Monday, October 25, 2010
What Do You Do With a Problem Like Rachael Flatt? By Margaret Thatcher
The hills are alive with the sound of our most reliable USA competitor. Rachael has yet again come through with a solid performance. She won the NHK Trophy freeskate and the Silver medal. She defeated two of her more serious US rivals soundly. What is a US figure skating fan to do? Her programs were snooze worthy and less polished than the fare of last year. With her new lesbian hairdo and graceless skating, you can almost mistake her for a Canadian lady. Yet she embodies two of the best qualities of the American lady throughout the years: consistent jumps and delivering to win. She has earned the name "The Rock" for her impressive consistency, but this name equally describes her heavyish, hockey mom skating.
Can the fandom of US figure skating ever be reconciled with her? Could Flatt improve her hulkish lines and meager style enough to keep our stomachs from turning?