You know, I was at the Newark, NJ SOI stop last night and while it was a good crowd by current standards, it really hit me that if they can't even fill up a smaller arena in one of the most densely populated areas of the country in an Olympic year, featuring Olympic champs, the sport really is in some serious trouble.
I compare that to the gymnastics tour I went to back in 2012 in DC which was about 90+% full in comparison IIRC.
Here is a new article about Gracie: Olympian Gracie Gold keeping spins, blades sharp with 'Stars on Ice' http://www.twincities.com/entertainm...es-sharp-stars
This portion is very interesting....
Not sure about her mastering the 3A soon since it seems she's having problems with her 2A (or maybe it was just the nerves at Worlds). I wonder if in this next quad she'll really be able to do a quad toe-loop though but she does have a good jump technique."Frank and I do want to work on a triple axel and we definitely would like to play around with -- it seems silly when women talk about it -- but a quad toe-loop," says Gold, adding that it will be fun to work on new and more difficult elements and figuring out, strategically, if she can complete them with enough consistency for them to earn her high scores. "Right now, unless we add in a second triple-triple (combination jump), I'm kind of reaching the technical limit, and that means we really have to enhance the artistic component."
Last edited by redfiretrees; 04-29-2014 at 07:23 PM.
From what I saw and heard from other SOI shows, she's been struggling a lot with her 2A. At our show, she stepped out of her first 2A and I believe she popped the second one?
Well, GG states the obvious - add more difficult elements -and/or- up the artistic merit of her programs to get better. I agree that talking about a 3x when you are having trouble w/ the 2x is a head-scratcher. I've never seen her perform a 3toe solo to have an opinion on whether a 4toe is possible.
It's also great for Gracie that she's "going" to college since she said that she plans to take online college classes this coming fall. Well good for her. I believe she's said in an interview that she want to go into the medical field/profession. Can't remember what specialization though...she's hoping to take at least a couple of online college classes while she prepares for the next figure skating season.
Just a thought, but if the spotlight is glaring into your eye at the moment you go forward into a jump like an axel, it can really mess things up because you go temporarily blind. It is hard to train with spotlights, you just get on the job experience as you go. The spotlights might be different each night or venue.I'm thinking that a jump like 3Toe loop might not be as blinding becauseyou are going backwards. If the spotlight is on your face and not the ice, you can't see your feet sometimes! And can still fall on something simple.