Thanks for this great article! I'm sure Arakawa and Wylie are just some of the many skaters who have rebounded from rough years to do well. Miki Ando is another skater who comes to mind... 15th at the 2006 Olympics, and World Champion the following year! Sports are all about the ups and downs. Nobody can always stay on top.
I have been slightly perturbed by the media perception of the back half of Kimmie's season last year. The media will write about how she got last at the GPF, and while that wasn't what she was hoping for, only the top skaters in the world even qualify to the GPF to begin with. Just getting there is a huge honor, and it was Kimmie's first time ever qualifying. 7th at Worlds, the highest American finish, also is fantastic. I understand that Kimmie had just come off of several victories in 06 and 07, but nobody can be great all of the time. She needs a chance to rework some of her jumps and make adjustments, and as this article mentioned, she has great coaches to work with! Eldredge, especially, knows what it's like to experience the ups and downs in a career. The downs just made him stronger!
The ladies field in the US is absolutely wide open, and Kimmie is just as capable as anyone else. I wish her the best. She's a lovely skater, and in my opinion, has the best programs of all the U.S. ladies this season in terms of choreography and musicality. Good luck, Kimmie!