And well will your effort be rewarded, if you get Michelle's Red Violin LP! The all-time great clutch Kwan performance (plus the prettiest dress in her extensive wardrobe).Originally Posted by Doggygirl
Michelle, as usual, was behind the eight ball. With only a so-so qualifying round performance, she finished second to Irina Slutskaya in her group, while Maria was winning the second group. This put Michelle tied for third/fourth (with Mikilin Kierkgaard) overall.
Disaster struck in the short program. With a wonky landing or two, Michelle finished third behind Maria (first) and Irina (second). This gave Maria two firsts and Irina a first and a second after two rounds, with Michelle struggling to keep the leaders in sight.
And then...and then...and then... Our sweetie came up with perhaps the most astonishing performance of her career, nailing her triple-triple for the first time all season, landing seven triples in all, and skating with a joyous abandon that swept all before it.
But she was so far behind Maria that she was not "in control of her own destiny" as they say. Maria skated after Michelle and was good enough for second in the free up to that point. If Maria could hold on to second, she would win the championship.
Last to skate was Irina. If she won the LP, she was world champion. If she finished third behind Kwan and Butyrskaya, then Butryrskaya would win. The only way for Michelle to win was if Irina managed just to insert herself into second place between Michelle and Maria.
Aaaggghh! How can we stand the tension?
I love this sport!
Here is the ISU's write-up of the LP.