It may mean:
Step 1 - learning read and write, so that one can find the right button to push
Step 2 - saving money for buying a computer
Step 3 - buying a computer and trying to find someone who can set it up
Step 4 - arranging wifi to be able to get on the internet
Step 5 - logging into Instagram
Step 6 - searching for the offensive post
Step 7 - finally finding it and pushing the right button to delete it. Whoa, it was a hard job!
Considering that step one and step two can take several years, with a bit of luck and some serious commitment, it will be gone in roughly five years time.
I totally agree that this situation could have been handled differently, I was not the one who posted it. I am working with them and I can only offer my suggestions. We did stand behind Karen for the past two years, but the #bootproblems and lies (using a third party to modify Avanta product) could only go so far. If she mentioned that her boot problem was an issue after using the third party it would be a different story, right?
Avanta Rockerz soles are mounted to the boots in a special way. The third party must have tried to heat mold the boots, which would destroy the Rockerz soles, causing them to split. Avanta has a special way molding the skates at a certain temperature. The picture that was posted indeed look like someone tried to pry the Rockerz soles off. Rockerz soles are made with hard plastic material (the same material used to make the Rockerz skate guards).
I am not suggesting that Karen takes this advise, who am i to suggest.... But do want to say that WIFA are very comfortable boots, and if i am not mistaking, Irina Slutskaya wore only them, even during her weight fluctuations, and never had any problems. maybe this is worth a try.... just thinking out loud.
I have watched Karen train a bit lately, when she hits it, she is so phenomenal. The skating is so fluid, her jumps are crazy high, her choreography from within, not "somebody told me to do this". She is just not consistent enough. I doubt it's the skates right now, although this makes Avanta look even more like total arses. Sometimes athletes feel worn out and one more semi-flop at a big championship was maybe not worth risking. This season has been a bad one, but hopefully she can regroup for the next one.
Here is an excerpt from Karen talking about her back problems. It does not really seem to relate to boots or feet, but it's interesting nevertheless:
Now, what most people don’t know, what I’ve never told anyone before, is that I suffer from a chronic, and at times debilitating, back condition. My whole life, I’d been able to stretch and I was very flexible, especially in my back, which helped me execute spins and spirals from a very young age. Then, a few years ago, sometime after I broke my foot that day in Riverside, this back injury flared up. I’ve seen many doctors for it, and I’ve gotten different opinions. Some say I was born with the problem, others say I must have had an accident when I was younger that triggered it. Basically, my lower vertebrae sometimes slip forward and backward because the bones are slightly cracked. When I arch my back in certain ways, bone pushes against nerve, and pain shoots down my legs and back. I’ve had doctors tell me not to arch my back, but I have to arch my back in order to compete and execute certain moves. So you can see my dilemma.
When I was initially diagnosed, I was so worried about my spine and so nervous about the pain that I was tense all the time. And that tension made everything worse. I was tight and my muscles were constantly seizing, which only intensified the sharp pain radiating from my back down through to my legs.
I decided I needed to be careful and play it safe, not pushing it so far that even normal activities would hurt my back. In training, when I’d run through my programs, I only performed basic movements. For example, if it was a spiral, I wouldn’t lift my legs as high. I toned everything way down.
As you know, I managed to win bronze at nationals in 2015. But my performances grew more and more inconsistent. How could I expect myself to hit positions in competition if I never did them in practice? That’s not how athletes train. Training halfway is not the proper way to train. I’m being lazy.
Finally I had to have a conversation with my doctor. “You have this problem,” he said, “but worrying about it won’t make it better. And arching your back isn’t going to make it any worse.”
Champions figure out a way to persist. And in order to help my back, I added more Pilates and core stability work to my off-ice training. All those core muscles help hold my vertebrae in position. If my core was strong, the vertebrae weren’t as likely to slip around and cause further problems.
Initially, my back pain was scary and I dealt with a lot of fear. But my only choice was to figure out a way to overcome the fear. I tried avoiding it—which didn’t work. It was only after I embraced it that I found a breakthrough. My back condition forced me to strengthen other areas of my body, which made me more powerful overall. In my weakness, I found strength.
But we still have no word from Karen on her reason for withdrawing? I just find it so drastic. Getting to Worlds is such a huge accomplishment, and there are no guarantees that she will make it back there again (although one would hope she'll have a long career in which she's able to reach her potential).