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Old 02-20-2002, 02:01 PM   #16
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I met Oksana Baiul once. I was even interviewed on The Today Show when I met her.
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:50 PM   #17
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Actually, you can feel free to disagree with me here, but I didn't really feel like ANY of the performances last night were particularly inspired. Going-through-the-motions and all very proper, but even Kwan seemed cautious. Then again, that's not too surprising for a short program, because one mess-up can end your chances for a medal. Hopefully, the long program will be a bit more passionate all around.
Maybe not absolutely inspired, but you have to admit that was a pretty amazingly skated short program. Sarah Hughes skated THAT well and she's only fourth?! And Maria Butyrskaya skated great too! She's twelve years older than some of those girls! I was pretty impressed with the quality, those programs were largely error-free. And the skaters probably will cut loose some more for the free skate. I'm looking forward to ti.



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Old 02-20-2002, 04:41 PM   #18
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Actually, you can feel free to disagree with me here, but I didn't really feel like ANY of the performances last night were particularly inspired.
I agree with you. I found the men's short to be much more fun to watch. I think what has bugged me in women's skating recently is that I don't see any of them particularly pushing forward aggressively. Sometimes, you can see it in Sarah Cohen, but for the most part it's absent. When you look at the men's side, after Elvis landed the first quad in competition years ago, men's figure skating underwent a revolution of sorts. They all challenged each other, and in turn pushed each other forward. To me, watching the women skate has been somewhat less inspiring. You can of course disagree, but sometimes, I just think they're perfectly satisfied simply competing, doing a clean program, rather than pushing the envelope and trying new things. I wish somebody would step on the scene and really challenge the women.
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I agree with you. I found the men's short to be much more fun to watch. I think what has bugged me in women's skating recently is that I don't see any of them particularly pushing forward aggressively.
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I wish somebody would step on the scene and really challenge the women.
And that is exactly what I feel is missing. Remember Midori Ito? Sure, she may not have had the artistry down, but the mere fact that she was a triple-axel threat forced the other competitors to really work at not only their jumping but in putting together really innovative artistic programs in order to beat her marks should she land the axel. That resulted in a some great competition in Lillehammer...remember Kristi Yamaguchi? That was 10 years ago and it seems to me that in terms of technical difficulty the ladies have REGRESSED not progressed as one would think.

But perhaps having watched the men's programs so recently with all their quads and multiple-jump combinations, not to mention the fighting Russians and the exuberant Tim Goebel, has spoiled me. I dunno. I just hope to see some passion and fire out there in the free skate.
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Midori Ito was one of my favorite skaters.
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And that is exactly what I feel is missing. Remember Midori Ito? Sure, she may not have had the artistry down, but the mere fact that she was a triple-axel threat forced the other competitors to really work at not only their jumping but in putting together really innovative artistic programs in order to beat her marks should she land the axel.
I do remember her. Also, I very clearly remember, as a young girl, watching Surya Bonaly skate exhibitions programs. She wasn't often at her best in the short and long programs, but in the exhibitions she jumped and jumped, and looked like she was genuinely having fun out there.

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I met Oksana Baiul once. I was even interviewed on The Today Show when I met her.

WHAT?????!!! Details!
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Well, what can I say? It's already been said..

Medal 3: Kwan, Stutskaya, Cohen (altough Hughes has a chance as well). Hubert has had too many problems. I don't see her as a medal contender.

Women's skating, IMO, has regressed. I loved Bonally, Ito, Cohen. Not so much for their programs, but more for their athleticism and how they tried so hard to change skating. Look at Timothy Goebel: 3 quads in his long program. That's equal to the number of quads even attempted at Nagano. look how far the sport has come in 4 years...

Bonaly tried to change skating technically, as well as artistically (her music was always somewhat...different. While I wasn't a big fan, I do admire her now for trying). If Cohen can throw in a few big jumps, maybe women's skating will change. *fingers crossed* Or else, what have you got? The triple lutz??!! Women are still doing triple/double-toe combinations (save Tara who did Triple loop/triple loop in Nagano). Men are doing Quad/Triple/Double combos. It's amazing.

If this keeps up, it'll turn into mens/women/s aerials (skking). Men are doing crazy stuff up there; the women just can't seem to compare.

I for one would love to see even, some more artistry. It seems lately there hasn't been much feelimng out there. It's a cold, cold ice surface, but why do they have to show it? At least in ice dance, pairs, mens, there seems to be people having fun....exciting, innovative programs (normally the short program) that gets the audience (ie: Sale and Pelltier). It just seems that women are lacking that je ne sai quois that once made skating so interesting. It seems now the most exciting aprt of skating is the jumps--because they always look like they're going to fall.


Hey, whatever happened to Maria Buterskaya? I remember her being quite good a few years ago..
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GO MICHELLE!



Good luck to her tonight
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WHAT?????!!! Details!
Well, I met her back in 98. On the day I met her, I was interviewed by NBC, for a story about people who get to meet their favorite celebrities. They told me it would be on the NBC Nightly News in a couple of weeks. Well, I kept watching but never saw it.
Then one day, a friend of mine is in a gym, hears a familiar voice, looks up, and there I am on TV on the Today Show! The following Sunday in church, people were coming up to me telling me they saw me, also.
To this day, I have never seen it.
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Cool story 80sU2! Was that when she was a real drunk? LMAO did she seem drunk to you?
I am getting intense now, what will happen tonight? Will the judges be fair, who will make the worst mistake? I can't wait!
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Naw, she wasn't drunk. She was pretty sweet. And she smelled good, I remember that!

I think the judging will be fair tonight; it BETTER be!

Go Michelle!
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80s, you are a guy and you follow figure skating? I am seriously impressed!

As far as tonite goes...I must admit, I'm a bit nervous. lol. I really wanted Michelle to win last time around and it was hard to take the upset by that annoying whats-her-name girl. gah. So, I'm almost afraid to watch tonite and see it happen again. In any case, I will be there recording it regardless. lol. Old habits die hard.

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80s, you are a guy and you follow figure skating? I am seriously impressed!
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I used to have a major crush on both Oksana Baiul and Josee Chuinard.
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I used to have a major crush on both Oksana Baiul and Josee Chuinard.
lol. Ugh. Both of them horrid skaters. The least you could do is choose your crushes better.
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lol. Ugh. Both of them horrid skaters. The least you could do is choose your crushes better.
Horrid skaters? You've got to be joking, right?

Oksana was the best for her first 3 or four years. Josee has great charm and grace on the ice.


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