Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Wow. I am VERY surprised to see this. And glad that the USFS is enforcing its written policy. Eagerly awaiting some action against her coach.
As someone else mentioned, when was the last time a skater was fined and/or reprimanded for skating through an injury? Or at all? I'm just a little disturbed by this decision at all. Athletes of all sorts compete with and through injury all the time. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The level of vitriol and calls for the guillotine being directed at this girl just boggles the mind.
Haunting the Princess of Pink since 20/07/11...
However, do we know of another US Figure Skater who did not disclose an injury, and had it come out later? It's not skating injured that she is being reprimanded for. It's not telling the federation she was injured.
I'll note again that a stress fracture to the main supporting bone on your lower leg is NOT THE SAME as a stress fracture to a toe (Lysacek 2009, Bradley 2010).
No, the world will not end because the US doesn't have 3 spots for the ladies at Worlds, but it is disappointing because there were great hopes that this would be the year that the spot could be earned back. For the first time in, what, 5 years?
I'm a little confused, why are people saying she's not skating next season? Does it say that in the article and I just missing it?
I'm concerned that this publicity about RF's reprimand is coming before Tom Z.'s. He's just as guilty, imo. I thought he kind of threw her under the bus in his comments after the Championships. I *highly doubt* he was in the dark on this one. He tried to imply her poor performance was caused by "nerves." The only nerves involved were the ones connected to her injured leg.
I hope the message other skaters don't take from this is "skate injured and flop = punishment." But obviously, if she'd skated well, this would be a non-issue.
I think skaters and coaches will still risk it.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
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"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
Again, we haven't seen the letter nor do we know how much (or little) she is being fined. It could be more of a gesture to Phil Hersh and other critics than anything else. I can think of about 3 times I thought USFS was about the dump Rachael, but they have yet to.
Hopefully it will serve as a warning to other coaches, thinking about putting their skaters at risk for personal gain.
I really really hope that Zakrajsek ends up in trouble too, before he lets another seriously injured skater compete. What a complete tool.
Wouldn't any ethical breaches on the part of a coach be the province of PSA and not US Figure Skating?
Only ice is cooler than Daisuke. ~ IceAlisa after the 2012 WTT men's event.
Like Flatt, Debi actually had better results combining school and skating. When Debi competed in 88 without school she actually didn't do as well in Calgary.
Okay, now I love Racheal Flatt. How ridiculous.
Quoting directly from the 2011 USFSA rulebook, here is what I believe to be the relevant part of the code of conduct:
Here's the punishment for violating the code of conduct:I will conduct myself in a manner not detrimental to the welfare of figure skating. I understand that my actions reflect on U.S. Figure Skating and the sport of figure skating both positively and negatively. I understand that if my acts, statements, or conduct are considered detrimental to the welfare of figure skating by the appropriate authority, I may be subject to penalties imposed by U.S. Figure Skating pursuant to GR 1.04.
This applies to coaches as well as skaters and parents. It says nothing about fines. If USFSA truly feels that Rachael violated the code of conduct, which seems to be their unstated reason for fining her, by their own rules they should have expelled her as a member from USFSA. I personally don't want that to happen and would be extremely angry if it did, but they seem to be making a weird special case for her where they still want her on the team but they're not keen on encouraging her career. It's confusing.Any person whose acts, statements or conduct violates the provisions of the preceding General Rules or otherwise violates the person’s applicable duties and responsibilities to U.S. Figure Skating or whose acts, statements or conduct are otherwise considered detrimental to the welfare of figure skating is subject to the loss of the privilege of registration by U.S. Figure Skating in accordance with the procedure outlined in Article XXIV, Section 3 of the U.S. Figure Skating bylaws relating to loss of membership privileges, suspension and expulsion.
Article XXIV, Section 3 states that a grievance must be filed within 60 days of discovering the violation and approached within 30 days of the filing - if they truly want to investigate Tom Z, they'd better hurry up and file. It also says that Rachael has 30 days to appeal, though it's possible that rule only applies to rulings resulting in expulsion.
To me, reading this over briefly, it seems like Tom Z violated the code of conduct more than Rachael did, especially considering Josh Farris. Maybe someone filed a grievance against Rachael first.
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