Well, it will be great to see her back. I'm always curious to see her at the start of every season and if she looks ready and has programs on point. Her exhibition at Nationals was one of the most touching skates I've ever seen. If she comes to the ice with that level of commitment and passion, then I'm excited to see her!
Unfortunately, that commitment level doesn't always seem to be there and in the last quad, she has sometimes looked careless and like she's given up on the sport. The judges showed in 2010 that they were willing to give her the marks but I'm not sure about now.
But it's undeniable that she's a beautiful skater and she can touch your heartstrings like few skaters can.
Thanks for posting the SOI clip - I checked out some of the other performances that the guy posted along w/Mirai's.
I really liked Mirai's performance - very mature and with a lot of emotion and the crowd was cheering during her spins. I'm happy to see that the pearl spin she had posted on Instagram a while back made it into the program. She did comment that it was hard on her back to do that, but wow - she is flexible. On a one to ten scale, if Yulia is a 10 in flexibility, I give Mirai a 9
I'm not a fan of the costume, but maybe about 10 seconds into the program I forgot all about the costume and just got lost in the skate and the emotions it stirred ... Definitely agree that a bling bling costume would have been distracting.
That exhibition is beautiful. I'm glad to see she attempted a lutz as well. I thought her on golden pond exhibition at Nationals was gorgeous! And with Adam Rippon creating her competitive programs I am really excited to see how she does next season! She is gifted artistically and has beautiful line.
I don't think the programs she has been given in the past couple years have really suited her strengths. On golden pond did just that and you could tell she enjoyed it. I hope after the tour is over she buckles down with a coach and works on the jumps. If she gets it together she could very well be a force this upcoming season.
Really lovely exhibition... great choice of music and maturer personal performance. Great to make it really personal and keep it personal in her competition programs too. It has more personality than her past 3 seasons competition programs combined. Mirai should have a lot to say, make sure she say it in her movements, and just be herself. Costume wise, keep it classic black on black, goes with her black hair nicely, tighter fitting seamless lines can make the program more striking and powerful, and timeless.
Well I am so glad to hear that Mirai is moving forward and pulling herself together. I agree with everyone that she faces very stiff competition and had her work cut out for her but fair enough that she doesn't want to end her career at 20 and on this note.
I'm not sure her how far she can push her technical ability. I think she does have to make some big decisions about coaching and training sooner than later so she can start to focus because she will have to push herself extremely hard.