this was so expected
hopefully now with more time
Mirai can now train better even at her local rink
Just because no one has "heard" of them doesn't mean they might not be the right people for Mirai. Maybe they will give her the kick in the @ss she needs... Alex O is another coach no one had ever heard of and yet his name is getting mentioned with regard to Adam R and Jason B because his current top student (Gracie G) has great jumping technique.
As for top level coaches in the area:
Oppegard and Kwan are busy with Zhang as their star pupil, why would they take on her direct competitor? That makes no sense. I don't see Zhang agreeing to it AT ALL.
Gambil has Dornbush as her star pupil and several upcoming (Intermediate and Novice this past season) students. She probably doesn't have time/space in her schedule.
Artunian is still kind of far for her as a main coach, isn't he? Isn't that what everyone suggested she get away from? (I mean the long commute).
Wishing Mirai all the best in her new situation. I'm not surprised about the news, and if as MM suggests, this means a move in the direction of show skating, I really hope she finds joy in it. As a fan of what she could do when she brought her A game, I will say, though, that I'll miss her competitive potential - although I also applaud what she did achieve too.
I remember Raphael Artunian being so pleased with Asada. He said she'd skate 24 hours a day if you let her and that he had to tell her to get off the ice. Big difference.
Not trying to be in your face, but I honestly don't recall any specifics and don't believe in judging someone based on undocumented assertions. "Good Mirai bad Mirai" could mean anything. I do remember reading that about Mao and Arutunian.
i meant to say that at least at ice chips, she's in the moment and enjoying herself and definitely giving the audience their money's worth. i see that as a sign that the spark is still there, and there's hope we'll see olympics-mirai again.
ETA: I thought it was a bit crass for Frank to throw his skater under the bus like that, but alas I post to point out that Frank has spoken publicly about the work ethic issue.Nagasu's case is the most perplexing.
Her coach, Frank Carroll, told me Sunday he was infuriated by the way Nagasu appeared to give up at the end of her program and her posture as she waited on the ice for the scores of the previous skater. He felt she was all but mooning the audience (without exposing any flesh, of course) by bending over repeatedly in the middle of the rink to tie her skates.
Her technical marks were only ninth best in the field.
``She needs an awakening,'' Carroll said. ``Maybe this is the slap that will do it.''
Nagasu's career, like Czisny's, has been a bit of a roller-coaster.
She won nationals as a 14-year-old in 2008, dropped to 5th in an injury-plagued 2009, came back to finish second (and be the best U.S. skater in Olympics and worlds) in 2010, then missed the world team after finishing third Saturday.
That Nagasu was off the ice with a stress fracture for two months last summer affected her preparation. But Carroll, who coached Evan Lysacek to the 2010 Olympic gold, said the time off also should have given her needed rest after a whirlwind 2010 season.
``She had such a great season it was hard to get her juices going again,'' Carroll said. ``And not having Evan in the rink beside her every day to kick her butt and tell her when she was ridiculous also was a factor.
``She has been a bit all over the place. Sometimes I don't understand where she is coming from. I feel she trained better than what I got (Saturday), but she didn't get her act together until about three weeks ago. That's not really long enough.''
It's over for Mirai. If she was truly committed to being the best she could be she would have found a way to be closer to Frank and continue to train with him.