Rachael has never indicated any intention of hanging up her competitive skates. It's her non-fans who have declared her retired.
I think we should blame the USFSA for Mirai being in this situation at all. USFSA thought they were working the system and Mirai would be a no brainer to be picked up as a replacement. I guess they didn't consider the other feds would play ball too.
(Of course you could say Mirai messed up at Nationals and that is her own fault but that story have been beaten to death.)
actually I don't think skaters doing regional/sectional instead of GP is a bad thing. Last two seasons, a skater who had to do just that had a breakthrough season (Czisny and then Zhang. ETA: Also Carriere)
Last edited by jlai; 08-12-2012 at 02:02 PM.
FWIW, she has been left off the world team for 2 consecutive seasons and I don't see her any more motivated from within than before.
ETA: re: MW sectionals. That does look to be a tough field, and I hope a skater makes JGPF
Last edited by jlai; 08-12-2012 at 02:39 PM.
ETA the direct links to the GP roster tables by discipline:
Last edited by Sylvia; 08-12-2012 at 03:26 PM.
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Nagasu's situation still is somewhat different from the other skaters mentioned. Although she tanked at nationals last year, her skates early in the season weren't horrendous. She medaled at TEB and I suspect TEB officials chose Gao over Nagasu becuase Nagasu is a better medal conteder/better skater and they don't want to hurt their ladies. Nagasu still skated much better than Gao the whole season (excluding Nationals) IMO. Gao has been to Junior Worlds three years in a row and still hasn't received a medal, while her less consistent teammate, Agnes has medalled twice.
People were complaining how skaters who were top 5 at nationals dont get a gp, and now that Gao gets one ahead of a 7th place finisher at naitonals, people complain too.
I can't imagine Czisny will be ready for her GP (NHK), perhaps Nagasu will get that one. She's popular in Japan.
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