Last edited by Ziggy; 12-17-2013 at 06:14 AM.
I would not be surprised if Rachael went out and did two relatively clean programs at nationals. She has the experience and she has no pressure to perform well. People always underestimated her when she did the Grand Prix series but she would always pull it together by nationals to place top 2.
The problem is even if she were to skate to clean programs, the American judges HATE her and will never give her the PCS or GOE that she deserves.
I think Rachael will skate fine at nationals but I agree with Jammers. I watched her at sectionals and Rachael was very slow and labored looking. She's nothing like she was this time 4 years ago...and that's fine. I honestly doubt Rachael is delusional enough to think she could get one of those spots to Sochi. She's going to nationals to soak up the atmosphere and have a little fun. B/c she'll be able to skate pretty much pressure free, I expect her to skate well but I don't expect her to place top 5...I'd be surprised if she placed top 10.
Rachael is skating for enjoyment now. I think that's pretty obvious at this point and for that reason, I don't think her placement matters much. She's just there to enjoy the experience. The fans will be very supportive of her and cheer her on no matter what.
As bright as Rachel is, I think, like kwanatic, that Rachel knows this. IMO she is going for one last experience at Nationals to say goodbye to her competitive career.
I think Rachael was initially hoping/wishing for much more than a fun experience at U.S. Nationals. But, like so many skaters, she put her heart and soul into doing her best, and her body refused to cooperate. I hope she truly enjoys her experience, skates well, and can feel proud putting her competitive career to rest on a high note.
to skaters who train at the Ice Hall.
Per Rachael's own twitter:Two days back into training at altitude. Great being back with @csworldarena and @OlympicCtrLife #FriendsandFamily
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
Isn't that what Kwan did, or was she a different kind of envoy?
What does that mean? A Commentator? She's still going to be competing right?
It's more like a diplomat. She travels to other countries to represent thegovernment of the US.
Rachel has retired from skating competitions after nationals.
Dick Button Historical Quote of the Month: "Good for you, Lucinda Ruh!"
WHAT?!!!!!!! She is such a sweet Girl. What made her retire at such a young age? She's only in her 20's. I hope she knows about what her Fans think of her. That she's such a talented adorable fun too watch Skater. I surely hope she reconsiders.
Her time as a top contender? Does that mean her time as a favorite Skater?