Mirai, I'm so proud of you keeping it together during the exhibition after an emotional week. She cried before and after but not during the performance like a true professional
I've been a fan of Mirai's for a long time and it's been so hard to watch her struggle. I've so wanted her to happy and find her place in this sport. She's young and seems to have turned a corner...so it's onward to the 4CC's where I hope she'll be on top of the podium!!
Who is handling Mirai's training right now in preparation for 4cc's?
Any thoughts on who her coach should be in the US? Someone mentioned Yuka and Jason who will have a lot of space w/ Jeremy, Alissa and probably Valentina gone after this season.
Sending lots of <3 <3 <3 to Mirai. Hang in there, and know that many people out there are still rooting for you.
To Sweet Mirai,
Thanks for all you have given to the skating world.
I just watched your Gala skate from Boston again and all I can say is that it is a moment I will never forget.
Many of us have watched you grow from a cute young girl into a beautiful young Lady so thanks for all the memories you have given us.
Please know you are a truly beloved skater with fans who will be with you forever.
I can't imagine how you will be ready to skate at 4CC so soon after such a bitter disappointment but remember there are many of us behind you cheering you on.
So please do what you have been doing for years and surprise us once again - not only with your wonderful skating but with your delightfully charming and genuine personality.
Be happy and well and remember you have shown us time and again that you have the heart of a champion.
Yuna spent an entire Olympic cycle in Canada and we know how much she won.
If Mirai wants to train in Japan and is able to it could possibly be a very good thing for her.
I have no idea if Mirai will ever make an Olympic team again but she is certainly young enough and talented enough to go for it.
Wishing her the best always.
Good luck at 4CC Mirai!
I don't think that this was Mirai's last shot for the Olympics, it certainly wouldn't be a matter of talent, as there are very few skaters in the world with the talent she has. The last four years did not go as anyone expected, a big part of that though was that her body changed a lot. By the looks of her it only seems that within the past season her body has finally "settled" and I would imagine that training will be a lot simpler what with not having to constantly having to adjust to her new physical dimensions. She still has all her triples, and the UR issue seems to have improved. While I was disgusted with how things went down in Boston, I can't help but be really excited by the fact that she finished 3rd and was ever so close to 2nd. When you compare her performance with her two peers: Zhang and Flatt, who both fell by the wayside this quad for various reasons, it's pretty heartening to see Mirai still in the thick of things--and I would say she was still skating at only around 70% of her capability in Boston. I think Mirai has a lot more to show if she wants to, it's really up to her.
Mr Lucky, thank you for posting the link to Mirai's exhibit. I could not open the links previously posted. Both her skating and the crowd's determination to show their support were wonderful to see. She is so incredibly attuned to the music that she makes time stop - she is holding it in her hand. Amazing that she could perform like that while being so miserable.
Here is a nice HD of Mirai's LP.
I still makes me feel good watching how well Mirai skated that night.
One of the better observations from Scott: "She's got the crowd now"
and Sandra: "They really love her"
Thanks for the program in HD. Sigh. and Sigh some more. :*(
After Scott screeched when Mirai landed the last 2A I jumped off my chair, pumped my fists and also screeched Yeeeeessssss!! (my family thought I was nuts)
Thanks to Mirai for making the skating at Natls so exciting.