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Scintillation
01-04-2012, 04:58 PM
With Sasha, could you tell that she was going to land a jump successfully by the time she was taking off? Or did you have to wait till she was in midair to feel confident that she was going to make it? Or was it an agonizing moment of eternity that lasted all the way up until the landing?

I think I was too busy clutching my stomach and mainlining pepto bismol during her 2006 LP to notice. :D

ITA with IceAlisa concerning her facial expression. The SP one was "AW yiss, I'm burnin' this house down" while the LP one usually was "My mother told me to stay away from this part of the woods OH GOD!!!"

And as far as Sasha's lack of endorsements...let's see, she had a history of inconsistency, she is beautiful but not personable, and she's never had the same charisma Michelle has. And I am a fan of Sasha's skating. Rachel and Mirai seem more fun and relatable than Sasha ever did while on the competitive scene.

Lanie
01-04-2012, 05:00 PM
I think I was too busy clutching my stomach and mainlining pepto bismol during her 2006 LP to notice. :D

ITA with IceAlisa concerning her facial expression. The SP one was "AW yiss, I'm burnin' this house down" while the LP one usually was "My mother told me to stay away from this part of the woods OH GOD!!!"

:rofl:

God knows we needed Pepto for sure watching her skate... Wonder why I never thought of just taking a Valium. :shuffle:

Scintillation
01-04-2012, 05:08 PM
^^ Why did no one suggest that?!? Shoot, I know why. I was on a forum mostly populated by 13 year olds shouting "SASHA IS THE BEST LOLHAHA" and one crazy woman screaming about Michelle's evil influence on skating.

It was a dark time in my life.

Cheylana
01-04-2012, 05:43 PM
Sure, for a good part of her career she was skating in Kwan's shadow, but by 2006 she was the clear US frontrunner for gold, she was absolutely gorgeous, and she had the hardware and results to back up her skating.
I would say Sasha was in MK's shadow virtually her entire career. Even at the 2006 Olympics, MK made the team and only pulled out a few days before the SP started, at which point Emily Hughes diverted a fair amount of attention as the brilliant media pondered whether Emily might follow in her big sister's footsteps and win OGM (:rofl:).

Also, Sasha never really had the hardware that sponsors want. No National title until the very end of her career, and no ISU championships whatsoever (unless you want to count GPF). Look at Kimmie: short career; not nearly as artistic as Sasha, yet she won a Worlds and ended up starring in a nationwide Subway commercial as "World Champion Kimmie Meissner."

I don't mean to be mean; I liked Sasha a lot back in the day, but looking at it objectively I can see why she didn't end up getting as many endorsements as perhaps she should have.

That said, didn't Sasha do some TV acting and get magazine spreads? I assume she got paid for those things.


I'm thinking of today's (much weaker) skaters and I can recall Mirai getting Panasonic, Rachael getting Mac Cosmetics and the Colorado Potato Association. Neither has anywhere near the results/fame of Cohen but she doesn't seem to have fared any better :confused:
Well, Panasonic is a Japanese company, so I think Mirai being Japanese-American may have helped her there (along with being totally adorable). I assume Rachael got the CPA due to the Colorado connection; don't know how Mac Cosmetics came about.

IceAlisa
01-04-2012, 05:51 PM
Definitely get why Mirai got Panasonic and why Rachael got CPA.

As to MAC and Rachael, however, I found press releases announcing the partnership but couldn't find any actual ads.

Cheylana
01-04-2012, 05:58 PM
I wonder if MAC was going to partner with Sasha but then switched to Rachael when Sasha didn't make the 2010 Olympic team? Rachael is a cute girl, but Sasha seeed like the most logical choice with her gorgeous, porcelain doll-like face.

Sylvia
01-04-2012, 06:05 PM
No, MAC Cosmetics partnered with Rachael before 2009 Nationals -- here was the original press release: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=58207&vkey=ice_pressrelease

IceAlisa
01-04-2012, 06:28 PM
^^^I found that article about the partnership but where are its fruits? :confused:

Cheylana
01-04-2012, 07:27 PM
No, MAC Cosmetics partnered with Rachael before 2009 Nationals -- here was the original press release: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=58207&vkey=ice_pressrelease
Oh okay, thank you. Very odd timing, since she didn't have a senior National title yet. I guess she was coming off her Junior Worlds win the prior season, but still.

Debbie S
01-04-2012, 10:15 PM
Oh okay, thank you. Very odd timing, since she didn't have a senior National title yet. I guess she was coming off her Junior Worlds win the prior season, but still.Lots of companies will try to snag the perceived up-and-comer in high-profile sports in advance of the Olympics. If would-be sponsors can sign a deal with a future star before they actually become a star, the deal usually ends up being cheaper than if they wait until that athlete wins the OGM. It's a gamble. My guess is MAC was looking to be part of figure skating heading toward the Olys and saw Rachael as the one with the best odds.

Cherub721
01-05-2012, 01:14 AM
Rachael getting Mac Cosmetics and the Colorado Potato Association.

Only one of those suits Rachael, IMO.... and it ain't MAC....

iarispiralllyof
01-05-2012, 01:57 AM
what you have to consider about these endorsements is how much they're actually worth. the brand name may sound impressive (whether mac or pepsi) but the amount might be pocket change compared to major endorsements from stars in other sports

I remember at her peak michelle got millions of dollars in endorsements but sometimes a deal can be as little as a few thousand dollars, even if it's from a huge international brand. figure skaters in general don't get much

Karpenko
01-05-2012, 02:08 AM
Only one of those suits Rachael, IMO.... and it ain't MAC....

:rofl:

the joke wrote itself pretty much.:biggrinbo

IceAlisa
01-05-2012, 03:12 AM
SashaCohenNYC Sasha Cohen
Just found out I got an A in Econ... YAY!

Good job! :)

RockTheTassel
01-05-2012, 04:08 AM
As to MAC and Rachael, however, I found press releases announcing the partnership but couldn't find any actual ads.

I remember Rachael talking about her MAC partnership, and she mentioned that people from MAC did her makeup for shows and competitions, but she didn't say anything about appearing in ads.

Thanks for posting Sasha's twitter, Mkats. I always liked her, on and off the ice, and it's interesting to see what she's been up to.