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smarts1
04-27-2010, 03:07 AM
Ann Patrice McDonough?

She was such a prospect, but all of a sudden disappeared from skating... Does anyone know what happened to her and what she's doing now?

ks777
04-27-2010, 03:13 AM
I thought she was coaching in NY?

nirti
04-27-2010, 07:00 AM
Her wikipedia bio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Patrice_McDonough) says that : "In the 2003-2004 season, McDonough placed 4th at the 2003 Cup of China. She placed 6th at the 2004 United States Figure Skating Championships.

She retired from competitive skating following that season.

Following her retirement, she has skated in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with former pairs competitor Jonathan Hunt. She is also coaching in Westchester, New York, while working toward a biology degree."

Maybe the 6th place at US Nats demotivate her... (Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen were number one and two...) She's not the first and probably not the last US junior worlds medalist who disappear quickly in senior.

smarts1
04-27-2010, 09:31 PM
But in articles I've read, she just said she wanted to move on with her life... So I was wondering if something happened to her privately or emotionally...

AJ Skatefan
04-27-2010, 09:39 PM
But in articles I've read, she just said she wanted to move on with her life... So I was wondering if something happened to her privately or emotionally...

I'm sure if she wanted us to know that information she would have released it publicly.

snoopysnake
04-27-2010, 09:53 PM
Supposedly her mother was the one of the all-time horrible stage mothers and wanted her to be a skater, whereas AP wound up hating it and when she was old enough to be on her own and made the decision to quit.

smarts1
04-28-2010, 01:58 AM
^ Awww that sucks for her... And she was adopted too... I wonder what their relationship is like now.

euterpe
04-28-2010, 02:01 AM
IIRC, Ann Patrice had a painful foot injury during her last season, but her mother insisted that she compete anyway.

blue_idealist
04-29-2010, 03:06 AM
Supposedly her mother was the one of the all-time horrible stage mothers and wanted her to be a skater, whereas AP wound up hating it and when she was old enough to be on her own and made the decision to quit.

Yeah, I heard that too.

Artifice
04-29-2010, 10:15 AM
Sad for her but she is probably proud anyway of her accomplishment, especially since she is coaching now and following studies. She may not dislike skating that much.

I often see mothers form hell pushing their kids to limits. Last I saw is a mother who gives anti pain medication to force her daughter to skate despites her back pain ! And the girl is far far from being a serious competitor, she is at the lowest competitive level and don't even rank well !
Another one is a mother who forces her 4 yo kid to go on the ice eventhough the little girl cries and want to leave the ice ! The girl is put on ice with no choice other than staying there, she is dressed like a competitor (with no warm leggings or suit...). Finally the mother manages to make her having a little fun with the use of accessories the girl has to catch and bring back to her mother, you know like a dog...
A pity. I definitely don't get what these mothers have in their head !

orbitz
04-29-2010, 01:46 PM
Supposedly her mother was the one of the all-time horrible stage mothers and wanted her to be a skater, whereas AP wound up hating it and when she was old enough to be on her own and made the decision to quit.

A 3 years old kid isn't going to suddenly discover skating all by herself if her mother or some other adults didn't introduce it to her. The "horrible stage mother" description makes it seem as if AP's mother used crack and whips to force AP to all those daily practices and competitions. I highly doubt that was what occurred at all.

hirshey girl
04-29-2010, 01:49 PM
Her wikipedia bio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Patrice_McDonough) says that : "In the 2003-2004 season, McDonough placed 4th at the 2003 Cup of China. She placed 6th at the 2004 United States Figure Skating Championships.
She retired from competitive skating following that season.

I remember watching her skate in Atlanta in 2004 and thinking that she looked absolutely miserable out there. I was not terribly shocked to hear that she retired not long after that. :( I'm glad to hear that she is doing what she wants to do with her life.

TDsk8
04-29-2010, 03:24 PM
She's doing fine nowadays and is very happy

smarts1
04-30-2010, 02:06 AM
Yeah, I just watched a couple of her videos and I realized that she NEVER looked happy to be on the ice.

AnnM
04-30-2010, 04:31 AM
A 3 years old kid isn't going to suddenly discover skating all by herself if her mother or some other adults didn't introduce it to her. The "horrible stage mother" description makes it seem as if AP's mother used crack and whips to force AP to all those daily practices and competitions. I highly doubt that was what occurred at all.

Wasn't rather widely rumored back in the day that AP's mom had adopted her with the specific intent to make her into a skating star? That's what I remember hearing.