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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As for his new venture into the competitive arena... I don't see it working if it's going to be pro am, but that's just me... I don't see why it needs to be the old dogs vs the puppies.
As per FSU (which is as per a press conference held), Laura Lepisto is back to training well and will compete at Nebelhorn.
My point with regard to Midori competing in an adult competition is that she doesn't seem to WANT to bring it back as a "retired elite skater competition". In the press release that came out on Yahoo Japan, she said something to the effect that she wanted to show people that even as you get older, if you still love something you can participate. You know, for fun, without having the same level of pressure that being in some made for TV pro-am or World level competition would bring. That seemed to be part of what was lacking for her (the fun) when she tried to come back before the 1998 Olympics (along with her health issues).
I didn't appreciate what I perceived as a slam on adult figure skating that was brought up with regard to Midori being an "exception" or that only ice dance can be enjoyed over the age of 40. The largest groups at most adult competitions are 31-40 and 41-50 and I am talking FREESTYLE events, not dance. There have been a few very high level skaters return and take part. They will say that the best part of it is the comeraderie of the events, as will National, World, and Olympic level judges. There are also a number of very well known and respected coaches who are thrilled to have competitive adults in their stable of students, most notably Charlie Tickner, who is at every US Adult Nationals running around all week with skaters on both rinks, at practices, etc. all the time.
As it is, Midori's in a group of 2 skaters and if I were the other skater, I would be THRILLED just to share the ice with her and be second and to have my picture taken on the podium with her, even if she won by 50 or 100 points, so long as I skated MY best.
Chouinard was a charming, incredibly expressive skater with more ability than confidence, and I generally enjoyed her programs (though I thought Michelle should have won that day). She must have been a joy to choreograph for. I still ache for her because of the dirty trick fate played on her in the 1994 Olympics. That Typhoid Mary, Tonya Harding, having already jeopardized Nancy Kerrigan's Olympic chances, then took out Chouinard. Harding broke her shoelace or somesuch, and asked the judges for a moment to repair her skate. The judges decreed that yes, Harding could have a time-out, but the next skater MUST then skate right away or forfeit a chance to do her long program. The next skater was Josée. So out went Chouinard, even though I'm sure she was completely unsettled by the change. Really such a shame that Josée became another casualty of Tonya Harding's chaotic tenure in the skating spotlight.