Here is a beautiful look for Michelle--in Vera Wang as Peggy notes--and a beautiful program.
The requirements at her time were different so the training would be different too. TES is more important now than before, so the more athletic lady may have a better chance of making it to the top now than before. Having said these, noone can take away her achievements of her time. Oh.. yes, I love her Vera Wang costumes.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. – Publilius Syrus
I wasn't following skating intensely at the time, so what was the argument (or perceived argument) against Rush and MM?
The music cuts to Scheherezade were just plain awful-no wonder Kawahara's work wasn't showcased properly. Much like other Kwan programs, many nuances were removed later in the season.
I can't understand why Kwan never had a new short program to begin that season. We can't necessarily say Rach was a poor choice since she won the short program at the Olympics. I'm sure Kwan was relieved when the 2002 season ended. She skated in about 8 competitions (including cheesefests) and had unreal pressure at the Olympics. If 2002 didn't happen, then we wouldn't have the 2003 season which was a pure joy to witness.
I think the judges would have awarded Kwan 1st place in the SP at SLC regardless of which program she skated to. It was a poor choice, because it was a pale imitation of the original, IMO.I can't understand why Kwan never had a new short program to begin that season. We can't necessarily say Rach was a poor choice since she won the short program at the Olympics.
Never knew she used her SP as her exhibition at 2001 Nationals. That was a first and probably a sign that something was amiss.
As for coming up with an SP for the Olympic season, I "made" her an SP from the last ~2:40 of Red Violin. Amazing how well it fits together. Oh well, too bad she didn't ask me, or any other fans.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
And her Beautiful World exhibition caused her to lose to Josee Chouinard at some Pro-Am.
I almost voted "yes," but went with "I don't know." My personal feeling is that, as Jenny Kirk noted, Michelle put so much pressure on herself to be an Olympic Champion that it was most likely counter-productive (especially in 2002, I would think, where she may have felt she had something to prove). It's hard to know if Frank's input would have helped her confidence or not.
Brian Boitano talked a lot about how he and Linda Leaver spent so much time mentally preparing for the Olympics, psychologically going through a "winning" scenario. He called it the "bubble" that they created and it obviously worked for him. Of course, not every champion prepares with such tactics, but does anyone know if Michelle ever worked that way? She had such a winning record at Nats and Worlds, maybe she didn't feel she needed something like that.
"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
Although Karen Kwan's figure skating career was eclipsed by that of Michelle, Karen was a very good skater in her own right. Here are a few videos which bring that out:-
U.S. Nationals 1995 (7th): Short Program
U.S. Nationals 1996 (5th): Short Program, Free Skate
U.S. Nationals 1997 (7th): Short Program, Free Skate
Her best result internationally was a 3rd placed finish in the Nebelhorn Trophy in 1996
Last edited by Maofan7; 01-02-2013 at 08:31 PM.
whether she would /wouldn't i don't know--my reasons as to more no
in 1998- under frank carroll-1) landed 7 jumps to tara 5-not going into that
2) jumped higher than tara
3) had higher artistry marks than tara in free program-
4) michelle was better artisticly
5)michelle made no major mistakes-she skated clean/interpreted program well,
the only thing tara had over michelle was she skated a little faster -i can go into reason why her being so young as that helped her look prepubscent.
so if the judges didn't give it to michelle over tara than-what makes people think she would have won in 2002 under frank -since frank criticzed her publicly along time, and publicly stated he was still upset over the 1980 mess with annett/linda. think of how frank gushed and help mirai, did he do that form michelle, i can't hardly think of time he did.
the ogm for me is made up ahead of time by who the federation wants and who they think can sell better and who fits the usfsa image better.
they screwed up with michelle kwan, and still are.
Isn't this also the nine-year anniversary of her 2004 US Nats free skate?
How the years have flown.
It seems like only yesterday!
I will forever wish I could have been in that building 8 years ago