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UMBS Go Blue
06-07-2010, 01:31 AM
Well, if she can find time to FLY TO KOREA and skate, that excuse doesn't work.Last year's show and this one were in the summer. Do you know if Fletcher has summer term courses and if she's enrolled in them?

danceronice
06-07-2010, 01:32 AM
Well, if she can find time to FLY TO KOREA and skate, that excuse doesn't work.

It does if that week she doesn't have anything like an exam or, if she's still doing them, a state department commitment, and she feels like doing a show and that one worked out.

Yeah, it'd be NICE to maybe see her skate, if she felt like it, but it's not like it's the center of her life any more. There's nothing to compete in that matters if she can't do the eligible side any more, she was always more about competition than exhibition, maybe she just wants to focus on the rest of her life.

Verbalgirl77
06-07-2010, 01:55 AM
I'd like to see her put together her own show for a night or two in the US but again, that actually requires time and effort. I'm not sure if she can put either of those in right now if she's focusing on school, too. She'd probably want to take time off during the summer if she's not in school. Even The Kween needs to chill out every now and then and I don't know if she'd want to spend her time off getting into what she considers to be prime skating shape.

Maybe she'll put a bit more effort into something like that after she graduates?

bardtoob
06-07-2010, 04:03 AM
If Michelle wants a career in international affairs, then she must build a resume that is in that field. She can not back off, especially while she has resources in that field at school, and just do skating shows or she will become just that, a show skater. You should just accept that the era of Michelle Kwan being on TV every other weekend is over. Also, keep in mind that she is "behind" to a certain extent; she is a 30 year old doing the activities typical of a 24 year old. While her progress has been spectacular, she still has quite a few more things to accomplish before she no longer has to prove herself in that arena.

tangerine_dream
06-07-2010, 05:57 AM
I don't think Michelle needs any "excuses." :) She can skate when she wants and focus on other things when she wants. It seems to be working out well for her.

My thoughts exactly.

Prancer
06-07-2010, 06:34 AM
Also, keep in mind that she is "behind" to a certain extent; she is a 30 year old doing the activities typical of a 24 year old. While her progress has been spectacular, she still has quite a few more things to accomplish before she no longer has to prove herself in that arena.

She's at the Fletcher School of Tufts, isn't she?

Average Age: 27;
Age Range: 21-57 (http://fletcher.tufts.edu/about/at_a_glance.shtml)

Sounds like she fits right in to me. With her State Department experience, she might even be ahead of the game.

The average age of college graduates earning bachelor's degrees is 25, while graduate schools have seen a sharp increase in new students 40 and older in the last decade. If Michelle is behind, she can't be too far back.

briancoogaert
06-07-2010, 09:14 AM
When she was competiting, many people complained that she always wanted to skate in the US, not much outside.
Now, it's the contrary. Fans are never happy :P

IceIceBaby
06-07-2010, 09:33 AM
Does anybody know how much approx. money the skaters get from skating in Korean shows?

DickButtonFan
06-07-2010, 11:04 AM
Getting a masters at Michelles age is totally normal... It's not a race.

Bostonfan
06-07-2010, 12:04 PM
And wasn't it always rumored that she hated to fly?



Pre-hip surgery, yes. And she was hardly alone. Lots of athletes with nagging injuries dislike long plane flights. But that's not a factor any more for her.

Frankly, I don't care what her motivation is for doing the show in Korea. Maybe the scheduling works out well with school. Maybe it's the money. Maybe it's to cultivate some international connections as part of her later career. Maybe it's to take the opportunity to visit some family in China while she's in that part of hte world. Or maybe she just felt like it.

I doubt she has any master strategy in mind when it comes to skating opportunities. She's in a different stage of her life now. I believe she will skate in the U.S. post-graduation.

RunnersHigh
06-07-2010, 12:59 PM
Does anybody know how much approx. money the skaters get from skating in Korean shows?

Never heard about it officially.

But, rumor had it that a female skater(I know who she is though ;)) was paid more than $50,000 at FOI 2009.
And the higher at IAS 2009 because sponsors are flocking to Yu-Na show.

Again! it's a rumor without foundation.

attyfan
06-07-2010, 02:29 PM
It occurred to me that Michelle might feel more comfortable doing a show where someone else is the "big star" who is expected to sell the tickets, attract advertisers, etc.

luenatic
06-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Also, keep in mind that she is "behind" to a certain extent; she is a 30 year old doing the activities typical of a 24 year old. While her progress has been spectacular, she still has quite a few more things to accomplish before she no longer has to prove herself in that arena.

I don't know what Grad school you went to. When I was in grad school, most of my 'classmates' were older (mid 20s to early 30s, some of them were 40s and up) with working experience.

Eggplant
06-07-2010, 05:42 PM
I imagine that for her to skate in the U.S., Michelle would have to set up her own special exhibition or TV special, etc., which would take a lot of time and work and she is probably just too busy for that right now.

I can't really see her just stepping in SOI for a performance or two, either. She is too big of a star and everyone would freak about it. Wasn't there a show recently in Boston, and someone said Michelle had been invited but turned it down, in part because it would have taken the focus off the other skaters? I mean, it really would. It would turn into the Michelle Kwan show, and for that to happen she'd really be better off with her own show for real, imo.

I do think that being invited by Yuna is also a factor...Michelle is therefore a huge star in the show, but not *the* star or the hometown star. Might seem more manageable to her, especially after being gone for so long. And yes, frankly, I'm sure the money plays a big role in it.

She is also a perfectionist, and she's busy with school, so I'm sure it's not a possibility for her to just hop around in whatever shows she's invited to in the U.S. It sounds like she has been training specifically for this Korea show. With her tight schedule and desire to skate her best, maybe this is her "one and done" for the year. Though I hope I'm wrong.

I'd love for her to pull something together and have her own show in the U.S. in the near future. But we will see.

flyingsit
06-07-2010, 06:31 PM
It occurred to me that Michelle might feel more comfortable doing a show where someone else is the "big star" who is expected to sell the tickets, attract advertisers, etc.

Yes. This way she doesn't have to be the "face" of the show, make nice to the sponsors, do the promotion, etc. She can show up and skate without all of the other commitments ahead of time.