I love your skating, your style, and the passion you exude on the ice. Please never, ever loose that.
You've come on some bad luck recently and it breaks my heart. At Cup of China you had to scrap and scrape for a bronze medal. You won Skate Canada with a free skate I know you're not happy with. At the Grand Prix Final, you struggled the whole way through and found yourself in fifth place in a field of women, given the performances, in which you frankly should have easily beaten.
I know this is so frustrating...especially with the Olympics 64 Days away on home ice.
Some have suggested (well...I suggested) that perhaps you return to last season's free skate. It's amazing, it's battle tested, you know it can compete with the best in the world (you do still have that World Silver Medal tucked somewhere...right?), and it's at the bottom of this letter!
After the Grand Prix Final you told reporters you can go home, retrain this program, and make it work. If you feel this is the best route I support you and hope you can get things together. Fingers crossed that at Canadian Nationals in London you come out and rock it!
More than any skater, I want you to have the Olympics of your life! Getting the opportunity to skate at home in the Olympics when you are in your competitive prime is not a chance afforded to many. Go for it!
Winston Churchill said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Take those words to heart. I'm in your corner and rooting for you everyday.
With belief in you,
Aaron @ Axels, Loops, and Spins.