Michelle beat Lu because she out jumped her. Tara beat Michelle because she out jumped her.. You can argue all you want whether the outjumping should have counted... But the point is Michelle benefited from being a jumping bean herself.
yup, it's definitely summer now....
The difference between a mature and immature skater is not all together the question of age. I left out Sarah Hughes from my list of mature skaters. In spite of her tender age winning the gold in SLC, she skated as a mature lady. Not as a darling little teenybopper. The following Olys show an aged Shizuka and very much a mature Lady.
I thought artistic mark reflected artistry, not physical maturity, in an ideal world at least.
^Yes, but in general, artistry is directly related to maturaty. There are always exeptions to this, but in general for a person to be considered artistic, some level of maturaty is present in their art, so it is not so much the maturity of the artist, but the maturity of the art itself, and it stands to reason that a more mature person would have more mature art.
I once belonged to the Brian Boitano fan club and remember that he said he was great friends with Brian Orser and always wanted to be his friend for life. Now that Orser "came out" [only because of his palamony suite hitting the newspapers and tv, etc] ] Boitano now says they were just competiters. That is a shame. If Orser read this, he would feel very hurt. False people and false freindships one can do without.
IIRC, Orser has made similar statements in the last couple of years saying their friendship really started AFTER the olympics, he gave the same reasoning - they were competitors first....
I can't imagine any rivalry where the skaters are actually close friends, I don't think you could truly have the right mentality if you were great friends...
which is why it always surprises me when I read Scott's book about the pact he made with Orser and Jumpin Joe about the 84 Olympics... I'm sure they toasted each other, but each guy was looking at the others going 'but Im gonna be the one with Gold around my neck'
I have read and heard more than one Brian interview where he has said that he and Orser weren't friends during the Olympics, but friendship developed afterwards. He may not have worded it exactly the same in this interview. I don't say things the exact same way everytime I answer a question either.
No one seems to have abandoned Orser due to his private life that became public. At least not that I've heard of.