There really were no programs constructed like Maria’s. She always provided something different from the template.
I would have put her above Hughes, but unfortunately that 2A was worse than I remembered, and the footwork was so stiff, she couldn't get into her knees at all. Superficially, the "naked" dress she wore in the here SP is one of my favorite skating dresses ever. Not many skaters could pull that off, but she totally did.She also got unlucky to skate a ‘clean’ but extremely tentative short and go behind Hughes for 5th place in the segment and was a distant 6th overall going into the long.
I would tell you you're backsliding, but I'm too impressed by this god-tier display of petty.Because I'm petty, I looked up the judge who marked Kwan in third in the LP behind Slutskaya and Hughes. It seems he hasn't judged much since then. The last thing I saw was 2003 Europeans Qualifying Round B (where Volchkova won), and three junior events: 2005 Croatia Cup, 2005 Sofia Cup and refereeing for 2008 NRW Trophy. Good.
Also, this article that says he's homophobic:
There is a new case of homophobia in Croatian sports, this time in synchronized skating, which points out to more diverse problem than several individuals in the leadership of national football association.www.kaosgl.org
Assuming that's the same one.
The first judge, who marked Kwan behind Slutskaya, has worked extensively but has never judged a World Championships again. Good.
ETA: She did do Qualifying Round B at 2004 Worlds, but she never judged Kwan again.
Ew, I don't remember that, probably because Peggy rarely (never?) had anything of value to say and I don't think it was easy for me to take people seriously when they gushed over Sarah Hughes. I believe earlier in the 2000-2001 season Susie Wynne was commentating for an event with Sarah and Maria, and Susie was like most of the other US announcers: very dismissive of Maria and quite supportive of Sarah.Remember when Peggy Fleming said Hughes should have WON the SP?
She had such a hard-on for Sarah.