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RD
01-25-2012, 08:44 PM
Meh, that's not even necessary for me any more. That stopped with the Kwan/Cohen rivalry in the mid-2000s.

Jarrett
01-25-2012, 08:53 PM
Meh, that's not even necessary for me any more. That stopped with the Kwan/Cohen rivalry in the mid-2000s.

What rivalry? ;) I still get an upset stomach when Mirai skates.

Angela-Fan
01-25-2012, 09:01 PM
eek! I finally broke down and ordered a season pass. I know what I'll be watching 10:30pm tomorrow. And since my laptop is dead (won't charge) I'll be using the main computer. Poor Mr. Angela-fan will just have to settle for Netflix on the Wii. :D:

Louis
01-25-2012, 09:04 PM
According to him, C. Zhang has shown significant improvement.

I was hesitant to hype her too much before Nationals, but a :sekret: indicated she was skating quite well and had even gotten her triple flip-triple toe back recently.

RD
01-25-2012, 09:13 PM
What rivalry? ;) I still get an upset stomach when Mirai skates.

Last time I felt anything close to that was when Cohen took the ice for her short program in Spokane. Before that, last time was 2005 I think.

Not nearly as emotionally invested as I once was.

smarts1
01-25-2012, 09:32 PM
For those of us without access to that forum, however, there are practice reports on Twitter as well. @DougMattis is doing a good job reporting "from the sidelines".

According to him, C. Zhang has shown significant improvement; Wagner and Nagasu seem ready to go. No word on Czisny yet.

Has anyone seen Ashley do the triple-triple? There has been no word of it...

kwanatic
01-25-2012, 10:02 PM
I'm really glad to hear Caroline's doing well! I'm proud of her for sticking with it and fighting back. I don't know what her chances look like in terms of medaling (very slim I'm sure but weirder things have happened...) but I'd love to see her make the top 5 or 6...

Good to hear Mirai and Ashley are looking good. Mirai always steps it up at nationals (at least in the SP), so I'm hoping to finally seem some life in her when she skates. I'm rooting for Ashley. She's worked really hard and I'd like to see her do well here.

I wonder how Alissa will do at practice? Any news regarding Rachael?

RD
01-25-2012, 10:11 PM
Flatt tweeted that this is her last day on campus (Stanford). Still nothing on Czisny though.

change of edge
01-26-2012, 01:13 AM
What rivalry? ;) I still get an upset stomach when Mirai skates.

Me too! It hits me the hardest when she skates. I don't know why. I try to lower expectations and give up on her, but deep inside I want her to win so bad.

RD
01-26-2012, 01:16 AM
Start orders for the ladies' SP are up. Nagasu skates early- she's 2nd as a matter of fact. Czisny skates 5th. Wagner and Flatt skate much later- they are 14th and 15th, respectively.

Jenna
01-26-2012, 01:47 AM
Start orders for the ladies' SP are up. Nagasu skates early- she's 2nd as a matter of fact. Czisny is also in the 1st group (5th). Wagner and Flatt skate much later- they are 14th and 15th, respectively.

Czisny is actually the first to skate in the second warm up group.

RD
01-26-2012, 01:50 AM
Really? wow

chipso1
01-26-2012, 01:50 AM
Really? wow

With 19 skaters, the groups for the SP and FS will be 4-5-5-5.

Sylvia
01-26-2012, 02:15 AM
Pre-Nationals article on Mirai Nagasu by Phil Hersh: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-spt-0126-hersh-mirai-nagasu-skater--20120126,0,3666551.column
Excerpts:

"Mirai is a terribly emotional person who allows her feelings to interfere with what intellectually she thinks she wants to achieve," Carroll said. "She has difficulty keeping her mind on the goal and not being distracted by minor things she thinks are important."
...
"There are days you think this kid is the greatest skater there ever has been," Carroll said. "And others you want to say, 'Would you just get your act together?'''

Hearing her coach's assessment, Nagasu said with a laugh, "If Frank Carroll says so, it must be true." Then she turned introspective in explaining how her Japanese-American background has made it so.

"Because I have been raised by Asian parents in an American culture, I struggle a little bit with balancing the two," she told the Tribune last week.

"Sometimes my parents want to push me harder and want me to work harder. They will say something is not good enough, and it gets into my mind that it is not good enough, and it does bother me. But my emotions also make me the passionate skater I am."

Mayra
01-26-2012, 02:32 AM
I think Frank Carroll pretty much summed up how I feel about Mirai. :lol:

On the other hand, training with Frank only 2 days a week and Mirai having instances of training on her own is troublesome to read. Especially for someone who admits to having difficulty concentrating on the job at hand. I hope the majority of the time she isn't training with Frank she is in fact training with Arutunian and/or with Galina Barinova.