I – and I’m not the only one – have frequently complained about Rachael Flatt, the most uncharismatic and boring ladies skater the U.S. has to offer at the moment. Rachael has consistency – which has led her to victory at U.S. Nationals – but her personality and her skating are about as exciting as watching paint dry. This season, however, we watched Rachael bomb starting with the GPF all the way to Worlds where she finished in 12th. Now, the USFSA (and Frank Carroll) are pissed that they don’t have a third spot for next year’s Worlds and now they’re pointing fingers at Rachael.
According to this article, Flatt was reprimanded and fined for not telling the USFSA about her injury, which consequently resulted in Mirai Nagasu’s absence from Moscow, which she could have been an alternate. Frank Carroll thought that Mirai could have given the U.S. that third place and it seems as if he’s sending a strong message that Mirai’s headcase days are over and that she’s reformed. With the news of Rachael’s censure, it feels as if a new tide of change will be sweeping the U.S. ladies field:
- We may finally see the end of Rachael Flatt’s successes. She’s left Tom Z but as Mao has proven, it will take a lot more to correct her jumping technique and her plain boring personality (and her personality isn’t going to help her PCS one bit…). She should have followed everyone’s advice and stop skating because at this point, she may see a downward trend in the results of her skating career.
- If Frank Carroll’s statements about Mirai are true, she may be catapulted above Alissa for the next season. If Mirai is sent to one of those minor “practice” competitions like Nebelhorn, it may be a good indication that Mirai is being serious about her skating with Frank’s full political support behind her. A combination not to be taken lightly.
- If Rachael is truly dumped, retribution will occur through a bronze medal at Nationals for flat skates from Flatt. That will be sufficient to keep her out of the World team. I don’t know if any U.S. lady other that Nagasu, Czisny or Flatt can challenge for the podium at the moment but keeping Flatt off the podium would probably spell the end of a successful career.
- Frank Carroll is after Rachael Flatt’s blood. Go Frank, go.
Any opinions out there? Debates are fun!
~The Rinkside Cafe