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Flatt hurt for Worlds but skates anyways !

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by ProgramerUSFS, Apr 30, 2011.

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  1. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member


    Ryan's injury was public knowledge.. USFSA could have "pulled him"

    Now, for all we know USFSA knew about Rachel's injury too. They generally seem to let the skater and his/her team make the decision to skate or not skate.

    (I realize that Phil Hersh says is now being quoted which has me :lol: When folks don't like what he says he's horrid and now he's a good source... I don't think Phil's interview with one person is exactly "conclusive" )
  2. yunasashafan

    yunasashafan Member

    Didn't Rachael also skate injured at the GPF?
  3. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    Yes (she was fighting tendonitis), and it went about as well as Worlds went for her. That's what makes me angry with Rachael's team. They already knew from prior events of the season that she couldn't compete well with that kind of an injury.
  4. Rottie

    Rottie Well-Known Member

    Why wouldn't first alternates, or for that matter all alternates, get visas just in case? After all, being an alternate means possibly having to make the trip on short notice.
  5. Triple Butz

    Triple Butz Well-Known Member

    It was not aggravated in the sp, it had been nagging for quite some time. In the interview right after her sp, she said she was contemplating replacing the lutz with a loop. Team Flatt let the USA down big time by not carefully monitoring Rachael's health and making sure she was fit to compete in a world championships. If this doesn't end the ridiculous love affair that the USFSA has with Rachael and Tom Z I don't know what will. I lost a lot of respect for Tom and Rachael over this championship and I didn't have much respect for them to begin with. The way they handled this competition was downright embarrassing.
  6. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Yup, that was my point. Tom Z has a pretty long history of making questionable decisions when it comes to his skaters 'playing hurt.'
  7. SkateFan66

    SkateFan66 Active Member

    Evan Lysacek won the 2009 World Championships with a stress fracture to his left foot. The foot began bothering him after 4CC and was diagnosed shortly before the WC.
  8. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Well, one fracture isn't like the other, innit...
  9. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    Xue Shen was injured when she won a World's championship. IIRC, it was her foot or ankle. MK competed with a stress fx in her foot.
  10. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Like I said:
  11. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    Well, it's not so much that you competed injured, but you competed with an injury that clearly had a strong negative effect on your performance?
  12. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member


    Since Flatt finished eighth in the Short Program, spots for next year would have been assigned as if Czisny had been the only American entrant: three spots for a Top Two finish, two spots if she finished elsewhere in the Top Ten, one spot if she finished eleventh or lower.
  13. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Well, a stress fracture doesn't happen overnight. It's one of those things that develops over time, so she HAS to have been in pain for quite a while. Enough pain to see a doctor. What would have been the REALLY sportsmanlike thing to do (and I commented on this in the PBP thread) is for Rachael's people to be in touch with Mirai's people (and perhaps those of the second and third alternates) putting them on alert that there might have been a problem and alternates may very well be needed. (And USFS could have been kept in the loop as well, so they could have visa issues taken care of ahead of time.) This is what happened with Evan & Jeremy in 2008 so that Jeremy had a sufficient heads-up that Evan might have to withdraw.
  14. Flying Camel

    Flying Camel Member

    Rachael said she only found out last Friday that she had a stress fracture. I don't think that was enough time for them to fly in Mirai. Who knows if she was still training. Athletes compete injured all the time. It's unfortunate but it happens. I feel bad for Rachael. This was suuppose to be her big year as a skater, but she had nothing but trouble. Maybe she should take a year off and be a student.
  15. Made4Dancin

    Made4Dancin New Member

    Yeah I don't understand that either. Are we 100% sure they don't do that? Why would you even have an alternate if they couldn't get to the venue because they didn't have the documents ready?
  16. Triple Butz

    Triple Butz Well-Known Member

    She knew she was injured well before that, and she knew she was having big trouble with the toe jumps. All they said was that it was diagnosed on Friday, not that she wasn't feeling the pain beforehand.
  17. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    If this is the case, the USFS gambled and lost, as they have a tendency to do. I didn't know about Rachael's injury situation, so I felt certain she'd snag at least 6th or 7th place if she'd skated to her abilities. And I thought if Alissa competed at least as well as she did in the short, the U.S. would surely regain 3 spots (except for the one fall in the long Alissa skated very well -- just not with the complete confidence that her extraordinary talent deserves **). True that 3 spots is not the main thing that should matter in the long run. Its just frustrating that the U.S. ladies have been so close to regaining 3 spots the last couple of years, and if the 2010 Olympics had counted, Flatt and Nagasu placed very well there.

    The whole situation with Rachael not being 100% is so unfair to the other U.S. ladies IMHO. I felt sorry for Rachael watching her skate in Moscow. She should be proud of what she's accomplished in skating, and that she went to the Olympics. How much more did she and USFS really think she'd be able to achieve? IMO, Rachael had a great deal of promise as a young skater, but regardless of injury, she seemed to peak awhile ago and has not really improved her overall skills to a point the international judges would ever seem to consider as being podium worthy. The U.S. ladies who do have that kind of talent in my estimation are Alissa and Mirai (of course both of them have been known for inconsistency despite their magical talents). Wagner, Zawadski, and Gao I think are also more talented than Flatt -- except for the latter two being less experienced.

    I have never felt that Rachael was an exceptional skater or that she ever skated well enough to win the U.S. title. Great for Rachael that she does have that one U.S. title, but Mirai had better programs at Nats this year (despite silly botching of a spin in her Nats lp), and I felt Mirai should have been the one to go to Worlds with Alissa.

