didn't she debut ariane at world pro and do a great job? best performance of the ariane program ever. her EoE at world pro is still the rare program that managed to hush sandra bezic through its entirety. i even thought the 99 US nationals ariane was a force--it looked like she was on cruise control and her attention lapsed at the 2nd lutz. therefore IMO she didn't struggle that much.
Originally Posted by Krislite
then she had a bad cold at worlds but in the exhibitions returned to the usual MK glory in the red violin debut. i always preferred this red violin version to her competitive program. too much time wasted setting up jumps. i feel the same when i watch yeonah and mao (if they didn't have to set up jumps, i could have seen more choreography, etc) what can i say, i watch for the art
Last edited by skfan; 05-11-2011 at 12:29 PM.
Six Point Zero
I was talking about her competitive (ISU) record that season. That's why I said she had a "little" struggle. Of course, her EoE at the 1998 World Pro pretty much makes up for that and more.
Originally Posted by skfan
Bona Fide Member
The best thing that ever happened to Michelle Kwan for her own legacy was never winning the OGM. Had she won in Nagano she would have retired on the spot, I doubt she would have even gone to the Worlds after Nagano just like Lipinski didnt. Instead she goes on as a 5 time World Champion, 9 time U.S winner, and with incredible longevity, and a string of excellent performances many now crown her as the best ever.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Whereas skaters like Kristi Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski, and now Yu Na Kim, who were all probably easily capable of duplicating a similar or even better resume (well maybe not Tara since her hip went out) retired due to winning Olympic Gold and now look less great by comparision. Or in Yu Na's case continuing to skate no longer having motivation to train or take it seriously as a sad showow of her old self, and embarassing herself by losing to the likes of Miki Ando who in her prime she would have beaten with a broken leg.
Last edited by pangtongfan; 05-11-2011 at 11:43 PM.