On July 18, 1997, Brian Boitano and
Michelle Kwan were on AM Live (a local show in Philly) to promote
Skating Romance 3. I was even lucky enough to call and ask a question!
The two were on for two segments (which is a lot for the show.)
First, Brian was asked
what the biggest difference was, other than money, between the professional
and amateur world. Brian answered, "Travel schedule and the
diversity of the projects that you can do. Where as a professional
you are busy all year, Michelle trains mostly for a few competitions.
I am busy all year doing exhibitions, competitions, skating shows."
Then, Brian was asked
if people like him were born or made. "Most successful people are
the people who work hard. I think you can have talent, but you need
to work hard. A little percentage is talent, most of it is made."
Michelle was then asked
if the Nancy-Tonya incident increased the interest in skating. She
said yes, it brought a lot of people to skating, but most people
forget about what happened and are interested in the skating now.
"It has helped the sport a lot."
The host of the show
then said that it is interesting when you go pro, you are put in
an arena with the people you were rivals with. When does the competition
end? Brian said, "Once you turn pro, everyone is pretty cool with
how they ranked as amateurs and they made the decision to move on.
Itís a little more tense in amateurs. He was then asked if he ever
goes up to Brain Orser and told him there was a time when I hated
you guts. Brain answered, "No, but weíve had conversations about
that. About how we felt about each other, the competition, the Battle
of the Brians. The thing about being from different countries is
that no one knows what we went through except each other."
Then I called in and
said, "Iím a huge skating fan. I love you both. Iím going tomorrow
[to Skating Romance 3] and canít wait for Nationals next year, Iím
going to see you win Michelle. (Brian turned to Michelle and smiled,
and she smiled.) I guess you can tell Michelle that I am your biggest
fan, although Iím sure everyone tells you that. (She said "Thank
you Heather." The two of them laugh.) I wanted to ask you what you
do for fun. I know you donít have much free time." She answered,
"I play with Brian (she hits him, and they laugh), I shop, I hang
with my friends, I play tennis, I go fishing with my dad." The host
said "Is that what keeps you normal?" She answered, "Whatís normal,
though?" (I know it was a stupid question, but I couldnít think
of anything to ask!)
Then another caller
asked, "Brian, do you think the fazing out of the figures has a
negative impact?" He said that he sometimes goes yes, sometimes
he goes no. The figures taught him concentration. Even when he was
skating, it was going in a technical way. When he was skating, they
were doing all the triple and quads. "Skating is always going into
new levels. Itís up to the judges how they want to mark it."
The host then said,
"You both had a chat with Scott Hamilton. Howís he doing?" Brian
said, "Heís doing really well."
The host then said,
"Good luck to both of you." He said that they were, "two of the
top skaters in the world."
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