So much love for Mirai worldwide!
Spun Silver, love that info!
Better yet, can an admin add a sticky to the GSD for donating/funding skaters?
I think that'll be the best/most beneficial for skaters in the long term
I sent a message to her again. I wrote supportive message and also asked her to put the link to NEASF on the top page of her official site like Agnes'. Wish the link helps people who are considering about supporting her financially.
Mirai was screwed out of an Olympic berth in favor of junior skater Polina. I hope she doesnt lose heart and continues with the sport.
It's particularly disheartening to me as a fan of figure skating (not just Mirai) that she is being dissed for her past performances, and every possible flaw in her skating and in her character. She deserves better.
There are so many who are proud of Mirai and hope and wish for her continued success.
Hang in there, Mirai!! There is more greatness in you and wonderful things coming your way.
I realize everyone can google, but here's the link to her website so you don't have to:
Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!
I am wondering if this disappointment may be a blessing in disguise for Mirai? She is getting a lot more attention, so part of me likes to believe that it is, but part of me (the pessimistic one) thinks that she may be too disheartened to continue.
It occurs to me that Mirai might need some help maintaining her website, which would help her take advantage of this wave of awareness and sympathy. I know other skating fans have served as webmasters for various skaters.
Hey, I don't know if this is very realistic or not, but on another skating board a poster wondered whether Mirai might look into representing Japan. I know that would be a long shot fraught with difficulty, and she'd have to sit out before being released by USFS (which doesn't make sense as they've shown in more ways than one that they have no use for her). However, if as it has been reported Mao, Akiko, Murakami and other Japanese ladies will be retiring, maybe Japan might be interested in Mirai (with her Japanese heritage) representing their country. Of course she'd have to become a citizen, etc., etc. But maybe Nobu Sato (Yuka's dad, might coach her). Does any of this sound realistic, especially in view of the fact that Mirai is still relatively young and talented?
The biggest issues, to me, are: 1) what does it do to her career to sit out for 2 years? 2) Does she want to renounce her US citizenship when she reaches 22, or did she plan to give up the Japanese citizenship? After 22, she cannot have both. Although I know some skaters have renounced citizenship to skate for other countries, most skaters who country hop have dual citizenship recognized (the Reeds for instance renounced their US citizenship to continue to skate for Japan, but I imagine it is a decision that can't be taken lightly- regardless of which way the decision goes).
Last edited by Skittl1321; 01-15-2014 at 09:52 PM. Reason: Reed example
You mean she's already a Japanese citizen due to Japan being her parents country of birth? If so, with many of the Japanese ladies retiring, I wonder if this is a viable option for Mirai? Would be fun to see her skating great and winning medals for Japan, not to mention being royally appreciated there.
BTW I did not realize she had dual citizenship with Japan & the USA because I thought Japan did not allow dual citizenship. May be there is an exception for children born to Japanese parents?