"The week off has been great to rehab my back"
Guessing her lower back prevented her from doing some jumps, obtaining levels on elements at sectionals. Wonder if she re injured her back recently.
Anyway, not trying to veer OT,
I hope Rachael is healthy. I want to see everyone in perfect fighting shape at Nationals
I've never been a fan of Rachel, but good for her going to nationals again. She seems like a nice girl with a good work ethic.
Rachael has THE work ethic.
I am really confused about the upcoming GPF, olympic. I am a fan of both Julia and Ashley. And Mao. And Carolina, although this year I am not really into her programs, so I will be rooting slightly less for her. What I am going to do???
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Just hope that everyone skates well.
That way you can be happy, whatever the result.
No one said being 4th place at Nationals was total failure. They did say Rachael making the Olympic team was a pipe dream. To answer back to that statement with "a 4th place finish is totally possible" is just dumb because (a) 4th place doesn't go to the Olympics and (b) a 4th place for finish Rachel is also extremely unlikely. It's "possible" only in the "stranger things have happened" definition of that word but not in the "probable" or "likely enough to happen that it's worth planning for" definition.
Mind you, I would be over the moon if Rachael placed in the top six, but unfortunately think a top 10 is more realistic at this point. I'd be more sanguine about a top 6 if she'd won Coasts instead of coming second and had podiumed at Coupe de Nice.
Delete. Wrong Thread.
Delete. Wrong Thread.
Back on topic, I don't envision Rachael on the podium, especially without a 3lutz or 3 flip. However, I think top ten is possible, and considering both her school schedule and health issues she has had, that would be a more than respectable result.
Obviously you didn't watch Sectionals. She didn't do the hardest jumps, but quite frankly it has been a couple of years since she has looked so physically fit. And compared to Zhang, Rachael looked like Kostner out there.Originally Posted by Jammers
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
Flatt landed 3Lz+2T in her free skate both at CP Regionals and Cup of Nice in October.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
And if I recall, Jammers said Rachael wouldn't even get close to the podium. I argued that she could place top 6 and that would be "close to the podium." If she's healthy, she could possibly place 4-6, especially if Gao, Hicks and Zawadzki repeat some of their bomb performances this year.
You're an unbelievably angry person. Unclench already.