Thank you for that article.
At least we know more about the coaching change and where she ended up in that regard.
Ironic, though, that getting Biontano and Leaver involved was supposed to be about her hearing it said in different words or something like that...the same rationale for her current coaching switch.
The "I got scared" explanation for her Nationals meltdown has a familiar ring to it.
Wishing her the best, and it would be great to see her wonderful style and spins on the competitive ice one more season, but this coaching change all comes very late in the game for her chronologically speaking
Last edited by geod2; 05-16-2010 at 05:12 PM.
I think Czisny's meltdown at nationals can be explained by nearly every US lady skater having their worst ever nationals the year after they win it the first time and/or the first time they are expected to win it. Czisny just had a long ways to fall to have her worst showing
Any way I think Yuka's strong basic's and clam could be the perfect coach for Alissa. I wanted Sasha to go to her for the same reason.
I really don't think it's the coaching situation for her.... She really needs a good sports psycologist to help her figure things out....
Czisny's problem isn't her head, it's her scary jump technique. I wish her well, but.... it's probably 5 or 10 years too late for her to fix that, even with a new coach.
Jeremy had already won nationals the year before he went to Sato and a Grand Prix final. So a ninth place finish at the Olympics and an inability to defend his Grand Prix title (4th), hardly demonstrate that this was such a successful move on his part.
I wonder why Czisny is continuing. If it is to redeem herself, that could turn out disappointing. That being said, I like to watch her---although invariably disappointed--so I look forward to seeing her new programs and her always beautiful costumes. Her jump technique is scary. It seems to always be like a roll of the dice with a lot of luck needed. Too bad, she couldn't correct it earlier, but if Boitano and Leaver couldn't help her do that, I doubt anyone can.
Someone mentioned a while back Alissa's lack of a money jump. Jeremy, despite suffering from nerves, can usually count on his triple flip, triple toe combo and the easier jumps. Alissa doesn't seem to have jumps that she can count on when she's under intense pressure.
Oh. Please just stay pretty and spin.
I don't see her jump success rate changing until she gets some more muscle.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
It's definitely in her head. We've seen her give great performances at times and ugly ones at other times... Of course her technique needs some work (although it is better than what it used to be and really one of the biggest issue she has at the moment is her cautiousness and her head bobbing) and she needs to be more forceful and less cautious.
Who knows, Maybe Alissa will really blossom during the next quad. She kinda reminds me of Shizuka... unbelievable style and potential, realized reall late in her career (by the sports standards) Shizuka was 23 before she really broke through, and Alissa is 22.
Or she'll be another Sandhu. But I really hope not.
For the sake of US figure skating, I want to see some 20-somethings like Czisny do well. Let's face it, the peaking at 15/16 formula won't work for US girls anymore. The team needs a couple of Mirais and some older girls to do well also.
So I hope Forte, Czisny and even Meissner have a good year.
OK, let's be real. What is her jump 'technique'? It's nonexistant. Maybe she gets nerves too. But when your basic technique sux, there is no telling how bad every performance will be. It's not in her head, it's the technique she was 'taught' or allowed to get away with. That is the fault of the coach. Too bad she didn't leave that awful coach ten years ago. Alissa is a 'might have been' skater. Yeah, she got a US championship, albeit controversially, but she is just not anyone you can expect to go out and do a good performance. Her coaching and technique are horrific. I wish she'd just retire. She might not even make top ten at Nats next year.
She is just 22 (too young!!!) 16 years old girls should not being winning nationas (too young!) anyway...I think she is great but she needs to control her nerves, maybe ths will came with the help of a phycologist or both, a phycologist and a new coach that trougth a new jump tecniche or a rework on her basics can give to her new level of confidence.
I'm really glad tha she is going to saty, i like her style and her 22 yeas old maturity. It is not to late for her, i wish her some great seasons!
How would the phycologist and the new coach work together? Would they just smear algae on Alissa's dress right before her competitions or something? You just never know--that could work wonders.