I don't know how many of you get the USFSA magazine, but they had a picture of Rachel during her Nats LP in the current issue. She's in a pose move, with one arm extended. Her shoulders are up near her ears. What she really needs is intensive work on carriage. Currently, it ruins the look of what she does. Her shape is her shape, but the carriage could really be improved.
Flatt was 5th at 09 Worlds and had the highest scores of any U.S. lady on the GP (I do believe she scored higher than Wagner - unfortunately, she competed in deeper fields and missed the GPF). She was clearly the front-runner going into Nats. Nagasu was very inconsistent over the past 2 seasons at that point and I'm sure there was doubt that she could handle Oly pressure. The end result at Nats reflected what the skaters did on the ice. Over both programs, Flatt and Nagasu were the best, in that order.
I suspect that if Sasha Cohen skated even close to clean, the Oly team would have been Flatt and Cohen.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.
Maybe "everybody" has to revise what they "know" to fit the current facts.
People have been saying all along "it's figure skating, not figure jumping," and I think for most judges the skating usually came first and the jumps second. But since the winners usually have both good skating and good jumping, sometimes the balance tips more toward the better jumping.
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I think Rachael seems to be in superb cardio shape. She never seems to be huffing and puffing near the end of her programs. I wonder, though, if she does any weight training. Some bicep/tricep and upper back definition could go a long way to dispel the misconceptions that she's not fit.
I also think a make-over in the costume and hair department could help out a lot. Before this season, I thought her styling was much too old for her. The costumes this year were better, but still not great for her body type.
The other problem for me is that Rachael seems to skate from her head and not so much from her heart. She looks like she is doing what she's been told to do in her programs, but I don't see much interpretation from her. Yes, she's solid and doesn't make me nervous when she skates, but she's also not very exciting and doesn't elicit emotion from those of us watching. She needs to figure out how to bring some of that excitement into her skating.
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I think the right two ladies represented the U.S. at the Olympics and Worlds this year.
As for Rachael's future, I think she should continue to skate -- rather than wonder how she would have done or regret not having tried. She'll get all her answers regarding skating and school soon enough by following that path.
good luck to rachel whichever way she decides.
she can do both-she does both skating and college, she will have to work hard at both. it is her decision. lets us congratulate her on her opportunity to do both and wish her well in both endeavors.
in skating she needs to speed up of bit.
I would guess that with Rachel's academic and athletic achievements that she may well have some other college acceptances released on April 1st, and she'll need to make some choices.
I think Rachael is in a great position: she can do whatever she wants. I have a feeling that she will choose whichever school works with her skating. I hope that she can see beyond that just in case she retires from skating before graduation. She needs to pick one of the schools obviously that picks her and then one that has good ice time and coaching available. She should try it for as long as she wants and then walk away with her head held high for all of the very good years of skating that she has had.
But I very strongly feel this: that the powers (judges) that be in the USFS like to anoint their champions. Thus, Alissa has had her chance, Rachael hers, even Mirai made it to the top as a baby of 14, I believe. So, I think that they will be looking to vault Ashley to the top this year or perhaps re-award Mirai. And they will either go with newer baby skaters after that or cling on to either Ashley or Mirai for Sochi 2014. The only one not mentioned here is Emily, but for her I unfortunately think she missed her mark and that, for all of the good years of skating she gave to her country, she was never in the right position at the right time to become its champion. And I also don't see another placeholder in here for Rachael--she made it this year, good for her, but I don't think it's going to happen again. It's just the system.
Sorry, I don't see any drive on USFS's part to anoint Wagner the next US champion. She had just as good a chance as Mirai or Rachael at 2010 Nationals, and she blew it, just as she did in 2009.
If Rachael stays in, she has just as good a shot (or better) to defend her US championship than Ashley has to win her first. To my way of thinking, Ashley is reminding me of Angela Nikodinov, who was always in the mix but never quite broke out.