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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    Sasha's silver was very deserved in 2006, her programs and performances were glorious. Who else was supposed to get it - Irina with the same amount of mistakes and inferior quality in the LP? Suguri with a mistake and clearly lacking on the transitions, spins, and spirals?
    I didn't say anyone else was supposed to get it. Anyone after Shizuka should feel generous they received one, it was an awful competition.

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    I have a feeling Mirai is going to skate best among the 3 ladies. Bradie is not going to get good PCS even if she skates clean. Karen has not been doing well all seasons long, and her SP didn't show signs of improvement.

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    I think Mirai will skate well too. The pressure is off now, a lot of times that leads to better skates later on.

    I don't think the pressure was what got to her though. She was just trying something that she is not consistent with. It's amazing she landed the 3A at all in this Olympics, and she came *this* close to landing it again. I really thought she was going to hold on.

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    Mirai didn't melt down after that fall. Surpriseeeee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proxy View Post
    I think Mirai will skate well too. The pressure is off now, a lot of times that leads to better skates later on.

    I don't think the pressure was what got to her though. She was just trying something that she is not consistent with. It's amazing she landed the 3A at all in this Olympics, and she came *this* close to landing it again. I really thought she was going to hold on.
    It was obvious pressure IMO - her face was completely defeated before she even started - she fell on 3A in the warmup and then was only doing doubles she usually bounces back from that much better in practices - I thought for sure she was hurt - maybe she was

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimi492 View Post
    It was obvious pressure IMO - her face was completely defeated before she even started - she fell on 3A in the warmup and then was only doing doubles - I thought for sure she was hurt - maybe she was
    I really don't think it was pressure. She finished the rest of the program without a wilt. She practiced the 3A in the warmup and earlier in the week and she wasn't landing it.

    Succumbing to pressure is when you land something all the time and then your nerves get you when it counts and you fail. She wasn't succeeding in the jump but once in a blue moon. It's a testimony to how much she fought for it that she darn near went 2/2.

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    If there was pressure, it was the pressure that she didn't do well in practice. I just learned from many skaters' interviews that bad practices normally lead to less confidence at the real competition, and hence nervous because jumps did not well close to the competition. That was basically what she told Johnny at the interview.

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    just watched a clip on nbc website of bradie falling on her opening combo, ....I'm done with the U.S. ladies, so disappointing...and yes, to answer someone's question if this is the worst olympics for US ladies ever, yes, I believe it is.

    also saw Karen Chen miss her combo jump on TV when I was dining out at a restaurant, and they showed a clip of Mira falling on her 3axel........very empty period in US ladies figure skating, and I have a feeling the drought is gonna continue for a long time

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    Just watched this video of Bradie with her very thin mom in it and I know she is one of those naturally thin people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLoLNUtKa28

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proxy View Post
    I didn't say anyone else was supposed to get it. Anyone after Shizuka should feel generous they received one, it was an awful competition.
    It was the first Olympics that used CoP and they even revamped all the spin/footwork/spiral rules from the previous season. The skaters had a LOT to do in a short amount of time to adjust. Sasha's programs were some of the best ever and no Ladies since her have shown some of the qualities she did, that medal was very deserved. I would much prefer to watch the skating she did there than what we see from Medvedeva.

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    ^^^ You and everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimi492 View Post
    I’m sitting here bawling at that interview - I’m no fair weather fan - I’ve been rooting for her through every high and low, and I wish Mirai could know how proud I am to have seen her grow and adapt to all her struggles - she has never skated better than this season and I can tell she has put her heart completely into this. I hope she takes this and puts all that emotion towards her long and gives it her all because I know she’s capable of wonderful things
    Beautifully said. Her interview choked me up too.

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