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jlai
10-15-2012, 01:51 AM
I am a big fan of Jeremy's skating and have followed his skating closely the last few years. I am not sure he has the personality type for competitive sports at the highest level. For the last couple years, he has been trying to see if he can learn to compete better, perhaps as a way of challenging himself.

I respect his effort to do that and am curious where it takes him, though I try not to get too disappointed when he doesn't medal.

aftershocks
10-15-2012, 02:12 AM
^^ Yes, but is it just not knowing how to channel the nerves or losing focus through overthinking?

In the Ashley blog thread there's a revealing quote by John Nicks:

"At times I felt [Ashley] became not very focused under pressure, certainly at Nationals. Perhaps the training wasn't very disciplined mentally as it should have been... I think Ashley is a lot more confident in her performance now..."


With the right person (doesn't necessarily have to be a current coach either) giving Jeremy the right tips for him and practice re mental preparation for competition, why could he not change the way he approaches competition or thinks pre- and during performances?

Obviously Nicks is a very experienced coach and there is something that clicked between him and Ashley. I also realize that Ashley has a different personality than Jeremy. The skater's own motivation is important most of all in the process of improving mental preparation and building confidence.

Why do you think Jeremy's personality is necessarily unsuited for competitive success in sports? Just because he has so far tended to falter in big moments, at least internationally? He's also performed extremely well internationally, particularly when he won GPF in 2008.

Is the key an experienced coach like Nicks or Frank Carroll who seem able to instill belief in their pupils? (Of course Carroll was less successful in helping Mirai build her confidence, but that could be more because she didn't always listen and do everything he asked).

It will be interesting to see how Adam Rippon fares confidence-wise with his new coaching team.

jlai
10-15-2012, 04:11 AM
I don't want to turn this into a thesis; suffice it to say that some people are just better at something and others just have to work much harder for it. Some people are just better at competing; others have to really work at it.

There are many reasons people don't medal in competitions-- technique, injuries, luck of the draw, personal things in life keeping athletes back, athletes competing for the wrong seasons, personality that isn't naturally competitive, etc. I highly doubt anyone can have a quick fix for all that.

Sylvia
10-15-2012, 04:41 AM
Here's U.S. Figure Skating's new montage video for the 2012-13 U.S. Men (includes clips of Lysacek, Weir, the majority of Senior men's competitors at 2012 Nationals plus junior champ Nathan Chen): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3efBTN7J21c

A.H.Black
10-15-2012, 05:44 AM
Don't know if this has been posted - from Nathan Chen's site - http://www.freewebs.com/nathan_chen/news.htm


Following today's short program at JGP Croatia, several friends asked what had happened to Nathan. Watching his short program, we could see that he was in pain. Nathan has Osgood-Schlatter knee pains and he aggravated an ankle injury prior to the short program. It hurts to walk today. He is being cared for by the team doctor. Hope he could do his best tomorrow in the long program. (10/05/2012 Update: Chen withdraws from JGP Croatia with leg injury.)

Nathan wanted to go to the JGPF in Sochi so badly. But he could only manage some single jumps before the free skate. He had a pretty "good" cry at the team meeting when it was clear that he had lost his ankle function and had to withdraw from the competition.

Sylvia
10-15-2012, 05:48 AM
Thanks, A.H.Black. Sounds like withdrawing from the FS was the right/smart thing to do. Here's hoping Nathan will be fine (enough) for Sectionals.

jlai
10-15-2012, 05:51 AM
Nathan :wuzrobbed

A.H.Black
10-15-2012, 05:54 AM
Some interesting information about Osgood-Schlatter disease. It's from Wikipedia so take it for what it's worth -


Osgood–Schlatter disease or syndrome (also known as tibial tubercle apophyseal traction injury and epiphysitis of the tibular tubercle) is an irritation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity.[1] It is characterized by painful lumps just below the knee and is most often seen in young adolescents.....

Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs in active boys and girls aged 9–16[2] coinciding with periods of growth spurts. ...

n a retrospective study of adolescents, young athletes actively participating in sports showed a frequency of 21% reporting the syndrome compared with only 4.5% of age-matched nonathletic controls.[3] Intense knee pain is usually the presenting symptom that occurs during activities such as running, jumping, squatting, and especially ascending or descending stairs and during kneeling. The pain is worse with acute knee impact. ...

The symptoms usually resolve with treatment but may recur for 12–24 months before complete resolution at skeletal maturity, when the tibial epiphysis fuses. In some cases the symptoms do not resolve until the patient is fully grown. In approximately 10% of patients the symptoms continue unabated into adulthood, despite all conservative measure

It sounds like Nathan's next challenge will be to find a balance in training to avoid injury as he grows.

misskarne
10-15-2012, 11:04 AM
Here's U.S. Figure Skating's new montage video for the 2012-13 U.S. Men (includes clips of Lysacek, Weir, the majority of Senior men's competitors at 2012 Nationals plus junior champ Nathan Chen): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3efBTN7J21c

That's it everybody...keep underrating Josh...


I hope Nathan can avoid too many more injuries as he gets bigger... :(

aftershocks
10-15-2012, 03:14 PM
I don't want to turn this into a thesis; suffice it to say that some people are just better at something and others just have to work much harder for it. Some people are just better at competing; others have to really work at it.

There are many reasons people don't medal in competitions-- technique, injuries, luck of the draw, personal things in life keeping athletes back, athletes competing for the wrong seasons, personality that isn't naturally competitive, etc. I highly doubt anyone can have a quick fix for all that.

