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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I think right now Mirai may need a lot of encouragement to continue skating and competing. Such a horrible disappointment can be devastating. I think contributing to her fund is a great idea, but does she get most of that money? What fraction does USFSA keep for the fed?
    If you donate through US Skating Ashley and other skaters will most likely get some of your donation.

    If you want to specifically donate to Mirai see the thread about funding through the NEASF.

    Spun Silver, thanks for sharing this info with Mirai fans.

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    So much love for Mirai worldwide!

    Spun Silver, love that info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Mirai definitely receives support through NEASF. If anyone would like to help put together a crowdfunding campaign too, in order to reach new supporters, I would be willing to help with it.
    I may be interested, but not sure what I would need to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I may be interested, but not sure what I would need to do.
    Me too!

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I may be interested, but not sure what I would need to do.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    Me too!
    Please check out the site Gofundme.com. Some of us did a little crowdfunding research recently in connection wth Jesse, and this looked like the easiest site to work with. If you read how it works, you will get an idea of what tasks are involved in setting it up. If you are still interested, pm me. Thanks!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    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.
    You summed it up! I am really concerned that she may feel too discouraged to skate well at 4CC and everyone will turn on her saying- see? her nationals performance was a fluke; she didn't deserve the Olympics.

    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.

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    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.

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    I realize everyone can google, but here's the link to her website so you don't have to:

    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/mirainagasu/
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    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.
    Hopefully all the love and support she is receiving will help her. Everyone now knows how she got screwed over and she'll have more support worldwide than ever before. If this is what she wants I hope she doesn't let the idiots of her own federation stop her from reaching new heights.

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    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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Of course she'd have to become a citizen, etc.,
    Mirai is a Japanese citizen, and does not have to give it up (or renounce US) until she is 22.

    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    You mean she's already a Japanese citizen due to Japan being her parents country of birth?
    Yes. She is already a Japanese citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    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.
    May be she could hire someone - even part time to do this? It will cost money of course but she may have more money flowing in as a result, giving her a good return on the investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    Mirai is a Japanese citizen, and does not have to give it up (or renounce US) until she is 22.

    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).
    The toughest part would be sitting out 2 years. Right now she has the momentum so it will be tough to do that. Also giving up the US citizenship would be tough, but other skaters have done similar things for the opportunity to skate in the Olympics (and win medals). It depends on how badly she wants it and if she is convinced this is the end of the road with the USFSA. It does appear that they would rather promote younger skaters who can do 3-3 combinations. May be she can give it a try for one more season to see which way the wind is blowing before making a decision. Of course that would mean sitting out 2 years closer to the 2018 Olympics.

    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?

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