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Valerie
March 30th, 2000, 06:18 AM
I feel that this world championship has not only been a test for Michelle, but also a test for us fans. I do believe with all my heart, that we are Michelle's fans not because she wins (I hope not!). We adore Michelle for who she is, and the art she creates on the ice. We as fans, need to stay together, stay strong and confident, and support Michelle through thick and thin. Therefore, perhaps we should (I have often fallen into this trap before) stop looking at the panel of judges, stop looking at the skate order (no matter how difficult), stop looking so deeply at what others may do such as triple/triples (because Michelle doesn't either), and perhaps even stop trying to calculate the possible factored places. I am sitting here giggling because yesterday, after finding out the short program skate order, I was frantically puching numbers into my calculator!

Otherwise, we have the possibility of losing our objective (no matter what that is). Michelle "lost" her love for the sport in 1996/1997 when she was defending every title, doing her job. She rediscovered that enlightenment she had from skating after the 1997 world championship freeskate and allowed her love to inspire her fans in 1997/1998.

After an extremely long night and much soul-searching, I feel different this morning. Several questions arose as I woke up. Since we admire Michelle for her skating, and not her medal counts, why shouldn't we just calmly sit back and simply hope that she will skate with inspiration and glory? After all, we cherish those magical and exceptional performances of Michelle's (like 1996 World championshps, 1998 US Nationals, 1999 World Professional World Championshps); we continually reminisce about her beauty in those performances. However, I strongly doubt that we sit there in front of the television cherishing Michelle's gold medals. We cherish her skating! Shouldn't we simply enjoy Michelle's skating, as she enjoys and respects her own?

Here is a short (but with meaning as deep as a well) daily inspiration from my favourite prayer site as told to me by a friend-- eprayer.com :

"A sense of reality is absolutely essential to serenity. Focus on reality so that you may see the wonders and opportunities that life offers. Celebrate the discovery of the gifts you have been given today."

Valerie, MKGA Kepper of "Prayers for Michelle"

Valerie
March 30th, 2000, 07:08 AM
That is simply my opinion which I wished to express. I hope I didn't offend any one person.

galadrielle
March 30th, 2000, 07:15 AM
I agree with what you said.
MK is, and will always be, MK, which is saying enough.
I'm just thankful for every year she stays in the game, and before our eyes.

I may critique her now and then, but then again she's not a machine, nor a superhuman. Just a very special, very VERY talented, wonderful, soulful, inspirational being. And that's more than enough for me.

Mordecai71
March 30th, 2000, 07:24 AM
Well said Valerie! ITA with you! Its so important to remember that her skating is what makes her special. And if the judges do not agree, thats THEIR problem!

keyla
March 30th, 2000, 07:34 AM
I was so tense these days, not because I am overloaded with assignments, finals, group project and with work but because I care so much about this little angel. I follow this championship so closely that it distracts me from everything else. Just to give you an exemple, the day of the qual round, I forgot a term paper at home though I kept reminding myself NOT to. The worse is that the day before, I was teasing myself that It would be very funny if I forget My term paper at home. In the classrom, when I realized that, I was almost ready to pull my hair. I made a weird sound, close to giggle, people were staring at me as if I've just escaped from an asylum. Then I rushed out of the classroom and I laughed very hard outside. Finally, I handed it in on time. Bottom line is The Worlds distracts me.

I was always thinking about Michelle. I have never seen the press that harsh toward her, I was surprised. It makes me think. I realized that they behave this way because she is simply Michelle Kwan, people expectations are so high for her that it unconsciously creates a different standard. Why I feel this way, because here in Canada since Jose Chouinard, the depth of women figure skating has been lacking. So in the qual round I was so happy that Jennifer had the skate of her life, she deserved it so much. Figure skating is very popular in Canada. In the past canadian nationals, the women discipline was very weak. Most of the ladies fell on a lot of jumps. If they could pull out at least 3 or 4 clean jumps, they could make the podium and win the crown. Not to mention the artistic part of it. Jumps had been a critical issue for the CFSA and is still to these days. When I watch the US Nationals, it is a different world, where a lot of teens can do the regular triples easily and are able of a lot of tricks not to mention the triple-triple comb. It's like it seems easy, but canadian nationals keep reminding me how hard this sport is when i see falls after falls, they are on slippery ice and they can hurt themselves so easily that I am scared for Michelle when she falls not only because she might lose position but primarily because I care about her, the person before the skater. If she has something to prove it must to herself, not to me, she won my heart already. No matter what happen, I still care about her.




