The jumps that Michelle
completed at Skate America in her long program were: 3lutz-2toe,
3toe-2toe, 3flip, 2axel, 3loop, 3salchow, 3lutz, and a 3toe.
A first hand account about Michelle's long program from Skate America
by Liz Kell. "It was a departure from Taj Mahal and Salome. I think
it was more in the style of her Winter piece. She skates with same
beautiful expressions on her face, like in Winter. (Different from
her expressions in TM or Dream of Desdemona). She starts the program
by just standing there. No pose. Very simple with her arms hanging
at her side. Just a very classy program. She has gone back to her
old lutz entry gliding on the long outside edge. She also did all
her trademark spins. The program ends differently than TM and Salome
with a scratch spin stopping into a beautiful pose. It was not as
"light and airy" as expected and it didn't "make me want to cry"
but it was very pretty music. The more I think about her costume,
the more I like it and think it looked very flattering on her. During
the warm-up I overheard a man sitting a couple rows below me talking
about Michelle. He was taking all kinds of notes on the performances
and scores and I think he may have been a USFSA judge. Anyway I
overheard him say 'her long is not as strong as her short.' and
'She's the the classiest lady out there. That's all there is to
it.' It really is a winning program. If she hits everything she
will win, no question! During the medals ceremony Tara stepped up
onto the podium without looking or turning to Michelle so Michelle
turned to her and spoke to her and hugged her. Very classy. Also,
Michelle received a standing ovation!"
Michelle won Skate America!
Check out the full Skate
America Results. In the first article Michelle said, "This year,
I have so much more love for the sport. Last year, I went through
a period where I didn't enjoy it as much." Also, her her short program
elements included a Triple Lutz-Double Toe combo, a Double
Axel, and a Triple Toe.
More articles about Skate America (they don't include results) are:
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