My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
But seriously, so what if Frank didn't sugarcoat any of his words in the K&C or that he dished out that he felt Mirai didn't get her act together until the last three weeks? Mirai, herself, is quoted in the L.A. Times saying, "I was a little nervous that I hadn't worked as hard as I could have."
On the flip side, he probably wouldn't have gotten as pissed off as he did, if he didn't believe in Mirai's potential. I don't really remember him or Congemi being as terse towards Bebe whenever she messed up.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Being a disciplinarian in itself is good. But it seems that Frank is sometimes more than that. Actually, I blame Frank for letting this situation go on as long as it has. If Mirai didn't get her act together until three weeks before Nationals, then who's really to blame--Frank or Mirai? Is the solution simply to act grumpily in the K&C? Maybe Frank needs to take a closer look at himself and say, "Why I am I tolerating this?" Rather than behaving in a hot-tempered fashion both on TV and in remarks to the press, Frank should take Mirai and her parents aside in private and say, "Look, this is not working. This is what I have been expecting, and this is what we've been getting. I want X, Y, and Z to change. If that is not possible, then let's part ways on good terms. We don't need to be wasting each other's time." That approach, rather than blowing up, is the mature and effective way to handle this problem.Is it any wonder she ended up switching to a coach who had a very firm hand? I'm not Frank's #1 fan, but I certainly don't think he should be blamed for being a disciplinarian.
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As for Mirai, I believe her former coach Charlene Wong has alluded to Mirai's training habits, and I believe Frank himself said in an interview that it was only 3 weeks ago that Mirai finally started getting her act together which is no where near enough time. I still believe Mirai should have been on that World team, but far better trained than she seemed at Nationals. Her jumps in the LP looked scratchy as she landed them-she seemed to save them time and again, and her spins-there is something wrong with her spins and she needs to address that quickly because spins are her bread and butter. I don't blame Frank for being spontaneous as he showed his frustration with Mirai. I think tough love is exactly what Mirai needs at this point if she ever wants to go to the next level and make it on to a Worlds podium. Or better yet, win a Worlds.
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 02-01-2011 at 12:39 PM.
If Frank wants to get tough with Mirai, well that's fine. But is it really the high-class thing to do getting tough on national television? Couldn't he wait 5 minutes?
By the way, I think it's a fairly common tactic for coaches with fearful skaters to try make their own wrath a bigger fear than the fear of competition. It's the same reason the military has drill sergeants, and I can see how it could work for both Mirai and Adam (although in Adam's case, I would think it would just serve to make him mad at himself for disappointing Brian).
Last edited by Doubletoe; 02-01-2011 at 08:46 PM.
I saw her facebook but didn't see what Frank wrote- care to enlighten me?
You and a couple of other people seem most offended by what was said to Hersh, but I wouldn't say that is what the fuss is about. I'd say that's kind of a sub-fuss.
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.
Ahhh, the tricky sub-fuss. Sometimes here on FSU it is tough to keep all the fusses straight
A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed - it's an important distinction. - Rick Mercer
Just watched the Japanese broadcast of Mirai's FS from fsvids and whaddya know? It's edited slightly differently and you get to hear what Mirai says as she comes off the ice.
Mirai: I gave it away at certain points...
They sit down.
Frank: So yeah, you gave it away. I'm sorry.
That puts rather a different light on the image cultivated here of Frank being some kind of monster coach doesn't it?
ETA: Anyone wanting to see for themselves will have to download the video from fsvids. It won't be on youtube I don't think.