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    Your fiance sounds wonderful. I hope to meet you in St Louis.

    "Meet me in St Louie, louie, meet me at the Nats" lol

    Did you see Plushy skate at all? Or were you watching Michelle in the tunnel the whole time? Nice reviews everyone. keanra-congrats on your front row seats for Wheeling.

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    Iteach2- Sounds like you've got yourself quite a catch in your fiance!!!

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    I have a request ...

    Cast photos were not available yet when I saw the show in Boston, but I hear they are for sale now. If anyone would be willing to purchase one for me, please email me at msloops@aol.com ... I will send you money for the photo and shipping, etc. and I'll even buy one for you as a bonus !!!

    thank you !!!

    Jayne

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    The photo is wonderful. I wish I could have helped you out but I've already gone. I can't believe they didn't have them ready for the earlier tour shows.

    One thing I notice from the photos because they are wearing the Rhapsody in Blue costumes is that everyone has a color match to someone else in the cast except MK. She has her very own shade of blue and no one else matches her. She truly is the star of the show and in a category all her own.

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    Now I wish I visited the forum yesterday instead of spending the entire day studying for my Law midterm! They also didn't have cast photos during their COI NJ stop. If anyone is going to COI soon would you help me pick up one as well? Of course I will pay for the photo and shipping costs. Thanks very much! Hope you all enjoy COI! It's fantastic this year! :b

    ~pookybear19

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    I just got home from COI-Detroit. Great show this year. Unfortunately, several of the skaters did fall during their programs including Michelle. Even with the fall, Michelle got the loudest applause and at least a partial standing O at the end.

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    I have to admit that I enjoyed this show way more than I was expecting. Maybe it was because I haven’t been to COI in two years, I don’t know. The biggest crowd pleasers, after Michelle and Shen & Zhao were the acrobats, the hula hoop lady and Dan Hollander. For all the complaints about these acts I read on the internet, the audience definitely does not agree. I, myself, found all three acts very enjoyable, and I am very anti-cheese. Tom Collins definitely knows what he is doing. They had new routines and were funny and entertaining. This crowd especially loved the acrobats because the big guy came out wearing a Red Wings jersey.

    The loudest cheer of the day came right after Shen & Zhao left the ice and it was announced that the Wings were beating Nashville 2-0. People kept running out to the concessions to watch the game on the TVs.

    The performance that won the crowd was definitely Shen & Zhao. Their “Come What May” program just mesmerized everyone. A couple of years ago, I never would have thought that they would be able to touch me the way they have. The performer that the crowd cheered the most was Michelle. They went nuts for her whenever she was on the ice. Her program is very nice. Lots of one foot moves and different kinds of steps. She has a new spin and holds her inside/outside spiral for a very long time. When the music started, you could hear lots of people say, “Oh, Josh Groban!”, so her music choice is a hit with the audience. She did fall on her lutz, but nobody seemed to care.

    Brief notes on some other skaters: Jenny Kirk had a bad day. She fell three times, and I find her “Chicago” number more pleasing on TV. She never stops smiling, though. Tim Goebel skated absolutely clean! Five or six triples, including a 3/3. Forget that the “Rocket Man” program is really dull, I was so thrilled that he hit the jumps. Surya skated a program that I really liked (shocker!). It may have been the music, which I believe is from the musical “The Lion King”, but I enjoyed her just as much as everyone else. Fumie skated a very nice program to music I found quite dull. She is very soft in all her movements. Belbin & Agosto”s “Green Acres” is cute. I liked it better once they began doing their quick steps in unison. The crowd had no idea who they were. I know this because when they were announced, I heard all kinds of “who?” around me. The same goes for Johnny Weir, Jenny Kirk, Elena Sokolova, and Totmyanina & Marinin. The biggest shocker for me, besides the size of Nicole Bobek’s breasts, was the audience’s reaction to Sasha Cohen’s program. It is a nice program, but not, I think, what they were expecting. It is kind of an anti-Romeo & Juliet program. She actually skates in this program; nice flowy, dancey moves that fit the song. None of the WOW! moves she is known for. She did do a short spiral that was very slow. I could swear that she only did two jumps, too: a double axel and a triple something. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. She is the only skater to not do a jump in the introductory act, either. Before her number, she was forcing her ankles in and out with her skates, like she was trying to stretch them, so maybe she is breaking in new skates. The program received nice applause, but nothing special. I kind of blame the music. That soprano voice singing “I could have danced all night” gets on my nerves after a while, too. I know I will get flamed for this because it seems politically incorrect these days to criticize Irina Slutskya, but I hated her number. From the music to the dress to the choreography. She looked so sweet and happy that I wanted to like it, but I thought it was awful. She skated well, with only a hand down on her 3loop and she looks much healthier now, though. Elena Sokolova did a lot of triples in her program, including a 3/3. Boring, boring music. Victor and Phillipe were my potty breaks. The ladies next to me were mortified that (in one of ladies’ words) “ that Rudy Galindo skated to that song in that outfit” (The Star Spangled Banner in skin tight blue velour).

