In 2006 olys Slutskaya behaved herself perfectly well in public. I'm sure it wasn't fun or easy but she did.
If she had a hissy fit backstage, well that's what backstage is for.
There's no reason to be judgemental about private locker room behavior (unless it's legally actionable of course).
And her derisive remarks about the judges in Salt Lake City, Sarah Hughes, and American audiences were all made to media outlets. That's as public as can be.
For Irina, you could look at her face and tell exactly what she was feeling. I remember her stalking off after losing to Michelle in 2000 and 2001 and she was livid in SLC after Sarah won. I wouldn't expect her to skip around, picking flowers and singing a song after losing so I don't really fault her. It does come off a little diva-ish but not everyone can be a class act 100% of the time. It takes a very strong person to handle crushing defeat and still maintain their composure...
On the other hand, according to Sports Illustrated, her pubic behavior right after the marks went up wasn't very sporting:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/oly...ya_sidebar_ap/After staring blankly up at the scoreboard, she stormed out of the kiss and cry area and stood in a corner while her coach tried to console her. But Slutskaya wanted none of it, brushing aside a curtain as she stomped back to the locker room.
This doesn't make her the weakest link in my book. I won't be voting for her for another few rounds.
And I absolutely understand her behaviour. After so many years of hard training being beaten by half a turn short of rotation triple-triples. She didn't want consoling from her coach? Well, Michelle turned down interviewers at 1997 Nationals.
ITA. I haven't voted for her yet, and don't plan to until it gets down to the final three. Sportsmanship is important, but it's not one of the criteria I've used in my decisions for this poll series. She was an amazing competitor with many many medals under her belt.This doesn't make her the weakest link in my book. I won't be voting for her for another few rounds.
That was tough to watch. I admire how she fessed up to what happened and took full responsibility for her performance. It would have been easy to try to deflect the blame to something else but she said it was all her.
That's why she's the definition of class...
Just put bartek on ignore. The Kwan hate from them is such they can't be objective about anything.
Don't forget about the catty comment about Michelle's choice of music and dress for her Fields of Gold exhibition.
Looking back at it, Irina's diva behavior was pretty amusing. Don't get me wrong, at the time she came across as an ungracious and unsportsmanlike poor-sport. But come on guys... she was just being Russian! Everybody loves a Russian diva!
Even though she had her moments, I never got a malicious or mean-spirited vibe from Irina. Totmianina on the other hand....
Off a tangent - I can't help to notice that Eldredge and Butyrskaya had similar Olympic histories as well. They were both World Champions, but the Olympic medal was elusive to them. They both were 3rd after the '98 short, then barely missed the podium. In 2002, they both messed up one of their programs and ended up in 6th (Eldredge's short, Butyrskaya's free).
I've never heard Irina say anything negative about Kwan like that before. It's a bit shocking to me, they were always described as close friends.