Josee was beautiful to watch on the ice but I never had confidence that she would skate clean. She was just one of those skaters - like Sasha Cohen - that it was just a matter of time before she fell or doubled a triple or something to undermine what would otherwise be a great skate.
I do agree with pretty much everything said here about Eman. And without knowing too much about Mcleod, I think the guy needed some tough love for sure. If he really was using the excuse that he was still mad about a previous skate and judgement, then he need a swift kick in the posterior and a "come to Jesus" talk. All that talent and hardly ever when it counted. It's just like Jeremy Abbott. What does it take to get these guys to forget their heads and just concentrate on their skates!!
My son has a very good friend who is a sports psychologist and teaching pro in Northern California. I've had discussions with her many times about "the mind of a skater!" She said the most successful skaters are the ones that go out on the ice and somehow just get into a zone where they don't hear anything but their music and they don't think about anything except what comes next in their programs. She said you can almost see it in a skater's eyes when they take that first pose before the music starts and she used Patrick Chan and Jeremy Abbott as examples. Patrick goes out, strikes his pose, closes his eyes a few times and takes a deep breath and you just know. Jeremy has that "deer in the headlights" look and is almost twitching when he strikes his beginning pose. Then if he flubs his first quad.......wrap it up. It's over.
At Worlds 2003, there was a fire alarm and evacuation of a hotel in the middle of the night. Several skaters blamed bad results on that, AFAIR.
Emmanuel Sandhu! I remember him, but didn't really know that much about him, he was just a guy from Canada who never won much but was always around. Everybody has such fond or not-so-fond memories of him.
I remember some coach complaining that Emmanuel and Johnny weren't "real men" (or something like that) like the Brians were. I know exactly what he meant. Brian Boitano and Brian Orser were competitors, they weren't an inch away from a meltdown the way Johnny and Emmanuel always were.
Sandhu admitted to being bitter about 1998, in a profile of him at the 2006 Olympics he said so. I agree he needed some tough love. That's why I think he needed a coach like Frank Carroll, who tells his skaters to look to themselves and not to blame others for a bad performance. Someone to tell him to shape up or ship out.I do agree with pretty much everything said here about Eman. And without knowing too much about Mcleod, I think the guy needed some tough love for sure. If he really was using the excuse that he was still mad about a previous skate and judgement, then he need a swift kick in the posterior and a "come to Jesus" talk. All that talent and hardly ever when it counted. It's just like Jeremy Abbott. What does it take to get these guys to forget their heads and just concentrate on their skates!!
There is not a chance that Shizuka Arakawa would've won in Torino if Sasha Cohen and Irina Slutskaya had skated clean programs. I know that, in Cohen's case, having 2 mistakes in the LP wasn't a huge departure from the norm. Still, her R & J program was so beautiful that if she'd done 6 clean triples (and not fallen), she'd probably have won. Ditto Slutskaya, whose program was way less artistic but was technically superior to Shizuka's.
Also, Sarah Hughes's win in Salt Lake almost proves there is a God somewhere. The stars totally aligned for her that night. I think that's the only way to explain her victory.
There's no mystery about how Sarah won.
1. She was kept in 4th place after the short because she was the defending bronze medalist from the Worlds. Evgeny fell and was kept in 4th because of his reputation at that Olympics. There was a pair team that fell and was also kept up there. They were just not going to put a potential medalist back in 8th place or whatever, which would have put them out of contention with that method of judging. Maybe it wasn't fair, but it was consistent.
2. She skated a long program clean with no falls and no step-outs and completed a couple of triple-triples to the satisfaction of the judges.
Today, would she have won? Probably not. Probably Michelle would be declared superior in the "skating skills" department and could have fallen multiple times and still won. But back then, that's how they did it and she had the best long program that night in that she did what she was supposed to.
IF ONLY Sasha landed her 3lutz-3toe............................................
Now, if you want support for the God doesn't exist/ He or She hates us all theory, let's consider that Michelle Kwan never won an OGM. Her performance in Nagano would've been good enough to win in 92, 94, 02, and 06. She might even have won in 98 if she'd skated later in her group than Lipinski. Instead we have Baiul, Hughes, and Arakawa as Olympic champs and Kwan sans gold. It's unfortunate.