I've read lots of unpleasant comments everywhere about Michelle's slow spins. I know very little about skating but I strongly believe her speed meets the minimal requirement from the judges because she and her coach aren't stupid right? Otherwise they would've fixed it long ago.
Is speed acquired during the infancy of training? I thought so but then I noticed Michelle's spins were significantly fast at Worlds 2000 performing Red Violin. And then in her SP, The feeling Begins, at SA 2002. All that was done without compromising centering. As for Irina's spins which are definitely very fast, her centering is not good. At times, I see her travel by miles (pardon the hyperbole). Ok, my question is, since Michelle obviously is capable of spinning fast while maintaining great centering, why doesn't she do it more often? I've watched almost all her major competitions and found that the only time she was not spinning slow was in performances The Red Violin at Worlds 2000 and The Feeling Begins at SA 2002 (I might've missed something).