<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr> engrsktr: Will Michelle absolutely need a 3/3? Probably not - but we've seen what happens when she doesn't have one and someone else does.... on a couple occasions... so, I guess it's up to the competition.
While she may not NEED one to win nationals and worlds, I for one would really like to see her go out and do one regardless (on a consistent basis throughout the season). I simply can't understand why she hasn't had one consistently up to this point.
A lot of people here a GS say it's probably because she's concerned about injury. But I doubt that's what it is. I think we can all agree that her fitness level is outstanding, especially with the strength training and all. And her technique is good enough (for years!) where she should be able to train a 3/3 without fear of injury (of course freak injuries are always possible - but a skater can't think of these things or else she would never even step onto the ice; most injuries come from bad technique and training and I don't think anyone will disagree when I say that michelle has neither of those). So I wonder why she hasn't added on to her permanent repertoire. Sure she's done them before, but it's not something you expect from her. She always says she likes to compete, and she likes to challenge herself... I think this would be the biggest challenge for her - to go out and do the jumps like she means business... .go out with some aggressiveness and do the 3/3 even if it's completely unnecessary for a win...it certainly doesn't mean she's being less artistic
many may say "but this could jeopardize her program if she misses" ... it's not all about the medals is it? She's got enough of those to last a lifetime.
I say the biggest challenge is being great when you only need to be good.
So I guess I would have more respect for her technical skating if she would add this 3/3... I mean she's been doing every triple since she was around 14.... a little change can be good...
Engrsktr, I think some of the points you have stated to support your assertion that she should try 3/3s are actually points that explain why she hasn't tried them more often.
Have you ever thought the reason why she has stayed so incredibly heathly and injury-free is precisely because she hasn't risked injuring her body by doing too many 3/3s? In the past years, if she hardly needed a 3/3 in every competition to win, why would she or any athlete in his/her right mind risk losing by trying something harder? In the past, she DID want to win competitions (absolutely nothing wrong with that kind of mentality), and it would make sense for her to be conservative. Conservative by Michelle's standards, but not others, I must stress. It might start to get corny from me but how many ladies have consistently produced 6-7 triples every year? Since the answer is none or rather just a few, it's not easy. Ok, let's talk about the last 2 seasons, how many have produced 6-7 triples when just about everyone says it's "conservtive" (blame it on Michelle)? Again only a few. So, what does it tell us? It's technically difficult to even put out a 6T program. What's more baffling to me is when others produce a 6 or 7 triple program, people go crazy like it's some sort of a monumental task completed. And when Michelle does it, people question why she's so conservative. The irony of sports. :lol:
Only recently, Michelle has started to stop thinking of winning the medals, good for her. She has said she loves to challenge herself. Have you ever thought "challenge" to her is to be able to produce at least a 6 clean program with great artistry at an "old age"? That to me is a monumental task itself and it's definitely a challenge. For God's sake, it already is for all the skaters out there, and they want to talk about 3/3s and quads?
Speaking as a huge Michelle fan, I definitely would love to see her attempt 3/3s not just the 3t/3t. I really wish to see that. However, I woudn't be disappointed if she completely stopped doing it. Engsktr, please don't get me wrong, I don't want to sound like a Michelle cop here, a term I so often see on other forums.:lol: I just feel compelled to share my views and rebut any poster whom I strongly disagree with. :D