Update on Rachael Flatt

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by maureenfarone, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    New interview: http://athletego.com/2013/06/11/rachaelflatt/
    Excerpts:
    Flatt is scheduled to perform in 3 benefit shows that I know of:
    Skate for Hope on June 15 in Columbus, OH: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...ot-benefit-show-June-15-2013-in-Columbus-Ohio
    Skate for Coach Darin Hosier on July 13 near Seattle, WA: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?88201-Skate-For-Coach-Darin-Hosier
    Evening on Ice on July 20 in El Segundo, CA: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...raiser-2-shows-on-July-20-in-El-Segundo-Calif
     
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  2. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the update on Rachael. I appreciate how she is willing to skate in shows that raise money for cancer research and to benefit skaters. I've seen her twice at Skate for Hope in Columbus and have enjoyed her programs and interaction with all of the skaters - elite or not. Good for her, I hope she has found her calling!
     
  3. TheIronLady

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  4. blueglass

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    Super athlete, super smart and super nice - Rachael seems to be an all-around great person. I've always enjoyed her skating and I hope she does return.
     
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  5. sk8ingcoach

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    Could you imagine if rachael was skating like she was when she won nationals. She could medal at olympics
     
  6. TheIronLady

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    Her interview gives many hints that contradict any hope (if anyone has any) that she might come back. I would enjoy seeing her skate at Nationals. I am amused by her ability to stay oblivious to the harsh criticism of cutthroat skating, but I respect this as well. She does not fail or give up. She has a mental steadiness, and she has pushed in the direction of being competitive whatever her limits (artistic or otherwise). No one can take away that she never left any scene with her tail between her legs, and her sensible approach to competing should be studied by coaches.

    I heard from someone last week that Stanford is not the best place for undergraduates and that you are treated like a number unless you are a grad student. Of course this was a Princeton alum who shared this opinion. He also attended Stanford for grad school, but I am certain there are other opinions. Rachael seems to be very excited with her situation, and it's interesting that she is continuing with dance.
     
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  7. paskatefan

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    I'm glad that she is giving back to the community this way & is staying involved in skating as she continues her college education. :)
     
  8. victoriaheidi

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    Yay for Rachael for being well-adjusted and sounding genuinely excited about the next phase in her life. It's great that she's able to come up with something else to do with her life after skating (because we can all name a few who couldn't easily adjust to the non-skating world).
     
  9. TheIronLady

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    I'm curious. Who do we know who adjusted very poorly to the non-skating life?
     
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  10. Carolla5501

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    Nicole Bobeck? (somehow being a meth dealer/user/whatever seems a poor path IMHO) Oksana Baiul? (who seems to have been reduced to suing her past promoters for money)

    Those come to mind quickly
     
  11. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

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    Tony Wheeler's report was posted in the Skate for Hope thread:

    Wheeeeee! :)
     
  12. AKA

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    Good for her!
     
  13. skatesindreams

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    I wish Rachael success and happiness in whatever she chooses to do.
    She won't be the first skating champion to become a doctor/researcher.
     
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  14. victoriaheidi

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    Yeah, those two, but I was also thinking of Fumie Suguri types who don't seem comfortable with a life outside of the skating world. Is it easy? No. But I applaud skaters who are able to lead productive lives outside of their skating (yes, this is 99% of them, but some of the non-adjusters are really visible). And I think very few would want to go out the way Rachael has.
     
  15. B.Cooper

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    In addition to taking on student gov't at school (part of group elected to Jr Class President)....

    Found this video from Stanford....assuming this was filmed sometime last year during Flatt's 2nd yr at Stanford.
    https://undergrad.stanford.edu/prog...-student-edition/writing-matters-rachel-flatt
     
  16. TheIronLady

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    Why do they have a group president?
     
  17. Iceman

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    Maybe at Stanford there is too much for a single person to handle.
     
  18. Sylvia

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    This event is today: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/hangout.html
    https://plus.google.com/app/basic/events/cu89ta1tvo21avsoa2ucm6unqug
     
  19. Wyliefan

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    Between the athletic aspect and the scientific aspect, sounds perfect for Rachael!
     
  20. Garden Kitty

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    Sounds fun! it's nice that Rachael seems to be fully embracing her college experience, while still using her skating experience for some interesting and worthwhile experiences including some benefit skating shows.
     
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  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Re. my post #138 above - "Fitness Training With The "Best of the Best!" via NASAtelevision's YT channel (41 mins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJvz10pvhiM

    Re-posting from the U.S. Ladies news thread:
    I heard that Rachael Flatt skated short and long programs in a Colorado club competition last weekend, scoring around 56 in her SP (landed 3F+2T, 3Lo, 2A) but don't have any other details.
     
  22. Iceman

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    In his interview with Jenny, Tom said she was mounting a comeback. As I understand it, she has a long and a short ready, so it seems she will make the attempt. I wish she had gone ahead and medically addressed her discs problem during her lay off. She has said though she will not do that until she is finished competing. She hasn't had it done, so I would say it looks like its "go" for now. How anyone can do as much as she does is amazing. I wonder if she will ever get burn out.
     
  23. olympic

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    ^I'm neither a fan nor a detractor of Flatt and I don't think she's got a snowball's chance in hell of making any team, but I look forward to her coming back for her own gratification and just because she will just make the competition more interesting. She hasn't been gone from competition only a year - I think her last competition was '12 SA, but withdrew from Ice Challenge in November?
     
  24. leapfrogonice

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    I guess I'm a little puzzled as to why she would be trying to mount a comeback. She accomplished a great deal during the best years of her eligible career. And on top of that, seems to be thriving in her undergraduate life at Stanford. I suppose there's something to be said about having "no regrets" and all that, but I honestly thought she had moved on from skating competitively.

    That said, that girl has some guts and determination - so I wish her well and would never underestimate her.
     
  25. Sylvia

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    Article titled "Olympic Figure Skating Star Dons Scrubs at Memorial": http://www.memorialinsider.org/olympian-shadows-memorial-surgeon/
    Excerpt:
     
  26. olympic

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    In the context of returning to training, I find the article a little confusing. It's not clear what she's training for: I assume she is training with Tom Z until the end of August, then she will continue training with her team in San Jose to get ready for Regionals???
     
  27. Sylvia

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    Rachael's Bio on IN has been updated with her self-choreographed program music:

    Rachael Flatt (currently listed in ISP): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100068&mode=I
    SP Music: "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber
    FS Music: "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninov
    Choreographer: Rachael Flatt
    Coaches: Justin Dillon, Lynn Smith
    College: Stanford University (2015)
     
  28. peibeck

    peibeck Letting Poje be on top

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    :swoon: I love "Adagio" (even a chopped up version for skating). :lol: I fondly remember Matt Savoie's "Adagio" SP.
     
  29. Dr.Siouxs

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    Uhhhhh.....so she's choreographing herself? :confused::shuffle:
     
  30. Iceman

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    Every skater should be required to choreograph his/her program imo.
     
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