Too many Mirai threads saying same thing. Everyone must have a clear picture by now If she still reads here, i hope she knows most wish her well, regardless of what she chooses. I think she might smartly choose to move near Frank or quit. If she can't return to 1 or 2 there is no point to compete unless she is on track for Sochi. She has magic when on and in her zone. Thanks Mirai for your incredible and memorable Olympics in Vancouver. You were fabulous and i thank you for wonderful memory!
Is Mirai even likely to get 2 GPs next season? With the reduction in spots I fear she might only get one, her SB is not that great and she didn't compete in any ISU championships this season, she'll be behind Ashley, Alissa, and Caroline for spots I think, and possibly Gold too if she decides to do GP. Agnes and Christina will probably only get 1 assignment each I'm guessing, but Mirai might be in that boat as well. Hopefully not.
Well, that's if she even continues next season.
Not sure I like the term "wasted talent." Talent is only part of the game. We've all seen skaters who didn't have immense talent, but were driven by their own mentality to do what it takes to be a champion. And very good champions they were. On the other hand, some people have talent, but just don't have the single-mindedness and drive necessary to get to and stay at the top. Elite sports is very difficult mentally and somewhat warping of lives. No more than an average talented person can make themselves into a great talent, can a person with great talent make themselves into a person driven to make it to the very top.
For some reason a talented person gets heat for "poor work ethic," "not wanting to win" when they can't muster the stamina and fight to take it to the top, but the averagely talented person with a great work ethic doesn't get hit for not suddenly coming forth with a hidden reserve of talent. A person can't manufacture drive anymore than a person can manufacture talent, but somehow "talent" is considered innate, while the "drive" is considered something readily acquired if one would just try harder. "Drive" is just as innate as talent and can no more easily be acquired.
Mirai could just have misplaced drive. She might really want it, but it is a detractor and distractor for her rather than a motivator and focuser.
Has she hinted that she might not be coming back next season?
I'm just wondering where the retirement idea is coming from? I can't imagine her quitting at this point unless her heart isn't in it anymore and she's ready to move on. I don't sense that from her though. If anything she seems a bit lost to me. But something does need to change if she's going to continue to compete and hopes to improve upon what she did this season. New coach, new choreographer, new training site, new regimen, new attitude...I don't know. Something.
But Mirai can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results...Einstein defined that as insanity, you know.