Good luck Mirai! I hope she shows her doubters that she really is still in the mix.
I hope she medals at the NHK.
I was one person who thought Mirai was going to be the leading contender going into Sochi. I thought she would have been World Champion by now. Nothing materialized for her. I just don't think she wanted the attention that comes with being the number one skater in the world.
They say with age comes wisdom. I'm hoping she holds it together this year and puts out some good performances. I do love her SP, but I want her to feel it. I don't want to just watch her chase her jumps. Go Mirai !
I think to have a family member who was(still is?) seriously sick was really depressing. Moreover her mom was supporting her by driving hours to and back from Caroll's new rink. Mirai was going through puberty as well. So I think it was very hard for her to get things together. Then she changed her coaches/rinks and she started driving to the rinks by herself. I think she's doing very well. I believe she's trying to get things better at least. Hope she shows the good signs at NHK Trophy. Love you, Mirai!
Also I think it was more she could not handle pressure vs not wanting attention.
I really want to see Mirai do very well at the nationals and make the Olympic team, then skate lights out at the Olympics.
Good luck Mirai... !! I really want her to do well at NHK... really fight for it!!
Knowing where she stood within US Federation against their Golden Girl du jour Gracie here (Vs the Cover Girl Ashley), I'd fully expect her PCS will be moderate or low, and her jumps will get scrutinised like no tomorrow compare to some of the home favs if she put out a decent performance. I question if she'd really have a chance to medal since Akiko and Mao are likely to have priority IN Japan if they both do well and US is very likely to pull for Gracie. It'd be weird to see Frank sitting with Gracie instead of her at Kiss and Cry.
For her, it is a matter of making sure she lands everything with no UR and put up a worthy Bond Girl fight in presentation and charm the heck out of the audience to get them on her side. ONLY then.... maybe...maybe she will have a fighting chance for that elusive 3rd spot at the Olympics and get a 2nd look by the US Federation. Elena is such a dark horse in this competition. Ideally, Mirai really need to get a medal at this competition, but her chances doesn't appear to be good on paper. I'd consider a 4th finish would be a good finish.... which is annoying. I want her to medal!
Her manner of delivering is almost more important than whatever the final ranking/medal colour she get. She should try to win at least one event, even though she will for sure to have REALLY tough competition at NHK.
Last edited by os168; 11-08-2013 at 02:25 AM.
I cross-posted this on NHK Trophy thread in K&C:
For you who wants any information about Mirai. I found photos of her. Shame they are not her practice photos. However, it's very nice to see her smiling at the rink.
Apparently she had an amazing warmup right before her skate too. Those pesky nerves!
Mirai looked so good in the six minute warm-up, but it fell apart when the music and pressure was on .....
Mirai. I wanted her to do so well here!
Not a good showing for her at all...those < and << are destroying her. She just can't seem to rotate anymore...
She can rotate if no one is keeping score. This is hard to watch.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
Rrrrrrrrr......*fists in the air* scarlett ohara style.
She nailed her 3-3, 3loop, and 2axel to perfection in the warm up. If she landed those in her sp, she would have been 60+
On the bright side, I noticed Mirai smiling during the program and really completing her movements; I thought her ending position was especially gorgeous. I also liked that they added a transition with the layback Ina Bauer into the 3L.
I didn't watch the warm up, but I wonder why she did a 3-3 when her planned content listed a 3F2T.
Do her jumps look more fully rotated in the warm-ups?
Whatever happens I hope Mirai still hangs on a few more years after Sochi. I'm still holding out for a Kostner/Wagner type renaissance in her 20s. Still love Mirai. I hope she pulls it together for the LP and ends up on a good note.
I thought she might have been having boot issues (since she was tweeting for last-minute advice on breaking them in) but that doesn't seem to be the case at all if she had a good warm-up.