The International Skating Challenge is coming up next Friday in Auburn Hills. I'll be filing a report. (But maybe not such a complete one. The last time my wife and I went to an Ice Show she chewed me out afterward for being such a bad date -- she said I ignored her the whole time while I was furiously taking notes.)
Anyway, my question is: Does anyone -- NorthernLite? -- have any news about who is going to be in it? All Fall they have been giving top billing to "Olympic Champion Alexei Yagudin." But in the ABC coverage of Trophee Lalique today they dropped Yagudin from the video spot and instead led with "Five time World Champion Michelle Kwan," followed by Evgeny Plushenko, Sasha Cohen, Michael Weiss and Irina Slutskaya. I took that to mean that Alexei was out. What about Tim Goeble? Is Irina really going to appear. I know that Jenny Kirk has been added, and there was speculation about Shizuka Arakawa.
PS. My tickets came for the "Meet and Greet" reception prior to the event. It says "an American skater will come out and meet the public for autographs," etc. It didn't say who. Actually, it is probably a pain in the neck to skaters who have to do this, especially when it cuts into their preparation time just before the event.
I can imagine they discuss it backstage, like, "You go out!" "No, you go out." "Hey, I went out in Cleveland, it's your turn!" So I guess I will probably get to meet whoever is the lowest on the totem pole that the others can bulling into doing it, LOL.
PPS. Edited to add: I just went to the event web site. I see that they took down the picture of Alexei and replace it with Michelle. But they didn't change the caption right, so now it says, here is a lovely picture of "Alexei Michelle Kwan."