Sasha Cohen's Reaction to Michelle Kwan's Withdrawal
Yesterday's news included a rather curious piece of footage showing a press conference in Torino in which, among other things, Sasha Cohen was asked to give her thoughts on the withdrawal of her Olympic teammate, Michelle Kwan, from the women's figure skating competition.
Cohen stared at the reporters with an annoyed expression for a few seconds before she responded. She said (to paraphrase), "I think this just brings a human element to the competition."
Without being critical, I would have thought that Sasha could have said something like, "I'm sorry to hear the news about Michelle's withdrawal, and I wish her the best. I hope she recovers quickly and returns to the ice soon."
Instead, she did not offer any personal wishes for Michelle's health, no expression of sympathy, and no acknowledgement of the fact that Michelle will be missed at the Olympics.
Of course, it's possible that Sasha did make such comments, but they were not aired. However, given her penchant for being totally self-absorbed (almost narcissist), I guess it would be too much for her to show any compassion for anyone else.
Perhaps Cohen was irked that the NBC television cameras did not pan on HER during the opening ceremonies as they did in Salt Lake. The cameras panned on Michelle throughout the ceremony - marching into the stadium, watching the program, but not Sasha. And, of course, Sasha did not have the opportunity to pass her cell phone to the President of Italy.
Perhaps Cohen was irked that, again, Michelle will be the star of the ladies competition - at least as far as her absence is concerned.
Perhaps Cohen was irked with the realization that the press will probably focus on Emily Hughes, 2002 Olympic gold medalist Sarah's younger sister, who will replace Michelle. Unlike Sasha, Emily seems to be open, friendly, cheerful, and articulate.
I think I read somewhere that Sasha did not attend the Opening Ceremony, that's why the camera did not pick up any shots of her.
Maybe that's true, but at the very least, Sasha could have (and should have) said something nice about Michelle. Even if she is secretly rejoicing that Michelle has withdrawn from the competition, the classy thing would have been to have said something kind and compassionate.
Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
Sasha is -ammed if she do and -ammed if she don't. Sasha wasn't at the openening ceremonies, she was still in the states. That's why the camera wasn't on her. It's a good thing that the cameras and media are not chasing Sasha and Kimmie around, that way they can practice in peace. All the attention is on Michelle and Emily, so that's good.
No matter what Sasha would have , said would have been nit-picked, she didn't say this, she didn't say that. If the shoe was on the other foot, Sasha would have been ostersized by some people. The press conference was supposed to be on Sasha, Sasha made her comment, over and done with. If Sasha started crying and all bent out of shape because of Michelle's withdrawing from the Olympics, people would still say that she was faking it.
Everyone in figure skating is truely upset that Michelle will not be skating. I for one, would have loved to see her skate this year but it didn't happen. But on the other hand you are upset with Sasha and making negative comments, for what,
because she didn't act a certain way or say what you wanted her to say.
Give it a rest. When someone gets on this board and starts saying mean things about Michelle, they are called trolls But it's OK to -hit on Sasha. Sasha is at the Olympics to skate. She didn't cause Michelle's injury and she hasn't done anything mean to anyone else. Please give the girl a break. If you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything at all.
Good luck to Michelle. I hope that she heals quickly.
Good luck to Sasha and the rest of the skaters.
I just watched this morning's interview with Katie and Sasha. Almost every question that Katie asked Sasha was about Michelle. What is the girl supposed to say only that she is sorry that Michelle is injured and can't skate. I think that the media should use good judgement and some tact. Like Sasha said this is her
time and she is here to skate and enjoy the moment.
That's all she wrote.
Last edited by millie; 02-13-2006 at 08:48 AM.
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