Yes! She is young with plenty of room to group by 2018. She just needs to align with the right coach to take her there.
I see a medalist in this girl. I see her makin' all kinds of history in years to come. And you're right; she needs the right coach to get her there.
True. If there's a Chow Liang of the figure skating world, Starr needs to cross their path.I watched one of her routines that she did at age 6, right after the one posted here. Too much frigging cute.
LOL - Chow Liang is exactly whom I thought of. And I was like, "Damn...he doesn't train skaters."
She won't find a good coach here in the US. Don't get me wrong there are coaches here who are good, but American skaters can't touch other countries. There are Russian coaches that have come to the US. that would be her best bet. And the sooner the better. The down side is that good coaches cost money!
I'm glad you pointed this out because one of the reasons used against sending Mirai Nagasu to Sochi was her lack of a coach. Yet even though she lacked a coach, she skated better than Ashley Wagner.Also, plenty of these cornfed, All-American "sweethearts" have coaches, yet when they go to the Olympics (and other major world competitions), they get stepped on by the Russians and the Northeast Asians.I'm convinced with the gymnasts it's even worse because the best coaches I've seen thus far (Chow Liang [Chinese], Nastya Liukin's father [Russian], etc) have all come from other countries.
Don't forget Bela Karolyi and his wife Marta (Romanians).(gymnast). I don't like to blame the coaches totally though. You can have the best coach in the world and skate, play basketball etc like crap. I think coaches can fine tune and get you where you need to be, but when its all said and done its all you. Its hit or miss really. You can have incredible talent, but without the right person to bring it out then good luck. If Douglas had not joined Chow Liang she would have never won a medal let alone made the team. Surya Bonaly was good and had a lot of potential, but she didn't have the coach to get her there. Her athletic scores were always high, but artistic scores sucked. A better coach would have brought that out. She had two coaches three if you count her mom. Serena and Venus Williams dad coached them, but he knew that they would need someone else to pull out the rest of their potential. Even though there was a scandal with skating this year I think (my opinion) the Russians have the best skaters in the world. I'm not saying that she would win gold at the next Olympics because it would still be on her once she hit the ice, but she would be a serious threat.
And she's competing on behalf of Spain.
You know a problem US athletes (at least Olympic ones) have is money. A majority of the countries actually set aside money to train their athletes. Something that would have prevented (IMO) Wagner from being put on the ice skating team because it wouldn't have been about advertising dollars. I read how one snowboarder had to pay for her way the Olympics and borrow equipment because no one would sponsor her. They told her point blank she was too old!Oh since you feature sistas doing non-conventional sports take a gander at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7nfnui1EeU
Thanks!!!By the way, do you think Russia actually has the best skaters or is simply disciplined enough to send the best skaters? The Ashley Wagner/Mirai Nagasu debacle re-highlighted the America's Sweetheart Syndrome, the tendency to send the "All-American White Girl" instead of the better athlete.
Well judging by this last Olympics everyone sucked! I mean was the new requirement to fall down? To answer your question yes I think they have the best. Now they are a mostly white country so I can't say what would happen if a POC represented them. Hold on that is a lie because Victor Ahn represented them and he can pee sunshine while they drink it! SOOOO with that being said they want to win. Period. As I stated before foreign governments allot money to sports for the sole purpose of winning a medal. So when you see them you are seeing the best of the best for them. And lets be honest you do NOT want to screw up! You see what happened when that one male figure skater dropped out of the men's competition because of his back. They wanted his head on a stick. I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually moved out of the country. Not there wasn't some controversy over his selection (Plushenko) because someone else did beat him and had higher standing worldwide. So yes they do the same crap over there, BUT their skaters are still good no matter who they put up. I think with a rod in his back I would have went with someone else just in case though. But that shows you that they know they have a better skater who is injured then we have who is healthy! They want to win. They don't have commercials pitching products so its all about medals medals medals! As for the whole Wagner deal it was about money. Our athletes are sponsored by companies not the government. Products are being pushed not national pride. One reason they wanted her is commercials. The commercials are normally shot waaaayyyy before the teams are selected. So what happens if the athlete you shot the commercial with isn't on the team? I remember years ago a guy was supposed to compete in the decathlon and he didn't make the team. Yet, you saw all these Olympic commercials featuring him! Even though sports is big here Olympic sports are not seen in the same light before most of these people you only see during the Olympics.
And that's my point - Wagner's the face of Pandora, etc. - why can't Nagasu have her face on Pandora shit? What's wrong with it?In other words, I get that private companies put up the money, but come on...they're footing the bill for the best athletes. They're all about image, image, image, not medals, medals, medals.I mean, Jordyn Wieber signed with Adidas Gymnastics. Gabby Douglas made all kinds of history and earned all kinds of gold, and got a damn cereal box.
I remember years ago a guy was supposed to compete in the decathlon and he didn't make the team. Yet, you saw all these Olympic commercials featuring him!I remember that shit. Dan vs. Dave. Dave made it and barely took bronze, but Dan didn't make the cut.
Didn't they try that with Lolo Jones?
Think so. See how that worked out.
*but come on...they're NOT footing the bill for the best athletes.Sorry about that.
She got more than a cereal box. She has contracts with Proctor & Gambe, Ninetindo, AT&T, OPI and a gymnastics clothing line. Come you guys! You know good and well who these companies want representing them! Now some of the companies like Bounty did feature Julie Chu. But the people in charge have to have the conjones to do it! They want the white girls period. Oh and they want the young white girls because they refused to sponsor one white girl for the winter Olympics because she was old (30). She won a medal by the way. They don't foot the bill for the best athletes of course! They are footing the bill for the person who will get the most sales. White. They want to remind everyone that there are whites in sports too. I remember when Tiger Woods won that first Masters. A white woman actually called into a radio show complaining because blacks were winning everything so white people had nothing!
A white woman actually called into a radio show complaining because blacks were winning everything so white people had nothing!*spews*You owe me a new monitor.
Yes! This was right when Tiger won that first Masters. It blew my mind. I was driving and almost wrecked. I mean was it THAT serious! I like sports (watching and playing), but I have never gotten THAT invested in it. I am not a fan of Tiger Woods (even before his cheating scandal), but I love the fact that he and the Williams sisters went into predominately white sports and took the crap over and literally changed the game!
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