there was supposed to be another comma, (i.e. Alissa, Suzuki)
Originally Posted by carriecmu0503
Sat next to Rockne and his family at Nats. At that point he hadn't made any decisions. He is engaged now - maybe time to move on. REALLY nice guy. I enjoyed talking to him while his brother skated in the dance competition.
You make some good points, and certainly it should be the skater's decision what to do. It just makes me a bit sad to see a skater out there struggling, who doesn't look like she enjoys competing at all. To think of all the sacrifices these skaters make to not achieve their skating goals, and to think this same level of commitment to almost any other activity they could do in life would lead to a very successful outcome, makes me question the decision to stay around.
Originally Posted by tulosai
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If all the skaters you say should pursue other things after age 20 did, there would be very few skaters left around..
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
I think Douglas Razzano is done as well. He was extremely emotional at nationals this year.
I know we want people to go out on their own terms but I thik it is time to say farewell to Abbott and Alissa. they have had many many chances. I would love to see Zhang and Mirai develop to theri full potential but it may be time to bid adieu. Surely Mirai must realize Gracie and Ashley are very strong and Edmunds is developing well too. I still think she believes she has a world medal performance in her and yes it could happen. most likely will end up like Abbott.
It's too bad that Rockne has had so much trouble finding a partner since Keanna quit skating. They had so much potential and were the most charismatic pair the U.S. had. The fact they were both very telegenic was also a nice bonus, but it seemed her nerves and struggles with the SBS jumps became too much, leading to them being off the podium at 2010 Nationals. Since then Rockne has not been able to find a partner that he is able to endure with.
Originally Posted by noskates
I am happy Akiko stayed around because she was a late bloomer. Ashley was a bit of a late bloomer, winning Nationals at 21. Other than those two, most of the older skaters have made an impact in the sport as teens.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
At the rink. Again.
Keauna actually struggled with puberty and it was unfortunately during an Olympic year. :(
Originally Posted by Ryan O
In search of a summer sport to love <3
I really hope Agnes continues. But, it must me terribly difficult for her to watch her family struggle financially the way they do. I think she has a ton of talent, she just hasn't been able to put all the parts together yet.
Originally Posted by carriecmu0503
Brubaker needs to quit and get a real life. Abbott needs to quit so he can stop torturing all of us with his presence. Alissa needs to quit to save her hips.
Agnes Z will fall out of the top 24 on the WR list after the old data is removed, and she isn't in any USFS envelope, so there will probably be no GP events this season. If she does some summer comps and has good results, USFS might send her to a "B"--that's about the best she can hope for.
Caroline Zhang will fall completely off the WR list because she's had no scoreable results over the past two seasons, and she's not in any USFS envelope either. I'd say she's done.
If it weren't for Abbott, the US wouldn't be able to send 3 men to Worlds 2015. Jeremy's performances at Worlds this past week were wonderful, far better than Max Aaron's, who stumbled and stepped out of half of his jumps in the FS. And for your information, Jeremy had already announced that he would be retiring after Worlds 2014.
Originally Posted by Sk8Boi
Rockne Brubaker will retire when he feels he is ready to do so.
I agree that Alissa probably should be careful and stay away from competition. But that is her decision.
ALL OF THIS!
Originally Posted by chuckm
And I'm pretty sure Alissa retired from competition and is just doing shows now.
I think one of Rockne's major challenges is his height. MaryBeth Marley was well-suited to him but they just didn't have any chemistry. You can't put a fantastic pairs team together in less than a year.