We all know 3rd is better than fourth.
This is not about pcs but rather back room politics replacing sporting results.
IF US Skating denied Mirai because they don't approve of her training that's really too bad.
What happened on the ice is what matters and not such judgemental behavior from a group of non-competing adults.
If Mirai does not meet their personal expectations or satisfy their lofty standards then Pat StPeter and her cronies are the one's who should go. Seems like they would be better off working at the Miss America pageant where being blonde still means something.
And I don't think all the money in the world on choreography is going to make you better (Sandra Bezic could choreograph my program and I'll still look like crap); but NOT being able to afford a good choreographer could hurt a skater who is great. The best choreographers know how to fill their programs with things that get the points. Now, that doesn't mean they all cost $10k, I doubt Rohene Ward is charging that yet, and his were the best programs of the year, but a skater who has to do their own choreography or has a coach choreograph MAY be at a disadvantage to someone who can afford the top choreographers.
Bezic - with Hamilton and Tom Hammond - is not my dream team of commentators. Really. not.
But if I had worked with Toller Cranston and "popped out of a giant clam in Strawberry Ice," I would hope to coast on that gig for the rest of my professional life.
That is cool.
I didn't have time to find the clam scene - or figure out why it is called Strawberry Ice - but here is a link to the show.
I will have to come back and watch this because I want to see Sandra as a skater. I caught Peggy Fleming in the big headdress and full make up with her layback in Part IV. At least I think it was Peggy Fleming. I would have never guessed Peggy would go all theatrical like that. But it was the era of Cher.
What would Jenny do?
Here is Brian B's SP from Calgary, another great program by Sandra.
Scott handled his post competitive career very well compared to some. In addition to touring, he began doing commentary for CBS the year after his big Olympic win. He took advantage of the limited window one has to turn Olympic success into a lifelong career. At that point, any weakness in speech was obviously less of a deal than having Mr. Gold Medalist on your team. And once he had been doing that and touring for awhile, he was a nice, familiar face/voice who knew how to do the job. It's a great example of the importance of striking while the iron is hot. Had he hesitated, I don't think he'd have found near the success with the commentating and possibly the tours and everything else, because he does lack some of the qualities that are usually found in successful stars.
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I think Scott also makes up for what he lacks in star quality with work ethic. When he was dropped by Ice Capades 2 years after his Olympic win(he was told male skaters weren't marketable as headliners) he hustled for sponsors and started his own tour. I noticed posters attending U.S. Nationals continually mentioning seeing him at practices taking notes.
Peggy Fleming's solo is also in the "underwater" sequence, at the beginning of part 3. I think the skater with the "big headdress and full make up" in part 4 is Jamie Lynn Kitching, rather than Peggy. I don't know anything about her background, or how she got a featured role in this production.
Sandra was also the Choreographer, Co-director; and appeared in the acclaimed'Emmy-Winning "Carmen on Ice".
Her competitive career ended when she was 17.
Val went to University;
The other great special Sandra did besides "You Must Remember This" was "A Passion to Skate".
I recommend them highly.
I think that Sandra has earned much more respect than she receives.