ESPN is doing a series of profiles on Rachael Flatt and guess what? They talk about homework. Gosh, I miss last season, when there was no homework to be discussed.
She is performing the same short program, set to "East of Eden" and choreographed by Lori Nichol, that she has used since January. Her long program, set to Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird," was developed over the summer and will debut at Skate Canada. And when she's got some free time, she'll study for her midterm in calculus, which she'll have to take the day after she gets back.
"That will be interesting," Flatt said with a smile. "There should be some time to study and get some work done."
I know I make fun of Flatt because of all the school talk over the years, but I am actually really impressed with what she's been able to accomplish. It's not easy to be in college at all, but to be an elite skater on top of it is something only a few athletes can pull off.
But, schoolwork aside, I am definitely interested in seeing how she bounces back from last season on the ice. She battled injury, she had professional disappointments and embarrassment, and then she was publicly shamed by her federation. It will be interesting to see what happens this season. Flatt's season starts this weekend at Skate Canada.