Frank Carroll eventually to relocate to a new rink near Palm Springs, CA

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Posted by a reliable source at the Toyota Sports Center rink: http://www.mkforum.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24303
  2. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    I guess that means Mirai will be be making a move, too...
  3. Lacey

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    Must be a $$$ decision. I wouldn't think Mirai would want to move from her parents?
  4. nubka

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    True, but I just can't picture her leaving Carroll at this point. :confused:
  5. Ozzisk8tr

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    It's not like he's moving to the other side of the country. How many hours drive from one rink to the other is it?
  6. barbk

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    Oh gosh -- not a drive you'd want to do on a daily basis, much less twice a day.
  7. Fabrichnova

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    It's about a 2.5 hour drive (give or take) from El Segundo to Cathedral City. Probably wouldn't want to commute on a daily basis, but certainly not a cross-country move by any means. Plus, she'd be around the age of a college freshman by the time the rink opens. She might welcome the move.
  8. Marco

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    I am surprised he is still making changes. With his accomplishments in the past and then this season I thought he might think about retirement or seriously cutting back coaching.

    Looks like Nagasu is going to have to consider whether she wants to dedicate herself to full time exlcusive training the way Kwan did and put college on hold.
  9. luenatic

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    Thus the destination Palm Springs. It's a retirement community. Frank probably has lots of friends there already. The average age in Palm Springs is about 70. If you're in your 50s and lives in PS, you're young!
  10. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Thanks luenatic. Now it makes sense. Nagasu is going to be a baby over there :D
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  11. dr.frog

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    Frank Carroll has owned a home in Palm Springs as far back as the days when he coached Michelle Kwan at Lake Arrowhead; it's been pretty widely reported in the media over the years that it's where he lives. Carroll has always been very private about his private life, but I always kinda figured he has an SO there.

    Anyway, now that he's finally got his OOOOO gold medalist, it seems like a good time for him to be thinking about making changes that will put him closer to where he wants to be in retirement. For quite some time he's surely been in a position where he can pick and choose his pupils and how hard he wants to work.
  12. rfisher

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    I wouldn't think Mirai would need him every day for practice. She's not a novice skater. They can decide what they want her to work on, even if it's off ice, and she can meet with him maybe weekly if need be until it gets closer to comps.
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    SO?
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    Significant Other =).
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    Significant Other. (partner, lover, etc.)
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    Significant other ;).
  17. Ziggy

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    Heh thanks, I've never seen that abbreviation used before. :p
  18. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    A little more info, posted by another person affiliated with TSC in El Segundo:
    Nagasu is currently scheduled to perform in all the SOI tour dates in April, followed by 2 southern California stops in late May.
  19. MikiAndoFan#1

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    And what about school? Will Mirai be doing this trip back and forth everyday? It will be exhausting.
  20. Really

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    That was my thought too. Most skaters probably could cut costs by not having lessons every day. There certainly is merit to being able to practice on one's own! If she doesn't want to move, there are ways to work around it.
  21. barbk

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    I thought she did on-line school? If not, she certainly could. She's already said that she's not especially school-oriented.
  22. Iceman

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    I'll be surprised if the rink opens as scheduled. Does Frank have any family---brothers, sisters, etc?
  23. pinky166

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    She does school online through connections academy so I don't think moving would be a huge issue for her. She seems pretty self sufficient, and it wouldn't be for a couple years anyways. She's turning 17 in two weeks so by the time the rink opens she'll be 19 and would likely be fine living by herself, she might even like getting away. I think she plans on taking a few years off after she graduates before going to college, and seems to be interested in art and fashion, so she might end up at an art or design school anyways, and realistically that may not happen until after the 2014 Olympics.
  24. MikiAndoFan#1

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    Oh, I didn't know that.
  25. pinky166

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    Just started this year when she switched to the rink that was farther away. Last year apparently she rarely got enough sleep because she was up so late doing homework all the time.
  26. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    Does Mirai graduate high school this year or next?
  27. MikiAndoFan#1

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    Aw, poor girl.

    :(

    Being a figure skater and a high school student must be so hard.
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  28. MysticHaze

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    Unless you are Rachel Flatt!! ;)
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  29. pinky166

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    Next year. She's a junior, the class of 2011. Her birthday is in a few weeks :)
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  30. MikiAndoFan#1

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    That girl can do it all! Will she be taking a year off skating to go to college?
  31. Cheylana

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    The rink opens this fall so she'll still be 17, right? :confused:
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    I thought they said in 2 years? I'm confused. But how far is Lake Arrowhead from Arcadia, anyone know?
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    Lake Arrowhead is about 50 miles from Arcadia, which means it is doable but the freeway that goes there can be a real pain. It can take a long time in traffic but if she can pick and choose her travel times it might be OK. I sure wouldn't want to do that every day though, traffic or not. She's been going from Arcadia to El Segundo which is awful too so...?

    I believe Mirai is still a member at the Pasadena FSC and could possibly get ice time there a couple of days a week if she can practice on her own. That is only a few miles from Arcadia.
  34. Rafter

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    Lots of skaters move away from home to train. Why couldn't Mirai?
  35. Coco

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    Isn't mirai's mom beginning cancer treatment soon? Not the best time to leave home.
  36. Lacey

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    If I am not mistaken, her mother is sick, that might have some influence on whether or not she will move.

    ETA: Coco beat me to it.
  37. BittyBug

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    Everyone's talking about Mirai, but what about Evan? I wouldn't be surprised if he's planning to retire from amateur competition, but he hasn't made any such announcement yet.
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    I do not think that Evan thinks he will get a fair shake in Sochi.
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    I managed to forget about him. Hmmm. He owns a house in LA, doesn't he? Palm Springs is nice for the retired set, but I never found it to be a hotbed of activity of great interest to twenty-somethings. I'd also pay real money to not have to live there anytime between May 1 and Oct. 15th. Hot, hot, hot.
  40. reckless

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    It's not like Mirai did not already have a significant commute to training. Mirai's family lives in the San Gabriel Valley, which is east of Los Angeles. To get to El Segundo, she probably has a 40-minute to an hour drive in good traffic conditions. Her high school is 40 miles away from El Segundo. In bad traffic, that drive would probably take her 2 hours.

    Palm Springs is about 100 miles away. Farther, but for the most part, she probably would not face much traffic. I'm not sure that is something she would want to do long term, but Miari's long-term plans will probably depend on whether she wants to go to college right away. It seems to me that this is the best time for Frank to make a move. It's the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, so skaters have time to make a move and plan for the next four years.