I seriously doubt that at this point in his career, and with his track record, Carroll is going to be "forced" to do anything he doesn't want to do.
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Surprised that it's Alex she's leaving behind and not Scott.
She's clearly working her butt off trying to improve. The SP music is one my least favorites, but there are parts of that program where the choreography actually works. She's got ALL that energy and I suppose the choreographers were hoping to capitalize on that when they picked that piece.
It's going to be a very interesting season...
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
This year is setting up to be a disaster for Gracie. She better get it together or she won't make the Olympic team. Very strange decisions have been made and while every other skater has their coaching team in place Gracie doesn't even have a coach. Why didn't she make the move two or three months ago?
i think some of you should calm down.. gracie has a good technique.. it's not like it's the end of the world!
I don't like the music in Gracie's SP this year, and she really had a bad day with the long. But this weekend isn't the end of the world. I feel sorry for her that her tryout with FC is so public because she's not going to be a 100% winner either way--some will say he's right for her and some will say he is not. Gracie will survive all of this and will skate well again, maybe this year, maybe in 2014, maybe not until 2018.
It is too bad that this is all so public, but it can't be helped now. I hope all goes well and she settles in quickly.
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I think the tryout will be eye opening for her and her family. They are use to Gracie being a priority and given special treatment. Frank has bigger fish and did not seem that interested to work with her citing only criticism in the Hersh article. Thinking that she can fly into California get some magic dust from Frank and go back to Canton to get a hug from Marina in 3 hour time zone difference is unrealistic. I feel badly for her because she was hyped so much by athletic development at USFS before she was ready and her unpreparedness to handle criticism, fans, media is showing this.
Tweets have made such situations even more weird.
I don't think it's the end of the world, on the contrary, it's the glimmer of hope. Where Gracie was, was not a place from which to propel her onto the Olympic or World podium, barring mass meltdowns from the big guns. This season's programs completely failed to address her shortcomings as a skater. Her technique is fine, it's her nerves that seem to get in the way. And as far as the PCS mark...yeah. These new programs make the PCS issues stand out more IMO. I am going to stop here.
If anyone, Frank can make it better. But the tryout, that's going to be interesting...
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from Speedy Death
Are we getting a little ahead of ourselves, regarding Gracie?
Yes, she's a huuuuuuge talent, probably the best to come out of the US for a long time. But seriously, what are her chances to stand on the podium at Sochi? If Kim, Asada, Kostner and Suzuki skate anywhere near their best, I don't see Gracie cracking into that elite group this year. I know that the unexpected can happen at the Olympics, but Gracie, even with her enormous talent, has a ways to go until she develops into a mature skater. I do believe she has it in her, but probably for the next quadrennial, don't you think?
From what I can see, Gracie doesn't have a thing to lose by going to Frank, if he'll take her. She's got time on her side.
"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
^ Gracie finished ahead of Akiko at Worlds, so I wouldn't count her among Kim, Asada and Kostner, although she's a contender in the way that Ashley, Gracie and the Russian Wunderkinds are.
Anyway, I know people are scratching their heads about why FC would take Gracie on if he didn't want Adam Rippon. It could have more to do with the fact that Adam would've been a direct conflict with the male skaters (Lysacek, Ten) he's currently coaching. To my knowledge, FC is not coaching any top female skaters right now so Gracie doesn't represent any sort of conflict for him. FC doesn't strike me as the type of person who'd say 'yes' to something he had any sort of doubt about.
"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
Just my two cents....
The whole situation is rather bizarre though, I wonder what caused the fallout with her old coach. Hope she settles on a new coach soon and listens to Frank's advice re: moving around too much/having multiple coaches at once.
Last edited by elka_sk8; 09-16-2013 at 03:48 PM.