Poised to break through--but didn't
I was just reading the "State of American Ladies" thread and many people were talking about the disappointing results of Mirai, who four years ago would have seemed to be a contender for gold this year. That got me to thinking that she is not the only one who has hit hard times in the last few years.
Besides Mirai, I can think of
1. Kimmie--though at least she was the World Champion, she certainly never did a thing after that, and it was her downfall that led to journeywoman skaters like Rachael and Alyssa being the best the US had.
2. Caroline. What else can I say?
3. Naomi Nari Nam. At least she came back as a pairs skater a few years later.
4. The ice dancers that were "better" than Naomi Lang and partner, except they actually weren't. Silverstein and Pekarek were their names, IIRC. I think she went to the Olympics with a different partner, but wasn't in contention.
Anybody else? I'm sure there are plenty!
Oh, Jamie Silverstein and Justin Pekarek were wonderful! I'm so glad to hear someone talking of them.
I felt terrible about Nam because she just didn't have the body strength for the sport: her hip gave out way too early. She was a charmer and a wonderful skater. I was glad that she had at least a bit of a second chance as a pairs skater with Leftheris.
There was also the pair of Tiffany and Johnnie Stiegler. He was a good skater who just didn't grow enough to continue to partner his sister, but she seemed extraordinary, with real star quality. Maybe someone with more skating knowledge than I can say whether she really was a standout technically, but she certainly seemed so to me at the advanced age of twelve or so.
Recently, Caroline, Mirai, Liza. I get really sad and dig into my bed with the three in one sentence. And borderline Czisny.
Katy Taylor comes to mind...