I think that Chen was really mad because she felt that she was simply more
artistic as Kwan, yet she did not want to make a personal attack on
another skater. It would be logical to turn on the judges. That plus all
in all she was more elegant and polished than Kwan was.
It was disappointing to hear that Lu made those remarks. I could easily
understand her reasons for doing so, but that still showed poor
Now what I really want to know is what would have happened had Kwan
skater before Chen. This is because the high artistic marks were
partially given due to the intensity of the moment and the pressure that
was etched in her face. The e***ment of the competition is something to
I may be wrong, but I'm not convinced the results would have been different if
Lu had skated after Michelle. I think that might have thrown one more
judge on Lu's side, but I doubt it would have changed the outcome. One
reason I say that is the way things turned out at this year's Nationals.
Tonia skated after Michelle, and a perfect program (essentially) at that.
Michelle did land her triple-triple, but that didn't take away from Tonia's
performance. Still, not even *one* judge place Tonia first in the
free. I think if a judge is pretty set in his/her vote for a
particular skater, timing ultimately has little effect.
2. Kwan vs Kwan
11. Lu Chen/Chen Lu