Sadly, the average American won't see Gracie at Skate America, even if she was assigned there, since the average American only really pays attention to skating every four years.
I disagree with the ensuring an easy path for your skater to GPF way of handing out assignments, but this is USFS' way of ensuring that both girls, or all girls have a chance to make it to a bigger stage than Skate America--the Grand Prix final.
Personally I would rather give Americans a chance to see Gracie at SA.
Geez...her name alone....."Gold" brings back memories....
Am I being unfair to Gracie?
It is not my intention....
I think if Americans actually get to see Gracie they might show a bit of enthusiasm again for figure skating.
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 01:08 PM.
While it is true in the CoP era Skate America has fallen far of the radar in USA - let's be honest here - the GPF is not on the radar at all.
Zip, zilch, nada, bupkus.....capice?
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 01:14 PM.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-04-2012 at 11:27 PM.
Serena received 2.1 million dollars for winning the US Open.
What did Ashley get for winning the US Ladies Figure Skating championship last season?
I bet it didn;t even cover her expenses.....
But bringing up a comparison between a successful sport and a struggling sport is good....
Now is typically the time to hear from posters who bring on terms like "mission statement" and "for the benefit of participating skaters."
If it is true "the meek shall inherit the earth" isn't it also true "the strong will win skating championships"?
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 02:27 PM.
US Figure Skating usually tends to spread the assignments out among their top skaters, and usuallly only one of the top three will be in any given Grand Prix before the final. That way they have the most opportunities to qualify for the final. Additionally, the national champion is almost always at Skate America. If they consider Gracie the next best skater or the third best skater, it's unlikely they'd send her to Skate America to have to battle for points with Ashley. It makes complete sense to me. Why don't we wait to see who wins nationals this year at the senior level before deciding if Gracie should get better treatment than the current national champion?
BTW, gardening is a serious hobby of mine - I love good dirt.....but am not silly enough to think a comparison between Serena and Ashley would do anything but make US Skating look exceptionaly feeble.
Uh-oh - am I too negative?
Consider this - I remember when skaters like Peggy, Janet and Dorothy made much more than tennis players - male or female.
I remember when skaters captured the imagination of the American public - and yes, they were stars!
This is what I grew up with - and yes, it makes me sad that no one knows or cares about skating anymore in USA.
If I had a nickel for every post I read at GS that said "America has no stars - that's why skating is struggling"- I would have beaucoups nickels.
My opinion is that Gracie is not being handled any better than Mirai was by US Skating.
Skating stars don't grow on trees. When there is a chance to have one it needs to be maximized - especially by a federation struggling to maintain public interest and fan support.
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 01:53 PM.
The flip side of this - the other extreme if you will - is pre-anointing skaters before they have a chance to show any real results. Now, have we seen this happen anywhere before?Skating stars don't grow on trees. When there is a chance to have one it needs to be maximized - especially by a federation struggling to maintain public interest and fan support.
But I don't see how giving her every chance hurt her career.
I did say in my previous post "maximizing" when I should have said "nurturing and maximizing"
I don't think Mirai was either nurtured or maximized after Vancouver.
But hey - part of it depends on the skater......
Hiding Gracie and keeping her out of SA in the name of "GPF strategy" feels downright STUPID to me.
Part of it is timing - it's not Gracie or US Skating's fault that Sochi is next season.
But if I had any say in this I would be looking at Gracie as a potential STAR and would want her at a struggling Skate America.
Do you disagree? If so , why? I love serious replies.....
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 02:11 PM.
Ok...for the millionth time:Your favorite - Kimmie Meisner comes to mind...
SHE IS NOT MY FAVORITE!
Got it? Good.
Now, as for Gold, I already see the hype starting to build, so if she delivers on results, have no fear...she WILL be promoted endlessly. In fact, you may even get sick of hearing about her.
Last edited by R.D.; 10-04-2012 at 02:29 PM.
But what in the world are you talking about
Are you talking about hype on skating boards - or something more like seeing Dorothy on a Clairol TV commercial 2-3 times a night?
Quite frankly I don't think you have a clue about marketing, and exposure vs over-exposure.
RD, I assure you I have never ......and will never get sick of hearing about a star skater.
Then again, I grew up with Peggy, Janet and Dorothy who were stars and sporting icons in USA.
Sadly, your experience is much different.
But I hope it changes in the future as I know you really care about skating.
Can you expound on how you would handle Gracie?
Yes - I am asking for some original thoughts ,,,,this is not a trick question
Last edited by janetfan; 10-04-2012 at 03:27 PM.