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    Mirai just needs to skate consistently and confidently and earn her way up in the PCS ladder.

    She has everything one needs to become a World and Olympic Champion. And she has Frank to work on her jumps. She has developed a more mature competitive mindset. As long as she does her run throughs and attacks each competition she will be at the top in no time.

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    She may not have to even catch/pass both if Yu Na doesnt even continue (though I really hope she does). I think she is good enough though but she has to continue to mature and start doing the triple-triples consistently with no UR calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    If she landed all her jumps cleanly and Rochette had some mistakes, she might beat her unless Rochette was too far ahead in PCs. I think Mirai's style is a bit too young right now, even though I like it. She doesn't skate with a lot of maturity like Rochette does even though I actually prefer her to Rochette. I'm not sure if Mirai will be able to beat Mao or Yuna.. I think she could probably beat Mao if Mao misses jumps like she is prone to, but Yuna is usually error-free so she would probably be harder to beat. Especially overall in a competition, because even with Yuna's disastrous SP at the last Worlds she was still able to hold on to 2nd place in the competition. She would have to majorly screw up for more than like one person to pass her.
    Rochette isnt even competing this season. I doubt we will see Rochette again actually.

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    IMO, Mirai's problem is a technical flaw rather than a nerve issue.
    When she does triple flip and triple lutz, her entrance edge swings back and forth between inside and outside edge.
    Actually, all the girls who hammer their toes before take off, like Rachel and Caroline, share this problem, making their jumps inconsistent and prone to under rotations.

    She certainly has potentials to match Yuna if she successfully address this issue like Rochette fixed her lutz after 02/03 season.
    It seems she surely has the athletic abilities to land triple lutzes and triple-triples if she learns the correct entrance and usage of the toe pick.

    There is nothing better than a solid technique to tame her nerves and get her through the program even in pressure situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    As it stands now, Rachael Flatt still has the highest recent senior Worlds finish for a US lady (5th) of those who are currently active in competition. Mirai, however, does have the highest Olympics finish for a US lady (4th). Flatt has 3 US senior medals (2 silvers and 1 gold). Nagasu has 2 US senior medals (1 gold and 1 silver). In other words, they're pretty equal stats-wise.
    Yes, Flatt did have the highest recent senior Worlds finish, but in 2010 she dropped onto 9th place. Mirai was better, she was 7th (which of course is not a good result for a US lady skater). I have the feeling that next year Mirai will do a lot better in Worlds.

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    Nagasu has the potential. She needs more international experience.

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    In terms of spins and spark, she already surpassed Yuna, she is way more exciting to watch than Kim. She must, however, build up a mental thoughness to overcome fear and dissappointments and believe in herself and her programs, like Mao. Also, she needs some time to get as mature and sophisticated as Mao, but I think she has all the talent in the world.

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    I think she needs maturity and experience to rival Yunah and Mao - she has not yet found her signature style unless exuberant is her signature style, as it clearly is for Leonova. But it seems to me more a quality of her youthfulness rather than a dominant character trait.

    It will be interesting to see her next season - to me she is still a little rough around the edges.

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    It's good for Mirai that she will compete under new rules before Grand Prix - at Japan Open. I hope her injury is not serious.

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    ^Yes. What type of injury is it? Hopefully nothing serious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    What type of injury is it?
    There is no information...

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    My simple answer: NBC sure hopes so!!! Otherwise, they and USFSA may have to trot-out Sasha one mo' time to pump-up ratings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller View Post
    My simple answer: NBC sure hopes so!!! Otherwise, they and USFSA may have to trot-out Sasha one mo' time to pump-up ratings.
    Which is strange in a way considering Cohen couldnt even manage to win a major title in a quad lacking a dominant skater like both Kim and Asada are (an oft injured Kwan, an oft ill Irina, a hit or miss Shizuka, etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    ...There is nothing better than a solid technique to tame her nerves and get her through the program even in pressure situations.


    IMHO this is so true for all skaters. Confidence in your technique allows the skaters freedom to enjoy the program. I think of Scott Moir at the Olympics. There was someone who had absolute confidence in his abilities and was able to go out and really skate with joy. I can also think of a few Kwan videos I've seen where she has the same look - usually at Nationals. She had absolute confidence and it raised her to a level all her own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Which is strange in a way considering Cohen couldnt even manage to win a major title in a quad lacking a dominant skater like both Kim and Asada are (an oft injured Kwan, an oft ill Irina, a hit or miss Shizuka, etc...)
    . . . and a post-Olympics Worlds in which she was the only Olympic medalist present.

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    ^speaking of Sasha, both she and Mirai were 4th at their first major competitions which happened to be the '02 and '10 Olympics respectively. Also considering her 70+ pts. in the SP at '10 Worlds, I think that Mirai may experience a lot of the love that intl. judges had for Sasha

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    She could. I saw her practices at the Olympics and they were beyond fabulous. Better than anything she did in competition so far. So she definitely has the potential. For all from my group, she won practices every time.
    Nerves are a factor but this was her first real year of international big competitions. Give her some time. I think she can be a contender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    ^speaking of Sasha, both she and Mirai were 4th at their first major competitions which happened to be the '02 and '10 Olympics respectively. Also considering her 70+ pts. in the SP at '10 Worlds, I think that Mirai may experience a lot of the love that intl. judges had for Sasha
    Remember she did that with a downgraded triple-triple too!

    If Yu Na does retire (I dont think she will and I think she will be back for Worlds) then the ISU had better hope Nagasu can challenge Asada. Since otherwise Asada will probably romp to the next 3-4 World titles and the 2014 Olympic Gold unchallenged. Kostner, Lepisto, and Ando certainly arent going to challenge here unless she gets a huge injury, in fact probably only Lepisto will even bother staying until 2014 as the results of the other 2 will likely continue to slide. Rochette probably wont continue and even if she does probably wont seriously challenge Asada. The up and coming Russians? Well I guess we will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    If Yu Na does retire (I dont think she will and I think she will be back for Worlds) then the ISU had better hope Nagasu can challenge Asada. Since otherwise Asada will probably romp to the next 3-4 World titles and the 2014 Olympic Gold unchallenged.
    Woah, getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? Let's hope Mao doesn't approach the competition as if she has it in the bag. Who's to say Asada won't get a serious injury and see her results slide too? If skating has taught us anything, it's that this world is unpredictable. I mean, who in hell would have ever thought Sarah Hughes and Evan Lysacek would win Olympic gold? . . . I know I sure didn't, not for a single second.
    Last edited by museksk8r; 07-30-2010 at 06:14 AM.

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    I think she can certainly at least match them! She usually skates a clean short, but the FS is 50/50. She can either nail it (US Nats & Olympics) or bomb it (COC & WC). More consistency is certainly needed, but she has ALL of the goods in her arsenal. I look forward to watching her this season. She is capable of making the final and winning a medal at Worlds.

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