Thanks for inventing this thread, Mrs. P. I hope that responding to "rants" is permissible. (Or is the idea to allow a place for rants to be freely expressed without need for justification? )
Originally Posted by cornell08
I did not notice any lack of enthusiasm for the team event from the Shibs, Zhang/Bartholomay, and Chock/Bates -- who did not compete, but who definitely were seen in the Team USA box cheering for those who did compete.
And I did not think the congratulations on social media from the non-medalists were muted.
I cannot imagine that the Shibutanis or Chock/Bates feel awkward at all about Davis/White skating both the team SD and FD.
Chock and Bates (each with a different partner at the time) used to train with D/W under Shpilband/Zoueva. Although the coaches split, my hunch is that the skaters remain friendly. And of course the Shibs still train w/ D/W. Alex, Evan, and Charlie used to be roommates together in Michigan. After they all were selected for the Sochi team, a flurry of happy tweets ensued among them (and their former fourth roomie) as they celebrated their accomplishment together.
And I find it hard to believe that Zhang/Bartholomay feel any awkwardness. They seem so happy just to be at the Games, and it's not Castelli/Shnapir's fault that the number of substitutions per country was limited.
Thanks for sharing your informative and well-reasoned "rants," Mrs. P.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
Agree completely that support for Wagner's performances in Sochi does not mean indifference to Nagasu's omission from the team.