    OT ** Hands down, Alissa should be receiving higher PCS than Ando and Kim. Its just that Alissa has a rep for not always delivering, so that even when she does deliver well, she is not always fairly rewarded. I thought Alissa deserved third in the sp. She did have the advantage of skating the lp after her top competitors, and the door was slightly ajar. Unfortunately, she failed to push through that door with confidence. However, I suppose the fact Alissa fell on one jump but didn't allow it to deep six her program, should be counted as a victory. Alissa could have been on the podium -- she has two beautiful programs with a style that a number of international ladies are trying to copy. When will the U.S. ladies break through again to challenge with confidence and inspired performances?
  18. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    Rachael is a poop sandwhich for not WD'ing, yeah I went there. :p

    Mirai could've WON, same LP from 4CC would've won the LP IMO. I cant freaking believe how we only have 2 spots again.
  19. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    ITA. :mad:
  20. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I have never had lower opinion for Team Flatt until today.

    Nagasu might not be able to fly in on time and she might not be trained since 4CCs, but it's not up to team Flatt to withhold news about an injury from USFS. It really should be up to USFS to decide whether they want to risk with Flatt (with Flatt and Tom Z's approval) or try Nagasu or Zawadzki or Gao or whatever.

    And I hate that Tom Z had no regard for his skaters' well being. Having said that, Flatt is an adult and should also be responsible for the decision.

    Quick, someone drag Zawadzki out of that hell hole now.
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  21. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    And you know all this how? Big difference from feeling pain and getting a diagnosis.
  22. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

    I feel a bit sorry for Rachael. Regardless, it must be so upsetting to get injured so close to a major championship - one which could well be your last.

    Who knows whose decision it was - if it was hers, I can understand, because all any competitor wants to do is compete - naturally. I suspect she might have told herself it'd be alright once she was on the ice, but clearly it wasn't.

    If it was Tom Z.'s ... well, I need no more excuse to want to punch that man in the face lol. There's just something (alot) about him which rubs me up the wrong way.

    I'm not a fan of her skating, but I do wish Rachael the best. I'm somewhat surprised at the way her career's gone. I pictured her being a Sarah Hughes type; mentally strong, solid if unspectacular, and bagging a few major medals by sheer consistency over other skaters messing up, but it hasn't happened.

    As for Nagasu - who know's what she'd have done. I do agree though, that she could have won.
  23. skfan

    skfan Member


    maybe if she brought the judging panel from 4CC with her. with the earthquake weakening mao and miki (to a lesser extent), maybe.

    but with a strict caller? i'm a little skeptical, forgive me.

    to say nothing of yeonah being quite the kick ass competitor herself. it took quite a chain of events to bring her this loss--she was so close to winning--even with her not her usual self. i would guess if you alter even one little thing, the one who would come out on top is yeonah.

    look, i'm not a fan of flatt's, but this... near vilification of her is disappointing to me. i could just as easily say --with equal amount of proof as you--that if mao skated the same as 4cc she would have kicked mirai's butt. but how was i to know mao would show up and be no where near top condition? unless the usfsa warned mirai way early, like, 3 days after nationals -- be prepared to go to worlds-- and frank was there to remind her constantly, you really think the irrepressible, spontaneous, fun-loving mirai is going to train as if she were actually going to compete?

    i felt like telling off that reporter shoving the microphone in rachael's face asking, you just skated in pain, how do you feel-- gosh let the girl go off and take some pain meds and just cry her eyes out like it seems she wants to do.
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  24. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

  25. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    If Rachel DID tell Tom that something was wrong, I'm more concerned with a possible pattern at Camp Zakrajsek. If something hurts more on Day 2 than Day 1, It's Camp Z's responsibility to have a professional check it out and it's Camp Z's responsibility to tailor the training based on the diagnosis. If Tom Z had her continuing double run throughs on an undiagnosed injury, that really scares me. Since it's extremely unlikely we will ever hear the actual sequence of events from the key players, I'll stop there.

    As for the speculation on Mirai, there's no way to know how hard she was training, especially with the delay.
  26. Jagerboy

    Jagerboy Member

    This bit with Rachel is just frustrating. She pulled this crap at the GPF and now she pulled it here. I really feel her coach is obsessed with seeing himself on TV. They knew dang well she should have been out of both competitions, but they continued on. And the USFSA should be ashamed of themselves for the way they push Rachael down folks throats. I hate when they get on a skaters bandwagon and then do what ever they can to make sure the world loves her. I'm sorry, but while Rachael is a nice girl, she doesn't have the qualities that many people enjoy in skating. It doesn't make a difference of how you tell her to dress or to cut her hair, them trying to make her fit in actually did more damage IMO.

    As far as Mirai, I believe she was in Canada working on her new programs.
  27. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

    The thing is Rachael skated with tendonitis in the same leg at Skate America and she did much better there than she did at Worlds. I think it's pretty unacceptable that she had such a terrible outing in the LP. She was obviously thinking too much about protecting her injury, but as an athlete, you need to learn how to deal mentally with something like that, as past champions have. Besides that, Rachael hasn't skated one clean LP this season... Guess her "the rock" days are over.

    But besides that, I don't really think substitution would have been a good idea either because I'm sure all three alternates scaled back their training and probably weren't fit for worlds anyway.
  28. sk8ers

    sk8ers New Member

  29. Really

    Really I need a new title

    OMG, I cannot believe the vitriol I'm seeing thrown at this young woman! You'd think that having three entries in ladies every year is a God-given right or something with the way some people are reacting! C'mon, people! She didn't drown kittens!

    Athletes compete injured. Gameday is gameday. It happens. She went out and did the best she could. It's unfortunate it wasn't up to some people's standards, but shit happens. No one except Rachael and the people closest to her know what really happened (no, not even Phil himself), so all this haranguing is rather pointless -- and just plain mean and nasty.

    /rant off
  30. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    If that's the case, perhaps the USFSA should be doing some monitoring, at least of the envelope skaters.
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