A clip from the past
While browsing skating from youtube, I ran across a fascinating clip of Jenny Kirk's 2000 World Junior Championships LP (she won gold in that competition.)
Anyhow, I found it a joy to see Jenny as a 16 year old because I didn't follow her when she was that young. And the program itself was great to watch: she completed all her triples and she had a lot of zest, meaning that she was in tune with the music and "effervescent." That clip makes it seem like she had a lot more potential than she managed to fulfill, seeing that she later became a lot more inconsistent in he rjumping
Beautiful posture and very much the ballet-like skater. Unfortunately, she appeared in the Kwan/Cohen era and did not get the judges' attention.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
IMO, she lost alot of that passion for skating after her Mom passed away. The spark just wasn't as bright, anymore.
Also, her legs seemed stronger than what I was used to seeing from her.
[CENTER]Sasha Cohen seemed impressed.[/CENTER]
What do you mean
What do you mean by "Sasha Cohen was impressed." All I know is that Sasha placed 6th at that same Junior Worlds in 2000, well below Jenny.
Gotta Have Music
Now this clip was a delight to watch! Another one I would recommend is her 2003 Skate America performance ("Die Fledermaus"). She finished second to Sasha (and had to skate right after her), but she brought down the house.
Last edited by iluvtodd; 09-16-2006 at 08:57 AM.
I thought that was Sasha they showed at the end too, but after rewinding, I'm wondering if the girl on her right was Jenny's sister, so maybe that was a Sasha look a like?
Anyway, I had a not known it was Jenny, I don't think I would have recognized her! So many changes from the 2000 Jenny to the 2003 Jenny. You watch Michelle in her Jr. Worlds win and you know it was Michelle. I think Jenny lost some attack and spark as she grew more into a delicate ballerina type skater-she was always beautiful and charming, but something changed. Maybe she did lose some passion after her mother's death.
Regardless, thank you for sharing! I never saw it before. Such a shame she wasn't able to build on that. There was lots of hope for her, but as Joesitz said-she had to come up in the Kwan/Cohen era and she also would have had to fight off Hughes, AP and Angela for some claim to fame.
I agree, luvtodd, Jenny was amazing at SA that year, I thought she should have won.
MKFan, I really appreciate your observation of how Jenny lost her spark and attack and became a more tame and ballerina-like skater.
I wonder if her coaches and choreographers pushed her to go for a more gentle, dainty, ballerina-type style over her natural athletically aggressive style. Why do coaches always have to reshape skaters into something else instead of letting them skate with their own personality?
Sometimes, too, I think young skaters just gradually lose intensity as they grow up. To a twelve-year-old, hitting a home run in Little League is the most important thing in his life. Later on, maybe not so much.
I believe this is what happened to Ann Patrice McDonough. As she reached college age, skating just wasn't the all-consuming passion that it had been when she was younger.
Lovin' the Kween ... Now and Forever
This was wonderful to watch ... thanks for posting the link!
Didn't Jenny also suffer some injuries? Was it the hip, I can't remember.
Also ... Gail ... I was also at SA 2003, and it was a spectacular competition for Jenny. She had the performance of the night, and I actually thought she might springboard from that. Unfortunately, whether due to nagging injuries or loss of spark, she just couldn't seem to gain much consistency.
Regardless, she was a pleasure to watch, and I sincerely hope she is happy with what she is doing now. She went through an awful lot ... it would just be nice to see her settled and happy with her life now.
That was definitely Sasha Cohen they showed clapping for her at the end. I don't recognize the girl that was next to her. It did not look like Jenny's sister.[/CENTER]
Originally Posted by krenseby