Ah, no thesis, indeed. Just a conversation. Surely a lot easier for us to speculate and discuss than it is for athletes to compete. Obviously some are better at competing, e.g., Kwan, Plush, Evan, Yagudin, Dai. And even at his young age, I'd include Nathan Chen (who seems to have a drive and a motivation to excel well beyond his years, not to mention the talent -- wishing Nathan success in healing soon and in pacing himself as his body grows).

It seems that Ashley too under Nicks tutelage has learned how to compete with a strong mental attitude. In any case, I think all athletes really have to work at competing. There's an interesting video up (posted by lala in JO thread) with Plushenko talking, (in quoted captions) with lovely pics and melancholy music, to his fans and describing how skating IS his life, but that he's human and competition is not easy for him, but that desire drives him.

Yep, there are many reasons athletes don't medal -- high among them the fact that everyone can't medal no matter how well they skate. As far as in Jeremy's case, I don't think he suffers from a lack of technique, and so far he has seemed to be in fairly good health physically (:saint:), his personal life seems fine, as far as whether he's competing for the right reasons, you may be on to something there; as far as right seasons, yeah let's hope so! ;)

I'm not sure about Jeremy's "personality" not being naturally competitive, especially after he's competed these many years with a large degree of success. I agree that personal motivation and drive are important ingredients in competition, as well as a large measure of good luck (being well-prepared plays a part in being lucky). I suspect in Jeremy's case, and for many other athletes too, learning how to channel the nerves in a positive way is key. As well, in Jeremy's case, I think he may need to learn how to build more confidence and belief and also learn how not to over-think.

Leave the "over-thinking" to your fans, Jeremy! :rollin:

aftershocks
10-15-2012, 03:29 PM
Here's U.S. Figure Skating's new montage video for the 2012-13 U.S. Men (includes clips of Lysacek, Weir, the majority of Senior men's competitors at 2012 Nationals plus junior champ Nathan Chen): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3efBTN7J21c


That's it everybody...keep underrating Josh...

...

Yeah, they surely should have included a clip of Josh in performance (and perhaps some others too :)). However, I'm sure it was NOT an intentional snub or "underrating" of Josh. It was all very quick and Josh may be in there in a group shot. Seems like the footage they were pulling from was limited (mostly to recent and past Nationals). Wish the video had been a bit longer.

Was the voice-over from Johnny??

acraven
10-15-2012, 03:43 PM
Was the voice-over from Johnny??

It sounded like Evan to me.

emason
10-15-2012, 04:09 PM
It sounded like Evan to me.

I think so, too; it certainly wasn't Weir.

aftershocks
10-15-2012, 04:23 PM
^^ Ah yes, Evan! At first I thought Johnny, but then it really didn't sound like him exactly. I was waiting to see the person talking revealed, but he wasn't. Yes, it does sound more like Evan and it does make sense that he's the narrator for U.S. men's sojourn to Sochi!

But yeah, as Jason and Nathan were featured, where was Josh (perhaps because he hadn't fared that well in the past two U.S. Nats, and that's the footage they were pulling from)? In any case, USFS is solidly behind Josh, and they certainly aren't underrating him.

pinky166
10-15-2012, 07:27 PM
That's it everybody...keep underrating Josh...


I hope Nathan can avoid too many more injuries as he gets bigger... :(

I think (hope) Josh will get more attention as we enter the next Olympic cycle. Surely the USFS recognizes his talent, I just think they are preparing to prime him for 2018. It's not a snub per-se, at least I don't think, and while it's frustrating USFS did not submit his name for GP selection this season and is unlikely to send him to 4CC and/or Worlds this season regardless of how he skates at Nationals, it does make sense on some level. Josh is a very strong skater, but he's still young, so why not keep him in junior events where he can score and place well, earn ranking points, build up a solid reputation, earn JGP spots for the upcoming season, and gain confidence for when he moves to seniors? Right now there are just so many strong men with comparable skill sets in the mix to make the 2013 Worlds and 2014 Olympic team. There's still a very slim chance Josh could make those teams, but he'll be competing against around a dozen guys for 2 or 3 spots. But after 2014, we'll probably see half of those guys retire, drop off, etc. and Josh will still be young and hopefully will be continuing his upward ascent and I think then we will see the USFS really get behind him and promote him and his skills. Maybe it's wishful thinking but it does make sense. I mean, Josh isn't even 18 yet, and in 2018 he will be barely 23 which is in the prime age range for male skaters to reach their prime, and even in 2022 he will only be around the age Abbott, Lysacek, and Weir are now, so it does put things into perspective.

It's different in the ladies field with Gracie Gold because the ladies field is less crowded and they really need a rising star with Alissa's downward trajectory and injury last season, Rachael going to Standford and not being able to keep up her old skating level, and Mirai and Agnes just being wildly inconsistent for the past couple seasons, and then Hicks got injured and Gao is at Harvard. But for the men you have Evan, Johnny, Jeremy who without a doubt 2014 is their last shot due to their age, then Adam, Ross, Richard, and Armin who have been around the scene for a while and are all in their 20s and established, then Aaron, Razzano, Carriere, Messing, and Mroz who could play as wildcards and while still young are too old for junior competitions. So USFS feels like they only really need Josh on the junior stage for right now because he's young enough to compete there and they have their hands full already deciding who will go to the 2014 Olympics in men without considering him or Jason or any other guys who have plenty of time to make it later.

I agree about Nathan. Hopefully he will be ok. Growing periods are always tough.