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    Kabooke
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    Hersh's MK Article


    It talks about up coming nationals, possible run for another Olympics, possibly never going pro, ect...

    chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/international/cs-0301090254jan09,1,640451.story?coll=cs%2Dinternati onal%2Dprint

    Some quotes:

    "But I feel at this point, competing is the way to go. I don't get satisfaction from being a pro, and I might never have a professional skating life. It might be just competing and going to school."

    "There is no such thing anymore as a favorite,
    haven't you all realized that?"

    "No ring on my finger," she said with a laugh.

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    tharrtell
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    Nice article. Michelle always comes across with a positive attitude, IMO, but I have to wonder what she is really thinking? What is driving her? While she is still a top competitor in the sport, I don't think she can realistically think she has a shot at 2006. Although, in my dream world, third time would be a charm for Michelle. Is she really going on a gut feeling and this is the direction it has taken her? Is it a simple love for the sport? Does she fear leaving the sport as she doesn't know anything else? I can't imagine she feels like she has anything to prove, and if she does, it's 3 years down the road.

    Any guesses out there? Inquiring minds want to know. They are also waiting for that biography!

    tharrtell

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    mathman444
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    Hi Tharrtell. I think that we should take her at her word -- she doesn't know. Just like she began this season not expecting to do any serious competing, yet here she is heading into Nationals, the grand Prix finals and Worlds as spunky as ever. She admits to being "scatterbrained" about planning too much for the future.

    Bottom line, I think: "Winning simplifies everything."

    Kabooke, thanks for posting. This article rates way up there on the awwwww scale (my favorite kind of MK article).

    Mathman



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    tharrtell
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    Mathmann, ITA, on the awwww scale. I know this isn't a "gush" board, but I think that article says gets at the essence of Kwan. She's a wonderful ambassador for the sport and has an imitable inner spark that comes through in her skating. I absolutely cannot wait to see her at Nationals.

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    mathman444
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    This isn't an MK gush board? What am I doing here?:lol:

    I was interested in the part where Michelle felt guilty that she is not persuing school as seriously as she thinks she ought to. I don't know what kind of grades Michelle got in the courses that she took. But I can't help wondering if she ever feels like, "Hey, I'm the Four Time World Champion, and I get a lousy B+ in Sociology 101?"

    Mathman

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    eltamina
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    IIRC in the 99 -00 season, she made a B in one of the biology tests (not course grade) heading to Skate Canada, and that bothered her.

    Same thing with Sarah, she said if she is skating she feels guilty that she is not studying, if she is studying she feels guilty that she is not skating.

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    Lcp88
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    Hersh's MK Article


    IMO, It doesn't matter if Michelle go's pro or not. She's secured her place in history already. And doesn't she have a biography or autobiograpy? And when is Alexei comming out with is?
    Laura:rolleyes:

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    sk8ing lady2001
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    Thanks for the article. Good luck at nationals, Michelle! :D

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    maxell1313
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    (Forgive me for sounding snarky, because I don't mean to sound that way, but I'm afraid that's how it's going to come out, so I'm apologizing ahead of time.)

    Why is it, after a big interview with Michelle, when she talks about how much she loves competing and just skating in general, people start questioning whether she means it?

    If she said it once, I might believe she was just saying anything to get the media off her back, but she's said it over and over and over. I figure after saying it THAT many times, it would get a little hard to fake the sincerity.

    So she loves to compete! Why does that bother people so much?? I'm practically beating my head against a wall trying to figure out why skating fans (some, not all) are in such a rush to get rid of Michelle Kwan. Why is it such a terrible thing if she loves to stick around and continue competing? She's won plenty of hardware, so it could be possible that she's not doing it for the medals anymore, she might just be competing for the sheer love of competing. It may also be possible that she doesn't even CARE if she wins a medal. Not being privy to her inner thoughts, I have no way of confirming this theory, but it's just an educated guess on my part.

    Sorry, but if the up and coming skaters want to beat her in competition, they're going to have to get out there and DO IT.



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    Jimmy Hoffa 2
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    <blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>So she loves to compete! Why does that bother people so much?? I'm practically beating my head against a wall trying to figure out why skating fans (some, not all) are in such a rush to get rid of Michelle Kwan. Why is it such a terrible thing if she loves to stick around and continue competing?[/quote]
    Because, maxell, a lot of Kwan critics think that Kwan should conduct her life according to what THEY want and not what SHE wants and they can't understand why Kwan doesn't agree or even care about what they think, so they react the same way a three-year-old does when he can't a have toy he wants, by whining everyone to death.

    Edited to remove inappropriate comments. Sorry to you all who might have read it.

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    ladybug
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    Back in 95 or 96, K. Witt was competing in all the professional competitions. I don't believe she ever won a competition and I don't think she expected to win. I think she did it for the shear joy of competing. She was two time Olympic champ and had nothing to prove.

    Maybe that is what Michelle is feeling. I will do what I want for as long as I want and move on when I want. If that is the case, good for her. I hope she wins Nationals and Worlds just one more time.

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    scmcca
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    I hope she wins as long as her heart is in competing.

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    Joesitz
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    I can't blame her for not liking 'Pro Skating'.

    Imo, if you've seen one ice show you've seen them all; the tricks are always the same; the costumes change. On a positive note, I enjoy watching certain skaters in limited doses.

    As for Pro Competition. Imo, I believe could be a fascinating entity for the skating public if they would get rid of the gimmicks. Serious competitions leaving the bumps and grinds to the ice shows would make it more of a sport.

    (I know many fans love to see their favorites being silly on the ice. I do too, but in ice shows - not in competition.)

    Michelle is a competitor.

    Joe

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    tharrtell
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    Please do not assume that because I question Michelle's motivations, I am a critic. When I say motivations, I mean how has she been able to maintain the drive to stay at the top of elite skating for so long. It is an all-consuming life, and I would think that at some point it would get tiring.

    Maintaining anything at a high level for a long period is both mentally and physically exhausting. I am no high level athlete, but I am going into a 3rd season in a row of training for Ironman triathlons. I have many more athletic goals that I would like to attain, but I am currently finding it tough to get mentally prepared for another season that will cumulate in 20 - 25 hours a week of training.

    Please, note that I said I've only been doing this for 3 years and I have a list of goals to accomplish. MK has been an elite skater since, when, 1994 (if not earlier)? It's not only the difficulty in staying at the top, but the climb is extraordinary. She has achieved so much. How does she manage to continue?

    Just because I don't understand how she is able to do it doesn't mean that I think it's a bad idea or I am criticizing her. I'd just love to know how she motivates. Maybe it is the simple act of competing that keeps her going. I don't know. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if there is something in addition to that.

    Michelle is by far my favorite skater, and I will be extremely sad when she leaves the eligible ranks. Just felt like I needed to add that.


    tharrtell

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    mathman444
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    Tharrtell -- You do ironman triathlons? That's so cool! (That's running, biking and swimming, right?)

    About Michelle's motivation, I do think that she just flat out likes her life. If not, or if she has some hidden agenda on the side, then she is the world's best actress. I think that she likes training because it makes her feel good, look good and gives her a natural high. I think that she likes the rush of competition. I think she likes giving the audience a rush watching her. I think she likes being famous. I think that she wears her heart on her sleeve and that her life is an open book.

    I kinda like her.

    Mathman

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