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    Why, or why, is Michael Weiss continuing on as an eligible skater? Does he honestly think he can be competitive - both technically and artistically - with the current crop of top male skaters? Please. Weiss has yet to land a consistent quad lutz, nor has he managed to skate a clean long program. His "artistry" is little more than arm flailing and awkward attempts at musical interpretation.

    Frankly, it says a lot about the low quality of American male skaters when someone who has obviously passed his prime still remains a medal contender at US nationals.

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    Here we go again...

    You want Weiss to go away? Then wait until someone beats him. He was behind Weir but he still finished Worlds at 6th place. The others oh-so-very-impressive-with-so-much-potential-and-so-artistic-and-so-much better-than-washed-up-Weiss American finished 16th.

    You should be thankful that he's still skating otherwise you wouldn't have three spots for the Worlds next year.

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    He's probably still skating because he enjoys skating, he enjoys competing and performing for an audience. While he may not usually be able to skate flawless performances (not many skaters do, really), he's still doing well enough to be in the top 6 in the world. A few places higher and he could be a medallist again. If he can still do it, and still wants to do it, then why not? You may not like his skating, but I don't really see there's any reason why he should retire if he still wants to skate. And he clearly still has goals for himself that he wants to achieve. I say kudos to him for carrying on and trying to improve.

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    Why or why do we want skaters to go away once they pass puberty? Agassi, Martina,, loads of Nascar racers, baseball players at 45 stepping in as a pinch hitter, etc., etc. When youlove something, it's hard to give it up. Why do we continue to post in skating forums? Because we love to.

    Let Michael know when he's had it. And maybe he'll get another world medal.

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    I think I may be speaking for many here when I say that I personally wish less that Michael would go away than I wish that he would hire himself a decent choreographer so his programs would be INTERESTING again. I don't think it's any coincidence that his results started to go downhill long about the time his programs got tedious. Tho admittedly they did get better this past season with the most tedious program of them all, so go figure.

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    I didn't care for his LP, but I liked his SP very much, the two footwork sequences back to back in the end were very cool IMO

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    Actually, Mikey has decent presentation, but I agree with Johnny that he needs a new choreographer. Do I wish he would go away? Yes. Do I think he's consistently overmarked at competitions? Yes. Do I wish he wouldn't talk because he usually puts his foot in his mouth? Yes. But like everyone says, he keeps getting results, the judges seem to like him, so I'm guessing he's here to stay.

    But if he gets held up at 2006 Nats like he did in 2002, thus keeping a deserving person off the Olympic team, I will personally dive through my TV and beat the judges senseless. :D

    Laura

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    Thank you RI and nut for articulating what I was thinking..........as to being held up, I don't get it anytime someone says that. That means an athlete gets higher scores just because they are who they are? They still have to skate and perform the tricks. Maybe the judges see merit where we see "same old same old".........42

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    [color=blue][font=comic sans ms]MIKE: "Honey, I think I'd like to work with a new choreographer this season, just to try something new. It's not that I don't love your work; it's just that everyone in cyberspace seems to be in agreement that your programs are not allowing me to grow artistically. In fact, the concensus seems to be that I've stagnated. Okey, dokey, now that we've got that out of the way, what's for dinner?"

    LISA (dumping a bowl of hot spaghetti over Mike's head): "Here's your dinner, Skater Boy. Sure, go ahead, find a new WIFE while you're at it. Oh, and that romantic getaway we were planning for this weekend? Why don't you go by yourself? You may as well get used to solo romance--'cuz I'm outta here!"
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    Why, or why, is Michael Weiss continuing on as an eligible skater?
    What is there for him to retire to? I believe there are fewer openings than Olympic medalists already.

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    LOL, Realtor Gal.....and that is exactly why we shouldn't expect poor Mike to change choreographers. He's painted himself into a corner on that issue! I've never been a big Michael Weiss fan, but I don't think he should leave until he is ready. He didn't really stick his foot in his mouth this year as much as he has in the past, so maybe we're seeing the end of the testosterone parade. I think having him in the mix just makes things a little more interesting. Since when is having a controversial, underperforming talent in a competition a bad thing? Anything can happen that way (well almost....I never expect him to be World Champion, but if he was stellar he could definitely medal). I'd like to see him go out with two (or three) clean skates in a competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BronzeisGolden
    He's painted himself into a corner on that issue!
    [color=red]Uh, yeah.... "painted"--okay! That's a nice way to say it![/color]

    I never expect him to be World Champion, but if he was stellar he could definitely medal). I'd like to see him go out with two (or three) clean skates in a competition.
    [color=red]He does have two World bronze medals and I believe three National titles, and he has definitely been reliable enough to make sure the U.S. has three representatives at Worlds.

    I LIKE MIKE! [/COLOR]

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    Why doesn't Weiss go away? Why doesn't Kwan go away? Why doesn't Slutskaya go away? YIKES! Who cares? If they are still competitive (And second at US Nationals and 6th at Worlds IS competitive for Mikey, thank you very much!), why not stick around? No one is tying you to a chair, stapling your eyelids open and MAKING you watch him, are they? Some skaters, for me, are "bathroom breaks". Perhaps Weiss can be that for you.

    Kasey

    Who ALSO likes Mike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
    Why, or why, is Michael Weiss continuing on as an eligible skater? Does he honestly think he can be competitive - both technically and artistically - with the current crop of top male skaters? Please. Weiss has yet to land a consistent quad lutz, nor has he managed to skate a clean long program. His "artistry" is little more than arm flailing and awkward attempts at musical interpretation.

    Frankly, it says a lot about the low quality of American male skaters when someone who has obviously passed his prime still remains a medal contender at US nationals.
    SkateFan4Life:

    It's called experience. Michael Weiss is a "seasoned champion" - one who can be counted on when it counts. Here in Canada, we had Jennifer Robinson who pretty much kept us in the running in the ladies for a long time. Don't discount such dedicated skaters so lightly. They are great to have around. Their experience is also a great morale booster for the "newby" competitors.

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    Talking about spouses who choreograph for their spouses, doesn't Victor Petrenko's wife do just that? I know that Chris Dean put together a few numbers for wife Jill Trenary when she skated pro.........one must be careful when one decides to look outside the family for skating inspiration!! :D 42

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