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    Thanks! It'd be awfully petty of USFSA to have a problem with their skaters training on foreign soil. So what as long as they get the job done at competitions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins View Post
    ^^^ Thanks! It'd be awfully petty of USFSA to have a problem with their skaters training on foreign soil. So what as long as they get the job done at competitions?
    That's my frame of thought on it. It works for Yuzuru and the Japanese Fed doesn't seem bothered by it.

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    We had a coach sitting behind us at Nats for most of the week and the subject of Mirai and her coaching difficulties came up. We were told that she spent about 4 months training with Doug Ladret in Arizona prior to nationals but he wasn't "attending" her at Nationals. It was also implied that she has been dropped by several coaches. Not sure if that's true or if their parting was mutual.

    I think if Mirai is to continue skating, and I hope she does, that she needs to pull up her big girl panties figuratively, get a coach and get the focus. She certainly has the talent.

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    What's the implication? She is too difficult to work with?

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    Christie Ness hasn't been involved in skating since 2007, I believe. She is an office administrator for Dr. Andrew Ness currently.

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    I'll admit to not knowing where Mirai is exactly in the Southern CA area and don't know if this is logistically feasible, but what about Ilia Kulik? He and Katia have their own rink in Lake Forest, and if he can parlay even half his own jump technique to someone else, I bet he could solve Mirai's underrotation problem. I think the highest ranking skater he's got is someone from the Philippines. Some of that Russian regimented training both Katia and Ilia had could rub off on Mirai too.

    They're kind of unproven as top-level coaches so far, but Yuka Sato was too until Jeremy went to her and quickly became a very well-respected coach. Would love to see that happen with Ilia and Katia.

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    According to her bio her main coach is Takahito Mura's Father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GF2445 View Post
    According to her bio her main coach is Takahito Mura's Father.
    Now I'm getting pumped! If this is so then I think this is good for Mirai. He seemed to do amazing things for her between NHK and Rostelecom and then again just before Nationals. I just hope Mirai can find a stable coaching situation, somehow get a top choreographer to create great programs for her and hopefully she'll get that Mirai sparkle back. The magic is still there imo - it just has to be nurtured and coaxed out again.

    I wonder if this means that Mirai will train in Japan from no on? I hope so - she got such good results in such a brief time, I can only imagine what another year or so could do for her.

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    We had a coach sitting behind us at Nats for most of the week and the subject of Mirai and her coaching difficulties came up. We were told that she spent about 4 months training with Doug Ladret in Arizona prior to nationals but he wasn't "attending" her at Nationals. It was also implied that she has been dropped by several coaches. Not sure if that's true or if their parting was mutual.
    That's not accurate. Mirai was coached by Mura's father in Japan after NHK, and I believe she stayed there until late December. By all accounts, she was very happy with the coaching situation there. She only spent about a week temporarily training in Arizona prior to Nationals, probably because of the Doug Razzano connection.

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    USFS might object to Mirai training in Japan because she wouldn't be entering club competitions in the US during the summer (too expensive to fly back and forth) and the US would have no way of monitoring her. The top 5 from US Nationals do not have to do Regionals/Sectionals, but if they don't do summer comps, USFS does expect to monitor their readiness for competition. Assignments to "B" internationals in the early fall are based on that.

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    I live in Phoenix. I don't currently skate, but a few friends that do say that Mirai had only been in Scottsdale ten days to a week leading up to nationals.
    I still think returning to her Japanese training situation would be best as it seems to have elevated her so much. I hope she finds something that makes her happy and produces results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Actually this is a fantastic idea. Currently Jason is the only elite skater at his rink in Coloraldo due to Kori
    being unable to get Jason access at World Arena to train with Max,Josh and company. Kori is also a very celebral personality, so I think that would help Mirai greatly. And come on, who wouldn't love having Jason as a training partner? His sunny personality would be wonderful for Mirai!
    If she's going to Colorado, what about Christy Krall. She is a jump specialist--just what Mirai needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntl View Post
    That's not accurate. Mirai was coached by Mura's father in Japan after NHK, and I believe she stayed there until late December. By all accounts, she was very happy with the coaching situation there. She only spent about a week temporarily training in Arizona prior to Nationals, probably because of the Doug Razzano connection.
    Sorry if my question is dumb:
    I know that Razzano trains in Arizona and that Ladret is his coach.
    But what is Mirai's connection to Razzano that would cause her to train with Ladret, as opposed to any other coach in the U.S.?

    BTW, re Ladret:
    It's a positive reflection on him that both Mirai and Razzano had great skates at Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntl View Post
    That's not accurate. Mirai was coached by Mura's father in Japan after NHK, and I believe she stayed there until late December. By all accounts, she was very happy with the coaching situation there. She only spent about a week temporarily training in Arizona prior to Nationals, probably because of the Doug Razzano connection.
    Which goes to show what can happen when someone passes on second, third, or fourth hand information. Bet that coach in the stands knew nothing about Mirai.

    In any event, for the time being, Mr. Mura is listed as Mirai's coach now in her ISU bio.

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    It is just comfort to see Coach Mura's smile next to Mirai at 4CC.

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