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    Who's next?

    I never thought I'd see another golfer the likes of Jack Nicklaus. Yet thirty years later, here is Tiger Woods, making the turn with 10 major championships, on his way toward matching the Golden Bear's 18.

    Michelle has been the most dominant and the most popular figure skater in the U.S. for a decade. Will we have to wait 30 years to see who's next?

    Or only until next year?

    Will Mao Asada win her first world championship in 2007, starting a string of nine straight trips to the world podium? Will fans in the United States and worldwide embrace her if she does?

    Yu-Na Kim, also 15, beat Emily Hughes by 14 points, Kimmie Meissner by 17 and Alissa Czisny by 26 at junior worlds last year, and Katy Taylor by 35 at the junior GP final this year. Her potential appears to be on a par with Mao's.

    Kimmie Meissner, 16. With two U.S. medals in her pocket already, will these Olympic games be the springboard for this rising star?

    Katy Taylor, 16. The new Tara, this Sugarland Sprite is my pick for the next U.S. Champion if Sasha does not compete next year.

    In 10 days someone will win a gold medal, and most of the present generation of champions will move on to the next stage of their lives. I for one think they will leave the sport in good hands.

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    There's a terrific rising star from Russia named Irina Slutskaya. The inside scoop says she's destined for great things.

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    Are you even serious trying to compare Michelle with Mao or even Yu? These girls do 3 axels. Kwan was a held up 6.0 skater that if she had to rise through the ranks under CoP could never get out of regionals. She avoided CoP from the start and the few times she skated under it was not too great and no- 4th is not great when you've been skating as long as Kwan has. Comparing Jack and Tiger is one thing, they both played the same game. Comparing Kwan with any good CoP skater now is like comparing minature golf with the real thing.

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    Morganlee, why don't you just give it up. Your agenda here is quite obvious. So you despise Michelle ... get over it. Whether you like it or not, she is one of the greatest figure skaters of all time. That's just the plain and simple truth.
    Mao and Yu are wonderful young skaters with hopefully, marvelous careers ahead of them. Come back in 7 or 8 years and see if they were able to live up to the hype ... then maybe your posts will make some sense. But right now they are just bitter ramblings.

    And Mathman ... I am sure that at some point there will be another skater who captures the hearts of skating fans as Michelle did, but I don't think we are likely to see that for a long time. In the interim, I know we will have plenty of wonderful skating to enjoy.

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    You seem to be the one with the agenda and a pathetic one it is. We are in a new age with harder difficulties. Your dreams are stateside and over. The rest of us are enjoying the Olympics.

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    Unfortunately, skaters like Kwan don't come along on a regularly scheduled basis. I think of Kwan as being in the same group as Janet Lynn or Peggy Fleming. (For the record, there is no higher group! ) There have been other great skaters, but they don't have the same heart appeal. There will surely be others, but we may have to wait.

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    untill they let someone win without jumping? That's over with pretty much. LoL

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    Morgan, your point has been made, please move on and quit antagonizing other members.

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    I thought this thread was about who's next. Why do every thread end up with fans fighting about Michelle. That's in the past.

    Mira Liang might be another next. She has good technical approach but has to work on her presentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millie
    I thought this thread was about who's next. Why do every thread end up with fans fighting about Michelle. That's in the past.
    unfortunately that's what happens when you're a legendary skater you're going to have everythread go your way one way or the other lol

    besides she WAS mentioned in teh opening thread...


    honestly I think the next has yet to be seen....

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    Quote Originally Posted by millie
    I thought this thread was about who's next. Why do every thread end up with fans fighting about Michelle. That's in the past.

    Mira Liang might be another next. She has good technical approach but has to work on her presentation.
    It is in the past Millie but these idol worshipers are going through serious withdrawal and think they're going to drag everyone with them. Back to the Olympics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morganlee
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    untill they let someone win without jumping? That's over with pretty much. LoL
    It's not about winning and it's not all about jumping. Janet Lynn did not win a world title. She won Bronze at the Olympics, but to watch her move across the ice was to see pure beauty. She became part of the music. She made the audience love skating because it looked so beautiful on her.

    Kwan also possesses that gorgeous way of floating above the ice. She has a sense of musicality that sets her apart from other skaters. I wish she had continued her work with Nichols, that is true. However, if you look at her entire body of work, she gave us plenty of masterpieces. Most importantly, she could make the audience feel in their hearts, not just in their heads, that they were seeing true beauty.

    Great jumpers are a dime a dozen. If you think THAT is what skating is about, then you are really missing out on the good stuff.

    I mentioned Kwan, because the whole point of the thread (to me) was who would be the next skater to rise to her stature. As I said, I think we are in for a wait.
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    I completely agree with your post, SusanBeth, and that was the question that I was raising. I am not worried about the athletic ability of future skaters. Each generation of athletes manages to leap higher, run faster, and so on, than the previous one did. Onward and upward, good for them.

    But will they touch our hearts? Or -- if that's too maudlin a sentiment -- will they put anything on the ice that people will be willing to switch on their TV to see, or pay out their hard-earned to watch in person?

    I wish I could borrow the rose-colored glasses of the people who think the sport is moving in the right direction.

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    But will they touch our hearts?
    Yu-Na Kim already touches my heart. I love watching her simply for the sheer beauty of her skating, although she is also a great athlete. There are a lot of 'ifs', of course (injury, puberty, etc) as to how well she will progress in the next few years.

    I think that she is at least as good artistically as Michelle Kwan was at age 15, so I think there is a chance that she could become one of the great ones, as Michelle did.

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    Well- I think Tiffany Chin could have been.

    Michelle was actually quite a jumper- technique, variety, height and edges (she wasn't the best at any one aspect except maybe run out but had very little weakness there.) If she's your're version of a jumpless skater you're either blinded by hate or living in a world where there are only 2-3 women skaters of merit.

    I'm not sure who the next big one will be but if we look at the number of post 20 year old women winning world titles since the early 90s (which is basically all of them save 93 and 95-98) it might be someone already on the scene who simply needs to develop well roundedness. Like Kostner with a better sense of control and musicality she might develop in the next few years.

    Taylor is starting to grow on me. Maybe Asada. If Lu Chen can produce a Chen Jr from China I would be beyond happy. (One could argue that Chen fits this bill as well since her world and Oly medals spanned about 7 years. And her 96 and 98 LPs where epic.)

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