has a new costume for Hands! Check out the following pictures from
Also, Valerie sent me
the following about Michelle's exhibition from the CTV broadcast.
I am in awe at
the present moment, still trying to bring myself back on earth!
Michelle's exhibition was magnificent. I watched it on CTV Station.
She wore a light pastel pink dress with beautiful silverish leaves
diagonally across the front of her dress (which I'm sure you've
seen in photos). The skirt portion was similar to that of her "On
My Own" program costume; however, this skirt was made of a even
lighter, flowing material. I love Michelle's new dress, and it's
now my favourite costume Michelle has ever worn.
actual performance-- she was spectacular! She skated to "Hands"
and there was some changes in choreography. The modifications
worked well in my opinion, doing the triple toe loop earlier than
before, as well as the layback spin. The skirt made Michelle's
layback appear even more splendid, with the material flowing on
Michelle's turned-out free leg. The earlier triple toe and layback
alowed Michelle to perform the Charlotte spiral in a longer period
of time, enchanting the audience! Michelle's smile was radiant,
and she skated with so much speed. Michelle did fall on the triple
lutz (not enough height), but it was so light, so gentle, so soft,
that it was still extremely beautiful! The audience didn't even
say "aw", they simply clapped louder as she got up and continued
performaing. Michelle fought for the landing on the toe loop,
but once again revealed her inner power and determined spirit.
her encore with the spiral sequence from "A Day in the Life",
and skated to the end pose. Was she ever gorgeous. She had this
spark, this fire, this presence, that was so superior, and ethereal.
Michelle is the best!
To end the coverage,
CTV showed memorable clips from the entire week in Nice. Near
the conclusion, they showed Michelle and Irina posing for a photograph
together with kind friendly smiles!
I rewatched Michelle's
exhibitions and I forgot to mention that Michelle actually *improvised*
during the encore (she's so amazing and naturally talented!!!!!!!!).
You know how they simply play the music from no definite point,
at least I assume!? I guess like many skaters who have encores,
she didn't know where to begin! Michelle did start with her signature
spiral; however, I think the music was ahead of her. Anyway, she
didn't finish her entire spiral sequence, instead she added in
a split falling leaf-- beauty! I also giggled before the music
to "Hands" began, this guy screamed "Go!". It was cute.
By the way, the
photos on-line don't really show Michelle's dress as nicely. It
was so shimmery on television--imagine seeing it live!
did it!! Michelle is the new World Champion, and is the first 3-time
ladies champion since Katarina Witt, and first American to complete
the task since Peggy Fleming in 1968. She now has 3 World titles in
the last 5 years. She was amazing in the long program, the best she
has skated probably since the Olympics. Her speed, spins, and jumps
were all improved from Nationals just weeks ago. To me, this ranks
a close number 2 all time to Lyra at '98 Nationals for Michelle. She
was just so ON. Her triple toe/triple toe (the only triple/triple
combo in the competition) was gorgeous. No matter what the result,
this program would have made everyone happy, and it was a signal that
the "old" Michelle was back...she has that spark again that's been
missing lately. But the fact that she won, having to overcome a third
place standing after the short, is an added bonus. :) It was a response
to her detracters...she proved them wrong. Check out the Long
program results and the Final
results. Then, check out some pictures and articles from the long
program and medal ceremony:
- Red Violin
- Medal ceremony
is in third place after the short program. In order for her to win
her 3rd world title, she would have to win the long program, and finish
2 places ahead of the leader, Maria Butyrskaya. Michelle finally did
the flip in the short program, but just saved the jump (that's determination!)
The thing that impressed me the most about her perfomance, though,
was the improvement in her spins, especially her layback and her sit
spin. Good luck tomorrow Michelle! Here is the skate order for the
final group...Michelle has to go first in the group again.
Check out some pictures
and articles from the short program:
- Michelle Kwan
- Vanessa Gusmeroli
- Julia Sebestyen
- Maria Butyrskaya
- Irina Slutskaya
- Sarah Hughes
out the results
of qualifying group B, the group Michelle was in. Then, check out
the following articles and pictures from the qualifying round:
Finally, check out the
program skate order. Warning, after the short program starts
Friday, this will be replaced by the results.
writes in her Day
3 report the following about Tuesday's ladies practice:
The Americans were
also in this group. Wow, did Sarah Hughes cut her hair short - it's
shorter than Kwan's now. She landed her 3toe3loop on the first try,
but it took her a while to land the 3sal3loop (she kept doing just
the salchow). Her other jumps were fine. Michelle Kwan was rock
solid on all her jumps and landed 2 out of 3 3toe3toes she tried.
I gave her her good-luck messages after practice. Angela Nikodinov
was also rock solid; I didn't see her miss anything...
Saw the American
girls practice again this afternoon. Angela looked a little off,
but the other two were even more solid than this morning. Gave
Sarah her good-luck messages, and Tim was there watching, so I
gave him his.
out the starting
order for qualifying group B, the group Michelle is in, which
is skated on Wednesday. Here are a few of the skaters in the group
with their starting orders (out of 23):
2 report from Worlds, she says that Frank Carroll has confirmed
that Michelle will use the triple flip in the short instead of the
Worlds site, you can send a good luck message to Michelle (or
any other skater)! All message's will be published on USFSA's site.
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