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Jarrett
01-12-2012, 06:44 PM
I wouldn't say Nagasu ISN'T stepping up to the plate at all; rather, she's just not doing so at the right time.

What does that first part of your post even mean? :slinkaway

RockTheTassel
01-12-2012, 06:54 PM
Here's a transcription of Nagasu's media teleconference from yesterday: http://www.iceskatingintnl.com/archive/features/Nagasu%2011Jun2012.htm

She hasn't changed. :lol:

Sounds like Mirai has been working on the artistic elements of her programs, so I hope she brings that to nationals. Her hesitation when asked about whether she was ready for the competition is concerning. She's going to run out of time if she doesn't get it together.

Chris_E
01-12-2012, 07:04 PM
She hasn't changed. :lol:

Sounds like Mirai has been working on the artistic elements of her programs, so I hope she brings that to nationals. Her hesitation when asked about whether she was ready for the competition is concerning. She's going to run out of time if she doesn't get it together.

Yeah, that concerned me as well. She doesn't really seem to sound that confident but of course sounding and being are two different things. I really do wish we had 3 spots for worlds, all 3 ladies deserve the chance to compete at Worlds.

Cheylana
01-12-2012, 07:46 PM
Mirai has talked about having self-confidence issues, so maybe her hesitation was just part of her being unduly hard on herself. I really hope she "brings it" to Nationals and has no regrets.

FSfan107
01-12-2012, 08:12 PM
Mirai's training situation has concerned me since I read about it in the Fall. I just don't think it is ideal to spend 2 hours in the car several times a week commuting to the Cathedral City rink. It sounds like it is real tiring for her. Anyways, I hope she does well at Nationals.

FunnyBut
01-12-2012, 08:20 PM
I think it's part of Mirai's personality to sound playfully ditzy. There must also be a part of her that that is a hardworking perfectionist, or she wouldn't be as good a skater as she is. I'm sure there is alot of pressure on her as well, given her parents' sacrifices and not making Worlds last year. Maybe the playfulness is just one way to diffuse some of the pressure. I hope she skates great at Nationals.

edonice
01-12-2012, 08:59 PM
First off... I just love Mirai. So I'm biased. I think that her self-confidence issues are still there, and I don't think it means she's not ready for Nationals. I think she'll never be as confident or as prepared as she wants to be, she just has to find a way to manage that and skate as well as she can anyway (which can be really, really good).

I think it's good for Mirai to focus on skating clean, with as much artistry as she can muster. Those two things have been her downfall in the past: cheated jumps/botched spins, and nervous performances without any spirit.

She didn't seem scattered to me. I liked her Chopped analogies. She's finding inspiration in unlikely places. And I liked how much she admires Carolina Kostner. There's so much in Carolina that's good in Mirai when she's at the top of her game: finished movements, spark, connection to the music, speed.

BigB08822
01-12-2012, 09:43 PM
I can't watch Wagner's SP this year. Someone just tell me when it is over.

Just in case someone reads this and wonders what I mean, I am talking about nerves. She hasn't hit a SP at Nationals in forever and she constantly buries herself making it almost impossible to come back in the long. So I can't watch because I will be too nervous, not because she or the program is unwatchable. :)

RD
01-12-2012, 09:57 PM
What does that first part of your post even mean? :slinkaway

She definitely stepped it up at 4CCs last year, but unfortunately it was one competition too late.

Sylvia
01-12-2012, 10:24 PM
Article based on the media teleconferences this week with Czisny and Nagasu: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120112&content_id=26327510&vkey=ice_news

RockTheTassel
01-12-2012, 10:52 PM
I can't watch Wagner's SP this year. Someone just tell me when it is over.

That's exactly what I was thinking. I won't be able to stand watching Ashley or Jeremy this year until the competition is over.

olympic
01-12-2012, 10:58 PM
Perhaps Mirai's goal is to do 2 good programs (but with all the artistry) by Nats, get on the team, and then attack 4CC's and Worlds [if she goes that far].

Out of Czisny, Nagasu and Wagner, I'm going to be gutted for whomever doesn't make it to Worlds.

Louise
01-13-2012, 01:35 AM
Uggh, I don't think Nagasu is going to do much at Nationals. TWO weeks ago her jumps disappeared? She's not concentrating on upping TEC but PCS with that program?! Not confident? Yikes, we might see a total blow-up of Czisny, Nagsu and Flatt.

I guess my hope is that if a younger skater 'brings it' at Nats they will be rewarded. I'm tired of last quad's US ladies stinking, I think now is the time to pass the baton. If Wagner sneaks in with a solid performance, great. But I'm tired of headcases.

Go Agnes? Is Keiser age eligible for Sr. Worlds?

smarts1
01-13-2012, 01:38 AM
^ No. Keiser won't be eligible for like another 3 seasons...

Sylvia
01-13-2012, 01:55 AM
Leah Keiser will be age-eligible for Worlds/Four Continents/Olympics in the 2013-14 Olympic season (she was born in September 1997).