Thursday, January 22, 2009

U.S. Figure Skating

In honor of the U.S. Nationals this week, I am posting what I think to be one of the quintessential Michelle Kwan programs. Although she is not competing, in my mind she sets the bar. Skating has moved away from the focus on artistry that you will see in her programs. The girls who are at the top of the sport now, are technically sound but do not have the same edge quality.

In this clip, it was the 2000 Worlds, and Michelle was in third place after the short program behind the Russians. She had to pull off her triple-triple combination to win the competition. It shows her resilience, heart, and ferocity as a skater. It is one of my favorite of her programs. I remember getting misty when I watched this on TV as she received the gold medal.

I am going to the Ladies Freestyle Program Saturday night. Although I don't believe any of the current Ladies skaters will come close to her complete package, I can't wait to see what the United States has to offer this year.

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