No, so many ppl ragging on Sasha!lol
I'm not sure of the validity of the statements she made about Michelle, but even if she did make those comments I would totally support her in vying for another Olympic berth. I think most of us @ 1 pt. or another have said something hippocrytical or changed opinions on things as time passed, so if she's made that choice (whatever that may be,since the quote is pretty amiguous [crosses fingers]) then I say go for it!
I do agree w/a lot of you though that it would be tough for her to even make the team with the new code, her jump inconsistencies, how late it is in the Olympic cycle & all that momentum coming from the newcomers. But I never want to count her out for sentimental reasons probably- I mean her artistry & elegance captivates me whether or not that equates to being able to get on a podium.
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IIRC what Sasha said (quite a bit before 2006) was something to the effect that, "when I was younger and immature I thought, why doesn't Michelle move on and give us our chance to shine?" The implication being that with maturity she got past that way of thinking.
In 2006 I am pretty sure she answered all questions about Michelle with, I am just concentrating on my own skating.
In fact, she was criticised on the skating boards for taking that attitude in her famous interview with Katy Curric. Curric tried to draw Sasha into the controversy, or at least to say that she sympathized with Michelle's injury. Sasha did not rise to the bait, saying only that her focus was on her own programs.
Anyway, I look forward to seeing both Sasha and Michelle in Vancouver.
I bet you do!!!!!!!Originally Posted by Mathman
Don't we all!!!!Originally Posted by Imarie086
Imarie086, I know you weren't attacking Sasha. I was just kidding aroung about how her statements sort of irrititated a lot of ppl. She probably should be more aware of what she says so she'll be more consistent & since she's in the public eye whatever she claims can come back to haunt her. However, I always prefer athletes who speak their mind versus those giving answers because it's safe or polite. Anyways, it would definitely be interesting if Michelle, Irina, etc. came back to competitve skating to see how they fare in the new system & bring back a sense of "womanliness" back into the sport because (I think) Johnny Weir said that ladies' figure skating has become primarily a girls' sport & I tend to agree.
yeah, it would be amazing to see them in vancover, but not going to happen.
That's one of the reasons I really like Sarah Meier's skating! Her SP this past season in particular was definitely a favorite. Joannie Rochette is another skater I really enjoy these days. Not to say I don't like the teens in the sport, but they'll branch out more as they get older.Anyways, it would definitely be interesting if Michelle, Irina, etc. came back to competitve skating to see how they fare in the new system & bring back a sense of "womanliness" back into the sport because (I think) Johnny Weir said that ladies' figure skating has become primarily a girls' sport & I tend to agree.
But as it really has become more of a girls' sport, I find myself more interested in dance.
The previous season, after switching to Tarasova and setting the Grand Prix circuit on fire, Sasha's season ended on a low note. She finished third behind Michelle and Sarah Hughes (whom everyone thought was washed up) at U.S. Nationals, then fourth behind Michelle, Elene Sokolova and Fumie Suguri at Worlds. So Sasha's confidence really benefitted from that shot in the arm in the next season's opening Campbell's event.
(I love cheesefests -- they are the most interesting and exciting competitions! I can hardly wait for next year's Worlds to be out of the way so we can concentrate on the ISU team championship the following month. )
I think the pre-2006 Olympic comments people are talking about are the ones where Sasha was asked what she thought of Michelle petitioning to the team. And I believe her responses were more along the lines that while Michelle is one of the top skaters, she believes spots should be earned. Even during the Olympics when many skaters were sympathizing Michelle, Sasha came off rather cold. Whether she just wanted to focus on herself or was really anti-MK, no idea. But I remembering interpreting her answers as not so friendly.
^ Well, I can understand if Sasha felt a little put out that the big story out of Torino was Michelle not skating instead of Sasha skating. Maybe she felt like, what am I, chopped liver?
Anyway, Sasha missed a good PR op. She could have come off as the gallant soldier who, shaking off her tears, seizes the flag from the hand of her fallen comrad-in-arms and rushes forward into battle in her stead.
Didn't Michelle beat Sasha at Worlds '04? Or was it that she beat Sasha in the LP?