Josee's interpretive program was a little Lori Nichol gem to Humoresque where she portrayed a Harlequin releasing a baby bird. She fell on her hardest element, a triple Lutz. Technically, Michelle was superior. But the judges felt that since this was the "interpretive" program, Josee actually interpreted the music while Michelle's program was just generic pretty skating.
Frank Carroll was quite irate at the result.
Sarah Hughes was third (Bye Bye Blackbird ), followed by Jennifer Robinson, Lu Chen, and Surya Bonaly.
By the way, the best resource for results of those old competitions in the Golden Skate archives, accessed form the Golden Skate home page.
^^^^ What did Lulu do? How did she lose out on interpretation?!
Josee had nerve problems and never performed to her ability in "amateur" competitions but she found success as a professional and won a few pro competitions.
Surya Bonaly skated to an almost comical screeching rendition of "March With Me."
There was a big write-up of this event in the newspapers, with quotes from Josee from a speech that she gave the next day to the children that she was coaching at the time. All about how nervous she was to be facing the World Champion and she didn't think she had a chance to win, but if you work hard and follow your dream anything is possible, etc.Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
Anyway, back on topic, I have to say that as a fan I'd be much more interested in seeing a Retired Champion Competition than a regular "adult" competition... and if I were an "adult" skater (which sounds sort of porny, LOL), I would not be too happy to find myself competing against Midori Ito!!
Truly. (But you could get her autograph. )and if I were an "adult" skater (which sounds sort of porny, LOL), I would not be too happy to find myself competing against Midori Ito!!
IMO Michelle was wuz robbed at the 2000 Sears Canadian Open. Both Michelle's SP and LP were far superior to Josee's programs. Carroll was irate for a reason.
well, lori choreographed that program for josee, and beautiful world for michelle. a harbinger of things to come-- a sign that michelle should start looking elsewhere?
i actually count josee among my favorites, but that humoresque program wasn't even as charming as her american in paris program. or her poeme by secret garden program. not to mention kismet... i don't care about the jumps--a program need not be cleanly skated to have its charm shine through.
did jennifer robinson skate to the vocal version of summer of '42 at the same event? she skated that at _one_ of the canadian opens if so, i preferred jennifer's program to both MK's and josee's. just preferred the choreography--i'm not talking about the standings.
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