keyla

"Michelle Kwan; le coeur de l'ocean du patinage artistique, unique, vraiment unique!" quote from Alain Goldberg

iloveskating
March 30th, 2000, 08:18 AM
I agree regarding my personal feelings about MK. I want to see her win very much, to prove to the rest of the world, in a way *they* can't dispute, that she is the best.

lavender
March 30th, 2000, 09:42 AM
I've been harping on the judges but no matter what happens there will never another michelle for me. I guess what bothers me more is how people who want her to not succeed will put her down and celebrate. This includes the press, websites or whoever. My god she is already being put down for the qual round just because the judges want a new champion. I just wish for only good things to happen to her. It is like you want to protect your child from harm even though you know you can't shield them from every disappointing thing in life. I just wish people would leave her alone about being what they call less than perfect. No one is perfect.

Anyway I try to be better with my perception of the judges.

Valerie
March 30th, 2000, 10:56 AM
I am from Canada too. When I saw Jen's qualifying round on TV last night, I was completely struck by her excellent performance! She landed six triple jumps! The program is extremely suitable for her. My understanding is that if Canada wants to send two women to Vancouver, Jen has to place top ten this week, correct? I hope she'll be even better in the short program and freeskate! I'm very proud of our team this week. Moreover, I too find that the world championships has distracted me. I don't remember posting so many times in a week since perhaps last year's world championships (when the board was down I believe, and we wrote our messages on a temporary board!). Have faith in Michelle that she will skate flawlessly!

Valerie
March 30th, 2000, 03:32 PM
Every single individual is entitled to his or her opinion, as well as preferences to skaters! You wrote in your post that

"I just wish for only good things to happen to her. It is like you want to protect your child from harm even though you know you can't shield them from every disappointing thing in life."

Life has it's disappointments; it's inevitable. It is through these experiences that one is able to grow and develop. At times of disappointment, life is often not appreciated. I understand that. However, there are more tragic things in life than placing second in a competition.

I almost lost my best friend several years ago when she attempted to committ suicide!!!!!!!!!!! I cherish every moment of my life with my family, friends, my colleagues, and so many other persons and beings!

Michelle has won the world title twice; she's also had other more disppointments in life than placing second in a qualifying round (and as for the short program and freeskate-- we know nothing yet!). Irina's struggle last year, to my eyes is a bigger disappointment than Michelle's present standing.

Cheer up! Michelle doesn't need us to be all down-- we need to be strong and confident for her!

shell4mk
March 30th, 2000, 04:50 PM
This is my first post anywhere ever so forgive me if I do things wrong. This has been the most challenging worlds for me to wait for and hear about. I think part of the reason is how negative so many reporters and others have been about Michelle. I want her to go out there and show them what she is made of. I want her to forget everything and just skate with all her heart. I don't want her to skate like she did in '96 or '98, I want her to skate like the young women she has become, show the depth that she has developed. I want Michelle to win, not just a medal but within herself. Sorry it's so long, but I've just discovered Kwan fanatics like me.

brandy00
March 30th, 2000, 05:05 PM
I loved that post Valerie <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP--> ! It was really emotional to read <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP--> To me, Michelle will always be Michelle, no matter what. If she is in first place, or in the 20th place, I would still love her <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP--> ! All we can do is really support her, and hope for a skate of her life! Otherwise, I could care less on what placement she skates to, as long as she remembers her own moto! "Work hard, be yourself, have fun" If she is going to remember that for tomorrow, and for the longs, she can do anything! But, I'm not expecting her to do more than she can. During Nationals, when Michelle was in 3rd, a wise Michelle fan told me this: "Wake up and smell the CHEVEY, michelle is human! (because of her chevey deal <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP--> )" So basically what i am saying is that she has nothing to prove out there, she is always going to be a legend in my heart <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP--> !

