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    Pinkskate's Favorite Olympic Moments From PyeongChang

    Pinkskate's Favorite Olympic Moments From PyeongChang

    By now, I’m sure all of the athletes are breathing a giant sigh of relief now that the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang has finally come to an end.  In this post we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite moments from the Winter Olympic Games. You may have some of your own and if so, we encourage you to share them with us! = )

    First up on our favorite moment’s list is the USA Women’s Hockey Team.  Defeating team Canada for the Gold medal in a penalty shoot-out brought on a lot of loud cheering and celebrating in our household. What a great accomplishment for these Ladies, bringing home the Gold in women’s hockey for the first time in 20 years.  We love every member of the team and want to give a special shout out to Maddie Rooney for being an AWESOME goalie!

    Next up on our favorite list, was that incredible last run that won Shaun White his Gold in the Halfpipe. Making Olympic history, Shaun White became the first Olympic Snowboarder to win three consecutive Gold Medals. Way to go Shaun! You rock! You make it look easy but we know it’s not.

    Of course, we LOVED that moment when team USA beat Sweden and won their first Gold medal in Men’s Curling.  Way to make history and put the sport of curling on the map! Shout out to John Shuster and the entire US Curling Team. You’ve literally curled your way into our hearts.

    Our favorite Olympic Siblings include Alex and Maia Shibutani. Alex and Maia are not only talented. but they are humble and down to earth. We love that no matter where they are, while competing in Ice Dancing they always find time in their busy schedule to show some love to their fans. Congratulations on your Bronze medal and we look forward to your future success.

    Saving the best for last, our top favorite moment was when two of our USA figure skaters made Olympic history. First up was Nathan Chen who literally won the Men’s Free Skate with a phenomenal comeback after his short program. Nathan skated perfectly and landed six quads in his program. This is an Olympic first and we are so proud of him. Nathan, your future is bright and you always skate like a boss.

    Laslty, a HUGE shout out to our sweet Mirai Nagasu, who also accomplished a first in PyeongChang. Mirai  became the first American female to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition.  She is also recorded as being the third woman to do this in an Olympic game.  Her accomplishment helped secure our Bronze medal in the figure skating team event. Great job Mirai and keep pursuing greatness.

    We at Pinkskate want to congratulate all of our USA athletes on their accomplishments. We also want to thank them for creating some of our most memorable moments at the 2018 winter Olympics.  We hope you’ll be encouraged to share your favorite moments with us as well.


    Does Hard-Work and Sacrifice Really Pay Off In U.S. Figure Skating

    Does Hard-Work and Sacrifice Really Pay Off In U.S. Figure Skating

    What do you do when it appears that hard work and sacrifice doesn't pay off in the sport of figure skating? How do you reconcile this scenario; you make it to Nationals, the biggest day in your figure skating career, nail your program, win a silver medal but get over looked for the Olympic Team and ultimately overlooked as the first alternate for skaters who placed beneath you? These are the same types of questions probably being asked by Ross Minor who recently took second place at the 2018 U. S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California.

    Before I go on I want to give my disclaimer that I am not a certified coach or a skating professional. However, I am the Mom of a figure skater and like so many other skating Moms, I encourage my Daughter to work hard, dream big and when you fall, get back up again.

    By now, most of us know that Ross Minor placed second at Nationals and was not selected to be on the Olympic team. Although Jason Brown finished in sixth place, he was chosen to be the first alternate while Minor was demoted to second. At first glance this type of selection process doesn’t make a lick of sense, as it leaves many people scratching their heads, thinking how did they (U.S. Figure Skating) decide that?

    Unfortunately, Ross Minor is not the only U.S. Figure Skater to endure such disappointment at Nationals. Mirai Nagasu also experienced something similar back in 2014 when she skated a flawless program and placed third at Nationals. Despite a fourth-place finish, Ashley Wagner was selected while Nagasu was left off the Olympic Team.  

    I do think it’s important to note that according to U.S. Figure Skating they typically look at a figure skater’s performance over the course of the entire year. They also consider how consistent the skater was the year prior to the Olympic season. It’s fair to say that they are not just evaluating the skater’s ability to leave it all on the ice at the National competition.

    Having considered all these factors, I still can’t say that U.S. Figure Skating is wrong in the way that they select skaters for the Olympic games. I’m sure that their decisions are not made lightly and that they use careful analysis in determining who get’s a shot at the gold medal. However, I do think it’s important that we discuss these concerns so that we can possibly help bring about a selection process that truly does seem fair and impartial to our hard-working athletes.

    Most importantly, I hope that great skaters like Ross Minor are not discouraged by these recent events. Like many figure skaters before him, I believe his journey is just beginning and we wish him the absolute best going forward.

    Lastly, we want to wish Bradi Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen the very best going into these 2018 winter Olympics. We also send a huge shout out to the Men, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, Adam Rippon, and  and all our pairs skaters. You all truly have a special gift and we know that you will all skate great in PyeongChang.