Michelle was over-confident, IMHO
I have always thought it's wrong and very risky to participate in too few competitions because the athlete will lose a sense of the competition atmosphere. Especially when there's a completely new system in play, skipping competitions is a big no-no. The fact that she was quoted as saying she was mechanically thinking through the whole performance in the QR such as counting revolutions, consciously executing the moves ...etc indicates that she was trying to familiarize herself a little too late.
Because she still did very well in 2003-2004, she was willing to continue to take the risk. The healthy body she gets in return is a good bet after all. Cutting down on competitions is good for athletes who have been competing too long, but to totally skip competitions and not have themselves evaluated under the new system at all before the big one is a huge mistake. This gets me thinking that she became over-confident (not in a negative way), she probably didn't know she did. I'm not criticizing her for the choice she made. everyone makes an important choice in a certain stage of their lives and it's ok to make mistakes as long as they learn from them.
From a report by USFSA, Michelle was quoted “One change is huge in skating,” Kwan said. “I don't look back. I made a choice and I feel good. A lot of people came in here with injuries. I am fine 100 percent. It just didn't happen.”
That's my girl. Never regret, just move on.
Last edited by apache88; 03-16-2005 at 10:25 PM.
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In addition to not competing, earlier in the season Michelle showed a reluctance -- even a defiance -- fully to embrace the new scoring system. She made some comments to the effect that she regarded adapting her programs to milk the CoP as kind of a sell-out of her artistic integrity.
To me, there is something attractive about this kind of "arrogance." But I think that this stubbornness is still keeping her from jumping in with both feet.
Very interesting and insightful post, Apache. And to paraphrase Mathaman, "Not fully embracing the COP is keeping her from jumping in with both feet"--I love that analogy, both the content and the wording.
However, I thought Michelle's SP at Nationals was VERY strong. She did a lot of interesting and difficult things with different kinds of stroking and I am very curious to see if the judges reward her for that, which I think they should. Then there's also the finals. I can feel Michelle's competitive juices flowing full steam ahead as I write. I can feel her mind and heart developing a strategy to make the most of every moment of both her short and long programs. I sure ain't counting Michelle off the podium yet, including the top of it.
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I can agree on this but, then again. She knows what is best for her body. She is older, her bones are more mature than the younger field. Just take a look at the mens skating. 3 years ago I was looking forward to another Yagudin & Plushenko showdown. But, Yags had to retire because of a bad hip. & Plushenko who knows what is going on with him. He hasn't been healthy in really in 3 years. It's his knees, it's his back & it's now always something with him. The skating events & the very growning demand of more jumps & more jumps & more jumps. Tara & her team in their obession with beating michelle kind of forced her too into early retirement( Hip surgery on 18 year old). Namoi Nari Nam. Another Beautiful skater with pure talent. What happen to her. Injuries.
I can agree with michelle on cutting back on the competition. She knows that her body can no longer take all those events that she used to do. But, I do agree that if she had done the 1st 2 events of the season. that would have given her more then enough time to finish off tweeking her programs & rest her body in between. From what I understood that she & her team did get judge or someone to look at her programs & tell her what she needed to do with them. Her Short Program is just wonderful. Though, I do really like her long Program. There is just not enough off it. That I think is where her problem is. Michelle I think just had a really bad skate. She hasn't had that for a very long time. Skating a program with that many errors. Yeah she has had a fall here & there in different programs. But, she would usually just make that 1 mistake. But, from what I have heard on her program. It was full of mistakes. Michelle herself stated that she was awful. & from some of the articles I read. All the ladies look like they were alseep. The thing is that. The entire group was not that great.
I Think that she still can make the Podium( & I think that she skates better when whe is coming from behind.) & I also think that this would be perfect for her going into the olympic season. Not being the current world champ & Underdog. Kind of relight the fire that she had in 2003 after the 2002 olympics.
You are never too old to learn a new lesson. & Michelle is learning hers. But, I have to agree with the wowman. She is an artist 1st. & not a jumping bean. She went from a Jumper to a real skater & doesn't want to return to being a jumper. Years ago when she was still a teen Michelle was going for the Triple axel. & other combinations. She would land then but enough for her to do them in competitions. & Then she hurt her back & her hips started to bother her. Need. examples. Yagudin, Plushenko, Tara, Namoi, Timmy, Honda, & these are just the top of the line skaters. It is not like she did not try to improve her technical part of skating. Her body screamed at her & she listened to it.
But, I think come next season. She will not be allowed to opt out of the season. Not, if she wants to go to the olympics. If I remember correctly, I think was some part of the new rules or something.
But, I think that she will come out fighting for the rest of the championship. But, Gold is out of the question & Silver is a very very very long shot.
The demands that skating is making on it's skaters & their bodies. It is killing it's own sport. Injuries forcing their top skaters to withdraw & or retire. I am all for improvement & Michelle is also probably. But, I think that she is not willing to risk her body & health in the process. I can't say that I blame her.
Last edited by Panther2000; 03-17-2005 at 09:15 AM.
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It seems that nerves got the best of Michelle yesterday, and someone who is over-confident would not fall apart like that, imo. From the reliable practice reports I've seen, she's been pretty good in practices and was in the warm-up as well, but I hardly think she was expecting them to just hand her a medal for showing up. (That would be over-confidence.) In her most recent interviews she has expressed her tentative approach to CoP. And as we've seen several times (SLC, being the most painful time), when Michelle is tentative the results are painful.
I totally agree... Like Mathman said yesterday, she had a bad skate. It happens.
Originally Posted by vixen62025
She will be fine as long as she's pi##ed...