I'm more surprised thaat SI noticed figure skating as a sport in a non Olympic year!
bronxgirl-Originally Posted by bronxgirl
Even more surprising than that is the fact that the tone of the article actually was not snippy or condescending, like their last couple of Nationals write-ups have been.
But is that more Michelle Kwan's reputation & the fact that the major sports media outlets respect HER or increased respect for figure skating in general?Originally Posted by JonnyCoop
What with NHL cancellation...
Sports Illustrated has a reputation for snarking at Michelle particularly. This article, attributed to the Associated Press, seems to be unsigned, but their usual writer, one E. M. Swift, does seem to be on the lookout for ways to give an anti-Michelle twist to S.I.'s figure skating coverage.Originally Posted by Kwanford Wife
Their article about Nationals (Jan. 20, 2005), for instance, played up this angle: Michelle came in thinking she was going to make history, but then ha ha she was completely upstaged by Kimmie Meissner, who took all of Michelle's applause and glory, etc., etc. Swift went on to say that over-the-hill Michelle has held the sport back for years by not doing triple-triples.
Oh well, I guess it sells magazines. :frown2:
Swift bashed Cal Ripkin in that previous article too. What a fool, I guess the average SI reader probably only follows skating once every 4 yrs. By comparing Kwan to Ripkin even though he meant that as a diss, he was in fact making Kwan more accessible to the average reader. Seriously, Swift thought he could dimish Ripkin's iconic status in baseball history?