just got back from vacation in Las Vegas. While I was there, I saw
Champions on Ice for the third time, and went backstage! I will
write a report on all of that, hopefully up tomorrow. I'll try to
post my pictures tomorrow as well...I didn't take too many...this
was the first time I watched Fields
of Gold without taking pictures, other than opening and closing
poses. Anyway, I have a lot to update from the week I was away (some
will come tomorrow)!
finally have a report from backstage at the Las Vegas COI. Check
it out! Since there are so many other reviews of the show online,
I will post my review of all three shows I saw later on when I get
a chance. I also posted my pictures from backstage, added pictures
of Michelle from the Las Vegas show, and uploaded my pictures of
other skaters as well. I also uploaded a digital picture of the
photograph Michelle autographed. And guess what? Michelle ended
right in front of us during the opening again...but this time
I got a great picture of her! Yea...only took 3 tries, LOL. Check
out my pictures from COI!
June 1, 2002, I attended
the New Jersey (8pm show) stop of the Champions on Ice tour. This
is the first year I have seen COI more than once. At some point, I
hope to post something about the show, probably a review combining
this and the Philadelphia show. I did get
some very nice pictures this time (mostly with my digital camera),
and I will be posting them soon. I could post my digital pictures
right now, but I think I'll wait until I can scan in some of the pictures
from our regular camera. I'm hoping to get the pictures up by early
Funny thing, during the
opening, Michelle ended right in front of us again, and,
of course, both my mom and I missed getting a picture of her again.
Argh! Anyway, this time, Michelle wasn't perfect. I think that just
about all of the skaters looked tired, most making some sort of
mistake. I am glad they are getting about a week off now, so they
can rejuvenate for the rest of the tour. Michelle got a nice ovation
(and some people standing for her) during the opening and closing
numbers, and before and after her Fields
of Gold program, for which she received a partial standing ovation.
I think the crowd was louder for her in Philadelphia, though. Even
though Michelle fell on a jump (I think the toe), it didn't matter.
That program is so wonderful, and she skated it so well. Her falling
is not the thing I remember from the program. I am so happy to have
seen that program 3 times, and could just watch it every day!
posted my pictures from Champions on Ice (both the New Jersey and
Philadelphia stops). I was having problems with the scanner, so
I think the digital pictures are better than the scanned in pictures.
I may rescan the pictures later, but I think it was also a problem
with the lighting at the show. Check out pictures from Fields
of Gold and from the opening
and closing numbers!
can send an e-card from Champions on Ice's site. You can send a picture
from last year's opening number, or a picture of Michelle,
Sarah, and Irina. Pick one and send it to your friends. Check
Sunday, April 14, I attended the 2002 Champions on Ice Tour in Philadelphia
(the 7pm show). I haven't written a report yet, and I'm not sure if
I'm going to write a full one of the show...we'll see. Michelle was
wonderful. Some stood for her in the opening. Fields of Gold was wonderful,
as always! I would pay to see the show just to keep watching that
program. When she was announced, she got a huge roar from the crowd,
one of, if not the biggest, of the night. While she skated, you could
hear a pin drop. When she was done, she got a full standing ovation,
the only one of the night. In the finale, she comes out last. After
she skates her little part, she skates over to the rest of the skaters,
and it's like they are all watching her. Maybe I'll more about the
show in the next few days. I took pictures, of course they didn't
come out well. At the end of the opening number, she was RIGHT in
front of me, and of course, we didn't get that on film. *sigh* I will
try to scan in my (good) pictures when I get a chance, hopefully soon.
leon also attended the
7pm show of COI. He sent me the following mpg video files of Michelle
in the finale. Both are 344k (Thanks leon!)
is confirmed that Michelle is skating to Fields
of Gold on the Champions on Ice Tour! So, if you are going, you
get to see this wonderful program live! She was introduced as simply,
"America's Own .... Michelle Kwan". In the opening number, where the
skaters come out to different pop songs, Michelle comes out during
"Here Comes the Sun." She is the last skater that comes
out in the finale, which is to "America the Beautiful" and "Battle
Hymn of the Republic." According to Janice's review, in the finale,
"Michelle spirals out at the crescendo of the music."
