Figure Skating: Skate AmericaSascha Cohen
Posted 27 October 2003 - 02:01 PM
Susanne, the pro scene here is not what it was. Since they changed the rules about "amateurs" earning money, an eligible competitor can now earn almost as much as a pro, so there's far less financial incentive to turn professional than there was before. In addition, since the professional scene isn't covered by the media as the competitions are, Kwan's public profile would fade pretty quickly in today's environment. And she clearly loves competing – it is a sport, after all. Until she starts losing with regularity, there's not much reason for her to quit, unless she just gets tired of the whole thing. We'll see. I must say I have never been less impressed by a program of hers.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 02:27 PM
Oh, yes there is! Once she starts losing regularly, her value on the pro circuit will drop precipitously!
Until she starts losing with regularity, there's not much reason for her to quit, unless she just gets tired of the whole thing.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 02:47 PM
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Posted 28 October 2003 - 12:07 AM
But there is a new Swiss guy named Stephan Lambiel who is worth watching! His spins, oh la la! During Europeans in Lausanne 2002 he had the audience support as well so he did an incredible program and placed quite good (5th or something) without even attempting the triple lutz!
Posted 28 October 2003 - 05:48 AM
She was also on the Today Show last year and entered the Guiness record book for number of consecutive spins which she performed on that show. I think it was well over 100. :dizzy:
Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:43 AM
Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:48 AM
The new system will bring out a much broader range of skaters. The emphasis will be more on the quality of the overall performance not on how many cheated jumps can be crammed into a 4 minute program. A skater like Sasha Cohen will do very well with the new system because she is not only an exceptional jumper but her artistry is comparable to Michele Kwan, not to mention her extension. I was really glad to see this new system in play. It is being used in this current round of competitions as well. It will be interesting to watch. Also...the new system takes a lot of the power away from the judges, so no more hanky panky deal making.
Posted 28 October 2003 - 10:13 AM
Lambiel was injured last year, and just announced that he is injured yet again. He may be in shape for Euros and/or Worlds, but he's pulled out of his Grand Prix events.
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