If Michelle Kwan had never been born, the Space-Time Continuum would have been badly disrupted, Patrick Stewart would have ended up starring in the hit TV series Lost In Space: The Next Generation, and I would be uttering imprecations at the injustice of a universe without Michelle.
Seriously, according to the Many-Worlds theory, all possible alternative outcomes of all events and histories are realities in other, parallel universes. If Many-Worlds is true, then there are any number of universes in which Michelle was, indeed, never born; and any number of universes in which she won four OGMs, in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010. Plus a universe or two featuring the great Michelle Kwan-Sonja Henie rivalry.
Impossible to do.
Originally Posted by Rex
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Wow.. tough question! Let me think very hard ..... hmmm... I got it! There will be no Kween Michelle in ladies figure skating.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" in The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I would rather know what would be the state of US Ladies if instead of Tonya taking a hit out on Nancy, It had instead been S Cohen taking a hit out on Michelle before 2002 olympics?
Originally Posted by my little pony
She already tried to do it in the 2002 Nationals warmup. Unfortunately for her it just made the Kween made and ready to kick butt.
Originally Posted by Skater91
Yeah. As nice and and sweet as Michelle Kwan can come across, one doesn't make it to the top (repeatedly) in such an individualistic sport if they don't have that killer mentality and survivor skills.
Yep, and I think Michelle and Sasha were always very different. Michelle's strength and determination seemed to be inner-focused (and she's said she didn't like to pay attention to how anyone else skated), while Sasha, in the earlier years, was always more outwardly aggressive and focused on everyone else, including and especially Michelle. Sasha matured a lot over the years though.
Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa
Didnt Sasha say one time Michelle Kwan should retire so she could have her chance to shine. To me that is almost a defeatist attitude, but she definitely was very Kwan obsessed for awhile.
To be fair to Cohen, it was incredibly difficult to dethrone Kwan. Despite having a few losses to Lipinski and Hughes (twice with Hughes), Kwan was really the standard one had to meet to dethrone her. Even though Cohen had beaten her twice at Worlds (2004 and 2005) I think it was telling that John Nicks went on record to say that Cohen was the number 1 American. I think even if Kwan was vulnerable, there was still this perception that she was the best or at least one had to bring their A-game if they wanted to overcome her. That perception obviously forced Cohen to constantly think of Kwan. Maybe Sasha would have done better without the Kwan thorn on her side all those years, but then she didn't do as well as she could have internationally when Kwan didn't compete either (losing GPF to Suguri, the whole 2005-2006 season, etc.)
Originally Posted by judgejudy27
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If Michelle Kwan doesn't compete.
Tara Lipinski rises to the top in 1996-1997, and wins every single event for 4 years. Then she has a hip injury.
Then we have the great three pronged Irina-Sasha-Sarah Rivalry.
After then, US skating goes intoa talispin as Zhang, Nagasu, and Flatt have not decided to go into skating.
Ashley Wagner (inspired by Tara Lipinski) double-foots and URs her way to 2 straight US titles going into 2010 olympics.