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    Some of my favorite Mirai showings;

    Junior Worlds 2008

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-LV...feature=fvwrel

    Must be one of the best Junior SP ever!!


    Nationals 2008

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooXK-jaVLl8

    Despite the fall on the 2A, she showed some great determination through the rest of the program.


    Nationals 2009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwcAYX22X78

    I know there were downgrades but she fought for it and this program was beautifully choreographed (even better at SA 2008 but too many jump errors to be able to fully appreaciate it)


    Cup of China 2009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PFlR...eature=related

    This was the first time I saw her Pirates program and I absolutely loved it, remember looking at it over and over and waiting for the next competition so that I could see it again!


    Nationals 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6wy...eature=related

    The program speaks for itself, I thought she skated like a real champion and for me, she was the winner that night.


    4CC 2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HGYZYnxy6s

    Remember being happy for her ending the season on a good note after her struggles at Nationals and not making the World team.


    and finally Cup of China 2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8XakRXBGgk

    I know many people did not like this SP but I did!I thought she looked very elegant and too bad she never felt/could put in a 3Z/3T..I wonder if she should not try to work on a 3T/3T as it seems like she has a good flow out of her toeloops..If the other girls can score 60-63+ with 3T/3T,3L and 2A so can Mirai!!

    I hope she will come back stronger next season

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    Thanks for the video links, worldsnice12! What a nice tribute to Mirai on her 19th birthday today.

    ETA link to the Mirai birthday wishes thread in the Trash Can: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83333
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-16-2012 at 06:15 PM.

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    Thanks @worldsnice12! Some of those I hadn't seen before. I stopped watching figure skating for a couple of years after Sasha Cohen retired (the first time) so I wasn't really up on all of Mirai's performances.
    Congrats to my ♥Baroque Rock Princess Adelina♥Meryl&Charlie♥Tatiana&Maxim♥!Team ♥Mirai♥Adam♥Julia♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by worldsnice12 View Post
    Nationals 2009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwcAYX22X78

    I know there were downgrades but she fought for it and this program was beautifully choreographed (even better at SA 2008 but too many jump errors to be able to fully appreaciate it)
    I agree at SA that was a great looking program besides all the errors. I know after Nationals I was "done" with Mirai, but I do wish her all the best and will cheer her on if she continues to skates.

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    2 somewhat non sequitor observations:

    1) In her 2010 worlds LP, Mirai's final jump was downgraded. It's hard to tell from what I see on youtube, but the downgrade seems a bit harsh. Only 3.14 separated 3rd place from 7th place in the overall standings. If Mirai had been 4th, the US would have earned 3 spots and had nationals played out the same way in 2011, Mirai would have gone to worlds. 2011 Nationals could have been a blip. So that one downgrade made the difference. The 2a was also downgraded, but that didn't even look close. If the current rules had been in place back then, she would have been 4th with the extra 2.7 points.

    2) Even in that wonderful, focused performance at 2011 4CCs, the music cut is still WTH?I hope she ends up working with people who can give her better materials. I sometimes think that Frank feels that exuberance / spontaneity have no place in competitive skating. Maybe it's PTSD from working with Bowman. No doubt he was good for Mirai in some ways but in others, maybe not so much.

    Whatever is left for her, I hope she works with people who appreciate her strengths and find a way to work with aspects of her personality that are perhaps not common amongst world level athletes.

    In her public comments, I'm always struck by her lack of boundaries and the way she's openly harsh with herself. It's like she goes out of her way to present herself in the least favorable light. Both of these traits make me worry about her. She does need to mature and I hope that she finds someone who can help her get there.

    Too bad she can't work with UCLA gymnastics coach Miss Val.
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