First off, what a shame the news media is dealing with Michelle's withdrawal from the Olympics as if Michelle died. It's likely that Michelle's opportunity for an olympic gold medal is gone but Michelle is still alive and her fans can look forward to enjoying her skating in the future.
As far as the criticisim of Sasha Cohen on this forum,I would expect nothing less from the avid Kwan followers. Personally, I love Michelle's skating and truly believe no one will ever come close to her winning record. Being realistic, however, it was only a matter of time before Michelle would face the end of her eligibile career. We should all be celebrating the fabulous skating of Michelle Kwan. What a wonderful, talented skater and great role model for future skaters.
It's a shame that people are so quick to criticize Sasha's reaction. Sasha is under a great deal of stress just preparing and anticipating the competition as well as the other skaters.
Another thought......why such criticism of Sasha Cohen when Emily Hughes was giddy and acted like she just won the lottery when interviewed about the phone call that would send her to the Olympics. I totally understand Emily's reaction and in no way am trying to criticize her but it's interesting that Emily is not being trashed on this forum for her lack of concern about Michelle.
I'm sure Michelle was very concerned about getting the "bye" to the Olympics considering the seriousness of her groin injury. Michelle took the gamble and lost and that should be the end of it. This Olympics belongs to someone else and it's their turn to be in the spotlight. I think Michelle feels that way too considering her fast exit from Torino.
The fact that Michelle will never have an Olympic gold medal, for me, isn't such a big deal. Michelle Kwan is the most decorated female figureskater ever and will go down in history as such. Perhaps the Olympic gold medal has become too important. It's just one world competition that gets more attention and respect because it's a big media event.
Just trying to put this whole thing in perspective.