I'll be surprised if the rink opens as scheduled. Does Frank have any family---brothers, sisters, etc?
Does Mirai graduate high school this year or next?
“I am happy that it’s over. Happy that I did well.” Yu Na Kim
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.
Lots of skaters move away from home to train. Why couldn't Mirai?
Isn't mirai's mom beginning cancer treatment soon? Not the best time to leave home.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
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.
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.
"We need some plumage!" ~ Johnny Weir on Olympic ice dance SD
I do not think that Evan thinks he will get a fair shake in Sochi.
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.
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.