Rachel Flatt Competes Injured Again
Rachael Flatt, a 2010 U.S. Olympian hampered by a lingering ankle injury, placed ninth in ladies singles.
"The last week has been pretty rough with my ankle," she said. "I'm hoping we can figure out what's going on with this injury because it just really has not healed over the last two years fully. I think we're probably going to have it reimaged and go from there.
"We just haven't seen anything (in tests) in the past and it's been incredibly frustrating. We'll see what happens."
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I defended her in the past but if she is having continuing problems with an injury it makes no sense to me why she is competing instead of taking some time off to heal. It's clear she isn't in the best shape and I think she is damaging her reputation with the judges by skating poorly at these international events.
Simply the best.
My sentiment exactly! I feel sorry for her but OTOH I feel so baffled about her skating and will to skate. Plus, I really don't comment on people's body shape but Rachel at this weekend looked just given up on proper training necessary to be a competitive skater.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
Hmm ... it is not completely new.
The Colorado Springs-based skater, who won silver at Skate America while battling severe tendonitis in her right ankle, is fit and ready to launch her title defense at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships next week.
"I've made a fully recovery; I'm very happy to say things are back to normal," Flatt, 18, said.
We see, recovery is not full.
Unfortunately practically all the skaters had injuries, and recovered only partially.
Skating while injured is one good way to bring down that TES. So is being out-of-shape. But in the past, many injured and/or out-of-shape skaters have still managed to get out there and perform a good show, and at least keep up some semblance of PCS. At SKAM, Rachael's PCS was down in the cellar for both SP and FS. She's just going through the motions now and even the judges aren't buying. I do not understand why she wants to keep embarrassing herself this way. It's not noble to keep forging on when it no longer makes sense, it just shows bad judgment. Hopefully the USFS will not assign her to any more international competitions where they have discretion.
Part of the deal is that US Skating is so desperate for a star they made sure Gracie, Agnes and MIRAI were nowhere near Skate America. For once Flatt served a real purpose.
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
Miss 9th place needs to learn to keep her mouth shut about her injuries (apparently that is more than one fault lacking in a "Stanford education" compared to better schools on the East coast) coz once again a healthy Mirai was more than ready to take her place.
But US Skating misses the whole point - as true champions only emerge when they can say they beat the best.
The American public has never embraced Ashley - and trying to make her a fake champion might fool a few girly skating fans - but will never help make her a skating icon.
It seems very easy and clear to see why the vast majority of Americans do NOT consider figure skating to be a true competitive sport.
And who can blame them.... for sure, not me...