^ Not to mention, Mirai DID make it to the Olympics.
In a near flawless run-through of her short program during practice on Wednesday, Gold was particularly pleased with her "Gold lutz" which is a "Rippon lutz" (a triple lutz with both hands raised above the head, named after U.S. skater Adam Rippon).
"We call it a 'Gold lutz' because I'm a female and Adam Rippon is a guy," she said with a smile. "That's what Adam and I negotiated."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...onals/1860325/ (Jan 2013)
But ... hard to tell from a print story whether or not Gold was only joking about the name of the lutz.
I don't know whether she ever has made an on-camera reference to the "Gold lutz." If so, I hope that it was in a humorous way to signal that the jump obviously did not originate with her.
Ok that sounds more reasonable and I too hope that she was joking. In fact I'm pretty sure she was, a little inside joke between her and Adam.
I think Adam is a good sport and so is Gold. It's obviously joking between friends and in no way was Gold trying to make it seem like it was hers (especially when everyone knows that Rippon originated it). People are reading into that way too much, and it's hugely ridiculous to suggest Gold is taking credit for it or something like that.
I'm sure Sakhanovich doesn't call it a Sakhanovich-toe, when she does a Tano 3T on her combinations.
If Gold did want to have her own lutz, maybe she could try a 3Z with one arm in front and one behind her, some pairs do in throws/twists.
As I said above, I hope the Gold lutz quote from GG was mostly lighthearted.
OTOH, Gracie did have the chutzpah to joke to the press as if her name also should be associated with the jump. She knew that it was likely for her quote to be read by the entire skating community, so I understand why some people raised their eyebrows.
I think it is fair to say that Gold was displaying some ego -- without intending any real harm.
Like I said, Gold's lutz quote was indeed lighthearted.
It's a variation of an element... which another skater has already done before. I don't think she's trying to associate herself with the jump. If people want to raise their eyebrows at an innocuous joke like that and make a mountain out of a molehill, well, that's their own prerogative.
I would say that my posts above were making a molehill out of a molehill, LOL.
Like you, I am not in favor of making a mountain out of a molehill.
Some of the posts in this thread have [ETA: unfairly, IMO] criticized Wagner's ego. My point is that nothing is wrong with athletes at the highest levels of their sport (Gold, Wagner, etc.) who have some ego.
If you don't have a ego in sports you will never become a champion. These girls are not off saving small animals or hugging a tree they are ferocious competitors who want to win behind those beauty pageant smiles. You can't get to where Ashley or Gracie are by not being tough.
I just spoke with an old friend who recently moved near Ashley's home (coincidence, not a stalker ), and apparently in the shops and restaurants around the 'hood, she's extremely outgoing and well liked. Very nice to hear.
As for media training, I think the attitude that that training in some way equates to "pageanty" is incorrect. Most public figures do media training and learn the art of phrasing and communicating to the masses. This would be a benefit to Ashley. Here's the deal: the ability to communicate to a larger audience equates to cash and opportunity. All top athletes have media trainers as part of their team and by "top" I mean those with endorsements. From a professional standpoint, this can only help Ashley... esp since skating seems determined to cling to its outdated political shenanigans.
But whatever. You are correct in that everyone is not going to like everything and one person's arrogant is another person's sassy confidence and that's cool. As a Kwan fan, I've spent many anight discussing, debating and flat out arguing if she was a hardcore champion, a judges' pet or just flatout boring so to each their own...
I do however, stand by my opinions and hope to see growth from all the American skaters this upcoming season. And will light candles for intervention on their under rotated jumps and bad feet.
Fact #1: I love Nagasu, but Wagner won (and I do mean "won") her spot on the Sochi team based on the USFS Olympic criteria that had been established and announced at least a year in advance. Wagner's results clearly fulfilled the criteria far better than Nagasu's. No contest.
2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships - AW 4th; MN 3rd
2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final - AW 3rd
2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - AW 5th
2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events - AW 2nd SA + 1st TEB; MN 8th NHK + 3rd Rostelecom
2013 Four Continents Championships
2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships - AW 1st; MN 7th
2013 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
2013 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
Fact #2: Wagner already had a boatload of sponsorships during the Olympic season. (Not clear to me that media training would draw more sponsors in her case.)
I could definitely see Gracie saying "look at me, look at what I can do!" in a very innocent way not directed at anybody. Maybe it was Wagner making a big deal out of it?
"This is the Wagner now"
God I love Ashley.