worse. i nit-pick mk in the _other_ threads
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For me, I agree with you. MiRai is much more "complete package" than individual elements like Alissa's spins or DivaKawa's Ina. The layback isn't perfect but when she's on - you forgive that and just remember the program. Its a form of genius that all the greats have... Actually, do any of the greats have a perfect layback? Kwan's was shady, Yuna's foot drives me nuts, Irina was just waiting to hit the Beilman, Witt's was not ideal and I couldn't ever decide on Kristie. But it didn't matter because the overall skates were awesome. Before people start screaming at me, I am basing this assessment on who I believe to be a "GREAT" not fan favs... Sasha's was perfect but she's not a GREAT for me...
And NO ONE and let me repeat for those in the backrow - NO ONE - has a layback like Angela Nikodinov. She looks like the iceskater on my childhood music box. Perfection.
like any rational mirai fan, i root for all the US ladies, because the better they all do, the more world spots and the better mirai's shot of actually making the world team! i root for alissa too--one of my favorite programs of the entire season was alissa's short at skate canada (before she put the purple racing stripe on her pristine white dress LOL)
ETA: Kwanford, ITA with everything you said. i still watch angela's programs for the layback spin, even to this day
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Alissa's smile during her skates is a bit plastered on but her smile at the end of a performance that she nails is irresistible.
I love Mirai's expressions when she skates. She manages to be fierce, coy and joyful at the same time. The only criticism I have is that she sometimes still fades in an out ever so slightly. One minute she's out there performing full on charming the pants off the audience and the next minute her expression gets a bit flat and mechanical - then she hitches on the charm again. But that's nothing really. It's the sort of thing that will improve naturally as the years go by.
How many base points are there for a smile? Skaters, particularly the Ladies are more concerned about their looks than the Men. Who cares if you are going for the points? (It is a contest.) How much closer should the Senior Ladies get to the smiles of the uninhibited little tykes in the Children's Pagaents or the serious smiles of the Ladies in Ms Universe?
Is Ladies Figure Skating to be how pagaents are judged? No wonder the men of sports shy away from it. it's not like Evert v. Natrilova.
I saw no such ad run as a Natl TV campaign. I did see several US skaters included in a somewhat lame ATT ad but that was mostly on the internet. Maybe I missed the Natl TV exposure of the ad you are referring to
AFAIK, Flatt's biggest sponsor was the Potato growers of Colorado.
As if I would ever eat a Colorado potato
Mirai had a decent sponsorship deal with Panasonic who made it possible for her parents to see her skate in Vancouver. Evan was on sixpacks of Coca-Cola along with other USA Olympians.
NBC ran a few Natl promos last year featuring Sasha but did not really feature defending WC Evan, or D/W, B/A and most definitely not Flatt.
I don't think any US skater ever came close to Dorothy when it came to Natl ad campaigns.
She probably did more than all of them combined.
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Rachael was the national spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists. She was featured in a campaign called "Band Together" that encouraged children and teenagers to get special red, white and blue braces to show support for the U.S. Olympic team.Originally Posted by Hernado
Many a pediatric orthodontist's office featured a poster of Rachael flashing her silver smile.
Alissa should get a deal with Colgate or someother toothpaste company. I would buy it.
Michelle had an insane amount of endorsements and ads; everything from Chevy and Coca-Cola, to Visa and Disney (check out the list). Of course that was during the Golden Age of skating when it was smart and beneficial to use a skater as a marketing piece. That's just not the case in the US anymore. I remember reading something about Rachael's parents being upset that she didn't receive more offers for endorsements or whatever after she won nationals last year. It's just the scope of the land--no one cares about skating anymore.
Mrs Flatt must have been absent the day they taught "it factor" at her college.