>the USFSA has reimbursed some of Tara's training expenses
>and has given her more support than I feel she was worth.
A strange phrase to use of a skater who before attaining her majority is
World and Olympic Champion, surely it was with these aims in mind that the
USFSA supported her, and she has proven their faith in her correct.
I do feel it was wrong not to inform the USFSA immediately of her decision
not to compete, but I feel that Tara's only obligation should be to herself.
A few years ago we had a British skater, who after a promising start fell
apart, IMO, due in many ways to the pressure placed upon her by the national
skating association. She felt obliged to keep competing while not mentally
prepared, she was given a grant to train in the US thousands of miles away
from her friends and family. I wish she had had the strength to say I do not
feel 100% I want some time at home with my family. I know she wasn't at the
same level as Tara but she was seen in this country as the successor to
Curry, Cousins,T&D. I saw her on TV last month, her closing words were "well
that's it I'm a failure", a sad indictment of the pressure placed on these