I agree with this. I get the skaters want to have a good attitude about things, but I feel the same way, about a lot of skaters. Ross always seems thrilled when he does well, like wining bronze at NHK and 4CC, but his reaction always seems surprised, like "Wow, I can't believe I did that!" instead of "Yeah, I just did that!". It seems to be a common attitude among the US men, maybe it's just the face they put on to the media, but I was a bit shocked when Josh Farris talked about being so happy when he was 2nd at Jr. Worlds by less than half a point, yeah the score and placement is great, but aren't you a little upset you didn't do a 2lo and won? Or here when he had an allergic reaction and lost to Kovtun, it was "I had an allergic reaction, given that and then the benadryl, I'm happy with how I did" instead of "I wish I had read the ingredients more carefully so this didn't happen because then I might have skated better and won, which I know I was capable of doing". And Jeremy's outlook is always, "Best so far." Yeah okay buddy, sure it's your best so far, but when you know you can still do way better, why are you happy with that, unless your "best so far" resulted in gold, which IIRC these words were said at last year's GPF, where he was 5th. I get it's not all about points and winning, but I don't think it's a bad thing to reveal you want to win and when mistakes or unfortunate occurences happen that prevent you from winning or doing your best, that you're disappointed because you know you could do better. A lot of it might just be the facade to the public these guys put on, but idk, I think if someone is going to break through, the drive is the most important thing, that and consistency. There are plenty of guys in the US with lots of talent, what's lacking is more the "take no prisoners" attitude, or the kind of minset that's like "I can do a quad, so I'm going to work really hard to put 2 in my freeskate, because I know I'll need it to be competitive, and I'm confident I can do it if I keep working at it." Idk. Evan had this mindset though I felt (not regarding quads, but when he was competing, they weren't necessary), and it took him far, he was talented for sure, but mostly he was hard working and driven and didn't mind letting people know he wanted to win and was upset when he didn't skate his best. That is what we need, IMO.