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victoriaheidi
10-29-2011, 08:37 PM
What happened during her LP? The comp isn't over, so the protocols aren't up yet...29.33 TES? 2 falls? Below Adriana DeSanctis? Anyone have any insight?

Sylvia
10-29-2011, 09:00 PM
There's lots of insight going on in the Skate Canada forum in Kiss and Cry. ;) I would prefer not to see the usual negativity rehashed here in GSD yet again, but I guess it's inevitable, sigh...

fsfan22
10-29-2011, 09:04 PM
What happened during her LP? The comp isn't over, so the protocols aren't up yet...29.33 TES? 2 falls? Below Adriana DeSanctis? Anyone have any insight?

All of her triples except for the 3Lo+2T combo were under-rotated, as well as an under-rotated 2A, plus 2 falls (3S and 2A).

As she was saying in the K&C, the program just needs some more training. It looked like it needed more miles and that she isn't fully comfortable with it yet.

After reading this article, I have some doubts about all of the travelling she has to do just to get to a rink and train. I hope she can find a more efficient way of getting it done.

I definitely haven't lost faith in her though. She's tough and she'll be back and better for Russia & Nationals.

barbk
10-29-2011, 09:08 PM
I think she is better off having enrolled in the jr college :P of her choice. She will easily be let back into the farm if she decides to take time off to train until the cows come home ;)

While deferring admission was a possiblity, an applicant for readmission has more rights, having been a matriculating student, than somebody with a past admission offer.

I'm pretty sure bardtoob's comment was an inside joke: Stanford is, more completely, Leland Sanford Jr. University -- or junior college, in joke terms. AKA, the farm.

DickButtonFan
10-29-2011, 09:10 PM
Her firebird lp is a much better style for her.

victoriaheidi
10-29-2011, 09:19 PM
There's lots of insight going on in the Skate Canada forum in Kiss and Cry. ;) I would prefer not to see the usual negativity rehashed here in GSD yet again, but I guess it's inevitable, sigh...

Trust me, my goal isn't negativity (you're looking at an uber here). I just don't have a subscription and I was curious to see if anyone had some insight as to what could be that bad. Now that the protocol came out, I'm really curious to see the program.

Sylvia
10-29-2011, 09:21 PM
Trust me, my goal isn't negativity (you're looking at an uber here).
Oh I know you're an uber :), but you're opening the door to the anti-ubers. ;) I just would rather have the negativity contained in as few different threads as possible, but I know that's not realistic. I did like seeing the positive interaction among Rachael and her coaches, Lynn Smith and Justin Dillon, in the Kiss and Cry after the FS.

The Fly On The Wall
10-29-2011, 09:55 PM
I disagree for a variety of reasons.

(Whole post)



Well ain't it great to be you.........:rolleyes:

MacMadame
10-30-2011, 02:18 AM
It is really two rinks, three coaches. One lead and two who assist and she is doing just fine with it all. Stop picking.

Well, see... that's what I said: that one coach will be the main one. :D

This is a very common arrangement in figure skating. We, the fans, don't always see it because a lot of time only the main coach is mentioned, but many elite skaters are working with assistants and specialists as needed throughout the season. It's really not as crazy as it seems in these articles.

However, the articles have mentioned Charlie Tickner and he teaches at the Redwood City rink so that is at least 3 rinks. At least the RC one is quite close to Stanford. Lots of Stanford skaters practice there.

victoriaheidi
10-30-2011, 02:47 AM
Well ain't it great to be you.........:rolleyes:

Gee, thanks. :rolleyes: I still stand by points one and two, because Rachael really does want to pursue something that's going to require connections and stellar grades at a top school like Stanford. And because she did work so hard in high school. And because I can't imagine the stress she's under right now. She looked like she was going to cry at the end of her LP.

Ziggy
10-30-2011, 07:54 PM
Well ain't it great to be you.........:rolleyes:

victoriaheidi clearly just wanted an excuse to post about how amazing and successful she is. :P

As for what seems to be Rachael's major issue, everyone can see that but it's a big taboo that won't be spoken about. :P

victoriaheidi
10-30-2011, 08:31 PM
victoriaheidi clearly just wanted an excuse to post about how amazing and successful she is. :p

Bingo! :D

ETA: everyone gets that I don't mean that seriously, right? I just think Rachael deserves more credit than she gets for even giving this a shot...

Coco
10-30-2011, 08:39 PM
victoriaheidi clearly just wanted an excuse to post about how amazing and successful she is. :P

As for what seems to be Rachael's major issue, everyone can see that but it's a big taboo that won't be spoken about. :P

LOL

Honestly, poor kid is just not in competition shape. On one of her landings, it looked like her landing leg (the one that was injured) just crumpled. I thought she'd hurt herself!

Was she monitored at all this summer?

Sylvia
10-30-2011, 08:40 PM
Was she monitored at all this summer?
She attended Champs Camp with all the other GP skaters.

waddlercu
10-30-2011, 08:46 PM
I hope Rachael's not too hard on herself. I'm sure most successful people know what it's like to take on too much and implode a little bit. She's at a good age to learn her limits, but it's a shame that so many people are watching. Sometimes, simply working/trying harder is not the answer.