It explains why Rachael changed the flip entrance and why Akiko isn't really doing triple flips anymore. They all used to (or still do) double edge changes on the entrance (and started getting edge violations last season), making it look like they are on outside edges before the takeoff even though they all get on the inside edge before takeoff.
Caroline used to do it too and got occasional edge violations, but she had other problems to fix anyway and her double edge changes were fixed with Kathy Casey.
If she truly has a "good head", she came home from Skate Canada and sat down to figure out what has to come off of the full plates she has been trying to juggle.
But I do agree that she probably would save time and stress by deciding on one coach, which Debi had [Alex McGowan] while at Stanford. 3 coaches and Stanford is too much.
And someone's 19 year old instincts may tell them to go to home football games, that doesn't mean it is a good idea for their schedule.
At the end of the day if Rachael wants to try Rachael wants to try. But she's got to know this is not the way she'll Podium! in Sochi. Or even make Sochi. Any one who tells her thats the best way is a fool.
I said this and took a little heat for it, but eventually she'll have to CHOOSE between school and skating. And honestly I think the choice has already been made...
Debi was a phenomenal, graceful athlete...and as bek said, the technical demands were easier. I think easier is actually an understatment.
But the lack of fitness is surprising, as there are no doubt many college kids with full course loads who are in better shape.
I wonder if maybe she doesn't feel she can 'cry uncle' with her schedule because being Super Rachael is her thing.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
Getting a degree in engineering (even if you're taking a Freshman courseload) and being an elite-level figure skater these days are both full-time jobs. I don't think it's likely that anyone can do both and do it well. Rachael can do both if she's content with the results she's getting, but I doubt that she's satisfied at the moment.
It will be interesting to see how she fares at Rostelecom. If she bombs again there then I don't think her chances of making the podium at Nationals will be very good.
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Top International Scores: 2011-12
As of November 6th, 2011:
1. Alissa CZISNY, Skate America (177.48)
2. Mirai NAGASU, Cup of China (173.22)
3. Gracie GOLD, JGP Estonia (172.69) -- Junior domestically
4. Ashley WAGNER, Skate Canada (165.48)
5. Vanessa LAM, JGP Austria (156.58)
6. Samantha CESARIO, JGP Poland (153.84)
7. Caroline ZHANG, Ice Challenge (152.72)
8. Christina GAO, Cup of China (152.48)
9. Hannah MILLER, JGP Italy (146.74) -- Junior domestically
10. Joelle FORTE, Skate America (139.70)
11. Katarina KULGEYKO, JGP Austria (139.50) -- Junior domestically
12. Yasmin SIRAJ, JGP Latvia (135.26)
13. Ashley CAIN, JGP Latvia (132.95) -- Junior domestically (byed to Nationals due to pairs Rostelecom Cup assignment)
14. Rachael FLATT, Skate Canada (128.22)
15. Lauren DINH, JGP Poland (123.20) -- DNQ to Midwestern Sectionals
16. McKinzie DANIELS, JGP Romania (111.79)
*Courtney Hicks, JGP Australia (151.91) -- out for season w/ broken leg
- NHK Trophy: Agnes ZAWADZKI, Ashley WAGNER
- U.S. Sectionals: Gracie GOLD & Hannah MILLER (Mids, JR); McKinzie DANIELS (Mids, SR); Samantha CESARIO, Joelle FORTE & Yasmin SIRAJ (Easterns, SR); Caroline ZHANG (Coasts, SR); Katarina KULGEYKO (Coasts, JR)
- Trophee Eric Bompard: Alissa CZISNY
- Rostelecom Cup: Agnes ZAWADZKI, Christina GAO, Rachael FLATT
- JGP Final: Vanessa LAM
I think Wagner has become a much more attractive skater under Nicks.