> >The USAToday Olympic Glory section features an article about the creation of
> >Michelle Kwan's new short and long programs, including descriptions of moves
> >and music, thoughts from Kwan, Nichol and Carroll. Definitely worth reading,
> >IMHO. Christine Brennan is the author, and she was obviously spending a good
> >deal of time watching the process unfold.
> I agree the article was well written but did you notice how Brennan got her
> swipe in about Tara Lipinski.
I certainly did! I thought "Oh man, the Tara fans will have smoke coming
out of their ears after this one!" It's the classic "Unlike Other Skaters"
syndrome. The writer cannot compliment or praise the actions of one skater
without condemning the actions of another. As an Orser fan I got used to
it in reading pieces about Boitano: "Unlike other skaters, he doesn't want
to stay in the circus, he wants to go back to the Olympics..." With Kwan
and Brennan it's "Unlike other skaters, she didn't run away to the circus
of the pros..."
OK, Brennan doesn't use the word "circus" here, but she says "Kwan didn't
retire," implies that Lipinski only won the Olympics by jumping her brains
out, and makes disparaging references to names of pro competitions
Michelle WON'T be in. Hey, she's entitled to her opinion, but I foresee a
lot of anger here from the fans of "The Other Skater" in the forced
Also, anyone whose stomach is turned by breathless hagiography about
skaters in general or Kwan in particular may be prone to stomach upset.
This piece makes Michelle Kwan sound like the greatest artiste figure
skating has ever known, making preparations even now for the 2002
Olympics, by which time (or so you'd get the impression) she will
undoubtedly be SO great she will probably be assumed bodily into Heaven at
the end of her long program...so if you disagree, well, you have been
Aside from that, it is very interesting. I know, I know, it sounds like
saying that aside from that run-in with the iceberg, the Titanic was a
great ship...but it's true. I couldn't help being intrigued by hearing
about stuff like the "public session steps" and the "C***te spiral."
Sounds as if Michelle is going to try to do Tricia Mansfield one better.
Photographers had best invest in film now.
> Honestly, I just e***d because with a new short and long program I'm now
> certain that Kwan will be at Nationals. In why would she create a new long
> program with such diffcultly if she was only doing the pro-am circuit(some one
> really needs to come up with a better name for these competitions).
I think you're right about that speculation. Not that the new events will
be "easy," necessarily, but it just sounds to me as if Kwan is tuning up
for something other than that.
> The major surprise in article for me was the fact that after her Rach short
> Kwan would choose to skate to Carmen. Frankly, I'm tried of the music but the
> choreography should be excellent.
I admit, I had to laugh when the article made such a point of saying that
Michelle's cardinal rule is "Never skate to something everyone else has
skated to," then promptly said that her new short program is to Carmen!
AGGGGGGHHHHH! But to give credit, Lori Nichol did take care to make sure
they tried to use less exposed music from it, and Brennan duly pointed out
what kind of reaction many fans have to Carmen by now, and that using
music from it is not exactly what people associate with "avoiding
> I cannot wait to compare Kwan's short program to Katarina'a long from 88.
Well, with any luck, there won't be much of a comparison. Although I had
to laugh when Brennan described Michelle fooling around with a final pose
that implied death. I thought "I hope she realizes there's no dying on the
> (This skating season is going to be really boring on the ladies side unless
> Kwan has the problems she had during the 96-97 season.)
Well, don't be so sure. I am still looking for some ladies to come through
and make this a contest. It's true that in the USA if you read the papers
you get the impression it's just "Kwan Uber Alles," but I'd like that to
be proven wrong.