But I disagree strongly that she had one brief shining moment. That sounds more like wishful thinking or sour grapes. I was never her fan but I saw her personally receive roaring standing ovations several times: 1999 Skate America short, 2000 Skate America long, 2001 Skate America long, 2000 nationals short and the 1999 winter proam. And by roaring, I mean most people were standing and many were hooting, hollering and stamping their feet. Then there were competitions I didn't witness in person but remember her getting big applause and/or standing ovations: 99 worlds long program, 2000 worlds short program and 2001 worlds long program. She skated many, many "clean" programs and was drowned with cheers at the end. Never a fan and never stood myself but I remember those moments well.
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I don't especially LIKE either, but let me put it this way: I can, without trying, REMEMBER particular skates of Tara's. I might not adore her skating, and frankly I don't think EITHER girl was especially pretty, but Lipinski had a spark and energy that made her engaging as a performer.
Sarah was a good skater, and had a fine career herself, but she was no prodigy like Tara Lipinski. She went to Worlds in 1999 only due to a younger skater who beat her at Nationals being too young by the rules. Had her Olympic win not happened she probably wouldnt have ever won a bigger title than a regular grand prix, not a Nationals or Worlds ever, even if she continued skating until 2006 (or beyond which is very unlikely with COP which was bad for her skating to begin with getting tougher around then).
Cannot care less, both of them. At least I was glad they've beaten kwawn when it counts ...
I never understood Sarah.
She seemed as a type of athlete that was just getting into liking what she was capable of. And that is when she turned her back to skating.
With Tara there was never doubt where she would rather be.
As of March 2013 - no longer scared of TAHbKA or Andrey aka Pushkin
Consider yourself lucky in that regard. I finally put filters on my AOL account to stop the insanity.
I think she got in legitimately. She also said something about having a flat butt I think in her profile.
As for the level of competition and skating quality- I think it has gone down a lot and the level of consistency isn't there which is why Caro is in the medals with the kind of errors that she makes. I also think that under the 6.0 system there was more emphasis on a complete set of jumps. Now there seems to be more repetition in an effort to play the system and hide weaknesses. That's just my opinion based on what I saw in the ladies competition at worlds this year. I'll qualify my opinion that due to reduced television coverage and increased work load- and decreasing interest in the current crop of skaters, I don't consistently follow figure skating these days.
Gotta go with Hughes on this one, although her posture drove me nuts. I thought she was much more interesting than Tara. Also had the only illusion spin I could ever stand, and that's compared to everyone, I hate that move. Wonderful layback. Tara had zero sense of music, which I consider important to skating. Neither one of them had particularly great technique.