I predict just as in seasons past, Mirai will start to get her groove on by the 2nd GP assignment. That will give her some credibility with the USFSA and she'll be a podium contender (again) by the time Nationals rolls around.
I don't think Nagasu can afford to be anything less than solid in all her competitions this coming season. Not with the way she skated and disappointed at the last couple of seasons. Hicks and Gao have been consistent including with their 3/3s and rarely get UR calls.
I wonder what Mirai's plans will be after this season? Will she continue to compete, hoping to pull a Carolina or Akiko (find her stride in her mid-20s), or will she retire and continue doing shows?
ITA, kwanatic. I wonder how her mom is doing. I've been wishing her full recovery.
The more I watch Mirai's programs, the more I like them. Especially her SP. I didn't notice before, but in her first combo spin the variations are perfectly timed to the music. I'm getting more excited for her on the GPs!
On the other hand - it breaks my heart a little that she's making her own dresses. I guess she can't really afford dressmakers or certainly not designers like a Vera Wang. Wish she could. I would've loved to see what Vera Wang would have come up with for Mirai.
Looking like a pretty legit designer here. #fakeittilyoumakeit
She very well might have done the stoning herself. Or added a few of them.
Last edited by Skittl1321; 08-24-2013 at 12:50 PM.
Mirai has done some good performances in the last couple years. NHK this season especialy. Maybe you are assuming her being on or at her best is a level of skater she used to be say around her peak in 2010-2011, but she just isnt as good a skater as she used to be anymore even when she is on, and her new on is not what you are thinking it is. People are spoiled by Kim and Asada being at their best still mid 20s after being underaged teen phenoms and might think that is normal for ladies skating but it is not. Ladies skaters tend to peak for a few years, then decline. Mirai probably has as well. The on you are imagining is probably something that isnt even within her abilities now. I think NHK minus maybe a couple of URs is what an on Mirai looks like now. Which would probably overtake even Gaos best, but could still lose to any of Wagner, Gold, Zawadski, and maybe an improved Courtney at yours. I dont think she is capable of skating at the level of the 2010 Olympics, 2010 Worlds short skate, and 2011 Four Continents, even if she were really on anymore. She isnt as good a skater as she then anymore to put it blunt.
Also the other thread you were talking how Agnes could win the last 3 Nationals but now saying she isnt as good as an on Nagasu, so I am a little confused on your views on her. You seem to rate her highly then you dont.
I tend to agree, I think Mirai may have peaked at 16 and it's not realistic for her to regain that same kind of energy and body type she had back in 2010 now. Yuna and Mao were very blessed with their bone structures and body builds, plus they both went through their transitional period slowly and gradually, and generally grew up physically at a younger age than Mirai. Mirai looks in shape now but while in 2010, she was similar in build to Yuna and Mao, now you can tell she is a much sturdier frame, bigger bones, shoulders, etc. compared to either of them. That's not going to go away even if she were to lose weight, which I don't think is even the problem because she looks in shape. In 2010 she had just shot up several inches the year before and had finally adjusted to her new height, but hadn't really filled out yet, so she was fast and light and the jumps, which have always been of questionable quality and rotation, were at their best. Plus 16 year olds have lots of energy, and Mirai doesn't have that super-intense killer instinct personality Jenny and Dave like to talk about that Yuna definitely, and even Mao somewhat, do have. She could maybe make the team as the 3rd member and with a good skate could place in the top 10 at the Olympics, but I think the days of her being a real contender on the World stage are over.