<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>yuri on ice:</b> *has skaters easily do 4 quads or more perfectly*<p/><b>skaters/skating fans:</b> while that is great to watch and all, it's not very likely or humanly possible haha<p/><b>nathan chen:</b> *lands 5 quads in his free skate* you were saying?<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
What I mean: Have you seenNathan Chen’s free skate performance for the 2017 US figure skating championships?? Literally the definition of grace and beauty. Expressive and artful choreography. Striking sequences and spins. When he landed the fifth quad, i stopped breathing.
I know how it is to fight depression (and other mental illnesses), from my own experience. But why exactly is Gracie Gold depressed ? Sure, being first after SP at worlds and finishing off the podium is hard, but there are worse things in life.
Gracie should be thankful for everything she has, for the opportunities, support, health, youth. But i guess she just doesn’t have the character of a champion.
Look at some other examples.
After her win in Sochi, Adelina doesn't get much love. Only hate and death threats, she is bullied, not only from people out there but from biased media and its fake news and accusations, that can destroy her reputation and career. She doesn’t get much support world wide, she has to support her family and her sick sister, but still, she hasn’t lost her smile and joy.
Does Gracie really think her life is that hard?
But let us talk about Yuzuru Hanyu. When he became the rising star in his country, he didn’t get much love. When he won his first national title and was on the top of the podium, he was fighting back the tears because the audience wasn’t that happy about the result. Even now he is blamed for a lot of things.
In Japan, figure skating is much more popular than in the US, so the pressure and expectations are bigger. It was hard for him to lose two world titles in a row, after everyone expected him to win, but after every failure, he comes back stronger. He knows that many people in his country hate him (i heard something about a petition against his participation at worlds 2017) and it doesn’t matter what he is doing or not, he will always be bashed. That’s why he is so often competing injured- otherwise he would be blamed for being lazy, or a diva or whatever. He is fighting injuries, pain, expectations, asthma, haters and younger generations. But he is not losing hope, or the joy in life, or his fighting spirit.
Or how about Satoko Miyahara? She is pretty much ignored in Japan and isn’t really accepted in the figure skating world because of her small jumps. She can work as hard as she wants, but people just can’t wait to replace her with a younger girl with bigger jumps. Some people call her “Cheatako” and when she wins a medal, she “doesn’t deserve it”. But she is still doing her job and is fighting for every point she can get from the judges.
The point of my rant is, Gracie is not "depressed". She is suffering from self-pity, she can’t deal with failure and that’s her biggest problem. Too many people claim they are "depressed", as long as there is no official diagnosis from a doctor, i don’t believe that she is “depressed”.