Staying put is what's easier to do. A lot of the time it takes more courage to walk away and try something different and unknown.
“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”
― Lee Maynard
I hope that Mirai finds the coach who is right for her; and finds joy in training/competing/skating again.
Frank is a truly great coach. I don't think that he's quite ready to retire.
He seems to work best with people who are already highly motivated and disciplined.
At this point in his career, he shouldn't have to "develop" talent.
I'm sure he won't lack for students, if he wants them.
Remember, Evan intends to return to competition, also.
Mirai did not seem happy under Frank's tutelage. And if someone is not happy, it doesn't bode well for them to succeed. Perhaps new coaches will help her find the spark, like happened (eventually) for Zhang and Wagner.
And many elite skaters train with more than one coach. They tend to have a primary coach and then ones to help with them choreography/edges, spins, jumps, etc. I don't think it is particularly dramatic that she will be working with multiple coaches. She will only have one with her at a competition, and I'm assuming she will choose the one she feels she has the best working relationship with to be her primary coach. Let's just wish her well on her new path rather than trying to make something so dramatic out of it.
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
I see just about zero chance that Mirai will go to Arutunian, since he's at Lake Arrowhead and that's a long--and arguably dangerous--drive. She seems to like skating at Pickwick and East-West and I know she was trying out one or two coaches at East-West, which is a reasonable commute from Irvine. I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up with someone like Alex Chang. Whoever she ends up with, I hope he/she has better luck dealing with her mother than her past coaches have.
Last edited by Doubletoe; 04-04-2012 at 08:28 PM.
It's been shown that when Mirai has a coach who goes easier on her she tends to slack off even more. Charlene Wong wasn't a taskmaster like Frank but Mirai even admitted that she wasn't working as hard as she should under Wong. Now she's being coached by 4 people we've never heard of? This is not the way to get back on top.
Just because people have never heard of a coach doesn't mean he (or she) isn't an excellent coach. It simply means he is not a self-promoter and/or hasn't had a prominent skater fall into his lap yet. Sometimes a coach will just be fortunate enough to end up with a world class skater and gets other famous skaters because they assume he must be good.
Last edited by Doubletoe; 04-04-2012 at 08:38 PM.
Her mother seems to be in the way of a lot of things.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Hmmmm I'm not sure how credible Hersh's tweets are...
I heard her trial with Alex Chang before he left for Worlds didn't work out.. he team coaches with Jere Michaels, so Jere is out of the picture as well. Also Craig Heath is in Idaho. If her mom didn't help her move to Cathedral City, why would she let her move to Idaho?
I just don't believe whatever Hersh writes....
Tons of skaters need to fix edge issues, rotation issues, basic skating skills, and sometimes get triple axels and quads or lutzes consistent. Top notch coaches would seem to need to be to be good technichal coaches. They need to be able to teach basics. Hell, I guess learning good basics is more important to the skater's career than any future packaging will ever be in case their basics were screwed. And I don't get why they wouldn't choose a few kids to bring up on their own, so that they don't have to deal with fixing flaws later on, which is hard to do.
Are those big names mostly taking up fully formed kids and just pack them up with better choreographies, better costumes, better music choices, and of course their well known name and reputation?
I would have preferred to see Nagasu with John Nicks. John would have made her either work her butt off and leave the excuses OR he would have just told her to go somewhere else. Also, he's not letting any rink moms boss him around. he was enjoying retirement just fine.
It's possible that Frank could have told him that Mirai would be "trying out" with those coaches, not "working" with them....just sayin'