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    And what of Mirai Nagasu?

    How is she doing? I will never forget her Olympic skate, nor her youthful charm. Simply adorable. What is Mirai up to? Competitions? Any links?

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    Mirai has a lovely SP and exhibition this season: The Man I Love by Gershwin (choreo Cindy Stuart) and On Golden Pond (choreo Adam Rippon) respectively.
    Her FS is an 007 James Bond Medley (choreo Cindy Stuart) that starts off good but has confusing music cuts after 1:46 of the video. I sincerely hope, her team fix that before her GPs

    SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pJPTTRin2A
    FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVIufDAjIgc
    EX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAJ0hMV_PsQ

    She competed in Glacier Falls about a month ago and placed 3rd behind Courtney Hicks and Polina Edmunds. I wouldn't fret though because she was never much of a summer skater. Interesting to note that she is attempting a 3F-3T, 3Lz, 2A SP. Her FS includes a 2A-3T, two 3F (one in combo), 2 3L (one in combo), 3Lz, and 2A [I still think has the best axel out of any US lady]. She just competed at West Coast Championship in Valencia, CA and won the event. She is going to Finland this week to compete at Finlandia Trophy along with Vanessa Lam. Her main competition there are Akiko Suzuki and the Russians: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Julia Lipnitskaia, and Nikol Gosviani. [jw, why are Finlandia and Ondrej Nepela the same week? The field at Finlandia is packed while the US skaters at ON get easy ranking points]

    Mirai is slated to compete at NHK Trophy and Rostelecom Cup. These two GP events should give her a bye to nationals. After the withdrawal of Yuna Kim and Kiira Korpi, Mirai has the hardest mountain to climb to get to the GPF of the US ladies. I hope she medals at least at one of her events and skates good, clean performances. I think the only lady locked for the Olympics is Ashley Wagner at this point. I hope the next two berths are given fairly between Christina Gao, Gracie Gold, Courtney Hicks, and Mirai Nagasu. [Agnes hasn't proven that she can skate a good sp and lp back to back yet as a senior] But I'd always be rooting for Mirai~~~

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    Mirai and Vanessa Lam are competing at Finlandia this week.

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    I sort of feel sorry for Mirai. All that potential & talent, and she sort of fizzled out after Vancouver. I have no idea what happened, but I think it's going to be VERY difficult for her to get a spot on the Oly Team.

    I actually think that Gracie Gold has a good chance, provided she doesn't totally implode this season. I don't think federation's going to forget the fact that it's her & Ashley who brought home the 3 spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadia01 View Post
    I sort of feel sorry for Mirai. All that potential & talent, and she sort of fizzled out after Vancouver. I have no idea what happened, but I think it's going to be VERY difficult for her to get a spot on the Oly Team.
    I think she, like many women, struggled with her changing body. If you watch her videos from 2010 and see her now, you can see noticeable differences in her figure. (She is in shape now, just built more like a woman than a girl.) I also think she has had problems selecting the right programs. Those "cutesy" programs she did when she was younger worked quite well for her, but she hasn't had as much success with more mature, lyrical programs. I agree that it is unlikely that she will make the Olympic team, and I think it is due primarily to her problems rotating jumps in high-pressure situations like Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadia01 View Post
    I sort of feel sorry for Mirai. All that potential & talent, and she sort of fizzled out after Vancouver. I have no idea what happened, but I think it's going to be VERY difficult for her to get a spot on the Oly Team.

    I think Mirai's problem is the weight of all those expectations along with a couple of injuries. At both World's and Olympics, she was in a position to win after the short program and then she had awful free skates. She started thinking about winning too much vs skating well IMHO. Then she had injuries and a changing body that just brought her 'down' and she hasn't found 'eye of the tiger' again to bounce back into contention.

    I also agree that she hasn't found the right music that helps her skate well. The fun bubbly stuff matched her personality vs what she has skated to more recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    I think Mirai's problem is the weight of all those expectations along with a couple of injuries. At both World's and Olympics, she was in a position to win after the short program and then she had awful free skates. She started thinking about winning too much vs skating well IMHO. Then she had injuries and a changing body that just brought her 'down' and she hasn't found 'eye of the tiger' again to bounce back into contention.

