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post #1 of 25
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Anyone else feel really bad that she had to pull out of the Olympics? I know she was a real long shot, but I was rooting for her to win the gold in figure skating.
post #2 of 25
She pulled out? I didn't hear that (you'd think I lived in a bubble). I watched all the shows and interviews they've done with her and how it was her last chance, but past few days I haven't followed. I didn't know.
That is sad - this was her last chance and she has tried so hard in the past.
post #3 of 25
I feel bad for her - yesterday I watched some stuff about her - but they didn't say she had pulled out yet.

I always liked watching her skate!
post #4 of 25
I read this on the computer this morning. Its a good move on her part knowning that she wouldn't be at her best.
post #5 of 25
Ugh, no. She irritates me. She's been injured for however long and then PETITIONED onto the team without skating to qualify. Think of how the one girl who missed out of an olympic opportunity at qualifiers because poor little Michelle Kwan just HAS to try to get that one gold feels right now.

My almost-MIL was a professional skater (she's now retired but went pro, did icecapades, etc, so she couldn't qualify for the games) and has no nice things to say about Kwan's skating. Even with a novice eye, I can tell that Cohen and that new 16 year old have tons on Michelle Kwan.
post #6 of 25
I have no idea who you guys are talking about but I jump each time i see "Kwan" I mean its "Fwan" alright?

I am a almost professional ice skater.. Ive only ever done it once!
post #7 of 25
Michelle Kwan did the right thing, withdrawing; really she shouldn't have had special treatment to begin with. I understand she wanted the gold, and it's a shame she was injured in the first place. If she had gone on, though, she would have chased her dream at the cost of many others. Not just Emily Hughes, but also every person who wants to see this team take home a gold.

One nice thing, though: it was good to see Hughes gracefully accept the Olympic Committee's decision to send Kwan to the Olympics, and it was good to see Kwan pull out graciously—giving up her life's dream, which must have been very painful for her—rather than make a useless attempt. Good sportsmanship there. And at least Emily will skate for the US now.
post #8 of 25
Selfishly, I was very disappointed that she dropped out of the Olympics, but I do think she did the right thing for herself. (Figure skating is just so pretty to watch!)
post #9 of 25
Michelle did petition to go to the Olympics and that was her right. The same thing happened to her in 1994 when she was bumped because of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incendent, where Tonya's then husband clubbed Nancy on the knee to force her out of the compition. Nancy petitioned the committee to go to the Oympics that year, where she won silver. Tonya did not place and was a crybaby to the judges because of a broken lace. Tonya was banned for life after the Olympics for her part in covering up the incendent.

At least Michelle bowed out to give Emily a chance. She is a true lady in my opinion.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Catkiki
Michelle did petition to go to the Olympics and that was her right. The same thing happened to her in 1994 when she was bumped because of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incendent, where Tonya's then husband clubbed Nancy on the knee to force her out of the compition. Nancy petitioned the committee to go to the Oympics that year, where she won silver. Tonya did not place and was a crybaby to the judges because of a broken lace. Tonya was banned for life after the Olympics for her part in covering up the incendent.

At least Michelle bowed out to give Emily a chance. She is a true lady in my opinion.
Well said thank you. I think sometimes folks are too quick to judge. I have enjoyed watching her skate for years...I find it hard to believe she's won all the titles she has if she's sub-par. In any case, it really doesn't matter..I love watching her skate, so selfishly, I have always been happy when she skated.

She is a class act. She withdrew as soon as she realized a new injury had occured, giving Emily Hughes the time to arrive and settle in at least a little bit.

I will be rooting for Emily, Kimmy and Irina Sasha Cohen I find a spoiled brat, who is predictably inconsistent.

Yep..my true thoughts on the topic!
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I will be rooting for Emily, Kimmy and Irina Sasha Cohen I find a spoiled brat, who is predictably inconsistent.
You aren't the only one Pat!
post #12 of 25
I don't follow the sport close enough to know who is who, but have heard of Michelle Kwan. I think it is extremely hard to compete at the Olympic level, and to get to go twice means you are top in your sport. It must be heartbreaking to have to give up that chance, so I do feel bad for Michelle Kwan.
post #13 of 25
Try number two to get this reply to post...erg!


I love Irina - I remember watching her for the first time, and she was in a traditional costume, all red-cheeked and the only time she looked a bit plump. She has really matured and it has been wonderful to watch. I admire how she has handled her health issues, her mother's illness, she is a very classy young woman.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Well said thank you. I think sometimes folks are too quick to judge. I have enjoyed watching her skate for years...I find it hard to believe she's won all the titles she has if she's sub-par. In any case, it really doesn't matter..I love watching her skate, so selfishly, I have always been happy when she skated.

