Mirai really hasn’t been shy about showing her Japanese heritage in her social media, like conversing with her parents in Japanese and showing the Japanese food her family cooks. I remember at one point during her down period, there was some chatter about her going to train in Japan, and there were a bunch of videos of speaking in Japanese with skaters she was doing shows with.
Also, Ashley was always going to go to Sochi, people! She was the one bright spot in the underperforming US women. It was a choice between Mirai, who had not really been doing well at all up to that point, and Polina, the untried rookie who was a candidate to be the next US star. Ashley later went on to end the US women’s world medal drought.
Anyway, this season seems really cheap and overtly artificial to me, like they’re trying to manipulate you to feel a certain way but aren’t putting the work in so you don’t feel manipulated. It’s like bad fan fiction, especially Mirai’s crying piece. Blah.
I really liked Mirai’s dancing again this week. She has really nice lines, especially for a second week show. Adam was good, but the routine left me cold. Also, never thought I’d say this, but something about the way he holds himself seems off, like he needs to unclench a bit. Chris is adorable, want to see more of him.
Loved seeing Meryl in the audience (with her fiancé to her right). Adorable as always, and I hope she comes back for a dance or two!