I take back my comments about the Scott and Sandra being against Mirai. Listening to them the were very supportive.
Mirai is a figure skating Olympian because that honor does not go away. Furthermore, she did put in time and effort into something she liked and did achieve professional level results, which is a rare achievement. Mirai can still train to see how good she can really be, and for that she is very fortunate. I hope she wakes up everyday and thinks "how good at this can I be today" and at every competition thinks "I can't wait to show everybody what I can do!" Competitions are really only a means to faster, higher, stronger. Medals do not mean you are your fastest, highest, strongest.
With Bobby Burns day coming up, I'll be sure to combine both our cultures and send her some Sweet 'n Sour Haggis!
Here's to Mirai - on to 4CCs and hopefully sweet victory there! A medal of any color would be a wonderful way to end her season and it certainly would contribute to her own 'body of work' this year to go along with her Nationals bronze going into next season.
Mirai never flutzed ...
Mirai's problem has been ur, not edge calls
At U.S. Nationals - the SP which Mirai won she got an '(i) on her Lutz: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leade...0/results.html
Same thing happened to Mirai in her LP: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leade...0/results.html
In her 2010 Olympic SP, Mirai received an (i) on her Lutz: http://www.isuresults.com/results/ow..._SP_Scores.pdf
In her 2010 Worlds SP (which she won), Mirai received an (i) on her Lutz: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wc..._SP_Scores.pdf
In her 2010 Worlds LP, Mirai received an (i) on her Lutz-2A Seq: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wc..._FS_Scores.pdf
That's at least 5 (i)'s at the most major events of them all, the Olympics and Worlds as well as U.S. Nationals - all in the same year too.
And there were other competitions in which Mirai got dinged on her Lutz - not just for URs. At the 2010 GPs she got edge calls, at least 3 at Trophee Bompard, at 2011 Cup of China, where Mirai won the silver, she got 3 edge calls again throughout the SP and LP or FS.
The British commentator said that she took off on the wrong edge at the 2010 Olympics (or it may have been Worlds). I have the video with commentary saved somewhere.
She has also received edge calls on her Flips - again here, a few examples from some of her best events.
2011 Four Continents (in both the short and long):
At the more recent NHK Trophy Mirai received an 'e' on her flip in both programs:
At Rostelecom Cup (where she won bronze) Mirai received an 'e' on all of her flips:
Notice that over the years Mirai took out the Lutz and eventually the flip in the SP (where an edge call is more costly).
I love Mirai to bits but let's keep it real. It's not a MAJOR problem for Mirai as much as URs but it has cropped up fairly consistently - and has done so at each of her premiere events (Nationals, Worlds, Olympics).
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 01-20-2014 at 10:01 AM.
Any word on Mirai at the moment? She is supposed to be competing this week at 4CC's. It will be very interesting to see who is coaching her.
Mirai went from being a champion so young to being an underdog. AT 20, she can either quit and move on, or give her final 4-6 years of prime athleticism to the sport to see how far she can go. I know she wants to have that 3flip-3toe in her arsenal and get it out in competition, and I know she feels she can do better.
I hope she finds satisfaction in trying to go on, but if not, I wish her success in life.
Reading the entries, Takahiko Mura will be at 4CC's. I wonder if that means Mr. Mura (the father) will be able to coach Mirai in real time at the competition …. Not sure if the USFSA rules apply outside of nationals, i.e. - international competitions.
I went to twitter and Mirai has been dead silent for a while. Hmmm.
As of now, she's still listed as an entry. Good luck, Mirai!
I think everybody, including myself could use a break from social media. The whole world needs to learn moderation.
I hope this means that she will be training with him full time. If this means a move to Japan I say go for it! Mirai needs a stable coaching environment, one that she is happy with and can hopefully thrive.
Go for it at 4CCs Mirai!!
^It seems Mirai is serious about continuing her competitive career!!
I did in these several days. I didn't find Mirai's footsteps in Okayama(as I mentioned on the 4CC practice report thread in K'nC). So I don't think she visited Okayama after US Nationals. However, I found a blog entry posted by one of the coaches working at the rink where Mirai trained under Mr. Mura:
(my rough translation)
I have many thoughts inside of me. However, Mirai-chan is standing on the starting line of the road to her jfuture(note:='Miirai') . I wish she tries her best helping each other with Takahito-kun(note:=Takahito Mura) aiming at appearing in the next Olympics in Korea. We, people in Okayama, continue the full support for Mirai-chan! Although it's a tough time, I hope Mirai-chan gets over it!
Last edited by rosewood; 01-21-2014 at 01:13 PM.
Is 4CC going to be televised in the US?