I think a realistic outcome for Wagner is probably ~5th. She could be lower top 10 if she messes up, or if she performs the way she did at 4CC/Natls, podium finish (including gold) is not out of the question.
Perhaps the trash can was someone's commentary on where a thread about US Ladies skaters belongs...until they get 3 spots back.
(I'm KIDDING PEOPLE!)
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
Ashley Wagner pre-Worlds article: http://www.teamusa.org/news/2012/03/...-the-top/47184
Re. developing stamina for her long program:
She knew every nuance, where to push harder, where to breathe because Nicks had helped her with tempo.
“She was always very aggressive, which is good, but sometimes you can’t be aggressive for four minutes,” Nicks said. “You have to have what I call light and shade.”
He compares a long program to a one-mile race. “They’re both about four minutes,” he said, “And you just cannot do 10-second 100 meters all the way through. You’ve got to change your tempo, understand the energy expenditure, understand how to conserve it sometimes and still be interesting.”
Last edited by Sylvia; 03-16-2012 at 03:52 AM.
Excellent. That really is the one thing Wagner needs the most. To pace herself through the program. The music itself is wonderful and so is the choreography and she CAN make it shine.
Bingo. That's exactly what she needed. You go John Nicks. I love how he hasn't tried to remake her, just gotten her to channel all that energy and drive so it helps her instead of hindering her.“She was always very aggressive, which is good, but sometimes you can’t be aggressive for four minutes,” Nicks said. “You have to have what I call light and shade.”
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Mr. Nicks is a very wise man. We need a new book on skating imparting more of his and others' sage advice (Dick Button, Nobuo Sato, Frank Carroll, etc.). These men are national treasures. We need to mine these nuggets while they are still here to share with us. Young skaters could really benefit from what they have to say. We often see quotes tweeted on Twitter attributed to philosophers, pop culture icons, etc. We have our own skating icons that are extremely quotable.
Does anyone know what Mirai is doing? Will she skate next season?
^ No one knows. She, nor her coach, has really talked to the press about her post-Nationals life. All we know was that Frank wanted Mirai to move closer to his rink by herself, but her mom said no.
Too blonde. I think darker hair makes her features stand out a bit more.