Do I spy Mirai (LOL, rhyme intended ) in this video from "The Voice"?
Many skaters (from Team USA and otherwise) are in it, but I am especially happy to see her -- starting at approx. 2:32 for just a couple of seconds.
Danielle Bradbery's "My Day" featuring 2014 Team USA Olympic hopefuls
Published on Dec 18, 2013
Danielle Bradbery, winner of season four of NBC's "The Voice", is also a huge fan of the Olympics! Watch the video for her new song, "My Day," featuring 2014 Winter Olympic hopefuls.
http://youtu.be/Z4Ks2DuuqeI?t=2m32s (the entire vid is 3:56)
(Apologies if this video already has been posted in this thread or elsewhere.)
^^^I'm happy that Mirai will have that Olympic memory all of her life - two great skates and 4th at the Olympics when she was 'only' the silver medallist at a Nationals that many felt she should have won.
Per rosewind at FSU, Mirai is back in the States - she trained till December 29th in Okayama.
I hope the time that she took training in Japan has worked wonders for her confidence, her jumps of course (no URs please!) and overall presentation!
Gosh, that's true. I'd somehow forgotten how young she still is. I hope she manages to snag a spot on the Olympics team this year but it's true that she could definitely still go for the next cycle, depending on her motivation and her body.Mirai is only 20 and I believe that if she wants it she still has the potential to improve greatly and get back up there in the World rankings
I think Mirai needs to retire and go to school. She is a very inconsistent skater which seems to stem from the fact that she only wants to actually skate about half the time she's competing. The other half of the time it looks like she is dutifully going through the motions of being a competitive skater in order to satisfy someone else's expectations for her life...or she's holding on to some half-hearted notion that by putting in just enough effort to not totally embarrass herself, she'll magically be considered really good. That being said, if she works hard and tries to fully rotate those triples, she can be competitive with the other ladies. She just seems to lack inspiration and passion most of the time.
My scenario: Mirai's parents, who are not us citizens, will return to Japan as will Mirai, who has until she is 22 to choose Japanese citizenship. She will choose Japanese citizenship and skate for that country. That was the real reason for this recent short visit and stay in Japan (to test the waters).