Congrats to Michelle!
Congrats to Michelle!
"espnW's countdown of the top 40 athletes of the Title IX era continues with No. 20 Michelle Kwan" - video link: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7946243
Countdown is at #18 as of today (Kwan's profile is linked from here - click on "20-16"): http://espn.go.com/espnw/title-ix/to...male-athletes/
ETA link to the explanatory article: http://espn.go.com/espnw/title-ix/78...n-introduction
(I didn't feel like starting yet another new thread for the Kween! )
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-30-2012 at 09:02 PM.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Maybe because besides rowing and equestrian sports, there aren't enough of them from Britan?
In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.
it is an honor, i think it is because
Coca Cola is one of the Olympic Sponsors that is why.
The majority of the 8000 torchbearers aren't athletes but people nominated by their local communities. Coca Cola as a presenting partner was given a number of places to fill and (I am guessing) as they are a US based company decided to fill their allotment with US representatives and I think only two of those are Olympians.
I just read that Alexander Popov was also selected as one of the torchbearers. Not sure if he got it through the Sochi connection or was selected on some other basis, but lots of people get invited by various sponsors or organizing committees for a variety of reasons.
I can understand why the athletes and other people would want to do it even if it's not in their country, particularly if they're committed to the Olympic goals and principles and want to honor them by participating in whatever capacity they're invited to participate.
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
I have just had a look at the list of torchbearers who will run closest to my hometown and 3 of them are italians who have all performed a heroic act and in the town I was born they have someone form Buenos Aires so I guess there are people form all over the globe represented.
Ob Skating Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are also reported to be carrying the torch at some point
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde
congrats to Michelle, Torvill & dean , Alex all other torchbears nice honor for all
Were any of America's Olympic-champion (gold medal) skaters also invited, e.g., Sarah, Tara, Kristi, Dorothy, , Scott, Dick, et al?
Not by Coca-Cola. However, the list that Coca-Cola provided made it appear that the candidates were chosen more by service than by athletic achievement (most were not athletes).Were any of America's Olympic-champion (gold medal) skaters also invited, e.g., Sarah, Tara, Kristi, Dorothy, , Scott, Dick, et al?
I am almost positive that Yu Na ran in Toronto in 2010. By having representatives from other parts of the world participate, more of the world will focus on the Games.
the gold medalist did run use torchbearers in previous Olympics, 2002, for kristi, scott hamilton in 2002. I think most have ran with the torch except for the older ones past 1980-i am not sure. I know for 2002 the U.S picked alot of the U.S. skaters to be torchbears-some also with Olympic-partners, sponsors but nothing made a big deal out of it or mention on forums.-just saw online in paper, print and other places.
It isn't like they didn't get be a torchbearer.it.
John Kerr tweeted:
I will be carrying the Olympic torch in Edinburgh on the 13th of June! Can't wait
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13