Well, she DID burst onto the scene with her Nationals win in 2008. So she wasn't exactly flying under the radar. Then there was her rather bumpy 2009 season which happened before the Olympic run.When I think back, she was the rising star - so, she could skate with joy because she was not expected to win. Then, when she got 4th at the Olympics, people expected her to win at least a spot on the podium and gold at Nationals. Then, she started worrying about not winning, but if she made a mistake she still kept at it. Now,she just seems to be worried about making mistakes during competiton; so, when one happens, she's just giving up.
Something happened after that 2010 season though, because from there on out, it's been downhill/steady. Perhaps it's a motivation issue, and/or a mental one. I thought last season would wake her up, but I guess she hadn't fallen far enough yet. Now I predict something big will happen- either she will retire, announce coach change or move closer to Carroll.
Team Nagasu has been strangely quiet since Nationals which has caused a lot of this pointless speculation anyway.