Thanks for the info Sasha'sSpins....I had no idea Mirai was training with Takashi Mura. Heck, I even missed the speculation about problems between Mirai and Amy. I've always liked Mirai since I first saw her in 2007 Nationals when she won the Jr. Ladies title.
The last couple of years have been tough with her growth spurt and distressing (to me) lack of emotion while skating. I would love to see a refreshed and renewed Mirai at Nationals!
Maybe training with some of the best skaters in the world will give her a push to kick it up a notch, and inspire her
I do wish we could get some reports on Mirai now and again leading up to Nationals. She hasn't updated her twitter for a while.
Im wishing her the very best & hope she makes the Olympic team
Do anyone know if Mirai is still with the same sport agency IMG? What is her current sponsorship situation like? (if she has better chance of getting sponsored by Japanese companies, then this move makes great sense)
Well... my personal impression from her earlier documentary was that her then coaches (post Carroll) weren't very respectful of her I was hoping I imagined it, and still hoping I was.
I remember when my father and I were watching Mirai's SP in Vancouver, giggling afterwards what a delight she was, and then after FS, about her perky confidence for pulling out stuff after Yuna & Mao's presence. I still cherish her in a corner of my heart, and really wish her all the best. Back then, she was a hopeful future of ladies' figure skating, enough that we won't have to be sad for Yuna's retirement.
Mirai got a small last minute sponsorship from Panasonic shortly before Vancouver. The TV commentators said at the time it was just large enough to cover expenses for her parents' trip to Vancouver. I doubt very much she has any current sponsorships, and I believe she is getting less support from her family than in the past.
Example: Davis and White both send tweets now and then showing that they are enjoying one or more Kellogg's products for breakfast.
Some tweets and/or Facebook posts show an athlete's promotional efforts for the sponsor's brand, without directly pushing specific products. Example: A few days ago, Nastia Liukin used both platforms to post a photo of herself shooting a commercial for the Subway sandwich chain.
American athletes also commonly retweet tweets from their sponsors.
The rosewood on FSU posted this link to a photo - it's of Mirai at a Christmas show at her adopted rink in Japan: http://www3.bigcosmic.com/board/s/bo...1387310259.jpg
Per rosewood, it was posted by a coach at that rink in one of his blogs.