Originally posted by Joesitz
I like Sasha a lot so this is not a bash.
She is facing the World Champion in that Campbell's contest, and she wants to win it or have her fans say she should have. After the presumably poor skate (poor in terms for her) in Sun Valley(?) I think Sasha is using strategy by getting back to the run-through sessions with TT to be certain her GP skates are the best!
I think she is doing the right thing although, I must admit, I wasn't bowled over by MK in last year's Campbells. Campbell;s is basically a run-through with the new routine, the new music, the new costume before the real action starts. Sasha is a seasoned skater by now and she had her run-through in Sun Valley. She knows what she has to do.
I wish Campbells would be open to more skaters besides the top tier. AP is the only one contestant that hasn't had so much exposure. The second tier skaters could really use this contest.
Michelle had not originally intended to skate in last year's Campbell's. She substituted at the last minute for an ailing Irina, so it is no wonder that no one was bowled over by her performance there. She did win, though.
I could preface this post with a big fan boost of MK but everyone knows that.
In spite of my great feelings for MK, I do look at contests as objectively as I can. she was not at her best last Campbells. Maybe it was the rush to enter but I'm not really looking for excuses. Anthing can happen at Campbells. If someone comes out dead last in Campbells they can still win Worlds, imo.
Look at Campbells as a Dress Rehearsal for what is to come.
BTW, 3judges had MK in 5th place last year - Germany and Canada. So much for Western influence.
After the long post-Olympic COI tour in 2002, Kwan had not been planning to enter any competitions until Nationals in January. Then Irina withdrew from Campbell's. Michelle literally put together that Campbell's FS program in a matter of days. Then a few weeks later, Sarah withdrew from Skate America, and Kwan had to do the same thing again with a SP.
Michelle definitely wasn't at HER best at either Campbell's or Skate America, but her less-than-best was better than what her competition could do with reasonably well-prepared programs.
Euterpe, I am always interested in the inside dope. Do you know anything about how they enticed Michelle into doing thse competitons? Did they "make her an offer she couldn't refuse?" Did they give her a ton of money? Appeal to her along the lines of, please save our show? Would she have gotten in trouble with the USFSA if she hadn't?
Michelle just totally rocked last season.
I always find threads like this amusing. A web error and ppl are suspecting a conspericy to get her programs up to par and lies and....