Though I'm an ardent Michelle fan (alert the media!), my admiration for her doesn't detract at all from my regard for Kristi. She's a wonderful skater in terms of consistency, longevity, and versatility. Let's not forget that she was a pairs skater as well as a singles skater and excelled in both. As for her pro career, she happened to have that career during a time when the pro circuit was a serious venue for substantial artistic innovation, and Kristi was one of the few skaters who retained her triples and presented them regularly. She's one of the few Americans who has the trifecta (World, Olympic, and National golds). She broke a 16-year-long OGM drought for American ladies. At the time, people were rather disappointed that she had so few endorsements, and some experts hinted that racism had a bit to do with it. There might be some truth to that: she was the first Asian-American OGM winner in the United States. Well, she was the first Asian OGM skater in the world, wasn't she? I think she paved the way for the Asian-American skaters who came later in terms of endorsements. I don't think any comparisons need to be made between her and Michelle. We're lucky to have both of them. They're both athletes and ladies, who have done the sport proud by their accomplishments on the ice and off.