You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"
Didn't Debi Thomas also attend Stanford while she was competing? And wasn't Michelle attending UCLA when she won Worlds in 2000 and 2001?
Christina Gao will be national champion this year, I just have this feeling that she will be, plus, she's been skating great recently .
Her time may (or may not) come, but I highly doubt it will be as soon as next season. she's not even doing senior internationals. However, a podium finish is not out of the question. Actually, would have happened this year if Cohen did what everyone expected her to do (or not do, in this case).
That was a wonderful interview. Kimmie's poise and public persona has always been impeccable. US Figure Skating has been extraordinarily fortunate to have had her as a symbol and role model for skaters growing up into the sport.
Kimmie and Michelle Kwan are the only American Ladies to win World Championships in the 21st century. No American lady has even been on the World podium since Kimmie won gold in 2006!
The Magnificent Seven
There are seven ladies I would call the World Class elite ladies of the 21st Century -
Michelle, Irina, Shizuka; Kimmie, Miki, Mao, and Yu-Na. All seven have been World Champions and two, only Shizuka and Yu-Na, have been both World and Olympic champions.
Out of the thousands of skaters vying for World and Olympic championships, only the Magnificant Seven ladies made it and Kimmie is one of them. It makes no sense at this level of accomplishment to focus on prizes not won.
These seven have all been to the mountain top while most skaters -- and most of us -- have not even been close.
As an aside, I think linking to a religious blog written by and for people of faith and then criticizing it for using the language of faith is neither fair nor polite. People like Kimmie are always going to be thankful to their parents, schools, communities, coaches, friends, country and God. It should be no surprise that God will tend to be brought up when addressing communities of faith.
Since this is a Meissner thread I should point out that she tweeted about this article a couple weeks ago...she has neither confirmed nor denied that she will attempt a "comeback" this season. What she will do, though, is go to school, full-time I believe. I figure if she was really up for it, she'd have let USFS know by now, so I'm just going to assume she's done and ready to retire.
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I agree with leaving out Sarah, who as far as I know, only won 2 international events in her whole career. Shizuka, I'm not sure about. She was inconsistent, often finishing in double digits.
I remember that Todd Eldredge had been asked a few years ago on his fan site what his faith was and if he had one in what way did it help him through the difficult times in his career (paraphrasing) and he did not (or his rep) did not post an answer to the question saying that he prefers to keep his faith private. While I respect his wishes in that matter, it was a good question and would have been interesting and a real view in his inner workings to see how he answered it (all the more reason I guess for him to keep private).
Either way, it was an excellent interview and I'm so glad it was posted.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I think Gao will be somewhere on the medal stand at Nationals this season, but I'm not entirely convinced it will be at the top (yet, that is, because she has loads of talent!).
As for Kimmie, I would love to see her make a come back this season. She has until September 1st to sign up for Regionals...
*dreads to think of the trainwreck splatfest that would be required at Nationals for someone like Christina Gao to win or even finish top 3* I'm having flashbacks of Nationals in Phoenix 1993.
Gao is a second year senior.