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smarts1
02-06-2012, 09:12 PM
So has there been any word from her or from Frank over what happened at Nationals? It seems odd to me that there has been nothing because after Nationals last year, Frank went haywire to the press about Mira's training leading up to Nationals...

kwanatic
02-06-2012, 09:41 PM
So has there been any word from her or from Frank over what happened at Nationals? It seems odd to me that there has been nothing because after Nationals last year, Frank went haywire to the press about Mira's training leading up to Nationals...

He's probably speechless. All of the reports said Mirai had been kicking @$$ in practice leading up to both the SP and LP. She just got out there and blanked out. During the warm-up before the LP, she was hitting jump after jump (including a gorgeous 2a-3t). From outward appearances, she was ready. It just got down to it and she froze up again.

I doubt if there's anything Frank can say at this point...mentally, she checked out.

Sasha'sSpins
02-06-2012, 10:49 PM
Not to be a naysayer, but, she was only 4 errors away from failing.....

Doesn't matter-it's pass or fail and she PASSED! :D

Sasha'sSpins
02-06-2012, 10:52 PM
We only have a road test for the license, so yes, she did it! :)

Really? Sweet! In Pennsylvania I recall I had to take a written test, then a separate road test. I failed the road test the first time (I was told to turn at 20mph without putting my foot on the brake-yeah, I put my foot on the brake! :D I passed it the second time.

My nephews in Florida (16/18) told me they have to take some kind of mandatory drug/alcohol class nowadays, as well as a written test/road test.

Sasha'sSpins
02-06-2012, 11:00 PM
With a 4 hour (is that what it is?) commute, I'd rather someone else drive...

Congrats to Mirai! I never had to take a road test, because if you took state certified drivers ed, skills were certified as you learned them. Took me one try to parallel park, did it again to prove it wasn't a fluke, and have never done it successfully since.

Which is why I said I hope she finds a better training situation. And as to the 4 hour commute-how long is she going to rely on her mom? She's a young adult now-19 years old in April. She needs to start taking responsibility for herself some time. It's a burden on her mom I am sure to take 4 hours out of her day to drive Mirai. She's not a little kid anymore. I just hope Mirai makes some hard, thoughtful decisions to the benefit of herself, and her family very soon.

berthesghost
02-07-2012, 01:54 AM
Which is why I said I hope she finds a better training situation. And as to the 4 hour commute-how long is she going to rely on her mom? She's a young adult now-19 years old in April. She needs to start taking responsibility for herself some time. It's a burden on her mom I am sure to take 4 hours out of her day to drive Mirai. She's not a little kid anymore. I just hope Mirai makes some hard, thoughtful decisions to the benefit of herself, and her family very soon.Well, that's on the days they actually go.
When all else fails, and she and her mom don't feel much like driving, she skates at a newly opened rink in Pasadena.I think they're getting a lot of mileage out of that 4 hr commute story :wink :wink

victoriaheidi
02-07-2012, 08:35 AM
Really? Sweet! In Pennsylvania I recall I had to take a written test, then a separate road test. I failed the road test the first time (I was told to turn at 20mph without putting my foot on the brake-yeah, I put my foot on the brake! :D I passed it the second time.

My nephews in Florida (16/18) told me they have to take some kind of mandatory drug/alcohol class nowadays, as well as a written test/road test.

We have a written test for the permit and a driving test for the license.

When my cousins were teenagers (20-ish years ago), their state (MI) had a written permit test and that was it-no driving test!

My failures were dumb: first time, I failed because I was in a left-turn lane and made the left turn once the light was red because I couldn't see over the car in the left-turn lane opposite me. The second time, I stopped in an intersection-I had a stop sign, the perpendicular street didn't. I looked left-right-left, thought I could go...couldn't, though, because a car came at me, 60 mph in a residential zone, with a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other, trying to make a u-turn around me! And I'm the one who failed on that. :shuffle:

sadya
02-07-2012, 08:52 AM
When I was 18, I failed about 2 times. I didn't retry, I was married off at the time and husband wanted me to join him. As the test was in Holland and husband lived in France, it was impossible to try again.

But in 1999-2000 I was taking driving lessons again, had been back in Holland. Guess what? I actually managed to fail about 4 times! During lessons everything was fine, but the nerves always beated me during driving tests. :-( I didn't really like driving anyway. If my parents didn't make me, I never would have taken driving lessons anyway. They didn't want to be the parents of the only daughter who doesn't drive cars.

I think I'm the only person in our family who failed a driving test about 6 time in total. I hope this make you all feel better who only fail once or twice. ;-)

os168
02-07-2012, 01:36 PM
Wow Mirai passed her exam on the first go! Congrats! Now she can drive to her own coaching, totally liberating and empowering! And less work for mummy.

Surprised there's not more news about Mirai about her next steps, even from Phil! In a way it is good, less pressure for her to perform next time, however exasperating for the fans may be.

kirkbiggestfan
02-07-2012, 06:00 PM
If Mirai and Frank ended up splitting, his phone would start ringing instantly. There are a lot of top skaters out there wanting to work with him. He would be perfect to package Gracie Gold better and work on her weaknesses.

berthesghost
02-07-2012, 06:11 PM
I know that frank is said to be constantly busy with lots of b and c list skaters, but I don't think Americans ever bought into the idea of the "champion maker". It seemed like ilia was barely out the door before yags was beggin to be signed up, but frank produces the first us ogm in like forever and the us guys are like "nah, I'll stay where I am and stubbornly insist I'm right as I plummet in the standings"

agalisgv
02-07-2012, 06:20 PM
He's probably speechless. All of the reports said Mirai had been kicking @$$ in practice leading up to both the SP and LP. She just got out there and blanked out. During the warm-up before the LP, she was hitting jump after jump (including a gorgeous 2a-3t). From outward appearances, she was ready. It just got down to it and she froze up again.

I doubt if there's anything Frank can say at this point...mentally, she checked out. There were reports of those who saw her practice sessions prior to Nats, and the reports were less than spectacular. So I don't know how ready she was (and Mirai indicated there were readiness questions in her interview just prior to Nats).

kwanatic
02-07-2012, 06:23 PM
There were reports of those who saw her practice sessions prior to Nats, and the reports were less than spectacular. So I don't know how ready she was (and Mirai indicated there were readiness questions in her interview just prior to Nats).

All of the reports I read said she was looking good and landing her jumps. In the warm-ups prior to both of her programs she was looking good as well.

I don't recall hearing about any where they said she was looking particularly bad; do you have links to any of those?

agalisgv
02-07-2012, 06:37 PM
These weren't during Nats, but in the weeks leading up to Nats. I believe they were in the previous Mirai thread. I'll see if I can find it.

ETA: Found it--but I misremembered the report. It was actually about Zhang, not Nagasu. My bad

Anita18
02-07-2012, 07:06 PM
Not clear if she also passed the road test just yet, but if so she can drive HERSELF to the rink/s from now on! :cool:
I passed my driving test with barely no errors (got a little awkward changing lanes) and I wouldn't dare have driven freeways and mountain roads 2 hours at at a time back then. :shuffle: It was probably after 5 years of driving that I felt comfortable with it. I've now been driving for 10 years and 5 hours on the freeway no longer fazes me.

I remember my legs would tense up MAJORLY when driving freeways the first year or so I had my license. :lol: That's probably not the best warmup for skating!