She is a class act. She withdrew as soon as she realized a new injury had occured, giving Emily Hughes the time to arrive and settle in at least a little bit.

I will be rooting for Emily, Kimmy and Irina Sasha Cohen I find a spoiled brat, who is predictably inconsistent.

Yep..my true thoughts on the topic!

Second that!!
I mean really, if you had w on all the titles Kwan has and worked your entire life, of course you would give it a shot. At her best, she truly is/was dazzling. Nobody could touch her. But in spite of the TRUE SashaBrat (not me --Cohen! ) I do want Sasha Cohen to win the gold. I wouldn't ind if Irina won, either. She's such a doll and she has paid her dues for as long as Kwan has.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Well said thank you. I think sometimes folks are too quick to judge. I have enjoyed watching her skate for years...I find it hard to believe she's won all the titles she has if she's sub-par. In any case, it really doesn't matter..I love watching her skate, so selfishly, I have always been happy when she skated.

She is a class act. She withdrew as soon as she realized a new injury had occured, giving Emily Hughes the time to arrive and settle in at least a little bit.

I will be rooting for Emily, Kimmy and Irina Sasha Cohen I find a spoiled brat, who is predictably inconsistent.

Yep..my true thoughts on the topic!
exactly Pat

Michelle is a great skater but her time has come, it is a shame it came in an Olympic year
post #16 of 25
I am a new member here today, and I read your post about Michelle Kwan. I also feel bad for her. She probably could have come home with the gold medal, but injury just kept coming her way. We can pray for her during this hard time.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Try number two to get this reply to post...erg!


I love Irina - I remember watching her for the first time, and she was in a traditional costume, all red-cheeked and the only time she looked a bit plump. She has really matured and it has been wonderful to watch. I admire how she has handled her health issues, her mother's illness, she is a very classy young woman.

Did you know her mom died just a month ago or so? How awful. Her mother had been her rock and #1 fan. I guess I am a bit emotional for her being of Russian heritage myself. I know she lives simply and now takes care of the house, her husband, and everything in her own extended family as well as has to compete for the Gold.
post #18 of 25
I feel so bad for Michelle Kwan. It must be very hard to work and train your whole life for one goal only to miss your final chance because of a single injury. She could have waited to see if her injury got better over the next week or so, I think it was very brave and classy of her to decide now and let someone else have the Olympic experience.
post #19 of 25
No, I didn't realize she lost her mom. She really is an exceptional person imo, given what little I know of her. Her attitude is realistic but always upbeat. I like her way of approaching life and all it's difficulties.
post #20 of 25
I am sorry to see Michelle Kwan go. She has always been one of my favorite skaters. She almost always skated flawlessly and with such grace, it was like perfection on ice.

I was a huge fan of Gordeeva and Grinkov, so sad that he died. They were breathtaking, too.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by bren.1
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I was a huge fan of Gordeeva and Grinkov, so sad that he died. They were breathtaking, too.

My absolute favorites of all time.............perfection...and so sad.
post #22 of 25
She never should have been on the team on the first place because she didn't compete are nationals, and she can't do the things the judges are looking for. Now they want jumps, jumps and more jumps. They are giving less points to foot work and spins, something she excells at. She will always be known as one of the best US Woman's Figure Skaters.
post #23 of 25
I feel bad for her, she is a wonderful skater. She did the right thing though and bowed out and let the alternate take her place. I always felt the gold was stolen from her in 1998, I dislike Tara Lipinski and never felt she deserved gold.

I hope Emily and Kimmie do well. I dislike Sasha Cohen.
post #24 of 25
I know my Mom was hoping she'd when the gold. I guess her injuries were just too much? I honestly don't keep up with the whole skating thing so can't say. What a disappointment for her.
post #25 of 25
There are TOO MANY jumps and too much difficulty and dangerous moves - especially in the pair skating. it was better when they had to do the technical moves in their long program and not the dangerous jumps - same in gymnastics.

As for Michelle - she IS lovely! The commericals of her show her loveliness. BUT last olympics she messed up. She had fired her coach and not practiced enough and fell. I DO think =-[]AH} (sorry, Panther wanted to add HIS 2 cents! :g THAT is why she so desperatly wanted this olympics AND I DO think if she had been able to skate she would have at least got a silver and maybe even come home with the coveted gold. It IS a shame, but she was such a lady to withdraw and not complain. She WILL be missed!
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