View Full Version : U.S. Figure Skating reprimands, fines Rachael Flatt

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06-30-2011, 06:48 AM
Here is what Raphael Arutunian had to say about Michelle's injury.

Kwan at times complained that she could feel the bones in her pelvis “move within”. I could never understand how this was possible. However, analysis at the clinic showed that the right “wing” of the pelvis has been splitting away from the base. So Kwan has been struggling though this for two years before the Turin Games.

OMG, that sounds just... :scream:

07-01-2011, 01:36 AM
That darn Kwan! She hijacked another thread. ((shakes fist toward Washington DC)) :)

07-01-2011, 01:40 AM
Woohoo to The Kween!!!!! Hijack Hijack Hijack!!!....etc.

UMBS Go Blue
07-01-2011, 01:44 AM
Purple! :glamor:

07-01-2011, 12:59 PM
Many skaters/athletes train and compete in chronic pain each and everyday. It's what is not normal, or above the level of tolerance...or that which is so incapacitating that potentially sidelines them. :(

This is true. Whether it was Michelle's coach Frank Carroll or later Raphael Arutunian (or both) who commented on her health they were in a position to sense how much pain she was in, the norms and the rules. The US skater's agreement requires the reporting of an injury if it "may" affect their ability to perform (peak performance) as well; at least that's how I've come to understand it. The wording of the skater's agreement is convoluted and in need of a grammar check ("I ... is" calls for a bit of interpretation).

kwanfan1818 wrote: "I think the point trying to be made upthread is that if an injury is serious enough to be a safety issue, it's a safety issue, regardless of how the athlete performs or places."


07-01-2011, 03:25 PM
You people are real slackers; this thread hasn't even reached a 1000 posts. Come on! What's the matter with you.

07-01-2011, 04:12 PM
Well, I think there are two options. Either

Everyone should start posting anything with the slightest bit of relevance to the thread topic, to get 304 more posts as soon as possible,

or else

No one should post in this thread for a couple months, let it fall off the first page, and then as soon as Rachael makes her 2011-12 season debut or announces that she will not be competing this fall, whichever turns out to be the case, revive this thread with plenty of :argue: rehashing the same old opinions

07-01-2011, 04:14 PM

07-01-2011, 04:14 PM
I would post more, but these bulging disks in my back hold me back. Those, and the muscle spasms in my neck, my knee and the growth spurt. Don't even get me started about the growth spurt, it's made me lose all my posting skills.

07-01-2011, 04:16 PM
And your hair cut, that you never wanted because of your round face, but were told to get it cut anyway.

07-01-2011, 04:49 PM
Really? She didn't want the haircut? I didn't know that.

It's cute. Better than the bump-it ponytail.

07-01-2011, 05:44 PM
Oh no! I'm getting my haircut this weekend. I'll have to make sure she doesn't give me "The Flatt".
Post # 702

07-02-2011, 12:23 AM
From Philip Hersh's updated article where he now has an excerpt from the skaters agreement --

"The rule Flatt violated is contained in the USFS competition readiness agreement skaters sign.
It says, in part:

I, the skater, agree to adhere to my seasonal plan and to develop and maintain a level of health and fitness that will enable me to train at a high level and compete in peak condition. In the event that I become injured and/or ill to the extent that I require surgery and/or ongoing medical treatment, and/or is otherwise unable to train consistently, effectively, and according to the seasonal plan, and which may therefore jeopardize my ability to compete for Team USA, I agree to communicate the situation with U.S. Figure Skating’s Director of Sports Sciences & Medicine and/or Senior Director of Athlete High Performance."

Rachael might have picked up on the grammar and wondered what they are trying to say, for example is it enough that one is able to compete or is a peak performance expected every time a skater steps on the ice.

Rachael competed.

07-02-2011, 05:40 AM
Oh no! I'm getting my haircut this weekend. I'll have to make sure she doesn't give me "The Flatt". Post # 702


07-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Oh no! I'm getting my haircut this weekend. I'll have to make sure she doesn't give me "The Flatt".
Post # 702

Make sure it won't give you "The Cohen" either - for your own good, I mean.

-- Post # 705