I can't imagine USFSA and all other federations rally against Mirai Nagasu.
I can't imagine USFSA and all other federations rally against Mirai Nagasu.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-03-2012 at 11:22 AM.
mathman pointed out it feels hard to believe no one wanted Mirai but CoC.
And that includes Skate America too.
Is anybody suggesting it would take an impossible level of politicking by US Skating to get Mirai two GP's this season
Here is another pretty darned good LP from Mirai the following season, good enough to medal at 4CC.
I could show few SP's but Mirai is undoubtably a proven world class SP skater.
I am curious - if you think Mirai only deserves one GP this season - what are your reasons?
Have Agnes and Christina had better Intl resulst than Mirai?
Has Gracie skated clean once in her last 3-4 events?
Last edited by janetfan; 10-03-2012 at 09:53 AM.
She had a lot of ups and downs in her career (last year's Nationals was a "down" example), but I think that this summer at Glacier Falls she showed that she is regaining a good shape... Anyway, it's up to her in showing everyone what she's capable of, winning a medal at nationals and going to 4CC or Worlds!
Hey, what's more unjust is that Mirai has no fan thread on GS!
Seriously though, I think we're beating a dead horse here. What I see here said so far:
1.) She has a lot of talent and when she skates clean (see 2011 COC, 2011 4CC, 2010 Worlds SP) judges score her well.
2.) But the results she has received in her career doesn't quite match that talent.
3.) For whatever reason, she doesn't have 2 GPs. A lot of people are guessing a lot of reasons including that 1.) She didn't want a second or 2.) The USFSA has completely dropped her for the likes of Agnes and Gracie. The fact is we don't really know.
I think we are going to have to agree to disagree. Some people have divergent views on this matter and there's a lot of other things to talk about regarding the U.S. Ladies.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-03-2012 at 10:17 AM.
She has as much talent as any of the Ladies. In fact I would say more than most. Could she have won more medals in her career? Maybe - but the point is that Carolina at her best is an awesome skater.
I think Mirai at her best is awfully good. In the days when US Skating was loaded with talented Ladies like Michelle, Sasha and Sarah (btw, I could give many other examples from different eras) it was a different story.
Lots of skaters here have their fans.....but that does not mean they have the talent to compete on a given day against the world's best skaters.
Like I said before, picking the Natl team is different and I like that it is results oriented and based on Natls.
The GP and other events is where I like to see a level playing field. As it stands, Mirai has no chance to compete on equal footing in the GP with other US Skaters.
That is the part I don't get and don't see it as very fair.
For the record, I was just being funny and using humor to express my surprise she doesn't have one given all the clear fandom here!
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-03-2012 at 10:23 AM.
I prefer discussions about Mirai and most other skaters I like on the "real board" where they can be actually discussed - pro and con.
ETA: Since the Brit EuroSport announcers are so highly respected at GS it is interesting to here them call Mirai's LP from Vancouver.
My oh my, I haven't heard so much "code talk" in ages. It was almost like listening a Republican stump speech.
Listen to them and they are clearly saying Mirai was underscored in a very major way.
No big deal......that's just figure skating - always and forever - half sport and half pageant - with a healthy dose of soap opera thrown in..
Last edited by janetfan; 10-03-2012 at 11:33 AM.
I can only speak for what I can see as an outsider to the situation and from how the climate appeared around fan boards and within the skating community at the time and on understanding how to prepare for competition. I guess your competitive skating experience helps you in understanding this.
First: I was pointing out the fact that USFS worked it out so that Mirai does not have to do Regionals but Gracie does. I think it points to the fact USFS is trying NOT to screw Mirai over. If Gracie is "the next big thing", you'd think they would have worked out something so SHE doesn't have to do Regionals but instead she's headed to Green Bay next week. I am comparing and contrasting between the situation of two skaters who do not earn an automatic bye to Nationals by placing in the top 5 in Seniors but are considered (at least by fans and probably by TPTB) contenders for the podium and World team spots.
Second: By "no pressure" at the Olympics, I meant (and it was fairly obvious to others what my intent was) there was no pressure for a specific finish. No one expected her to podium. There was no external pressure on her from fans/USFS/family/Frank for an Olympic medal because even her best was highly unlikely to net that there with Yuna, Mao, and Joannie (and Carolina and Miki who both stunk up the place but had been considered medal contenders before the event). She could skate with only her own expectation of being clean/making a statement there.