    I really liked the closing group “blue” number. The skaters have been doing it for a few weeks now so they are look comfortable with it.

    Other thoughts: Why is the program so freaking big?? It’s huge! I collect programs from all the shows and plays I see, and this one won’t even fit in the container where I store them! It’s interesting to see the dueling spiral pictures of Michelle and Sasha. They are on page 3 & 4 respectively. Couldn’t they have found different pictures? Before the show, a lady in front of me asked me if Sarah Cohen was going to be there. I didn’t quite know how to answer this!

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    Thanks for the reports from Detroit. Any more reviews?

    8)

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    The loudest cheer of the day came right after Shen & Zhao left the ice and it was announced that the Wings were beating Nashville 2-0. People kept running out to the concessions to watch the game on the TVs.
    That was cool! My sister and I kept going out to check the score during the skaters we really don't care for!

    Michelle was awesome!!! I can't wait to see this program again during the COI Tour 2. The fall looked back, I was happy she got right back up though.

    My second favorite was Shen & Zhao. There were parts towards the end where you couldn't even really hear the music.

    I was happy to see the acrobats and hula hoop girl change up their acts this year. I also like Timmy's program. I was sad that Jenny had such a poor skate. She had no luck at that end of the ice. I really didn't care for Rudy's program. Irina's program was fun and it was nice to see her back on the ice after all she had to go through the past year or so. I also liked Fumie's program.

    I will probably post more once we get back to our house tomorrow since we are at our brother's right now. I have some pictures, not sure how well they turned out though.

    Yzerbear
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    The biggest shocker for me, besides the size of Nicole Bobek’s breasts,
    That is hilarious, she did seem to be "displaying them prominently". :rollin

    Why is the program so freaking big?? It’s huge!
    ITA. I buy one every year and have no place to store it. Also, I wish they had more pictures of MK on the Behind the Scenes pages. Make sure to check out picture #9 - Tom Collins first grandchild. She looks to be a total sweetheart.

    I didn't like Sasha's program. As stated before, it didn't contain her wow moves. Also, I don't like the showy stuff when the skaters wear extra costumes on the ice and bring stuff with. I much prefer them to come out and just skate their hearts out. The program didn't seem to fit her, imo. Maybe it is just a let down because I thought Romeo & Juliet was so phenomenal. Perhaps she will develop it some more.

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    I wish they had more pictures of MK on the Behind the Scenes pages. Make sure to check out picture #9 - Tom Collins first grandchild. She looks to be a total sweetheart.
    I agree! I am surprised there is only one picture of Michelle. The picture of Tom Collins' grandchild is priceless.

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    Thanks for the report... interesting about the hockey! I live in the south and I can guarantee that in Louisiana, you would never see people leaving to go check some hockey scores. :rollin Now LSU football, that would be another story!

    I haven't seen Sasha's program, but I don't like the extra baggage for a costume. I just like them to go out there and SKATE! I mean that's all what we go to see right?

