Ugh, please no. She's not a terrible skater...just completely and utterly unremarkable.
I wonder if Rachel wants to do it her way and that's why she choreographed her programs and wants to show the world or is this a money issue or is this simply bad strategy and she should recycle old but professionally created programs?
Sylvia from Unseen Skaters posted this http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/form...eback-hard-way link about Rachael on FSU. The story talks about her desire to compete, schedule, and life in general. I thought it was interesting and it kind of explains why she wants to take the route (regionals, etc) she is on.
Good luck Rachael!
That's a nice article, full of Flatt's personality. The one thing I'd contest in it is the comment that Rachael "faded to seventh" at the Olympics. She didn't fade. It was just that everyone else skated so splendidly that night that six people came in ahead of her. It wasn't one of those situations where a skater falls all over the place. She skated very well but not as spectacularly as six other people, on one of the greatest nights of ladies' Olympic skating ever.
The important thing is that Flatt has admirers everywhere.
2010 olympics were amazing for ladies. Rachel did just fine but everyone raised their game.
And then in 1992 splat but good in 1994 olys.
Rachael earned 49.82 in SP at regionals. Through nine skaters, she's in first place.
Hmm she must have missed two elements or had them downgraded to get a score like that.
Here's the protocol:
She doubled the solo jump (lutz), which is required to be triple, but otherwise she seems to have skated clean.
Could use higher levels on some of the spins, higher GOEs, better PCS, to be competitive at a national or international level.