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I love that 8 years out of competition (9 really) the Kween can still hi-jack a thread.
For what it's worth, I didn't take Michelle's 1998 comment as a butt-biter in terms of her situation in 2006.
In 1998, she probably would have gotten the bye had she not competed, but thank God she did given her two legendary performances there. She was the US and world silver medalist at the time and a clear top 2 prospect for Nagano with Tara. By saying she wanted to earn it, it seemed like she was saying she was capable of competing and wanted to compete to for a spot (ie. earn it) rather than sit it out, knowing she could compete, and just taking the free trip.
By the time 2006 rolled around she wasn't just Michelle Kwan, she was Michelle Kwan, the 9-time US champ and 5-time world champ...she was a legend by then. All of those accomplishments and what she did for the USFSA in her career was all of the "earning" she needed to do. If she was only capable of jumping doubles and asked to be put on the team she deserved to be on the damn team...she'd earned it.
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"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"
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[QUOTE=cbd1235;4094180]You're saying that if the best US ladies skater, 3 seasons running, who has proved herself again and again, and is a legitimate Olympic podium threat, has a bad day and places 4th that it would be smart to leave her off the olympic/world team for the USFSA?
No, I did say that I can understand how even if Wagner had bad skates, it would at least still make sense to send her to Sochi since she is the only TOP US Ladies skater that has performed well this season.
US Nationals are all but official Olympic trials and everyone knows it.
The NY press probably also had something to say about their hometown girl being robbed, but I'd have to hunt some more.
ETA: Here's one from ESPN taking opposite pov:
It's a bad business, this granting of Olympic skating berths, and no one seemed particularly comfortable with the decision in Kwan's favor.
Was SI at the event, and if so, how would they know that no one was comfortable with the decision? That is, unless people spoke out about it or grumbled not so quietly.
Sarah Hughes, like Emily, came in third at the U.S. nationals before the Salt Lake City Games. She, too, was 16. She, too, was considered too young, too inexperienced, too unpolished to beat the likes of Kwan, Cohen and Russia's Irina Slutskaya.
Nonsense on Cohen having more experience than Hughes.
Could lightning have been caught in a bottle by a second Hughes girl? It looks as though we'll never know.
In truth the Kerrigan petition in 1994 and the petition filed by Kwan in 2006 have little in common.
Exactly what I said earlier. Nothing in common.
Even before a groin injury sidelined Kwan on Dec. 17, she'd been unable to compete this season (except in a cheesy viewer-judged made-for-TV event on Dec. 11,
I always wondered if Shep Goldberg asked for a fan vote knowing his client wasn't in competitive shape. It certainly would not have been the craziest thing he asked for.
Kwan lost her spot on the Olympic team when Kerrigan's petition was approved, and Kerrigan went on to win silver in Lillehammer.
Baloney. Kwan was never named to the 1994 Olympics so she didn't lose any spot on the team.
But she should have gone through the same trials as everyone else. The Olympics are not a reward for lifetime achievement.
I don't think Kwan won the assignment as a lifetime achievement award. She was named because she was a much more likely medal candidate than Emily and most people forget that Emily was named to the world team, so it wasn't all doom and gloom for her at nationals.
Pukey skating journalism
I think Mirai is such a pretty name.
from Speedy Death
You know, even Evan Lysacek didn't win the Gold US Championship medal before the Olympics, so it's always possible that Ashley might not win.
Wondered if he asked? More like insisted on! Although I always thought her program at Marshalls was a wonderful performance art spoof of Slutskaya (minus a jump), she was in rough shape then and I can only imagine the quandary that put organizers in.I always wondered if Shep Goldberg asked for a fan vote knowing his client wasn't in competitive shape. It certainly would not have been the craziest thing he asked for.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
There was absolutely one of the Olympics where there was a written agreement by USFSA that the National Champion would be named to the Olympic Team. I seem to recall it was one of the strong wishes of the athlete's committee. (Maybe for 1998?)