Check out Traci's
pictures from the Lakeland, Florida stop of the tour, including
of Gold, as well as this
picture of Michelle in the opening number.
Champions on Ice Tour started April 3, 2002 and runs through August.
You can find a complete schedule on COI's
website. I haven't seen any reports yet, but according to Thursday's
USA Today article, Hughes
replaces Kwan as ice show's closing act,Michelle is skating to
Fields of Gold on the tour. There
are some other interesting notes in the article. For example, Michelle
just got a dog named Tofu, a Maltese/Poodle mix. Check
out a picture
of the adorable dog! I
will be attending the show in Philadelphia on April 14...can't wait!
the San Jose stop of COI on Saturday, April 28, 2001 there was a small
presentation for Brian Boitano, because it was his last time skating
on tour in his hometown. Different skaters gave Brian mementos to
remind him of his time on tour. Michelle was the last skater to come
out and give him a memento. sgfan posted a review of the show on the
MK Forum, with the following about Michelle's presentation: (Thanks
Tom then says that
Michelle will be presenting the 4th memento, a Baccarat crystal
vase, if she can get through it without breaking down or crying.
Michelle brings out the vase and gives it to Brian, who sets it
down on the rug. Michelle said that when she was 7 years old, she
remembers watching Brian compete in the Olympics. She was inspired
by Brian to start skating. Brian is a role model and close friend
and will miss him. (This is when Michelle stops as she starts to
get choked up.) Brian and Michelle hugs. I got a look at the crystal
vase through the binoculars and it's beautiful. It's shaped like
a curling ribbon of crystal on the upper half. Wider on top and
narrowing as it got lower.
Also, from the article
"Boitano Ending Touring Career", here are some exact quotes
from the presentation:
I always looked up to Brian as one of my heroes and someone whose
career I would like to follow,'' Kwan said. "Getting to skate
with Brian has been a big thrill for me, and I have learned so much
from him. `When I as 7 years old, I was inspired by Brian Boitano
to begin figure skating.''
Check out the following
pictures from the ceremony, from COI's
to 2001 COI on April 8 in Philadelphia. If you haven't already, be
sure to check out my review of
the show. You can just jump
right to what I thought of Michelle's program, if you want. I
also was able to go backstage
after the show, and I was able to briefly
meet Michelle. I got my pictures back today. I haven't had a chance
to scan in most of the pictures yet, but I will try to do it sometime
this week or this weekend. I have scanned in these pictures of Michelle
Be sure to check back
later for more of my pics from backstage, and my pictures from the
have all my pics up from COI now. Check out all the backstage
pics, pics of Michelle from the opening
and closing, and my pictures from her program, This
Time Around. Also, check out a scan
of the printout of my site that Michelle autographed, and my
2001 Champions on Ice Tour started Friday, March 30 in Orlando.
Janice posted her review of the show on the MK
Forum. Apparently, Michelle is skating to "This Time Around"
by Linda Eder. Janice said that she wore a fuchsia dress, while
another poster said it was specifically her Worlds dress. Jenny
has typed up the lyrics to the song. Check
them out! (Thanks Janice and Jenny!)
2000 COI on April 9 in Philadelphia. I was away this weekend, so I
wasn't online since Thursday. So, I didn't know what Michelle was
going to skate to. She skated to a new program, "The World is Not
Enough" by Garbage. I'll add more about the song to my program information
section tomorrow. Check out my
review of the show.
of 1999 COI pics are online! Check them out:
sent me this. (Thanks Julie!)
I have a little tidbit
about Michelle. As I was travelling home today from a long year
at college (with a ton of stuff in my backseat!), I was listening
to a Detroit Red Wings playoff hockey game on the radio. Well, since
Champions on Ice is there in Detroit tomorrow, they had an interview
She said that she
was there with Elvis Stojko and they were just taking a break from
tour, since they had the night off. She also said that skating on
tour was great, and she was having a fun time. I don't really remember
exactly what she said, but I think she ended up saying something
about the Red Wings and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks...It was kind of
cool - so I thought that you'd like to know! :)
attended the COI show in Buffalo, the show that was taped for the
TV broadcast. Here's what she said about it:
I just wanted to
let you know that I attended the COI tour on April 20 in Buffalo,
and they did the broadcast for ABC from here. It was amazing watching
how they do all the camera work. Peggy Flemming is so small. The
show was amazing. They said they added extra skaters to make it
great for TV. I'll have to check who. Elvis got the biggest ovation
because Buffalo/Canada are so close to one another. Michelle actually
fell!! But, otherwise, she was gorgeous! And, after the show we
got to stick around for any skaters who made a mistake during their
performance. They came out and did their jumps again after the show.
