Yes, MK killed pro skating by going to school. SOI needed MK, as did COI. She could have revived skating with the help of the other rich skaters, but they were not investing in skating. If MK had turned pro after 2003, or 2002, she would have helped sales and there would likely be specials. Kristi was done with SOI, Tara did 3 years and left, Sarah went to school, and she was too young to be so beloved by so many fans. Yes, MK killed skating altogether by leaving. This is of course tongue in cheek. Skating simply went back to the niche sport it always was. Skating clubs for the wealthy, and some talented ones get through if someone -usually many-will support 10 years before they hit the national scene.
One thing is true, skating is pretty dead. I wish I could say that about football. (just kidding fans!).
Actually rewatching these programs of Michelle while she is great and awesome I realize how human she is. Under COP she might not do all that well. as expected She actually stalks a lot of her jumps. They lack amplitude. Her spin positions are rather simple and the layback not a Peggy FLeming or Don Button "Wow, wonderful leg extension". And I also see her programs looking actually quite similar to her other programs. Sorry folks, love Michelle but watch her jumps - puny and not necessarily the greatest height or speed. Consistent and well landed yes but not the amplitude of a plus 3 GOE.
Kwan's jumps had better flow out than most jumps do today. Not true about them all being puny either. They were +1 GOE quality, sometimes +2. Besides that, her blade control was simply the best, as was her performance quality, choreography, and interpretation.
Thank you, Blades and Math. I second each of you.
And I third each of you.
Exactly. The pros were just posing most of the time, and who want to watch the boring programs over and over? I would pay to go watch Shizuka Arakawa though. She has gotten so much better as a pro skater. Much more interesting choreography and in between moves. watch this program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EZKd...=results_video
If all the pros worked as hard as shizuka, pro skating competitions wouldn't have died like it did in the 90s. Probably skating is the only sport that can get away without working hard when you turned "pro". It's usually the other way around..
Last edited by ks777; 11-28-2012 at 11:26 PM.
I don't know how to bring out that opportunity for the latter kind of program while minimizing how much you see the former kind.
Michelle I agree would have had a less mind blowing career under COP, still an excellent one, but would not have won 5 Worlds, 9 Worlds medals, even 9 U.S titles, been a top 3 skater for a whole decade of time, etc...However there are others who would be hurt even more by COP. Sarah Hughes would have probably never gotten into the top 5 in the U.S with URed jumps, bad flutzing, poor quality jumps, simple spins, mostly mediocre components. Katarina Witt under COP would not have fared well even against the skaters of her own era. Oksana Baiul under COP would have been mired in relative obscurity. Her TES would have been super low, very little jump content, chronic two foot landings, no combinations. She couldnt do any complicated spins, barely did any footwork or spirals. Even her PCS wouldnt be that high thinking of the areas they stress- transitions (she didnt have many), interpretation (her Swan Lake was a masterpiece of interpretation, but the rest meh), skating skills (ok, nothing remarkable), only performance would she have been superb. There is very little way to vaguely reward charisma, character, presence, flirtatiousness, pizzaz, overall magic, which is what she was deemed to have in abundance.
who still have an attention span longer than an NFL play are dieing off. Watch the casual fan young people who are attending a skating event, and they will be taping on their phones during great performances.....or looking around....they are bored after 30 second. Look at the jumbotron before the event and the intro will have a bunch of on 2 or 3 second clips of many skaters...MTV style.....with rock music. I hate it. MK didnt kill pro skating.....MTV did.
Last edited by ks777; 11-29-2012 at 01:25 AM.
Well Michelle's jumps didn't get the goe's Slutskaya often got. She was still good but her programs had a similar look as did her costumes as did her hair other than when she hacked it off.
True about her hair, though. Here she is with her hair just growing out from being hacked off the year before.
Last edited by Mathman; 11-29-2012 at 03:15 AM.