Best/Most Important Michelle Kwan performances/programs?
As my skating education of my new husband and stepdaughter marches on (I'm doing my best to get them ready for and invested in the skaters by Nationals/Olympics), we have reached Michelle Kwan. What are the 6-10 most important/best Michelle performances that will give them an overview of her career and show them what an unparalleled talent and joy she was?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!
Oh god this is a tough question! I think 98 Nationals certainly comes to mind.
I also think to truly understand the scope of her achievements and what she did it's important to show the less happy moments in her skating to emphasize the triumphs and the level and presence and vulnerability she really was displaying on the ice.
Fields of Gold in Salt Lake for sure.
I know the two videos I've shown friends who know little about skating that have elicited tears from them are her free skate at 2002 nationals and either worlds or nationals in 2003.
Good luck! let us know how it goes.
Mazel tov on the marriage! Michelle's programs between '96 and '01 have things that your hubby and stepdaughter may recognize in the CoP programs -- choreography, transitions, and the spinning in both directions (which is a feature that may move a spin up a level) -- that Michelle's post SLC programs didn't have. I would recommend:
1996 Worlds ... both SP and FS
1998 Nats ... both SP and FS
2000 Worlds FS
2001 Worlds ... QR (emergency boot repair before her QR -- her great skate in the QR shows something of her mental strength. Her 2004 Worlds FS ... complete with streaker ... also shows her focus)
Great ideas and thoughts- thank you so much!
Originally Posted by samson
I am also planning to show a picture or video of her pre the 1996 transformation so they can see how young and little she was and how she came into her own in 96.
Thanks for your kind words! Excellent points you make here. I am compiling a list based on your and Samson's great suggestions. Big Thanks!
Originally Posted by attyfan
Tripping on the Podium