NOW obviously is the time to express her support for the Olympians. Not the end of the season.
Sweet Jesus on a Stick, people, have a sense of humor.
I personally like Mirai's skating.
However her showing at 4CC clearly shows that it's best she stays off the US Olympic team.
Sorry if I offended folks.
All Marai did was show up to US Nationals and skate an amazing skate. Now she shows class by supporting the US FS team and people jump all over her. I don't understand the hate. :head scratch:
As for whether her 4CC result proves she didn't belong on the Olympic team, she apparently was sick and worried about being able to get through her programs, which leads to underrotations. And, let's see how the girls do at Sochi before giving the selection committee any pats on the head.
Personally, I think her statement about being "confused" about why she was left off the team absolutely proves the USFSA right. It's also a pretty foolish thing to say publicly because if she STILL doesn't understand her issues then they were absolutely right to leave her off. If she doesn't understand the problem she's obviously not doing any work to fix it.
flyushka, she didn't under-rotate at 4CCs because she was sick. She under-rotated at 4CCs because that's what she does. All the time.
It is much easier for someone "outside" to see the problems. But she is inside, she has worked many years for this moment, she was close, so yes, if i were in her place i would be also confused. It will take some time till she will see this from other point of view, i think is normal when someone has put so much in it and so many emotions.
I also think she has the right to feel like she feels and to write about. I am tired for so much PR in the amerocan media, i like when someone shows more from himself. I think it could help sportives in general to show more form their dissapointment, to be free to express this polite, like Mirai did.
But we in Europe, we are used to say more from the negative things in the media, look at the russian for example .
Polina's TES in her JGP as been: 61.82, 62.37, 62.95, so she's pretty consistent technically.
It's totally possible Mirai could score 65 at an international competition, but her international record this season doesn't indicate that: 38.18 (NHK), 57.95 (Rostelecom), 48.67 (4CC).
While Ashley hasn't been at all cylinders this season, her TES has seen that huge up and down as Mirai did this season: 58.54 (Skate America) , 61.81 (Trophee Eric Bompard), 56.06 (GPF)
Gracie's TES this season in the GP: 56.09 (Skate Canada), 55.58 (NHK). And that was with sub par performances.
For the record, I loved Mirai at nationals and gladly gave her a standing o at both her performances. However, if the committee were looking at these TES numbers, I can see a little better what went into their decision.
Mirai trained for FOUR YEARS with her eyes on Sochi. And she posted her statement -- including her support for Wagner, et al. -- not even two [ETA, correction: three] weeks after her bronze at Nats and the USFS announcement of the Olympic team.
As I pleaded before, let's give her a break. It is way too easy for one of us to say that she should be ready to "let it go." If our own flesh and blood were in her situation, I think we would instinctively grasp that it will take more time for her to completely wrap her head around everything that happened in Boston.
At the same time that the Olympians are all over social media and traditional media sharing their understandable excitement, Mirai -- like so many Sochi hopefuls -- is wrestling with the reality that she is staying home. Talk about salt in a wound.
I am not criticizing the Olympians. Of course they should look forward to Sochi with the joy that Mirai herself experienced in 2010. But "letting go" of the Olympics cannot be easy when many of your friends are focused on little else but competing at the Games. And when many millions of people are looking forward to attending and/or viewing the events.
I already posted Jeremy Ten's tweet from yesterday in the social media thread, but it is apropros in this one too:
Jeremy Ten @j3r3bear
So much goes into preparing you for when you make an Olympic team. But nothing prepares you for what happens when you don't. #SadButTrue
3:25 PM - 30 Jan 2014