So we got a bonus. Alexi Yagudin had to try his jump twice, Nicole
- 4 times (she was cute about it and got a lot of applause), Todd
- 1 time and Maria - I'm not sure. Michelle came out and did hers
once and singled it. She also did it without her music. The commentator
said maybe she'd like to do it again with the music because her
humming wasn't loud enough the first time. She laughed and did it
perfectly the second time, and even gave us an added jump. Overall,
it was extremely entertaining!!
pictures from COI are up! Check out pictures from the
opening and finale, and of her new program, One
More Time. Also, I scanned in the pictures from the advance
order form I wrote about in my review.
Finally, I scanned in an ad
for COI that with the same pic
of Michelle that is in the COI program and order form.
e-mailed me this: (Thanks Blake!)
This is just a guess
since I haven't seen Michelle's new exhibition, but from what I've
read, the song sounds like "One More Time" by Laura
Pausini on the soundtrack from "Message
In A Bottle."
Grace has just confirmed
it! She found the lyrics
to the song, and it's the one I heard.
Check out a real
audio clip of the
song from Jenny's
a great time at COI Sunday! Check out my review
of the show. Just want to read about Michelle? Check out how she
did in the opening,
and her program. Also check
out the finale. I took
lots of picture, and they should be up soon.
Just wanted to let you
know that I got my pictures back, and I was really happy with how
they came out. I will try to scan them in tomorrow or Wednesday.
I hope they scan in OK!
sent me her report from the Columbus, Ohio stop of COI on Jan 22.
This is the show that was taped for TBS's broadcast. (Thanks Becky!)
I just got back from
the Columbus, Ohio Champions on Ice Show where I saw Michele skate
live for the first time. She sure didn't look like she had an injury
as was rumored. She skated her Carmen number and hit everything
perfectly. She also skated her East of Eden number and it was beautiful
with only one mistake. She singled her double axel. Since this was
taped for television by TBS they had her come out and do that part
of her program again and of course she hit it just fine. When the
TBS crew stopped her music after the part they needed to retape,
the audience kept yelling for Michele to come back and skate more
and I couldn't believe it when she came out without hesitation and
skated her East of Eden program over again for the people that stayed.
She smiled the whole number through and kept thanking everyone and
waving to the audience afterward. It was a great show with all the
big names there - Brian Boitano, Katarina, Dorothy Hamill, Oksana,
Victor, Usova and Platov and all the rest of the cast.
Also from Blades
on Ice Newsbriefs (about the Winter COI Tour):
cast includes: Brian Boitano, Oksana Baiul, Dorothy Hamill, Victor
Petrenko, Rudy Galindo, Punsalan & Swallow, Elizabeth Manley, Surya
Bonaly, Jozef Sabovcik, Tonia Kwiatkowski, Philippe Candeloro, Marina
Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko, Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler,
Oksana Kazakova & Artur Dmitriev and special appearances in certain
cities by Katarina Witt and Maia Usova & Evgeny Platov. Michelle
Kwan will also skate in the televised show.
The schedule for the 1999
Winter COI tour has been released. Michelle will be on some, but not
all stops on the tour. The Winter tour never comes near me (boo!),
but, if you don't get the Spring/Summer COI, the Winter tour usually
comes near you!
Michelle will be on the
Winter COI tour! She did it in 1996, but this year, only pros did
the winter tour. I guess next year is different. Also, as a promotion
for the TV showing of this event, TBS is allowing you to ask several
of the skaters, including Michelle, a question!
Check out how Michelle
did on all the stops on the COI tour. Check out Michelle
Kwan on the COI 1998: Audience Comments. If you want to read reviews
of the full show, go to COI
Reviews. Mine is there, too!
I just got back from 1998
COI (the 2pm show in Philadelphia). Michelle was wonderful!! Check
out my full review. Also, check
out my pictures!
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