So for me it was a big issue of what kind of shape Dai's actually in.
IF we are going to talk about someone who has a body of work argument IMO it was Oda. Yes Dai beat him at NHK but Oda skated consistently well throughout..
I'd feel differently if Dai had more than one good competition this year.
To be frank Dai's placement on the team is a lot like Plush's. Don't get me wrong not nearly as bad or egregious but based on more on what they once were than what they are now.
Actually it STILL hasn't cooled off on twitter - seems like near every tweet about the 2014 US team still provokes at least 1 "Nagasu deserved it" or "hope Wagner (or Edmunds) bombs", etc.
. @AshWagner2010 on conference call: " @mirai_nagasu texted me, said 'You belong on the team, good luck, love you.' ''
2:38 PM - 23 Jan 2014
Per rosewood on FSU, Japanese media reported that Mr. Mura is a temporary coach, and that Mirai had fallen ill before 4CC (after Nationals) and was fervently trying to recover in time. :
^thanks for this info!
For a temporary coach, I think that Mr. Mura did a heck of a job with Mirai in the short time between NHK/Rostelecom and Rostelecom/Nationals. Too bad Mirai got sick. Endurance will for sure be an issue in the FS at 4CCs if it was in the SP.
When pressed to name a specific source of comfort, she cited an unlikely person: 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who was denied a spot on the Sochi-bound team despite a bronze medal finish at nationals. Wagner called Nagasu's handling of her omission from the team "phenomenal," and revealed that shortly after the three-woman roster that features herself, Polina Edmunds and new national champ Gracie Gold was revealed, Nagasu sent Wagner a text that read "you belong on the team, good luck, love you." Wagner called Nagasu's endorsement "all I needed to feel right" about the sticky selection situation.
@aftertherain Thank you for posting the link to that article! I'm so glad that it was like a balm on Ashley's soul - to know that Mirai is in her corner.
Mirai's sportsmanship is awesome! =)