I will never agree that Kwan choked at the 1998 Olympics. Skating two clean programs is not choking. Earning all 5.9s in the second mark, even though I disagreed with those too-high marks, is not choking. I don't think Lipinski's skate could have been beaten. Kwan's 98 nationals skate was very good but slightly overhyped because of the emotion of her back story, meaning she delivered flawlessly while injured in front of an American crowd. She could not duplicate that back story or have an home country crowd in Nagano so she did the best she could, which was skate two perfect programs in front of a much more subdued crowd in a country that the media kept saying favored Lipinski. It wasn't good enough but it wasn't a choke. 2002? That was an epic choke. She only needed to place second in the long program to win and couldn't do it.