11-13-2013, 01:37 PM
Well put. I've also read reports of Mirai waitressing at her parent's restaurant. They may just not be able to let her go in part because she is needed to help with the family business. It's hard and other skater's families have greater means but sometimes those are just the breaks. I'm sure it hurt Mirai to lose funding too once she dropped in the rankings.
Originally Posted by tulosai
11-13-2013, 02:11 PM
Tripping on the Podium
The issue with their business could very well have been a big factor. It seems they are already struggling to pay for skating. If they had had to add an employee in Mirai's place, it would have been even more money. I was gutted for her placement at Nats in Omaha as that meant a sure drop in USFSA envelope funding.
Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins
11-13-2013, 02:19 PM
That is true, but she didn't do any flips at all during the wait before the long program and she had issues with the flip throughout the entire competition.Boot issues don't always hinder all jumps. She fell on the flip in the exhibition as well.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
11-13-2013, 02:25 PM
IF her mother was still fighting thyroid cancer, I can understand why Mirai wouldn't have wanted to be away from her family. Gracies's mother and sister went with her to California. Mirai's mother could not do that because she is needed to run the family business. Gracie had a much easier decision to make than Mirai did. I suspect Mirai made the correct one. OT Until recently I didn't realize that Mirai's parents are not citizens of the United States.
Originally Posted by mskater93
11-13-2013, 02:37 PM
On the Ice
Gold's family is in a different financial situation relative to the Nagasu's, which very likely, played into these decisions as well. Mirai was making the commute to/from Arcadia to Frank when he was in Arrowhead, to El Segundo, and also out to the Cathedral City rink for a short period of time. LA traffic is down right awful/eats a HUGE chunk of your day away. Mirai's family just did not have the luxury of being able to allow Mirai to drive all over LA (she was not driving for quite some time, as her mother drove her around the area), and her mother and father are tied to their restaurant on a daily basis. You can not walk away from a family owned/run business that easily, especially in a down economy. I understand and respect their decisions as a family. There is SO little money to be made in this sport, and the expenditures of daily training, especially in a town like LA, with the daily commute to an elite coach/expensive lessons/expensive freestyle sessions....a family has to prioritize their financial needs. That isn't to say that Mirai could not dig deeper and rediscover her passion for skating again...if that passion still exists, and train for the third Sochi slot...if she really wanted it. But, what no one has mentioned, is the reflection of 2010...could Mirai place at the same level again or podium....and I suspect that is a thought that has run thru her mind once or twice. Hard to look back at 2010, and say "what if I had trained alittle harder that season" would the results have been different.
Originally Posted by Icey
11-13-2013, 03:51 PM
At the rink. Again.
Or to look back at 2010 and say, if "I hadn't totally tanked my LP at Worlds, what would have happened"? Basically, one less mistake in the LP would have put her on the podium. Sad, really, to see that level of talent go to waste for various reasons....
11-13-2013, 03:54 PM