Ashley was quoted recently by icenetwork saying http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121117&content_id=40337756&vkey=ice_news I decided to compare one of Michelle's more exotic early LPs, Taj Mahal, with Ashley's Sampson and Delilah. Kwan Taj Mahal 96 SA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=595XtQCLLsc#t=3m40s Wagner Sampson and Delilah 12 TEB http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enxqwYi7nY#t=28s I admire her interest in reviving American skating and trying to pick up Kwan's torch. When I compare the two videos the biggest technical difference I notice is that Kwan seemed to have a few less linking moves to process between jumps. More subjectively, Kwan seemed to string her choreography along with the music, but I feel that Ashley's delivery of the choreography does not flow from one gesture to the next. It also feels like Kwan had greater command of her technique than Ashley Wagner does, though Wagner has developed into a consistent athlete. I think Ashley was right, in order to try to be able to perform, the technical aspects will need to be second nature. It's still early in the season and they're two totally different athletes, but Ashley's mention of Kwan begged a comparison.