WOW, I am completely shocked that she is FINALLY making a change. It's long overdue and I didn't think it would ever happen. Good for her.
Honestly, I didn't think she had the motivation in her but I'm glad to be wrong. I just hope she follows through and really honestly listens to Brian and makes real changes in her training, etc.
I had written her off, but now I will look forward to seeing what Brian can do. If Brian can turn this around for her he will deserve some sort of award.
Alissa Czisny was just about Cynthia's age when she went to Dunjeon/Sato. Let's just hope Orser can do to Cynthia what Dunjeon did to Czisny.
I'm glad she is making the coaching change - I too got the impression she was being coddled, which may have worked in the past but doesn't seem to be working now. She seems like a smart and thoughtful skater, and being in a new environment with different input may be the spark she needs.
Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
It's going to be very interesting. It seems as if she has a lot of the materials to do well but can't put it together!
Sometimes we have rough years. 2011 has been one of yours (although being 13th best in the world is something most of us aspire to!!). Congrats on making a serious change, can't wait to see you on the podium. Just wondering which colour will be around your neck.
From the article:
I'm surprised that considering last season she was practically a world medalist, that some people have such negative views...Over the past few years, she has been making a comeback, and she finally hit her stride when she finished fifth at the world championships in Turin in 2010. She was only 1.08 points away from winning a bronze medal.
"When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed." - Russell Brand
I can't believe this! Such good news IMO. I was totally shocked to read this as I didn't think anyone ever left Annie Barabe.
But then when I thought about it I had to take into account that this was a person who fought back through a growth spurt and injuries and many disappointments for how many years before coming close to what she accomplished as a 16 year old? I am a very determined person - but I don't know if I could have done that.
But i'm glad for her, i've always liked Cynthia, and while im not sure if she will ever be top 5 in the world again(please prove me wrong!!!), I hope she finds joy in her skating again
I don't think this is the real issue here, I have personally seen her skate a few times in practice, and it doesn't seem like she was too consistent on the jumps in practice either. The strangest thing though, is that she has good jump technique, and I can't think of any other reason other than it is a mental issue not only in competition where there is pressure, but also during practice. Of course, in competition with pressure, it just compounds, and gets even worse.
Barabe and Richard seem totally clueless.
Remember Shawn Sawyer's jumps? Especially his axel?
And Dube/Davison's elements? Etc.
B & R seem likely really lovely warm people and I would probably want them as my friends but surely not my coaches.
I've always been fond of Cynthia and have enjoyed some of her performances, so I hope this works out for her.
Congratulations Evan Lysacek -- 2010 Olympic Champion!
At SC in Kitchener-Waterloo a couple of years ago, I went to the Meet and Greet w/Cynthia and Amelie (I think?) and after getting my picture taken w/the two of them, I wished Cynthia good luck in Vancouver at the Olympics and she said to me, "Well, I hope I'm there." and w/a great amount of nervousness in her voice too. I was just leaving, but turned around and...Well...I told her off a wee bit.
Not in a nasty way of course, but I told her if she wanted to be there, she needed to believe it. We, her fans, believed in her and she needed to start believing in herself too.
I really hope this step helps her out in that department, because if there's any coach out there now who had their own Demons in the nerves dept to battle, it's Brian. I truly hope this helps her. I just wish Cynthia had done it earlier is all.
I'm so glad to see Cynthia trying a different coach - better late than never. Maybe it will encourage Dube/Wolfe to do the same at some point.
Hope they both have great success!
This too will pass away.
Wishing Cynthia all the best It's never too late when the mind is determined. She has the ability and with Brians help she can get the mind set.