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Valerie
November 4th, 2000, 08:55 AM
First of all, I met Angkok outside the rink, and that was a surprise! So we went in to see the ladies practice. Michelle stood by the rink before Frank sat down near us. So anyway, here's the report.

Before the ladies got on the ice, we saw Michelle and Irina talking-- they're so cute!

Michelle-- Michelle wore the same grey dress as Thursday's p[ractice. She had her hair up in a bun though. Gorgeous! She was mainly working on her loop. She doubled it twice. No pops. 1 shaky landing, but generally wonderful. She nailed 2 or 3 solid triple toes-triple toes-- nailed every attempt. About 3 triple flips, 2 triple lutz-double toes. Some great triple salchows. A few great solid double axels. She skipped most of her footwork during practice, and didn't do a complete runthrough. She also worked on her arms movements, and they were so beautiful!!!!! She did the Charlotte right in front of me, and the crowd behind me were all in awe (they said aw!) She looked more focus today they she did on Thursday's practice. She signed some autographs before leaving. Good luck tonight Michelle! I took a whole roll of pictures, but I haven't picked them up yet-- I already dropped it off at the photopublishers.

Irina-- fell on her first and only attempt at the triple lutz-triple loop. Landed only one out of several attempts at the triple sal-triple loop, and that one she landed was nice but with a shaky landing. She kept doubling her salchows. She was great though. She didn't sign any autographs.

Deanna-- was great. She tripped and fell, and Michelle was skating one way, but turned around to see that Deanna was OK. But they didn't talk. Michelle just glided over briefly (I guess it was because Deanna was OK) and then Michelle skated over to Frank and I heard Michelle say something about the trip like hers on Thursday. Michelle's boot got caught slightly (similar to Deanna's) on Thursday, but Michelle was fine.

Then we were leaving, and we saw Estella Kwan. NicoleM was there too, wearing her MKGA t-shirt, and we showed Estella our backs. Estella said Michelle got the ruby earrings, as well as the MKGA T-shirt. She said thanks. She's so nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked her if Karen was here, and she said Karen is at home. Danny is here though, she told me. Michelle looks like Estella. I didn't think so until I saw her today! :)

Looks like tonight will be great! Good luck Michelle!!!!!!!!! :)

Artec262
November 4th, 2000, 08:58 AM
Thanks alot :)

AYS
November 4th, 2000, 09:04 AM
Have fun tonight!

I hope she liked the earrings (and that we get to see them sometime).

fdevine
November 4th, 2000, 09:32 AM
Thank you so much for sharing with us. I'm so glad that Michelle and Irina like each other. It just makes me feel good. Sounds like she's doing great. Have fun!!

Grannie Frances

goldblades
November 4th, 2000, 09:46 AM
Valerie you are such an angel for doing this! I had to do all my errands so I could be on line for the ladies free and all the while I kept trying to hurry because I knew you were going to post a practice report this afternoon. It makes me feel great that Michelle is healthy, happy and skating great.

monro77
November 4th, 2000, 09:49 AM
Thanks so much Valerie for all your reports and photos! Enjoy the rest of SC!

andycat
November 4th, 2000, 10:05 AM
I love hearing about Michelle and Irina's friendship too. Thanks for sharing that!

Mordecai71
November 4th, 2000, 10:07 AM
Thanks so much for the report! Sounds like she may have found the determination to do awesome tonight!!!! :)

dreamr
November 4th, 2000, 10:18 AM
Thanks you for the report :D


Good luck to both Michelle and Irina! :)

DianeO
November 4th, 2000, 10:38 AM
Thanks so much for your reports Valerie! They're great!!! :D

That's so neat that you met Michelle's mom!

Terri
November 4th, 2000, 11:32 AM
Valerie,

You are being so good to us! Thanks much.

Googoo
November 4th, 2000, 11:46 AM
That's so cool Valerie! Did MK's mom like the shirts? I'm glad she got the earrings.

Sharon
November 4th, 2000, 11:53 AM
Thanks so much Valerie! We are such gloom sayers here :lol ! I hope both Michelle and Irina skate great, but that Michelle wins :) !

amethyst
November 4th, 2000, 01:34 PM
Valerie, thank you!!!! You are so nice for sharing this info. The practice session sounds fun and I am glad Michelle got her gifts! I bet she likes the shirt. :)

It's also so good to hear about Michelle and Irina's friendship. I'm glad that they enjoy each other's company off the ice. Maybe someday they'll do a fluff piece of them hanging out together, that would be neat.

I hope they both skate well today!!! :)

Jekki2chipo
November 5th, 2000, 11:36 AM
hey i was wondering if anyone had skating videos of michelle kwan, i want to make a video of all her skating to my little sister as a christmas gift. My little sister's name is also Michelle, she loves michelle's skating i do too, I just was wondering if anyone could help me find them, i just want like from 96 till present just her skating, plus also the medal giving too. I would really be happy if someone helped me out. thanks

alwase,
chipo moua

michellesmom
November 6th, 2000, 12:39 PM
Go to the Tape Trade section and see the thread for Cheri's Best of MK tape. It is AWESOME!

Oh, and welcome to the MKF!