Sort of. Katarina Witt had other assets which include an amazing personality that transcended the ice and she was a clutch skater who used everything including intimidation (good or bad). She was the diva of the ice - the Joan Collilns or Susan Lucci on the ice. She had the stare of death which made Barbara Fusar Poli look like the good fairy
I often wonder what motivates Valentina Marchei to continue? She hasn't really progressed during the years and she won't win any medals next season either. Where does she get all the money to train abroad when she doesn't have any sponsors or any probability to win prize money. Are her parents super rich or something?
She probably has some federation support and sponsorships. Is she affiliated with the police like other Italian skaters?
Another thing I like about him is that him and his team have a good sense of what needs to be done.
From the Boston Globe after his surprise bronze in 2011. http://www.boston.com/sports/other_s...a_leap/?page=2
“I was at a crossroads,’’ he said. “I can be OK and mess around in the middle or I can take it seriously. Unfortunately, sometimes I need to get kicked in the *** before I realize that a change is necessary.
Just because it is listed on a skaters website that they receive funding does not actually mean that they have received money. The NEASF funding is based on donations directed to a specific skater. The information is placed on the websites to encourage fans and supporters to make donations.
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I wish I could definitively say Jason Brown is on the rise. But until I know for sure he's got the 3 axel and/or quad down, I'm afraid it's a big ol' question mark for one of my favorite skaters. Without those vital jumps, at best he can hope to replicate some of his success in juniors, and forget about podiuming in seniors.
I believe Jason will do juniors internationally, seniors nationally.
However, he tried the 3A in both programs at a small summer competition earlier this year.