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    Let Go of the Olys and Get On with the Worlds

    The list of entries is out there in the ISU folders. Nakano and Suguri are in; Ando is out. Can Shizuka repeat? No Irina but a chance to see if there will be a genuine Lady contender. This is Rochette's big moment. Will Sasha skate clean in both programs. Will Kimmie make the definitive statement that she is the new Best of America? Will we be looking more seriously at a Lady from Georgia?

    And less we forget, the battle of the Lyrical Boys. What Teams will emerge in Pairs and Dance?

    There is still much to ponder about the NEW ERA IN FIGURE SKATING

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    Actually, according to the latest article in Japan, Arakawa's still not sure even though her name is there. Cohen even seems to be here, there and everywhere but will she be back in time for the Worlds?

    How this competition goes is going to determine how much longer I follow skating, or if I even will at all.

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    Hmm... I still kind of have the feeling that this year's Worlds are going to be pretty lack luster. Next year's Worlds are probably going to be more of the definitive statement of the new era in figure skating (maybe even Jr. Worlds is better to look to this year than Sr.)

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    If Arakawa doesn't go, who is the first alternate? Ando? Or Onda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    The list of entries is out there in the ISU folders. Nakano and Suguri are in; Ando is out. Can Shizuka repeat?
    Joe
    Do you mean Shizuka is going to Worlds?
    If not, with Ando out, who is the 3rd Japanese lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    Will Sasha skate clean in both programs.
    Joe
    Sounds like her fans have more confidence in her than some of her family.
    Last edited by mzheng; 03-04-2006 at 10:30 PM.

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    Can't say I'm too psyched for this one. The Olympics have already happened, and the next nail-biter is four years away.

    This is a second-rate competition after the fact here. IMO, they probably 1) should reschedule Worlds for a later date, like in April or 2) just not hold Worlds in an Olympic year.

    The only thing I can hope is that there's some star power in the ladies competition. Right now, there is none. It's almost like a GP event here

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    Those I mentioned are listed as attending but I don't think it is written in stone.

    Hey RD - If Sasha drops out of skating (possible with a movie contract) I don't think you'll follow more figure skating if the Japanese Ladies take over the Worlds.

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    Joe- you're probably right that I might not keep up if the above happens. I think there might have to be an American in contention, yes, if I'm to keep watching skating. More importantly, a skater needs to be developed that I can actually enjoy and become a fan of. Without that, not much keeps me going. Only the intense competition at the top kept me going from 02 to 06. If there's nothing like that between 06 and 10, then I'm outta here.

    The skaters now are just kind of blah. I'm looking for someone to EXCITE me here!

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    RD, ya gotta start to pick your skaters early. Like now. Besides, aren't you CURIOUS to see who will emerge as the new leaders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHIO2
    RD, ya gotta start to pick your skaters early. Like now. Besides, aren't you CURIOUS to see who will emerge as the new leaders?
    Surprisingly, not too much. It's almost like Oh, well! I like fresh blood but I'd like to wait until things get established. The next two years will be a true Changing of the Guard in ladies, and then a new era will be ushered. I predict the Japanese will take over the domination that the Russians once had. The U.S. still has rising stars in Emily, Alissa and Kimmie, but none are established enough to really challenge the Best in the World.

    The veterans of yesterday- Irina, MK, Sasha, Arakawa, Fumie, etc. I predict will retire after this year or next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    Hey RD - If Sasha drops out of skating (possible with a movie contract) I don't think you'll follow more figure skating ....
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    What's this about Sasha and movies? Am I that out of the loop? or is this just a feeling or hunch on your part, Joe?

    Andy W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATW27
    What's this about Sasha and movies? Am I that out of the loop? or is this just a feeling or hunch on your part, Joe?

    Andy W.
    And just what kind of roles does she think she is going to land? I can see her being about as successful as Tara Lipinski. She may get a few roles just for being an Olympic medalist, but none will be a real stretch from who she really is, and she'll never be a great actress.

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    I've never seen her act before, so I can't pass judgement on that yet. But I do agree that she will be playing C-list and guest roles- not going to get much better than that unless you display REAL talent...

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    Well, the only lady to make a successful transition from ice skating to Hollywood was Sonja Henie, back in the days when studios ruled and could make a star out of anyone. (I'm not countng Carol Heiss' starring role in "Snow White and the Three Stooges" or Michelle recently playing herself in Disney's Ice Princess.)

    I think what a lot of people don't credit is that it actually takes some talent and some training to be a successful actor. It would be a miracle if someone coincidentally had world class talent in two unrelated areas -- skating and acting.

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    Moving on and OT acting

    OT acting first - of course we've seen Sasha act. She acts gracious about receiving silver even though we know she's seething inside.

    Back to topic:

    I for one am thrilled to see Worlds coming. Olympic skating is just a pleasant once every 4 years interlude. With first Tara then Sarah, I don't really put much stock in the results.

    But Worlds! How fabulous that the men will be out from under Plushy's mailed in performances. If I want to see a machine perform, I'l go to the drag races, thank you. Rotations in the air and nothing else satisfying as far as I'm concerned.

    And Dance - well, I'll say this, the Olys Ice Dance was one of the best contests I'd seen in a long time. Worlds will be even more wonderful without N/K. I was actually a fan of N/K back in Pink Panther days (Roman as Austin Powers was a stroke of good casting). Since then, they've only presented strife and durge with ugly choreography. So happy they are moving on! Best of luck to D/L, B/A, D/S and all the other wonderful deserving teams.

    Pairs - gee I'll miss T/M (NOT). Personally, I'm just hoping they don't let the door hit their behinds on the way outta here.

    Yupper, Olympics is like a demonstration sport. The real figure skating occurs at Worlds!

    Linny

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