I guess maybe because they were so prerotated, it was basically 2.5 rotations, I'm not sure though..
Anyhow, it was clear the judges dinged Amber for her jump technicque, I remember her technical scores were always low even when she skated cleanly (as low as 4.3 in the 2002 NHK Trophy and 5.2-5.7 for 7 triples at the 2001 US Nationals). And because of CoP's absurd underrotation rules, should would be screwed now..
And you guys should check this site out (takes awhile to scroll down though): http://www.craigheath.com/craigarticles.htm
Amber's Ideal Day:
"my perfect day would be to wake up at my beach house, walking to Pilates class while drinking a double tall, nonfat, extra hot latte with two raw sugars from Starbucks, listening to Sting, followed by a game of beach volleyball, lunch at an outside cafe with friends, a sushi dinner, going to a Madonna concert in the evening and finally sitting in a nice, quaint martini lounge with Diana Krall playing in the background."
a.) When I was looking up what I'm about to say, I found this oddity: Corwin: The Chronicles of Amber
b.) I think this is pretty legendary: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpchn05/SEG003.HTM
I remember that date (Where were you when man landed on the moon?) - I had just joined FSU, and one of the first PBP threads I ever read contained a ton of, "WTF did Amber Corwin do to score 11 points TES in the SP?" It wasn't an incomplete program, no freak malfunction, and she wasn't an OES/OOS/OAS/ONAS. Daaayum. I think that's your #8.
c.) There's something I've been wanting to say for years that I've only ever thought to myself, but it's so incredibly rude I can't say it here. But it would totally be reason #9.
It was a common tactic Amber used to disguise her jumping weaknesses.
She did have a remarkably long and fairly consistent career, during an era of baby ballerinas and jumping bean flameouts. so good for her to have showed up at US nationals well trained. She did seem to be the consummate student/athlete, determined to get her degree.
I admit I did crack up at the tiara and headband diva outfits.
For that alone, she earned icon status. Every year at nationals, the question would be: WTF is Amber wearing?
I preferred that tiara to the headbands. Those things make her look like she had a rash on her forehead.
I always liked Amber, and as someone mentioned above, I liked the fact she kept skating because she really seemed to enjoy it. Good for her for going to school while she competed, as well.
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
She did seem to enjoy it! Especially the costumes.......
and Quintuple, I would love to hear your reason #9. Send me a message about it if you want.
When Amber first started competing in seniors, I remember thinking she seemed to have potential. Then after a few years, I found her skating kind of annoying (JMO), and wondered when she was going to quit. But as she kept going, I began to really look forward to seeing her, and I was actually sad when she finally retired.
Amber Corwin, whatever her weaknesses were and despites the fact I didn't like her style, actually managed to get to the international with the US team ! That is an accomplishment.
Many skaters couldn't do that, and she did. So she had the right level. However internationaly she was not really competitive but it can't be said she was bad or without qualities since she earned her spot in the team.
By the way, other than her discutable technic what I really don't like is her overacted diva attitude, her exageretad confidence. She always seemed to consider herself as the most beautifull and interesting skater in the world, when she was far from being pretty to begin with. Just this presomptuous attitude...
By the way, other than her discutable technic what I really don't like is her overacted diva attitude, her exageretad confidence. She always seemed to consider herself as the most beautifull and interesting skater in the world, when she was far from being pretty to begin with. Just this presomptuous attitude...[/QUOTE]
You have just described a skater that skated for the sheer joy of skating and a person that seems to enjoy her life. I saw Amber at last week's US Figure Skating's Governing Council. Amber is still the same outgoing and pleasant person that fans witnessed during her competition days.
I think the only thing "diva" about Amber Corwin is her ability to get along great with gay guys.
A friend of mine at met her once and said he wishes he lived closer to LA because Amber would've been a great f_g hag.
Gordeeva or Janet Lynn both are very expressive and demonstrate a real sheer joy in their skating, but they are far from looking like presomptuous divas on the ice.