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    I was also at the COI Detroit show this afternoon. I loved the show, and thought it was great. However, there were quite a few falls today, and some of the skaters were skating pretty slowly out there. It looked like everyone could use a day off to sleep in.
    Anyways, here are my thoughts on the afternoon.
    Johnny Weir was fantastic. Elegant, smooth, quiet skating. Nice jumps. He was great. Tanith & Ben were also great, but I got the feeling that most people haven't figured out who they are. Very cute number, lots of energy. I am so excited for these two. I think they are going to do so well in the future. Very excited to see Irina Slutskaya back on the ice. But honestly, not my favorite program or outfit. But she looks like she is doing well, and that's what matters. Rough afternoon for Jenny Kirk. She had a few falls and only landed her double axle. But she kept smiling, so kudos for her. Dan Hollander was very funny, and you could tell that the audience LOVED him. I think he's very entertaining and I look forward to seeing what sort of get-up he has for us each year. Shen and Zhao were incredible, there was magic during their performance. Their throws are HUGE. Sasha had a cute number, skated clean. Her white dress was very appropriate and she looked the part of My Fair Lady. I think the program is very good for her. Finally, Michelle skated. She really sets a mood with her performances. She did a great 3flip, but fell on the lutz. I loved the music. Great spiral, big smile on her face at that part. Lots of steps during this number. I hope I get to see this program again. It was lovely. Standing O from me.
    Overall, very enjoyable. Hope everyone else had a great time too!

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    At the Cleveland show Sasha did a 3 toe, 3 flip and a 2a in her program IIRC. I'm certain about the toe and flip because I made mental note of them and thought maybe there was a plan for her to perform the toe jumps night after night in front of large audiences to get more mentally comfortable with them for competition.

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    Well sports fans, here is my take on it (trying not to repeat what has gone before, but agreeing/disagreeing where necessary).

    1. MK: I am always so biased about her, (to the point where she could fall four times in Oly competition and I would still say "she was robbed!"--I admit it), so perhaps it will have more credibility when I say that she looked quite sleepy and out of it in the intro group number. It definitely appeared that she hadn't learned all the steps and was watching everyone around her to see if she was doing the right thing. She even stopped spinning way early when all the others were still going! It was actually kind of cute cuz she sort of smiled, like, OOPS! Her program was good---in spite of the fall--nobody cared. She looked great. I love the blue Vera dress for competition, but for some reason I think for shows it could use a little more jazz--beading??? (I know, then it wouldn't be Vera) The crowd loved her, of course, as did I. Same note for the closing show----she stopped spinning 10 seconds early and then tried to cover it up by "faking" her spin. Very cute. Long live the Kween!

    2. Sasha: I don't care much for this program. Yes, it was "cute", but the beginning part with the Poppins-esque coat was sooo brief that I got the feeling that many did not know what she was doing. ITA with the previous comment on the screechiness of her music. ANNOYING. I also found her program lacking her typical wow moves. I could be imagining it because of the warmth of MK's reception by the crowd, but is didn't seem like the crowd was all that into her in intro, program or at the end.

    3. Evgeni: What can I say? I can never seem to get past the Carson/Fab-Five hair. Brilliant footwork, not real jazzed about his song choice, I just think this is a personal thing with me.

    4. Shen and Zao---AWESOME. So cute on the ice--you can tell they are in love. The crowd loved them!
    Also thought that the peach dress really softened her.

    5. Goebel: Landed all of his jumps, so good for him, but I hated this program. He looked very uncomfortable and distant, as if he were smiling but not connecting. I kept wondering when his jeans were going to split. Very tight.

    6. Sokolova: yawn

    7. Tatyianina and Marinin: I liked them better than I thought I would actually, and they had more expression than usual. However, the song was good for them, outfits were good---so I wish they had different, more intricate choreography to go with the Bryan Adams' "Don Juan Demarco" stuff.

    8. Fumie: She is just adorable when she skates; she gets the cutest look on her face--very innocent. She did a number with paper fans as props and delivered them to front row audience members, who were thrilled. Very genuine.

    9. Elvis: He was good---I keep wishing he would return to spice the eligible world up!!! Can we rule this out now?? Is there any hope??

    10. Rudy: Wellll........I love the Star Spangled Banner, but the costume was a little over the top. Then again, it was Rudy. I think perhaps he could have opened the show, given his song choice??

    11. Oksana and Artur: Pleased to see them still around. He is one of my favorites because he was such a versatile and tough competitor with two different partners. Whatever happened to his first partner???

    12. Victor: Although the word "Oaf" often comes to mind, I still like him and appreciate the whole tongue in cheek nature of his programs. Can't believe he is still around, doing triples.

    13. Philippe: Typical---shirt off, crowd-mugging, knee-spinning, jump endings cut short, ladies panting, samurai wanna be. Nuff said

    14. Surya: Program was actually pretty good, although the music a little long and boring. SHe had more emotion than usual.

