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    Michelle on the Today Show

    Here's a link to the interview - she is "inspired by the older athletes and is considering 2010 Olympic run.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/


    Article with video
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26311209/from/ET/

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    Oh, wow, Michelle is such a class act. Let's hope her inspiration for Vancouver doesn't end after she leaves China and gets back to life. The media isn't going to let this one go now. I'm sure we'll be hearing more updates in the future. If anyone can make a comeback, it would be Michelle!

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    Thank you for the links. Always nice to see and hear from the Kween.

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    It was great to see her!
    Whatever she decides about 2010, she has always honored the sport by her presence. That will never change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arianne View Post
    If anyone can make a comeback, it would be Michelle!
    I'm afraid that if Michelle were to make a comeback, she would be completely out-jumped and out-spun by today's young stars. I doubt she would even make the US team on merit, let alone the Olympic podium.

    But good for her if she wants to have a try for the fun of it.

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    It's a shame skating isn't more like swimming (Torres) or gymnastics (Chusovitina ... sp?)... where a 'specialist' can make a come back and succeed on a wondrous stage like the Olympics, ... while not having to be "the All around Champ"... Figure skating has only one medal ... and we see how it goes to the All Around champ... but wouldn't it be wonderful if there was for instance a "no jump" artistic event for instance (probably too difficult to imagine... and too subjective to be sustainable)... then... would allow for a Michele to return to such a stage... and that would be great for the sport ... and for the fans as well...IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenpleasures View Post
    I'm afraid that if Michelle were to make a comeback, she would be completely out-jumped and out-spun by today's young stars. I doubt she would even make the US team on merit, let alone the Olympic podium.

    But good for her if she wants to have a try for the fun of it.
    No one would know better than Michelle if she still has what it would take today to be competitive. Given her competitive drive I cannot imagine she would try "for the fun of it." Now she may be beaten by the young stars, but she won't come back if she cannot hold her own - and she will have something on the young stars - years of experience, poise, and maturity. The older athletes in China have certainly shown us this time around that they are competitive physically with the young ones and can be better than when they were young. Dara, the gymnast who won silver, and the marathon gold medalists to name a few. And the mindset of our culture has changed. The media loved the older athletes - respected them for their courage to just try, and focused on them and made them stars just as much as the young darlings. The public mood has changed and maybe just in time for Michelle - if she can and still has the passion to try.

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    Trust me, if Michelle comes back, it won't be "for the fun of it." If she returns, it will be with the goal of finally winning that elusive gold medal.

    Now, whether she'd have any chance of that, or even of making the team, I won't venture to guess right now. But that would certainly be her intention.

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    She looks amazing. Very professional yet sexy. It must be so cool for her to attend the Olympics there in China, but not having the pressures of competing. I do not think she would want to go back to compete. She is busy at college and with all this great envoy work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    Trust me, if Michelle comes back, it won't be "for the fun of it." If she returns, it will be with the goal of finally winning that elusive gold medal.

    Now, whether she'd have any chance of that, or even of making the team, I won't venture to guess right now. But that would certainly be her intention.
    I'll take your word for it since I don't know her motivation. But if she really does come back with the sole intention of winning an OGM, she's going to be disappointed. Even if she came back with her old consistency, which seems very unlikely, the youngsters are far ahead of her technically now.

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    She tried to "return" once, and her body gave out on her.

    It's not about age so much as it's about how much more your body can take.

    I think she, along with other skaters are just clinging onto that sliver of hope. Still, what Torres did must be a great inspiration. But that comeback took what, 4-8 years?

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    IMichelle (or any other skater in her place) could well have multiple motives for any comeback. Of course she would want to win the OGM, but she might also (for example) want to wipe out the memory of her leaving Torino hurt with a strong performance at Nats, even if she can't qualify for the team. After all, in '94Kat Witt probably also wanted to win a third OGM, and I doubt that Elaine Zayak would have minded making the US Oly team, but both ladies also had other reasons for their respectvie "comebacks" that made themt satisfying, even without the medals.

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    I don't think she has any intention of returning to eligible competition.

    As for being 'inspired'.

    a) she's saying something diplomatic in her capacity as a diplomat and retired athlete.

    b) sometimes when a friend has a new baby, a woman who has no serious intention of having more kids gets broody for a few days and thinks how nice a new baby would be. I wouldn't be surprised if Kwan is feeling the ex-athlete's version of that. I'm sure it will pass and she'll get back to her new life soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenpleasures View Post
    Even if she came back with her old consistency, which seems very unlikely, the youngsters are far ahead of her technically now.
    I don't think they're that far ahead of her technically, assuming she is at least where she was before her injury. In 2004, one year before her injury sidelined her, she was still capable of a six triple program--maybe even in 2005 at Nationals--I can't remember. I do think she needs a triple-triple--but it's not like she's never done one before. And by the way, didn't Irina run off a string of victories under COP without doing a 3-3 every time? And with the downgrades being handed out now, it's not even clear that Mao is going to have all her 3-3s ratified and her triple axel is not exactly a model of consistency. Michelle can certainly up her point total on her spins, spirals and footwork. And if PCS is scored correctly, she should receive among the highest marks.

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    Michelle with her 3Tx3T by Kimmie alone with her 3Zx3T. Can you imagine what Caroline, Rachael and Mirai will score on jumps at that Nats?

    Michelle will probably have a Flying Sits, and what else. A Bielman? hmmm.

    Footwork? with the right choreographer, yeah, she could pull that off.

    PCS: Well, great spiral, skating ability? - not by comparison to above-named, but Very lyrical and neat.

    Realistically: A nice performance which we all will enjoy watching. A medal? Nah.

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