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    "I feel like Sarah Hughes," says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

    "I feel like Sarah Hughes," says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

    For Mayer's comments on Hughes as a role model, scroll down to the last two paragraphs of this article:
    Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?
    By Brad Stone on August 01, 2013
    http://www.businessweek.com/printer/...yer-save-yahoo

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    By way of explanation she mentions an improbable role model: Sarah Hughes, the American figure skater who competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. “No one thought Sarah Hughes had a chance to win,” she says. Then all the favorites flubbed their routines, and Hughes landed seven spectacular triple jumps and ended up with the gold. “Afterward, Hughes said that she didn’t quite know how she had done it,” Mayer says, “and she wasn’t sure she would ever be able to repeat it. It was the routine of her life.”
    It’s an inspirational story that could be interpreted in two ways: Plucky underdog triumphs because of talent or because superior rivals choke.
    What a reference!

    Sarah Hughes tweeted about it:https://twitter.com/SarahHughesNY/st...60434564829184

    Honored and humbled to be mentioned by @Yahoo CEO @MarissaMayer in today's @BW http://buswk.co/15xxB6X

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    Maybe Sarah is a role model for the unexpected win, but surely not for continued success in her area of expertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    Maybe Sarah is a role model for the unexpected win, but surely not for continued success in her area of expertise.

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    Let's not equate Kwan and Cohen who fell with slutskaya who had just had some minor issues and was deserving of gold.

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    What's cool is that this big-time corporate executive is enough of a figure skating fan to know that Sarah landed "seven spectacular triple jumps."

    Just don't flutz at Yahoo, Ms. CEO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    Let's not equate Kwan and Cohen who fell with slutskaya who had just had some minor issues and was deserving of gold.
    She needed a triple-triple to beat Hughes' performance.

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    Slutskaya skated a slow, cautious, lifeless FS without any of the personality she had shown in her previous efforts that season. Many of her jumps were just barely landed. I didn't see that her performance was a gold effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    She needed a triple-triple to beat Hughes' performance.
    Yeah but she did more lutzes and harder jumps just not 3/3 so she almost won because of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    Slutskaya skated a slow, cautious, lifeless FS without any of the personality she had shown in her previous efforts that season. Many of her jumps were just barely landed. I didn't see that her performance was a gold effort.
    THis is just wildy exaggerated! Many of her jumps were not just barely landed. The performance was very solid in jumps and spins and a good all around effort with no falls like Kwan Cohen who were also in win position because of there SP placement. They did not do anywhere near as good as Slutskaya.

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    It's interesting Mayer sees herself as an underdog a la Hughes. Based on my impression it seems people actually expect a lot from her leadership at Yahoo and see her as a superstar/celebrity in Silicon Valley and the tech industry. In my opinion she's more of a "favorite".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krislite View Post
    It's interesting Mayer sees herself as an underdog a la Hughes. Based on my impression it seems people actually expect a lot from her leadership at Yahoo and see her as a superstar/celebrity in Silicon Valley and the tech industry. In my opinion she's more of a "favorite".
    Mayer, herself, is a Silicon Valley superstar, but I think she's talking more about Yahoo! than herself personally. Until she took over, people considered Yahoo! and all its associated properties (i.e. Flickr, delicious, etc) dead man walking.

    I think people are skeptical still whether Mayer, for all her superstar qualities, can turn Yahoo! around and make it a relevant tech company again.

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    Agree with Mrs. P. (Meanwhile, sorry, Mrs. P .... I am mortified that I failed to include the exclamation mark that belongs in the company name.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    What's cool is that this big-time corporate executive is enough of a figure skating fan to know that Sarah landed "seven spectacular triple jumps."
    And agree with MM that it's cool that Mayer knew all about Hughes.
    (Forgivable exception: Not the end of the world, but did Mayer misremember the skate order? I thought that first Hughes landed her jumps ... then the favorites flubbed their routines?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post

    THis is just wildy exaggerated! Many of her jumps were not just barely landed. The performance was very solid in jumps and spins and a good all around effort with no falls like Kwan Cohen who were also in win position because of there SP placement. They did not do anywhere near as good as Slutskaya.
    Sarah had always been the cautious skater in her previous competitions, always holding back to ensure a clean performance, if not a sparkling one. She skated before the top 3 in the FS and had no idea they would all falter. She didn't think she had a chance to win, so for once in her career, she let it all hang out.

    Slutskaya knew she had to beat Hughes, so she skated not to lose, hence the cautious, bland effort, very uncharacteristic of Irina. You don't win a major competition by holding back because you might make a mistake. Irina needed to skate as aggressively as she usually did. If she had, she might have beaten Hughes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    Maybe Sarah is a role model for the unexpected win, but surely not for continued success in her area of expertise.
    Maybe not, but she's a good role model for performing great when it counts most, conquering the world, then moving on to something else.

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