1. He has never been/will never be a teenage girl.
2. She is not yet a teenage girl.
3. She has forgotten what it was like to be a teenage girl.
Small new (Jun 27) -- but news-free -- item re Tuktamysheva and Samsung.
Not surprisingly, it is written as if Tuktamysheva definitely will qualify for Sochi.
"Elizaveta has a promising career ahead, and is certainly one to watch as she makes her Olympic Games debut in Sochi in February."
I did not mean that Samsung has control over selection of Team Russia's Olympic competitors. I meant only that the item on the Olympic website (understandably) referred to Tuktamysheva in the most optimistic way -- making the assumption that she will compete in Sochi.
Belated thanks to Serious Business and Mathman for their replies about Yamaguchi.
I did not mean to suggest that Tuktamysheva will automatically qualify for Sochi because of her Samsung sponsorship.
What I meant only is that the item on the Olympic website (understandably) referred to her in the most optimistic way -- making the assumption that she will compete in Sochi. I made note of that because IMHO it will be a little bit awkward for the Samsung marketers if she ends up not qualifying for Sochi. Although Samsung has no control over selection of Team Russia's Olympic competitors, it must have felt reasonably confident that she will be a member.
aftertherain mentioned much earlier in this thread (post #5) that Coca-Cola lost a similar "gamble" that was part of its marketing campaign tied to Vancouver 2010. Among the Olympic hopefuls that Coke had chosen to showcase were the American pair McLaughlin/Brubaker ... who, to everyone's surprise, did not qualify for Vancouver.
Michael Buckley @buckhollywood
Hey drpepper - here is your next #OneOfAKindSkater - US Champ @maxtaaron! http://instagram.com/p/cZSwvXuKET/
8:31 AM - 30 Jul 13
Это Samsung GALAXY Team. Со мной в команде еще 9 спортcменов, вместе мы расскажем болельщикам о подготовке к Играм. pic.twitter.com/4od3GQIp0A
12:26 AM - 7 Aug 13
Nice photo showcasing both the phone and LT.
Rough translation (I think??) of her tweet: This is the Samsung Galaxy Team. Nine more athletes are on the team with me. Together we are telling fans about preparation for The Games.
BTW, Volosozhar/Trankov recently tweeted their regrets that they could not attend the official announcement of the new group of Samsung athletes (to which they belong). Trankov tweeted "class photos" of the new group anyway, LOL.
Hmmmm .... @AshWagner2010 has a new sponsor: BP -- as in British Petroleum.
So proud to be a part of @BPTeamUSA! Working with other talented Olympic athletes is such an honor!
9:10 AM - 9 Sep 13
I'm glad she's got some sponsorship, but kinda sad to be glad over this one, too. :(
It is looking like a very few will get the spoils of the sponsorships. Corporates seem to be more and more skittish about committing ahead of the Games on anyone other than what they perceive to be a "sure thing." That said, I don't see the corporates having that much sway once the music plays and the skating starts. The "chosen" ones will still need to deliver. Evidence of the dilemma the corporates face was perhaps most explicit with Coca Cola during the last Olympics. Their "6-pack" marketing plan didn't even get to kick off when all 6 athletes chosen did not make the team.
I am thrilled to be a part of Team Citi, and I look forward to sharing more information about my involvement in the ESOTW program soon.
4:20 PM - 21 Sep 13