Check out this clip from Michelle's new program, The Miraculous Mandarin, from the Grand Prix Final:


The Grand Prix Final has completed, with the Super Finals taking place early Saturday morning (east coast time.) Michelle skated to The Miraculous Mandarin, a program she was skating to for the first time. As always, I won't post the results on this page in case you want to wait to see it on TV. Find out the final results. Then, check out the following articles and pictures from the super final.

Don't forget to watch Sunday's broadcast of the GPF to see the ladies competition!


The ladies short program at the Grand Prix Final took place on Friday, and the first long program took place on Saturday. For her first long program, Michelle skated to the free skate she has used this season, Song of the Black Swan. As always, I won't post the results on this page in case you want to wait to see it on TV. Find out the results of the short program and the first long program. Then, check out the following articles and pictures from the short and first long programs.

The second long program, also called the "Super Finals," takes place early Saturday morning, and should be completed by 6am EST. After that time, if you want to find the results, you should be able to find them from the GPF site. Before the competition is over, that page will probably be blank.

As I wrote earlier, Michelle will be skating to a new long program for the Super Finals: The Miraculous Mandarin. This program is choreographed by Peter Oppegard, and I believe it is the first time he choreographed a program for Michelle. This will definitely be shown on the Sunday broadcast of the GPF, so don't forget to watch!


The Grand Prix Final is this week, and according to the GPF's official site, Michelle will be skating to a new long program for her second free skate. The new program is The Miraculous Mandarin by Béla Bartók. For more information on the story of the piece, check out a post on the MK Forum. You can also listen to some clips of the music from Amazon.com (just click on "Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, etc" and then scroll down for the clips).
The ladies portion of Skate Canada ended on Saturday. As always, I won't post the results on this page in case you want to wait to see it on TV. Find out the results of the long program. Then, check out the following articles, reports, and pictures from the long program.

The ladies short program at Skate Canada took place on Friday. As always, I won't post the results on this page in case you want to wait to see it on TV. Find out the results of the short program. Then, check out the following articles, reports, and pictures from the short program.

Skate Canada's first practice that Michelle attended was on Thursday. According to Valerie's report, she had a good practice. The ladies short program is on Friday. Check out the skate order for the short program. Out of 10 skaters, Michelle skates first.

Skate America's first practices started on Wednesday. The ladies short program is on Thursday. Check out the skate order for the short program. Out of 11 skaters, Michelle skates 9th. Here are a few reports and photos from the first day of official practices:

The first competition of the season is underway! The ladies short program at Skate America took place on Thursday. Find out the results of the short program from USFSA's site. Also, you can see the Ladies Long Program Starting Order. Then, check out the following articles, reports, and pictures from the short program.

Also, check out this video clip of Michelle doing a triple lutz/double toe combination during the Friday practice at Skate America. The clip is an MPG, and is 310k.

Michelle has completed the first competition of the season, Skate America. Find out the results of the long program from USFSA's site. Check out the following articles and pictures from the long program, and videos from practice.

Also, info on Michelle's new long program! The majority is "Song of the Black Swan." It is by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Julian Lloyd Webber. I think that Villa-Lobos is the composer and Webber is the performer of this piece (hopefully I'll find out for sure during ABC's broadcast.) Listen to a real audio clip of the song. Another part of the program is the piece "Piano Trio 'Dumky' Op. 90, movement Lento Maestoso" by Antonín Dvorák. You can listen to a real audio clip of this song as well. Another piece may be in her program, hopefully it will be identified after it is broadcast.

Since the ladies long program has been shown on TV already, I can write here that Michelle is the 2000 Skate America Champion. She has won the competition the last 5 times she has entered. There are articles about the competition in my 2000-01 Grand Prix Events articles section. Check out the following pictures and media from the last day of the ladies competition:

Also, don't forget that Skate Canada is later this week, where Michelle will be competing against Irina Slutskaya.

Christy, who also recently posted her great Skate America photos, sent me some video of Michelle practicing at Skate America. All clips are mpg, and they range from 104k to 232k (Thanks Christy!):


Here are the unofficial assignments for the 2000-01 Grand Prix Events. Michelle is unofficially scheduled to do Skate America and Skate Canada. Here are the full assignments for the two events:

Skate America
M. Kwan USA
S. Hughes USA
V. Volchkova RUS
M. Currie CAN
A. Nikodinov USA
S. Thuesun GER
Z. Douchina GER
F. Suguri JPN
A. Yamazaki JPN
E. Sokalova RUS
S. Sun CHN
uncertain FRA
 
Skate Canada
M. Kwan USA
I. Slutskaya RUS
M. Kierkegaard DEN
L. Hubert FRA
T. Sear GER
A. Diewald GER
D. Poth HUN
Y. Onda JPN
I. Nicholaeva RUS
A. Bellemare CAN
J. Robinson CAN
A. Rechnio POL

Last updated April 15, 2001

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