    I also agree that she hasn't found the right music that helps her skate well. The fun bubbly stuff matched her personality vs what she has skated to more recently.
    I don't know...I think she was poised to win bronze at Vancouver. She had a better skate than Rochette for me, and I'd hate to sound like a ***** but couple with more maturity in her style, I think Rochette won that bronze with a generous slice of condolence. But then again, at the Games, medals will always be given to those who take the crowd with them.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Mirai. If not now, she always has 2018 as a final resort- especially if these Russian wunderbabies fail to reach their potential post-puberty? Should give Mirai enough time to bow out, hopefully in the way Shizuka did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    I think Mirai's problem is the weight of all those expectations along with a couple of injuries. At both World's and Olympics, she was in a position to win after the short program and then she had awful free skates. She started thinking about winning too much vs skating well IMHO.
    I don't think she really had any shot at WINNING in Vancouver. Yuna Kim was running away with it after SP. Maybe, maybe a bronze if she'd brought the 3+3 in the SP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    I think Mirai's problem is the weight of all those expectations along with a couple of injuries. At both World's and Olympics, she was in a position to win after the short program and then she had awful free skates.
    Huh?

    I don't think she was in any position to win in Vancouver, and I didn't think her free skate there was that awful. Am I missing something?

    I thought she sort of blew it away in Torino, but I blamed it on the long season & fatigue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icellist View Post
    Mirai has a lovely SP and exhibition this season: The Man I Love by Gershwin (choreo Cindy Stuart) and On Golden Pond (choreo Adam Rippon) respectively.
    Her FS is an 007 James Bond Medley (choreo Cindy Stuart) that starts off good but has confusing music cuts after 1:46 of the video. I sincerely hope, her team fix that before her GPs

    SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pJPTTRin2A
    FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVIufDAjIgc
    EX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAJ0hMV_PsQ

    She competed in Glacier Falls about a month ago and placed 3rd behind Courtney Hicks and Polina Edmunds. I wouldn't fret though because she was never much of a summer skater. Interesting to note that she is attempting a 3F-3T, 3Lz, 2A SP. Her FS includes a 2A-3T, two 3F (one in combo), 2 3L (one in combo), 3Lz, and 2A [I still think has the best axel out of any US lady]. She just competed at West Coast Championship in Valencia, CA and won the event. She is going to Finland this week to compete at Finlandia Trophy along with Vanessa Lam. Her main competition there are Akiko Suzuki and the Russians: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Julia Lipnitskaia, and Nikol Gosviani. [jw, why are Finlandia and Ondrej Nepela the same week? The field at Finlandia is packed while the US skaters at ON get easy ranking points]

    Mirai is slated to compete at NHK Trophy and Rostelecom Cup. These two GP events should give her a bye to nationals. After the withdrawal of Yuna Kim and Kiira Korpi, Mirai has the hardest mountain to climb to get to the GPF of the US ladies. I hope she medals at least at one of her events and skates good, clean performances. I think the only lady locked for the Olympics is Ashley Wagner at this point. I hope the next two berths are given fairly between Christina Gao, Gracie Gold, Courtney Hicks, and Mirai Nagasu. [Agnes hasn't proven that she can skate a good sp and lp back to back yet as a senior] But I'd always be rooting for Mirai~~~

    I am really curious to know how she did point wise at this competition..hopefully a step up from the Glacier Falls?

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    What happens to Mirai Nagasu ?

    Mirai seems to have lost the passion in her skating after 2011. What happens to her ? She was a joy to watch before with her sparkling and dynamic personnality

    I don't care about her «ur» jumps from now, but I wish to see this type of Mirai this year, she was so entertaining to watch in 2010 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa2R_HqZnz4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igZAmv_kF0w

    I miss this beautiful smile that she have before

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    I feel like this thread could've been made every year after the her 2008 Nationals win (with the exception of the 2010 Olympics)

    sigh

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbIi_dqDoMo

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    I just started a 3 page thread where shes thoroughly discussed. why duplicate? mod, please merge totally similar threads, either you did not see it coolboogie or u r being a bit obtuse.

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    She is boring to watch. The funniest part is she has everything to win, I.e. skating skills, spins....but she looks uninterested while skating:(

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    I don't see a future for Mirai in figure skating. She cannot rotate her jumps. She skated as well as she could in both programs in Finlandia over the weekend, but her total score was very mediocre, because of 5 URs and 2 downgrades. I don't think she's had a free skate with less than 3 UR calls in a very long time. I don't see the USFS putting her on the Sochi team. They cannot trust a skater that is so at the mercy of the technical panel as to whether her jumps get full credit or not.

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