But then we would have missed out on Christina Gao's show-stopper, so what do I know?
And that makes it interesting...comebacks cannot be fortold. Zhang was washed up, then came 2012 Nationals. Gao was no one's fave skater, then she blew the roof off in a delicate way. How did she do it while a frosh a Harvard? Maybe it was the skate of her life...like Flatt at Olympics. I think RF's SP was very nice. Her LP was far from horrible. If she were skinnier she would not be getting slammed as much. It is so obvious people hate round folks and thinj only skinny bodies, little girls belong in gymnastics and elite skating. I hate rag on RF threads and will not read 8 pages on insults-who of you haters could match her in school or in the rink? I hope she avoids GS.
Many of us are round and don't hate ourselves or others.
I think the challenge for Rachael is to find programs that suite her style. She tried the whole cutesy thing, which didn't work in my opinion. Ironically, this year she has two power programs, which is more suitable to her athletic style, but the problem is that she doesn't have much power right now with her injury.
ETA: I asked my husband about this topic -- because he was seeing Rachael from a non-fan (but not an anti-fan either) lens. He felt that Rachael put up a respectable performance. And I asked whether she should withdraw because of her injuries. His response: "No. Unless there was some circumstance where she absolutely could not show up, i.e. can't walk or just was not doing any triples whatsoever, she needed to be there."
He further mentioned it was more a mental thing that she go out there and at least do the triple jumps. If she mentally knows she can do that much, she can build on it from there.
Some interesting food for thought.
Anyway that's just one guy's view -- Mr. P's.
In any case I hope he's right --I hope she does better at her Senior B next weekend...and that over the season she has some performances she can be proud of and as fans, we have two great programs we can watch.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 10-26-2012 at 12:13 AM.
Nigel, that is a sobering bit of information. Indeed it would be interesting to track injury statistics before and after CoP. I have to guess that ice dancing injury rates have grown at an even greater rate than in other disciplines, because they are doing so much more daring and strenuous tricks than they used to. Maybe I'll start following curling instead.