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Hey I did not know this, did you?Composer Maurice Ravel died in 1937, the year Maribel Vinson Owen won the last of her record nine U.S. ladies figure skating championships.
Asked if Kwan was similar to Vinson Owen in any way, Carroll said: "The philosophy of keeping her nose to herself. Her work ethic, tunnel vision and discipline."
Whereas Kwan is revered for her poise and gentle demeanor, Carroll remembers Vinson Owen was one tough lady as his coach.Should Kwan win a medal of any color tonight, she will surpass Vinson Owen in a different category in the record books. Kwan has won 11 U.S. medals in her senior career (eight gold, three silver). One more, and she will be the only skater to win 12.
Kwan has also bettered Vinson Owen in another category: Olympic medals. Kwan has won two_silver in 1998 (behind former Detroiter Tara Lipinski) and bronze in 2002 (behind Sarah Hughes and Russian Irina Slutskaya).
Competing during the era dominated by Norway's Sonja Henie on the world scene, Vinson Owen won a bronze medal at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics.Kwan hasn't lost a U.S. championship since Lipinski beat her at nationals in 1997. In keeping true to herself, Kwan said she won't get uptight worrying about winning a title. Or what Cohen or Kirk might deliver tonight.
"The biggest competition is myself," Kwan said. "I'm my best friend and my worst enemy.
"I want to keep it a friendship."