Interesting photo for me because Sophia edged out Bradie for the bronze at SkAm and it took me until mid-December to come to terms.
Michelle's story on her website: http://www.coachmichellehong.com/new-pageDoes anyone know Michelle Hong's background. Is she a former singles skater?
ITA ANL. Athletes though I suppose put themselves in each other's places and understand what it feels like to work hard, and to sometimes win unexpectedly. I think Bradie was over not being on the podium at SA immediately after it happened, especially in terms of not 'what if-ing' about it.Interesting photo for me because Sophia edged out Bradie for the bronze at SkAm and it took me until mid-December to come to terms.
ETA that there's a bit more info in her blog post here: http://figureskatersonline.com/hannahmiller/main/the-next-chapter/For those of you wondering what’s been going on in my life since Championships... A lot of big decisions and changes have been made. I decided in April to take some time away from skating. Many factors played a role in this decision but overall my goal is to focus on school and figure out who I am outside of the sport. I still skate weekly because my love for the sport will never fade. Now that I have a lot of extra time on my hands I began coaching figure skating more often. Additionally, I have choreographed five programs. I have found choreography to be one of my passions and an area that I would like to continue to pursue.
When I’m not at the rink I’m studying. I have a year left of my undergraduate education at Michigan State University. I live walking distance from campus and love being a “normal college student.” I am studying psychology and will graduate spring 2020.
I am unsure whether or not I will begin training again or compete. It is not completely out of question but for right now, taking a break is the right decision. I miss training and competing but pursuing my education and career has taken priority. Thanks for always rooting for me, I’m excited to see what comes next.
and she still does not.. and probably will stay for 2nd session, or will return next year... since training is so much fun.Plus, Bradie likely never felt any mean-spiritedness toward Sofia. I like Sofia, but I just feel she was over-rewarded for her nice accomplishment at SA.
yeah...... "skating while Russian" at "Skate America" is a slam-dunk guarantee for the podium..But it certainly helped (Samodurova) in the scoring at SA that Mishin is her coach and she was 'skating while Russian.
Not always a slam dunk! But def helpful. And other factors like consistency and fun programs are helpful too, even despite lacking maturity, speed, experience, etc. I thought Sofia was a bit over-rewarded for a newbie to seniors. But Bradie knew she had made mistakes, particularly off-the-bat in the sp, that she couldn't afford to make.... yeah...... "skating while Russian" at "Skate America" is a slam-dunk guarantee for the podium..
For who missed or can't view Instagram stories, here's a clip compilation of what USFS posted yesterday re. Bradie trying a variety of Olympic sports at the Orleans arena, mostly with success! https://twitter.com/FSIgstories/status/1141120021462212614Bradie's back from France and is in Las Vegas today to help USFS (check out their IG stories) promote Skate America (first stop was City National Arena): https://www.instagram.com/p/By2-fYxH8ew/
I would have been shocked if Megan received anything more than a host pick. She skated well to place where she did last year at SA but didn't really do anything special the rest of the season. I'm sure she will be sent for senior Bs if not get the host pick again for SA.I'm a little surprised not to see Megan Wessenberg on the roster. I thought she rose out of the ranks pretty successfully last year. Maybe she'll get the SA spot... but then, I want Starr to get a second one so I'm torn.
I'm also surprised not to see Courtney. It's sad that she hasn't been able to fulfill her potential.
Of course, they give comeback skaters 2 spots all the time.As a comeback skater Karen Chen could still take 2 spots? Has anyone seen her skate?
Yes, comeback skaters have the potential for two invites. (This is kind of the point, I think. That athletes who have a history of being ranked high enough at the international level that they might be competitive for the GPF can jump right into the GP and compete to qualify for it. Hence the "if you have previously placed top 6 in the World" part of the definition. Top 6 as there are 6 qualifiers to the GPF).As a comeback skater Karen Chen could still take 2 spots? Has anyone seen her skate?
Why wouldn't you want it to be the skaters call if they want to compete on the GP if they earn that right within the rules? Based on what happened last year this could be just a last hurrah before going to school full-time. Much like Gracie last year I have no idea why Karen even showed up for that senior B last season if she was still not up to it.I wish there was a way for comebacks skaters to be evaluated before they get put in the pool as a comeback skater. Because if her practices don't go as they need to over the summer and in the early fall she will have wasted her one chance to use this come back skater status.