-Brandy

P.S. sorry about the post being so yellow with smiley faces, I'm just really happy that I can relate to other people that agree that winning is never everything <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :b --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/tongue.gif ALT=":b"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP-->

Jackylutz
March 30th, 2000, 05:33 PM
I have always feel that Michelle's fans are very loyal, realistic, and faithful to Michelle no matter what happens!!!!!! <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP-->

!!!!!!!!!!!!!MICHELLE KWAN FANS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LETS GO MICHELLE!!!!!!!!!

kwantasy
March 30th, 2000, 05:35 PM
Very well said, Valerie. You know, ever since the '98 Olympics, because of what Michelle said, I haven't wanted her to win as much as I have wanted her to skate her best! However, I AM really anxious, excited, and nervous all at the same time. I guess that feeling of nervousness will never go away, even for a spectator. <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP-->

KwanBoy23
March 30th, 2000, 06:19 PM
I'd like to start off with a Kwan Quote... "Life is not a triple lutz" and I would certainly agree with that statement right now. Although my only hope is an inspired and clean 7 triples landed performance of TRV, even if Michelle doesn't do it I won't mind. Michelle is still doing what she loves. Competing. She loves the competition and she loves the pressure and I love the fact that she's commited to the 2002 Olympics and possibly 2006. I am happy that she does her best and does what she loves and she doesn't care if she wins or loses (Although in my eyes she never has). Michelle is Michelle. And I am happy, delighted, with that. Gold or Silver, on the ice or off of it, she IS the representation of a true champion. And as D. Button would say "...and that's why Michelle Kwan is Michelle Kwan!" So true.

In closing I would like to add to that beginning quote and say "Life is not a triple lutz and a champion is not a gold medal but a golden heart."

We love you Michelle no matter what. To your own dreams stay true.

brandy00
March 30th, 2000, 06:33 PM
KwanBoy23 "Life is not a triple lutz and a champion is not a gold medal but a golden heart."

That was so beutifull!!! <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON STOP-->

Teddy99
March 30th, 2000, 07:32 PM
Kwan fans, if Michelle were to peek in on this board, she would definitely feel the love up in here!! Keep those positive vibes coming! Loved your quote KwanBoy23, Shell4mk & Valerie your posts were right on the money..thanks!!

Teddy99, keeper of the title: "Michelle Kwan, #1 Skater of the Decade!"

Valerie
March 30th, 2000, 07:44 PM
I also posted this article in another message. www.usatoday.com/news/acovfri.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/news/acovfri.htm)

Beautiful quotations:

"A determined perfectionist who is consumed not by visions of great victories, but by a quest for personal achievement."

"It's not the result," she says. "It's the process."

"Michelle Kwan is in the process of discovering what is happiness for Michelle Kwan."

Goodnight, and God bless.

Helios
March 30th, 2000, 10:24 PM
valerie, that is a womderful post. it doesn't matter whether she wins or lose, i will always be her fan for as long as i live.
my life is inspired by Kwan's journey. Even if she loses this championship, it will only be one championship in her whole career. she still has a long way to go if she stays till 2006. she is already a celebrated legend. and this championship is just a moment in time. whether she wins or not, it will always be a memory to her and a very special one i believe.
it's not really that bad if she lose rite??? it isn't everyday that we get to see her lose. that's a rarity in the sport of figure skating. no matter what, she will become stronger after each competition.

and i don't see any limitation to the perfectness in this girl. just think of the term "infinitely perfect". i'm glad jesus allow such a perfect person to be born.

skatingfan
March 31st, 2000, 06:36 AM
This is not a test for Mk, I absolutely agree. SHE HAS NOTHING
TO PROVE.

Valerie
March 31st, 2000, 07:52 AM
(I'm on my break right now, so I have to be quick!) But, I am also upset about Michelle having to skate first again in the freeskate. However, can we just enjoy her skating and in the process, ignore all the nay-sayers?

Beth2000
March 31st, 2000, 11:42 AM
Yes Valerie we can do that and I for one will do that. BTW that was a beautiful post. I have a question for you Valerie. Are you a born again Christian? Anyway, you made me realize the reason I love Michelle so much. Because she just loves to skate and compete and plus she is just so down to earth and never has one harsh word to say about anyone. Sometimes when I am starting to catch myself saying something bad about someone I will think of Michelle and realize that she wouldn't say anything bad about anyone, then I bite my tongue and I look really hard to
to find the good in every person, so I just want to say "Thank you Michelle for being Michelle Kwan you are the best"