No, Frank had MK watch tapes of Janet Lynn. This was discussed ad nauseum during her career that MK wanted to emulate the joy and effervescence that Lynn had.
I also appreciate that she is (or at least was) not afraid to show her competitiveness and state her desire to be the best. The double standard mentioned still exists to a degree but I think the times are changing. USA women's skating is at a low point and too many are satisfied with/settling for "lesser" results than what used to be routine. Glad to finally see someone step up and say "this isn't good enough, I want (back) on top"- and most importantly, turn those words into actions.
People are wondering why Ashley is getting much higher scores on the GP than she did a season ago. It's because she's a better and more confident skater and it shows in her skates so far this year. As someone said in the U.S. Ladies thread -- last season she wanted to be the best -- this season she is the best....
This I agreed with. I don't see Michelle when I see Ashley. I see more of a Rochette.Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
I think the biggest similarity between Ashley and Michelle is their attention to detail. Leave nothing to chance. Take each element as it comes. Never let your focus lapse.
The biggest difference is that Ashley is a late bloomer, while Michelle was a young prodigy. Ashley won her first U.S. championship at age 20. At 20 Michelle won her fifth U.S. championship and her fourth world championship.
Another connection -- Ashley won the 2012 Michelle Kwan Trophy for the most popular U.S. skater among readers of the USFSA's Skating Magazine.