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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Even if she is secretly rejoicing that Michelle has withdrawn from the competition, the classy thing would have been to have said something kind and compassionate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
    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.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
    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.
    Why would you write such things about Sasha. I think her comment was perfectly acceptable. I think what you wrote was extremely mean spirited and uncalled for. I don't understand your motive for doing such a mean thing. Geisha and Soogar got all kinds of flack for saying things about Michelle and here you come saying just as mean if not meaner things about Sasha. I cannot believe that you did this. I very seldom comment about what poster write because it is their opinion but this is one time that I've had it. You, my dear, do not know what is going on in Sasha's head or heart.
    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.
    What a cruel thing to say. I am really miffed by your post.

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    I don't understand why people tend to take a jab at everything Sasha says. The girl can't win.

    What has she done to make people think she is stuck up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johar
    I don't understand why people tend to take a jab at everything Sasha says. The girl can't win.

    What has she done to make people think she is stuck up?
    It's six or seven years of our watching her on TV (or live) and listening to her answers to the media. We are not imagining her attitude. It *is* her attitude. That's just the way that it is and no amount of 'media training charm school' can change her, although she has tried really REALLY hard, lately, to show a 'sweet' personna on the screen.

    She's simply an agressive little competitor. Pushy with a capital "P." The antithesis of the sweet-tempered 'girl-next-door' image of previous American ladies skaters. There's a reason why I've heard some people LAUGH OPENLY in arenas when Sasha falls. Sad but true.

    p.s. Her ramming into fellow skaters during 2002 Nationals is just the tip of the iceberg. It would takes hours to give you a laundry list of examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller
    It's six or seven years of our watching her on TV (or live) and listening to her answers to the media. We are not imagining her attitude. It *is* her attitude. That's just the way that it is and no amount of 'media training charm school' can change her, although she has tried really REALLY hard, lately, to show a 'sweet' personna on the screen.

    She's simply an agressive little competitor. Pushy with a capital "P." The antithesis of the sweet-tempered 'girl-next-door' image of previous American ladies skaters. There's a reason why I've heard some people LAUGH OPENLY in arenas when Sasha falls. Sad but true.

    p.s. Her ramming into fellow skaters during 2002 Nationals is just the tip of the iceberg. It would takes hours to give you a laundry list of examples.

    Here is Kimmie's thoughts on how to answer the media

    QUOTE: "Kimmie said she learned how to talk to the press by watching Sasha Cohen,"Not Michelle Kwan. She was asked OOh, no, Sasha gets all the hard questions and Michelle gets the easy ones. You all love Michelle.

    Sasha has become hardened to the media and all the not no nice things they say about her. I don't think she gives a fiddler's stick about what people say about her. She has to be tough inorder to keep going. I hope she wins the OGM that way she can tell the media and reporters where to stick the mike ,where the sun don't shine. The games has begun and I hope Sasha shows them what she is make of, spunk and so what attitude.

    TROLLS, scat. There a Michelle's trolls and Sasha trolls. Trolls are Trolls.
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    Sasha doesn't have to answer Kwan questions and the reporters should be asking her about her own skating.

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    I would be annoyed too if everytime I come to a press conference the reporters are asking about another skater. She did not say anything bad about Michelle. She had a look on her face that said here come all the Michelle questions. I would be a little annoyed myself.

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    True-that.

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    Sasha has every tight to be upset. She is the real contender but she has to answer questions about a skater who is not going to compete so the press can print the story they want,sure lol! How would you feel if you were in her place huh?

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    Yall are saying all this crap about it being HER press conference etc. But nobody seems to have a problem when Michelle Kwan has a press conference and they talk about another skater that she is competing against..?

    Its evident in the past, if you have watched press conferences, over the past 3-4 years Sasha Cohen seems to be annoyed at Michelles name being mentioned...as if she is jealous of Michelles publicity bad or good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller
    It's six or seven years of our watching her on TV (or live) and listening to her answers to the media. We are not imagining her attitude. It *is* her attitude. That's just the way that it is and no amount of 'media training charm school' can change her, although she has tried really REALLY hard, lately, to show a 'sweet' personna on the screen.

    She's simply an agressive little competitor. Pushy with a capital "P." The antithesis of the sweet-tempered 'girl-next-door' image of previous American ladies skaters. .
    I don't know what you are watching but I haven't gotten that impression whatsoever. Who cares about having a sweet personna except you.
    p.s. Her ramming into fellow skaters during 2002 Nationals is just the tip of the iceberg. It would takes hours to give you a laundry list of examples
    I think you should stand by your opinions and give us a list when Sasha has had an "attitude" and has been "pushy" when being interviewed.
    There's a reason why I've heard some people LAUGH OPENLY in arenas when Sasha falls. Sad but true.
    Why would you even take the time to even post this If people really do this then they are not the type of people I would put a whole lot of stock into. Posting that was just pure mean.

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    I think it is very sad that some Michelle Kwan fans are taking out their disappointment about Michelle's withdrawal on Sasha Cohen. They talk about what would have been "classy" for her to say. What they say about her is anything but classy. It is petty and cruel and vengeful.

    Sasha Cohen is our National Champion. She has never done anything to merit these attacks. I have met her, and she is a a lovely person, in my opinion, a very sweet, earnest, loveable human being. I always loved her skating, and I was delighted to find that she is everything I could have hoped for her to be.

    Whatever Sasha accomplishes in Torino, I am "for" her. This is not because she is my National Champion, but because she is Sasha, and that is more than enough for me. I hope for the absolute best for her, now, and for the rest of her life.
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