02-21-2013, 02:50 PM
Right. The fact is that just because Gracie struggled this year doesn't meant she'll suffer forever. I think it's part of her career arc. I think it's crazy to expect that skaters will never struggle in their careers -- the key thing is what they learn from it. And the fact is that sometimes you will fall down again and have to get up again.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
Consider the fact that two seasons ago, Gracie ended her season with a dismal sixth place finish at Midwestern sectionals. With in a few months, she was dominating summer comps and having a breakout junior season. Competing in seniors is obviously a different animal than being a junior, so though she is going through similar struggles as a senior, how to work through those issues is different than what she had to do when she was a junior.
And honestly, I really think her poor performance at 4CC was very much a timing and less so on nerves. Let's fact is after that killer LP at Nationals, it's hard to motivate yourself that quickly and do it all over again.
02-21-2013, 02:50 PM
Kwan was 9th in U.S. juniors in 1992, at age 11. I don't think she had been expected to win, being so young and it being her first trip to Nationals. She probably was expected to win the following year, so moving up to seniors was apparently a way to take the pressure off. She finished 6th in seniors at 1993 Nationals. And then 2nd in 1994 and again in 1995 when she was probably the strongest favorite.
Originally Posted by mskater93
If there was ever a time that Lipinski competed flat-out badly, probably due to pressure, I'd say it was the short program at 1996 Worlds.
Originally Posted by Jammers
She may have expected a medal at 1996 Junior Worlds and been disappointed to finish 5th, after having been 4th the year before. As I recall there was some disagreement about strategy (e.g., whether to include the 3Lz) with coach Jeff DiGregorio, which led to her leaving him between Junior Worlds and Nationals.
02-21-2013, 05:11 PM