Good thread. One can say the same for Mirai and Rogozine from Canada. While we're on the subject of Canada, I do worry about Miss Osmond. Great season so far, but the media has her hyped to be the next Rochette. Folks were almost begging for a 'Plushenko return' from Rochette for 2014 OG. I read that there wasn't much hope or attention in ladies figure skating in Canada. It's like the ladies get no respect llike the other disciplines from what I read. I can't imagine the pressure on these Canadian women! There was no menton of a Canada's sweetheart! How sad! My wish for Osmond is that she continues to smile and have fun on the ice.
For years, it was the same for Russian women until Irina Slutskaya and Maria Butyrskaya had their fantastic breakthroughs. Now Russia has an abundance that is always under the magnifying glass. Don't forget Elizaveta T.'s enormous debut last season. Now she's a cross between almost washed-up and a classic puberty case!
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Excellent thread! I, a Canadian, wish everyone would just back off and let Osmond do whatever she's going to do and let us just sit back and enjoy the ride. I was truly surprised at how quickly the hype started. It sure happened with Gold as I recall. Any many others.
As a whole we seem to be more and more impatient, wanting what we want and wanting it now. Everyone has their own fantasy of your Favourite skater (usually from your own country) defying the odds, getting the Hollywood ending. I have it too. Just once, I'd like to see a Canadian man get Olympic gold. So I want Patrick to win in Sochi. Sadly, skaters can't always do it and then get hammered for it.
The part I hate the most is when "the win" becomes more important than the actual performance. I would never trade the excellent body of men's figure skaters in Canada for one Olympic gold though.
As to Osmond, I was amazed at how good she actually was at National's; she had a new maturity. She even has a smile that resembles Barbara Ann Scott's!
I'm not sure if the women get criticized more than the other disciplines. I wonder if this is true in the U.S. because of the Kwan reign. She gave a lot and now a lot is expected? Not sure.
Anyway, I'm going to sit back and let the universe unfold and not get my knickers in a twist over it. Too many other issues in the world to worry about.
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I found the hype for Gold to be much because people were already hyping her at ridiculous levels, based one one skate (this was before Jr Nationals/Jr Worlds) I felt this was a girl who didn't even make nationals last year..... This doesn't mean I don't think Gracie is talented.
I think Adelina deserved some of her hype because she won a number of competitions for a lot of years..Osmond is starting to earn hers.
However, my problem with the hype is writing people off too quickly (and this includes Gold)...This level of competition has ridiculous amounts of pressure and if you tell someone you most win, or your a failure that's even worse. Sotnikova, Gold etc needs to get use to this level of competition.. .Asada/Kim they didn't win everything their first full year in Seniors. And Plushenko as talented as he is, and as good of a competitor as he was, didn't either.
I even recall Evan Lyseck having short program problems early in his career.... These skaters need time to get use to competition at this level, and in someways putting on the pressure can make it go faster...
The problem with instant gratification is that people expect skaters to peak and then maintain a level of perfection as if there's no other competition or upcoming skaters. Skaters have good and bad seasons, and they are athletes. You just have to look at Chen Lu to see that a skater can have a terrible season and then a great season. Everyone loves a winner, but the day after said win they face the same pressure. It's ridiculous.