Once she actually finished first in the SP (at the subsequent Worlds), those expectations SEEMED to get the better of her and she skated a mistake filled LP in an event full of average/meh/bleh/ick programs where one less mistake would have netted her a medal. Since that moment, she has seemingly let the expectations get the better of her at every event that there were EXTERNAL expectations for results (Nationals 2X, Skate Canada last year where she had talked in advance of making a statement and being a "new Mirai" and so on) and has skated fairly well at events where the external expectations have diminished due to poor results at a previous competition (CofC last year after a 5th place, 4CC the year before after a "disappointing" 3rd place Nationals finish).
Basically, it seems as if her mental preparation changes between events with outcome focus (events where people expect she's going to win/podium) and those with goal focus. If she hasn't yet, she should really consider work with a sports psychologist who understands mental sports to determine the best mental preparations for competing going forward or at least help get herself more consistent in preparation. I recall Evan Lysacek talking about his work with a sports psych and that the year he won Nationals with the 4T in his FS he had "I skate clean programs" written on his hand and he kept repeating that to himself throughout the warm up, when he was announced, and then as he took his starting position.
ETA: I believe JSF and USFS have something worked out concerning Mirai and NHK and Alissa's spot and that is why Mirai currently only has 1 event. Who really believes Alissa will be ready to skate by NHK after the injury/surgery she just had and the fact that she was JUST getting back on the ice (stroking only, no jumps, no spins) the week after Champs Camp? I suspect she will withdraw right before the event and Mirai will be the substitute and that this has been the plan all along. As many of you say, why would USFS not politick for as many of their skaters as possible to get as many slots as possible? As I also said, but you didn't rail on, if SA is intended to showcase the US Champion and give her an easy shot at a win/medal, why would you pit Mirai up against the champ? Choose someone you are pretty sure she can beat (Gao, Flatt)...
Last edited by mskater93; 10-03-2012 at 11:03 AM.
Seriously, how is that a big deal? You don't know the reason. No one knows the reason. Maybe it's just her coach's strategy to give Mirai more time to get back on the top. She was terrible at Nationals last year. I think she should get up from where she fell down.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-03-2012 at 11:14 AM.
Yes, I am a Mirai fan but that doesn't mean I won't consider fair minded comments and criticism about her skating.
To be honest I enjoy your posts alot and typically find you to be one of the most knowledgeable and fair-minded posters at GS. And that goes for Doris as well.
But the post I replied to did not seem as fair-minded as what you usually write. Maybe you got me at a bad moment - whatever....
I did go back to delete my post - but it had already been copied again in a reply. ......so I left it.
For whatever reasons I have always been drawn to talented skaters that some here describe as "headcases" - a term I find very unattractive.
I also root for the underdog. Heck, I am even beginning to change my tune about Rachael.......which I admit in the past has been terrible and uncalled for.
Whatever.....I have no doubts that Mirai is one of the most talented USA skaters. Whether she reaches her potential is of interest to me.
For that to happen she needs to be treated atleast as well as skaters who have not matched her competitive Intl record.
Otherwise we are getting really far away from sport.....and into something totally different.
Anyway, if my reply was unreasonable I apologize.
Last edited by janetfan; 10-03-2012 at 11:36 AM.
OK...I love Mirai, but 7th at nationals with ONE assignment is actually pretty good. Oftentimes, 7th at nationals means NO GP, and maybe a senior B, if you're lucky. Mirai and Alissa have really been gifted. The year after Alissa finished 10th, she was given 2 GP's. But then again, that year, a lot of the girls who are skating in seniors now (Gracie, Agnes, etc) were juniors. Our field was shallower. Another example-- Caroline was 12th one year and got a GP the next. Joelle Forte was 8th or 9th at Nationals, and was given the TBA at Skate America.
A lot of strategizing goes into grand prix assignments. Mirai isn't going to Skate America, because Mirai can actually beat Ashley. So can Rachael, but international judges tend to prefer Mirai over Rachael. As someone already said, CoC is always easier. The USFSA is doing this to at least ensure that one American woman makes it to the GPF. At the moment, it's protecting its best chances-- Gracie and Ashley. As much as I love Mirai, she is a bit of a wild card this year.