Nagasu could have MEDALED at that Worlds! People seem to forget that. The standard for our ladies used to be "get on the podium"...what happened? All of a sudden 7th is good enough? I can understand if 7th was the best she could do WHEN SHE SKATED HER BEST, but she didn't! Now I'm not saying this to dog on her, but I'm just stating that it really is no more valid to make excuses for Mirai as it is to make excuses for Alyssa...
True. That's probably part of it- emotions certainly ran high that season, that's for sure. I was critical of Cohen's so-called "comeback" and I immediately got jumped on by the Sashafans.I think the difference is that Alissa was thought to "cost" us an extra spot at the OLYMPICS, the be-all, end-all in skating. Whereas Mirai only "cost" us an extra spot at next year's Worlds, not quite as big a deal.
I didn't say Cohen's and Hughes' comebacks were BAD, per se. I just said they didn't work out the way the skaters hoped. In fact, I give them credit for trying.I agree that Kimmie doesn't seem to be competing any time soon, but there was nothing at all bad about Sasha and Emily's comebacks. Sasha trained seriously for barely half a year and came in 4th at Nationals. Emily disappeared at college, but came back to compete quite respectably at Nationals, beating some of the top names. I'm sure both of those ladies are very proud of themselves for making the comebacks that they did.
Personally, I enjoy seeing the veteran skaters compete against the newer girls. I don't like seeing the "older generation" wiped out in favor of a newer one. I like that we get to see both at the same time. After all, the "next generation" so far has been outscored by the veteran Czisny. Age doesn't really matter.
Yes, it makes things "interesting" when a veteran is able to keep up with (or surpass) the young'uns, but remember that we're talking about a veteran with a noted HISTORY of starting out well and fizzling near the end. Let's see how Alyssa does at TEB (and GPF, if she is able to make it) and then we'll know.
EXACTLY! Agreed 100%!!Did the 2008 team of Meissner, Wagner and Liang lose 3 spots for the US "in the first place"?...YES
Did the 2009 team of Flatt and Czisny regain 3 spots for the US?....NO
Did the 2010 team of Flatt and Nagasu regain 3 spots for the US?....NO
This..."Oh, but Flatt and Nagasu were tired from the Olympics" excuse is getting tiring and is outright laughable. Every single person at Worlds was tired from the Olympics. There was no excuse for Nagasu and Flatt NOT getting the 3 spots back. They didn't get the job done. They are to blame this time around. Plain and simple.....OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!
...well, maybe 97.8% the "off with their heads part"...then again, now that I think about it...