The short program and first long program for the Grand Prix Final took place on Friday, December 14. Michelle skated to Rachmaninoff for her short program, and Song of the Black Swan for her first long program. The final long program will be shown on TV live Saturday on ABC. Check out the following articles and pictures from the event:

The starting order for the second long program on Saturday is:

1. Yoshie Onda JPN
2. Tatiana Malinina UZB
3. Sarah Hughes USA
4. Maria Butyrskaya RUS
5. Michelle Kwan USA
6. Irina Slutskaya RUS

Michelle received the silver medal at the Grand Prix Finals. I thought she skated really well, and I'm enjoying Scheherazade more with each performance. And I just love that costume! Check out the following articles and pictures from the event:


Skate Canada is this week. The ladies short program is Friday, November 2, and Michelle skates 9th out of 12 skaters. Fumie Suguri skates 3rd, Irina Slutskaya skates 4th, and Sarah Hughes skates 7th.

The Ladies short program at Skate Canada took place Friday, night. Michelle skated to East of Eden, wearing yet another costume (but it may be one of my all time favs already!). Check out the results of short program. Then check out the following articles and pictures from the short program:

Also, check out this video from tsn.ca, which has highlights of the pairs long program and ladies short program (though the video portion didn't work that great for me.)

Michelle skates 10th out of 12 skaters in the long program. Sarah skates 8th, and Irina skates 9th.

The ladies long program at Skate Canada took place Saturday night. Michelle skated to Scheherazade, wearing a new costume. As always, I won't post the results here. Check out the final results of the competition. Then check out the following articles and pictures from the long program:


The short program at Skate America is Thursday, and Michelle skates third out of 11 skaters. Sarah Hughes skates second and Sasha Cohen skates eighth. You can check out the full start order for all events.

USFSA has two practice pictures of Michelle:

Also, Michelle's practice on Tuesday went well. Eislauffan posts on FSW (Thanks Eislauffan!):

Was very determined and hard working. Her father was sitting at the boards, but she only talked at the end with him. She landed 3T-3T and went for 3S-3Lo, didn't get quite around on the loop, but they were good attemps. Also the other jumps were there.

The Ladies short program at Skate America took place Thursday night. Michelle skated to East of Eden, wearing her Ariane costume (LOL, goodness, this program has had lots of costume changes over the years!). As always, I won't post the results here. Check out the following articles, reports, and pictures from the short program:

Michelle skates 9th out of 11 skaters in the long program. Check out the full skate order for the long program.

Michelle's Friday practice went well, with her landing several triple toe/triple toe combinations, and also the triple sal/triple loop! Also, USFSA's site posted these MPEG video clips from Friday's practice of Michelle's long program run through:

Check out some more pictures from the short program:

The Ladies long program at Skate America took place Saturday night. Michelle skated to Scheherazade, wearing a new costume. As always, I won't post the results here. Check out the final results of the competition. Then check out the following articles, reports, and pictures from the long program:

Also, from Skate America, check out this MPG clip of Michelle being introduced before the medal ceremony.
A partial, completely unofficial list of the 2001 Grand Prix assignments for the upcoming season posted on the MK Forum list Michelle attending Skate America and Skate Canada this season. This article on USFSA's site confirms Michelle will be at Skate America. Michelle has been confirmed for Skate Canada in the article, MasterCard Skate Canada Early Olympic Preview.
Last updated March 13, 2002

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