Jason and the rest of USFS team was on Today on Friday has anyone seen a clip? I saw the pict on FB but could not find the link on Today. I'm sure they could not have said much. Also, has anyone noticed how the team seems to self divide in picts and at events? Social media has given us a glimps into some of the social dynamic although they look very solid as a team, everyone has their role.
I'm glad I'm not the only crazy one looking to see who hangs with who. Jason spent much of the time with athletes from everywhere, getting pictures with half of the Olympic village. He didn't seem to be best friends with anyone but was with the "younger" skaters the most ( Gracie and Polina). I'm not sure about his relationship with Jeremy, I think they get along but are clearly not best friends. He also seemed very supportive of the entire team cheering everyone on loudly and attending the medal ceremony for Meryl and Charlie while part of the group was at snowboarding.
Polina came in late but looked like she had a good time. Simon was noticeably absent from Social media, I even tried to figure out if he went home. He is either private or did not hang with the group. Charlie and Evan are close. Alex knows everyone. T Michigan contingent is a close knit group. Jeremy and Ashey looked like best buds.
Simon has family in Russia, I believe. I think I read somewhere that he and his family had plans to travel around Russia to visit them, which meant not being in Sochi the whole time.
Reposting from the 'Closing Ceremony' thread - Jason & Polina dancing during the Closing Ceremony! :
Hmm, just occurred to me that Jason would make a great candidate for Dancing with the Stars...*crosses fingers*
I don't think Jeremy & Jason are that close. Jeremy in particular seems to prefer keeping his distance from Jason. He doesn't even follow Jason on twitter (though Jason does) and I've noticed that he won't reply to or retweet any of Jason's tweets . I feel like there's probably some rivalry/jealousy issues going on as far as Jeremy is concerned but that's just me. Meanwhile Jason doesn't care because he's too busy being BFFs with everyone. People have already mentioned his friendships with Polina & Grace but can I also mention how cute he and Hanyu are together?! I kind of ship them, just sayin'
I haven't seen Friday's Today show but rumor is that the USFS bronze team will be heading to NY for yet another appearance on the Today show this coming Wednesday...
Mrs. P, I missed your post in the rant section. That makes sense that he and Gracie would be close from Chicago and he and Polina are the teenagers. Jeremy is almost 10 years older than Jason so they are at very different points in their skating careers and their lives. I knew that Simon had family in Russia so I'm glad he had a chance to see them.
Overall I think the team did a great job presenting a unified front. I'm guessing that at least part of that is planning and strategizing from the USFS staff. They seemed to be the only team of individual performers to stay in Sochi from beginning to end (missing Simon for a few days but still there before Opening at Closing) while many others ( snow boarders, skiers ) flew back to the US when they were done.
From my limited observation from afar, Shnapir seems to be something of a gentle giant. When all the American team bronze medalists were on the Today show very early on, the anchors had a separate question for each of them. They turned to Shnapir last, and he politely answered their question (about his Russian roots, IIRC), but then I was touched that on his own he seized the opportunity to change the subject and say something very warm and fuzzy about the close friendship among all on the team -- which none of the others had had a chance to address. I believe that Shnapir added something then also -- as Castelli and he have mentioned many times in the past -- about how much they had enjoyed being part of the WTT team (meaning the 2013 edition, which included captain Wagner, Abbott, Chock/Bates, and Gold as well).
BTW, Zhang/Bartholomay did return to the U.S. well before the Closing Ceremony. (Wild, wild speculation only: I wonder whether they have any reason to suspect/believe that one of the World team pairs is going to withdraw ... and that they will get a chance to compete in Japan???)
ETA, hmmmmmm ... @felicia_zhang retweeted the following:
You don't have to wait until 2018 for more figure skating. The 2014 World Championships are held next month in Saitama, Japan.
6:12 PM - 23 Feb 2014
Forgot to add in my previous post that Jason filmed a segment for GMA this past weekend. Hopefully that clip shows up soon as well as the clips from the Today show.
But they are almost 10 years apart and Jason hung out a lot with 15 year old Polina.
Speaking of them, how ADORABLE were they dancing during the Closing Ceremonies tonight?!?!?!?!
If you want to get technical and overthink Twitter even further, maybe Abbott does not follow Brown, but has included him on a private Twitter list. I do not follow some members of my own family, but they are on one of my private lists. And did you check whether Abbott's mother and/or sister follows the Twitter accounts of Brown's family members???.... (And of Brown's ponytail? Just kidding, I know that last one does not actually belong to anyone from Team Brown.)
[And I hope (NOT) that you have been monitoring all the other social media too -- Has Edmunds liked more FB posts of Davis or of White? What does it mean that the Shibutanis did not tweet three of their Instagram vids? Does Chock have more Team USA photos on her Pinterest board than Castelli does? etc., etc. ]
(Not sure whether you understood about my usage of "exclusive" and maybe I am not understanding yours.
In case I was not clear, what I meant is that the Olympic skaters from Team USA belong to a text-messaging group that includes only them -- so that each skater can share texts back and forth with the collective group.)
FWIW...I don't officially follow Jason on Twitter....
I just follow USFS/Ice Network lists. Though I might pull the trigger soon....
I agree it doesn't make sense for Jeremy to feel jealous or whatever. Jeremy is at the end of his senior career. Jason is at the start of his. Not even an apple and orange comparison...
Plus Jeremy is almost ten years older than Jason.
And I'm also aware that Jason and Jeremy (and their respective families) get along fine (no Tanya/Nancy scandal here), I was merely disagreeing with the notion that they have this wonderful big bro/little bro connection. Jason gushes about everyone and everything so I wouldn't take his comments seriously. IMO, they're polite colleagues, with MAYBE a dash of rivalry between them, which is certainly not uncommon in the competitive figure skating world. Based on his comments to the media, I get the feeling that Jeremy's on a vendetta to prove his critics wrong and make his mark as one of the bests in USFS as he closes out his senior career. And MAYBE he feels threatened by Jason coming out of nowhere and stealing his thunder, who knows? JMO. Jeremy has really fallen out of favor with me this Olympics due to his unsportsmanlike comments/behavior so I fully admit that I'm a tad biased in my observations of him. I have never bashed him personally on his twitter though. I just occasionally vent my displeasure on forums such as this. But I'd rather not keep spoiling this otherwise lovely & positive thread on Jason with a on-going discussion on Jeremy so I shall move on from this topic now.