I'm not shocked she did so well on improv on ice. Her programs this year are so cheesy I wish she would just change the music and choreograph the programs herself. I bet she would do 10000 times better.
A big "Hell, Yeah" to whoever said "Leave Tom Z."
I find that all Tom Z's students seem to have major issues with speed, edges, and on-ice presence. And their programs fall flat to me.
Rachael is a sweet girl but I would love to see what another coach could do for her.
Work on her spirals, spins and line. MAJOR ballet classes.
Stay away from ballet / classic programs. Rachael does not have a ballet style body, and trying to look like a dying swan is just going to flop dead.
1. learn how to skate fast with Kostner
2. learn how to 'pretzel' with Caroline Zhang
3. move to Canada and work with the Mr. Deadeyes team...(senting cookies for all the CBC/Canadian commentors might not hurt either)
She should skates faster and make her jump higher and work with what she has. Its work for Irina, Miki, etc. and none of them try to be cutesy ice princesses. Or have they?
^Getting huge jumps would help her a lot. She's pretty consistent jump wise but her jumps are rather small and don't have any wow factor to them. IA that skating faster will help her as well. As for her style and artistry, I don't see her dramatically changing them at this point in her career. I think she has a set style (I actually like her style). She's never going to be lyrical or theatrical.
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Or she could just pay the judges and tech callers!
I agree with most of the posters. Rachael needs to improve her edge work and speed. It might be good for her to go to Finland or Quebec and learn skating skills. Or lean them from her boyfriend Cotillion ball date!
Judging from what he did to Matt Savoie, Tom Dickson is my hope. Honestly, I really hope Tom Dickson works with Rachael and all the Colorado Springs skaters for their basic skating skills!
Nothing except what she is doing. She is doing the right things, but time can't be forced, yet time is what allows any investment to mature.
I also remember reading an article about how Tom used to chase after his skaters after their training sessions and would always catch up to them. And I used to think, well, considering all his pupils are the slowest things we've ever seen, that's not much of an accomplishment...
A lot of the issues mentioned here could be improved by strengthening her core muscles. I know she's had back problems, and a stronger core does help relieve a lot of back pain, but not all.
She's obviously a very hard worker, and I hope that she sticks with the sport if she can find a healthy way to do so, and if she wants to. But Tom Z is not a great ladies coach. He just isn't. Also, she's very much a 6.0 skater. Consistent everywhere, brilliant nowhere ... except for her consistency, lol.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds