That makes sense. I don't remember what coach said that but the press was really rough on Joubert after Torino. Going back to Matrix was a good idea.Joubert has always attributed his disappointing showing in Torino to skating an LP that did not suit him (Lord of the Dance), and has said that one of his biggest regrets was not changing it to The Matrix earlier than he did; he skated very well at 2006 Worlds after going back to that program.
I'm not sure which coach said that, but I seriously doubt it was true.
I think it's interesting to compare Josee with Joannie. Joannie struggled with her confidence at first, but she always did have that fighter's instinct.
I'm not a Weir fan - and I rolled my eyes in later seasons when he used any excuse possible to reason why he would make mistakes, but his 2003 LP I don't think was in anyway fake.
He fell into the boards and hurt his back but he didn't restart, he picked up where he left off. You don't get restarts any more, not since 2000-01. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmQGm51ygmwJohnny Weir 2003 US nationals LP
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After that, he fell on the triple Axel and busted up his knee, which was his genuine withdrawal, and, as I say, karma.I went tumbling to the ice in a tangle of confusion and embarrassment. It was so crazy I didn't know what to do with myself. I got up very quickly, and then, even though I wasn't injured, put my hand on my back, pretending that there was something wrong. Lying seemed to have become my default.
Now what should I do? Out of instinct, I had pretended to be hurt. There was nothing to do but go through with it.
He confesses to lying about his injuries and illnesses a number of times during that book. I think in the same season at Cup of Russia he pretended to be sick simply because he and the federation were having a snafu about his costume. Of course, it was so last-minute that there was no replacement. I wonder who missed out on an opportunity because Weir threw a diva fit?
Reading an article about Susan Humphreys, a Canadian lady skater who had endless potential but no mental toughness. The article is harsh, truthfully Susan was a scapegeat after 1997, her failing was more a symptom of the weak field of Canadian women skaters we had at the time, not the cause of the problem. At the 1997 Worlds, Susan had a nasty abscessed blister and ha to withdraw. Her coach didn't allow her to use the injury as a total excuse because she knew in order for Susan to realize her potential she needed to develop that mental toughness.
It makes me think of Sandhu and McLeod. I wonder if they had that conversation, did McLeod agree with Sandhu that 1998 is to blame for Sandhu's frequent disasters? Same with Weir's coach. I remember after the 2003 nationals, the USFSA told Weir to retire.
I think it's a fine line when a skater implodes but patting them on the hand all the time won't do them any good. A coach does need to be honest, but how many times can she say "Get it together" before she decides she's had it and the skater needs to shape up or ship out.
Watching someone you know has potential repeatedly fail can be so frustrating. With Sandhu, I really lost patience at times, especially after Torino and when he said he blames the COA. I just thought "OK, I felt for you then, and yes the third berth was wasted, but that was eight years ago. Get over it and prove yourself!"