I don't know anyone named Chang that medaled yesterday.
Thank you for this thread! I think Alissa needs all the support she can get right now.. can't imagine how she must be feeling. I really hope she doesn't give up, she's such a lovely skater. Hopefully she's been getting lots of support right now by her friends and family etc. Cynthia Phaneuf tweetedLovely words from a great person and so true.@PhaneufCynthia
Hard for me to even say how sad and mad I am for Alissa,...Such a sweet girl who doesn't deserve anything but support now #Nice2012
Sad for Alissa. She should have support though. Sometimes i think she looks too frail physically.
It's not as if she had a bad career.
She can quit now and still be extremely proud, go on to college and do sth else entirely...or maybe stay in skating as a coach or show skater.
How many skaters can say they are one of the best of all time at a certain element? Not many...Alissa's spins are a sight to behold. And she was 2x national champion!!!
Chiming in with support for Alissa in her personal and skating lives, and in her search to separate the two. She seems like a lovely person and is well regarded in the skating community. There is absolutely no reason for the vitriol.
eta, iarispiralllyof, she's already a college graduate.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
I feel compelled to put in my two cents worth as well. I have adored Alissa since I first saw her, and I still do!
I believe she has already graduated from college, hasn't she? Didn't she get like perfect grades or something? I can see where that perfectionism spills over into other areas of her life.
I will continue to support whatever decisions she makes. Bless her and all of you who are being so kind and generous of spirit. She needs that right now I am sure.
Holley, her academic credentials:
Presented with the "Outstanding Sophomore of the Year Award for International Studies" in 2006 along with the "First-Year Russian Student Award" in 2006 ... Graduated summa cum laude in May 2009 from Bowling Green State University with a degree in liberal studies ...
I knew she had done well. Can you imagine having that superior of a college experience and skating too? She must be extremely smart as well as hard-working. I'm sure she will contribute to the world in many ways throughout her life. She has already contributed to mine through her skating.
Those academic credentials, achieved while training as an elite athlete, do not say to me that she is a weak and fragile person.
Whatever her issues in competition are, I don't think it is that she is not a strong-willed disciplined person.
Really really impressive. Summa cum laude. I take my hat off.
I know a lot of strong-willed, disciplined people who freak out over stuff like having to speak in public, etc. I am pretty strong-willed and I would rather stick needles in my eye than fly in an airplane. I DO it because I'm strong willed, but it still freaks me out, and I am not at all myself until the plane lands. Don't ask me to do anything intelligent that I would normally be able to accomplish while I'm flying! I think she just isn't a competitor to the degree she needs to be - she doesn't strike me as having killer instinct, and I think killer instinct is a good thing...I just don't see her being made that way.
If we only had two spots in 1996, Tara L (who placed 3rd at nationals) would have never gone to the world championships and would not have been "grandfathered" into being allowed to skate at 1997 worlds. Sarah Hughes, as the third US lady on the Olympic Team would have never gone to the 2002 Olympics if we only had two spots that year.
Damn that third spot in 1996 and 2002.
I suspect in a few years Alissa will look back on all of this and wonder why it seemed so important.
I remember Debi Thomas and Tiffany Chin saying at one time that they never wanted anything to do with skating again. It doesn't seem to bother them now.
Look at Carolina. She had some nightmare performances like Alissa's FS in Nice. And finally she got her consistency now. And her free skate at Nice is so amazing. The same thing may happen to Alissa.
Though I don't know Alissa will become consistent, but I'm sure she will show us many nice performance in the future.
Face it, the Alissa haters are jealous that she's a hottie. A headcase for certain, but a hottie nonetheless.