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BackOnTheIce
08-20-2011, 05:57 PM
Wow, what a nice skater he was. Very nice layback too. Was Kristy Ness one of his coaches?

WAS is a good word for it at that competition. He was working with Lynn Smith :D and Peter Sasmore that season.

Jasmar
08-20-2011, 06:13 PM
Ooh! I remember Justin when he was a boy skating in Seattle. Not just a great skater, but a really great kid. (20 years ago) Rachael's skating is not my favorite, but I'll keep an eye on her this season.

Sylvia
08-20-2011, 08:50 PM
Also, here's the link to the official USFS press release (8/19/11): http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=47064&type=media

Flatt will train under [Lynn] Smith and [Justin] Dillon at Sharks Ice San Jose, the official practice venue of the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sharks Ice Oakland and Ice Oasis in Redwood City, Calif.

Dillon rounded out his 12-year domestic and international competitive career in 2005. In addition to coaching, Dillon serves as a national technical specialist and on the U.S. Figure Skating Athletes Advisory Committee. Smith, a former national and international-level competitor, has 27 years of coaching experience in the Bay Area. Representing the Soviet Union and the Unified team, Ponomarenko and ice dancing partner Marina Klimova won three Olympic medals (bronze in 1984, silver in '88, gold in '92), three World titles and four European championships.

mgobluegirl
08-20-2011, 09:21 PM
Flatt skated to "Firebird" for her FS when she won her 2005 U.S. Novice National title.

And she skated to "Summertime" for her SP when she won the Novice title, and we all saw how well going back to that last year worked out. But I agree with what someone said upthread, "Firebird" doesn't allow cutesy moves, which is a very, very good thing.

Sylvia
08-20-2011, 09:37 PM
I wonder if they are just updating the version of Firebird she used in 2005; perhaps that is why she picked up the choreo so quickly?
Flatt wasn't working with Lori Nichol or music editor Lenore Kay back in 2004-05, so I think her new "Firebird" will have a very different look and interpretation than when she was 12 years old! ;)

FunnyBut
08-20-2011, 10:03 PM
I like the choice of Firebird, big music with a big crescendo, I think she can pull it off because she totally commits to her music. I look forward to seeing her next season.:)



She won't be able to do cutesy moves with that music. Or she shouldn't be able to.

I think she understands that if she were to do another cutesy program, USFS would find another way to fine her :lol:

RD
08-20-2011, 11:40 PM
I think she understands that if she were to do another cutesy program, USFS would find another way to fine her :lol:

womp womp :shuffle:

The problem with Flatt is that she has not found her style. And in the process of doing so, moments like this will continue to happen. I happen to think her gala performances are much better than her competitive ones. Her new coaches need to figure out how to bring more of gala Rachel into her SP and FS.

Iceman
08-21-2011, 12:58 PM
Does anyone have a vid of Rachael's first Firebird?

How about this for a costume? Could be Rachael's Kwan/Salome moment. I guess if you can dance in it, you can skate in it.:D

http://www.russianatlanta.net/concerts/Images/Georgia-Ballet.jpg

Screenie
08-21-2011, 09:48 PM
Does anyone have a vid of Rachael's first Firebird?

How about this for a costume? Could be Rachael's Kwan/Salome moment. I guess if you can dance in it, you can skate in it.:D

http://www.russianatlanta.net/concerts/Images/Georgia-Ballet.jpg

The red stuff looks drawn on. But also, awesome. :)

The Fly On The Wall
08-21-2011, 11:00 PM
Ooh! I remember Justin when he was a boy skating in Seattle. Not just a great skater, but a really great kid. (20 years ago) Rachael's skating is not my favorite, but I'll keep an eye on her this season.

Is he the guy that came from that town with the weird name? Puyallup, I believe?

Iluvid
08-22-2011, 12:07 AM
Lynn coaches in Oakland but Justin is in San Jose once in a while. From PA Oakland is quite a drive because you have to take the bridge to get there and drive some more on the freeway. Redwood City is the closest rink to Stanford.

LilJen
08-22-2011, 02:29 AM
Is he the guy that came from that town with the weird name? Puyallup, I believe?

Weird??? Only if you didn't grow up with the great Puyallup Fair commercials ("You can do it at a trot, you can do it at a gallop, you can do it real slow so your heart don't palpitate . . . just don't be late, do the Puyallup" with little piggies going backwards and forwards like the old Morris the Cat commercials).

Okay, that was wayyyyy off topic. Glad to see she'll be spending some time with Sergei Ponomarenko. That should be invaluable for improving her speed, line, posture, stretch, etc.

olifaunt
08-22-2011, 04:51 PM
Another article: (http://www.teamusa.org/news/2011/08/19/new-coaches-new-school-in-rachael-flatt-s-next-chapter/44252)


“One of the most important things for her is having a plan in place that she can stick to, considering the challenges the university will present,” Smith said. “She’s always been known as Reliable Rachael and we’re trying to help her grow as an artist as an athlete.”

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Flatt has decided to keep the same short program as last season (East of Eden), which she learned just three weeks before the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and worked with choreographer Lori Nichols last month on her new free skate (Stravinsky’s Firebird), a program she says is very difficult and will move her skating in the right direction. Both Smith and Dillon were immediately impressed with Flatt’s new program.

“I think she will show a transformation that will embody the passion and commitment that she has for her craft,” Smith said. “I think people are going to be surprised by her skating, she’s trying to reach new heights and her programs are really wonderful this year.”

I'm very optimistic about this. Her coaches seem to really want to focus on her artistry. She says also she's taking 10-12 credit hours, which I believe is 3 classes, or 2 classes and a lab, so juggling school/skating might not be as stressful as it could be.

victoriaheidi
08-22-2011, 05:33 PM
I'm very optimistic about this. Her coaches seem to really want to focus on her artistry. She says also she's taking 10-12 credit hours, which I believe is 3 classes, or 2 classes and a lab, so juggling school/skating might not be as stressful as it could be.

Same!

As for the hours thing, most of my friends' schools encouraged them to take a lighter-than-full load first semester. I know a guy who's headed to Stanford, but I'm not close enough to him to say, "hey, did Stanford encourage you to take fewer hours?" A lot of the kids at these schools think, "I can handle tons of hours!" As such, some schools say, "first semester freshman shouldn't take more than xx units so that they can adjust to the pressures of college life."

My advisor wouldn't let me take less than a full load, but I seem to be the only one of my friends who was in that situation. It's mostly the other way around.

PDilemma
08-22-2011, 05:43 PM
Same!

As for the hours thing, most of my friends' schools encouraged them to take a lighter-than-full load first semester. I know a guy who's headed to Stanford, but I'm not close enough to him to say, "hey, did Stanford encourage you to take fewer hours?" A lot of the kids at these schools think, "I can handle tons of hours!" As such, some schools say, "first semester freshman shouldn't take more than xx units so that they can adjust to the pressures of college life."

My advisor wouldn't let me take less than a full load, but I seem to be the only one of my friends who was in that situation. It's mostly the other way around.

Have financial aid rules changed? Just curious as back when I was in college, if you received federal or institution based aid, you had to take a full load to keep it. (I know that would likely not be an issue for Rachael).