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    New LA Times article on Michelle

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...ck=1&cset=true

    Good for her ... she seems very happy with her life!

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    Thanks for the link, Nymkfan. Michelle is just extraordinary. I liked this part:

    "While chatting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a former figure skater and a University of Denver alumna, Kwan said she'd like to serve her country. The State Department called two weeks later..."

    I also noted that she describes her hip injury as dating back to 2002 (not 2004 as revealed by Raphael Arutunian). This would make sense. 2003 was the first season where she tried to cut back on her competitive schedule. She was roped into doing Skate America as a last-minute substitute for Sarah Hughes and did so well that she made the GP final on that one performance alone (she had to petition to get out of the final). There was speculation that she would skip Nationals and Worlds that year, but that she decided to go for it because Worlds was in the U.S. that year.

    I also found very interesting her comments about school opening up new vistas for her and about expanding her circle of friends beyond the ice skating world.

    Michelle just totally rocks!

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    Great article! She seems much more open about her life now that she is no longer under the microscope so much. What a wonderful role model she is!

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    Not a big surprise to me. I've been posting she's injured long before it became public, and I never bought that groin thing. I also believe the hip injury began before 2002. However, she was concerned about her committments and continued to skate through 2006.

    I think so much was going on just pior to the 2002 Olympics what with Frank and Lorie. It's amazing how well she did in those years with all that pain. But was it worth it?

    Joe

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    thanks for the link. I thought it was cute that she and Karen are watching YouTube videos of when they were both younger - I wonder which ones???

    Did anyone notice that she will be in China during Nationals? I was sort of hoping to see her in the stands - you know the camera would pan on her a lot and she would have gotten interviewed, oh well, maybe next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Thanks for the link, Nymkfan. Michelle is just extraordinary. I liked this part:

    "While chatting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a former figure skater and a University of Denver alumna, Kwan said she'd like to serve her country. The State Department called two weeks later..."
    Hey, when the Kween speaks ... people listen!!!

    And I agree about the injury dating back to 2002. I thought I had remembered it being mentioned somewhere at that time that her back was the problem. But who knows? Clearly she was not herself from that point on. It's totally amazing what she accomplished in spite of it, though.

    I the Kween!!!

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    She says she has not retired and doesn't feel as if her eligible career is over. It sounds to me as if she is still interested in competing. Maybe someday we will see her skate again at US Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euterpe View Post
    She says she has not retired and doesn't feel as if her eligible career is over. It sounds to me as if she is still interested in competing. Maybe someday we will see her skate again at US Nationals.
    Maybe - and I would love it, but she also said she'll be 40 and still eligible which made me think she is saying she loves to compete and just can't say - I'm done, even if she is, well, done.

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    nice article, thanks.

    "Brian Boitano was like, 'I just knew,' " she said. "I don't think I'll ever have that [and know] 'It's over. I can't do it anymore.' I'll probably be eligible for the rest of my life. I'll be 40 and say, 'I've got to compete!' "

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    Quote Originally Posted by emma View Post
    Maybe - and I would love it, but she also said she'll be 40 and still eligible which made me think she is saying she loves to compete and just can't say - I'm done, even if she is, well, done.
    Yes, but other skaters who went ":Pro" whatever that means from a skater who won millions on being 'amateur' makes me think is thee any moe money in competing?. If not, will she skate for the love of competion with out the cash? Just a thought.

    Joe
    Last edited by Joesitz; 12-24-2006 at 07:34 PM.

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    Wonderful article.......that's our girl...........42

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Yes, but other skaters who went ":Pro" whatever that means from a skater who won millions on being 'amateur' makes me think is thee any moe money in competing?. If not, will she skate for the love of competion with out the cash? Just a thought.

    Joe
    huh?

    And going "Pro" simply means giving up
    your Olympic eligibility, now.


    Anyways,
    great article and sounds like
    Michelle is at a very good place
    in her life.

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    That certainly is a great article. I couldn't imagine putting up with the pain for as long as she did.

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    Coming back to compete is just a dream. Staying in eligible makes Michelle look a lot better. I guess she and people around her did a great job to keep the injury not knowing by public. I have been wondering how Michelle has never had major injury except the toe in 1998 while all the rest elite skaters always have some injuries.

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    Why not stay eligible? She loses nothing by keeping her options open.

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