    15. Irina: Although I really like her personally, esp. since MK is a good friend, this program was just plain silly. The costume was reminiscent of the sherbet aisle at the Farmer Jack store, and the lights were just as tacky. Kudos to her for being there, looking in great shape, and for trying. Skating is coming back too, and I think she will be a factor in future competition if she can stay healthy (and provided she stops skating to songs entitled "Shoowawa"!!!!!!!!)

    16. Johnny: Beautiful skater, light airy jumps, practically flawless performance. Having said that, why am I not more excited??? I think it is because his programs are competition programs set to modern music, not show programs. I think it will just take time. Also, with all due respect to John Lennon, the song was a little boring for a show.

    17. Jenny: This girl needs to make a change somewhere, and I don't pretend to know where. You can just tell how much talent and presentation she has, why can't she put it all together??? It almost seems as if she is lacking physical strength (almost frail-like??) Help me out here.

    18. Belbin and Agosto: I love these two and totally LOVED their "Green Acres" program. The crowd was so pleased and surprised by this choice. I think these two are going places, and this creative, fun program proves it. What a nice surprise after I was expecting to see yet another "Elvis" program.

    19. Dan Hollander: I have to admit, I had a few "what is he doing here" thoughts, but he was truly funny and skated a great program. Give it to him for having found his niche and capitalizing on it. Everyone loved him.

    20. Nicole: I know she just had implants (and let's just say I am somewhat of an expert on this subject and leave it at that), but I object to those who felt that they were too prominently displayed. She wore outfits like any other skater, so of course now that her chest is bigger they will show up more. I think the size that she chose is actually very natural looking and very much in proportion to her overall body. She was beautiful without them, but good for her if that was what she wanted to do! Having said that, here's a shout out to the COI music people:::p lease please PLEEEEEEEEZZZZZZE LOSE THE "DUST IN THE WIND" SOUNDTRACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This could qualify as possible the worst show program song of all time. Even she looked miserable---and who wouldn't, skating to Kansas for crying out loud????

    21. The acrobats: Although one might argue that they have no place in a "Champions" show, the same could be said of a few of the skaters who appeared (no names mentioned). They were actually entertaining and were a good break in between the other acts. Of course, anyone who appears at "the Joe" in a Wings Jersey is going to be embraced.

    That's all for now---one final note on the show's program. I have nothing against her whatsoever, but can anyone tell me why the program opens with a full page bio of Carol Heiss without any explanation why? It seemed really odd to me---did she pass away recently?? Or somehow start the COI tour?? Choreographer for the tour??? Help.

    Also---for those of you who have them, note the look on MK's face as opposed to Sasha in the "dueling spiral" poses. It is PRICELESS. MK looks like she is ready to destroy, and Sasha's face appears to say "I hope I skate a clean program".

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    "Oksana and Artur: Pleased to see them still around. He is one of my favorites because he was such a versatile and tough competitor with two different partners. Whatever happened to his first partner???"

    Natalia Mishkatunic co-coaches pairs with Alllen Schram at my rink in Texas. The two Pottenger brothers w/partners are the most well-known of her students. She is in great shape-she looks the same size as when she competed.

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    MK: I am always so biased about her, (to the point where she could fall four times in Oly competition and I would still say "she was robbed!"--I admit it), so perhaps it will have more credibility when I say that she looked quite sleepy and out of it in the intro group number. It definitely appeared that she hadn't learned all the steps and was watching everyone around her to see if she was doing the right thing. She even stopped spinning way early when all the others were still going! It was actually kind of cute cuz she sort of smiled, like, OOPS!
    It's funny how people see things differently. I thought Michelle was really musical and comfortable in the opening number. Except for the ending spin, which she did end early, I didn't see her missing steps or looking as out of it at all. It looked to me as though she was having a ball.

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    Hi Everyone:

    I was just wondering - is the COI schedule usually this jam-packed, with shows practically every night? I thought last year the shows were mostly on weekends? And the Detroit show was at 3:00 p.m.? - doesn't seem like the skaters are getting a lot of practice or warm-up time.

    Anyway, I was at the COI show in Boston (which was only the 2nd stop) - MK seemed to know the opening pretty well to me - in fact, I thought she had some of the best dance moves.

    Definitely seems like the skaters need some rest.

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    but I object to those who felt that they were too prominently displayed. She wore outfits like any other skater, so of course now that her chest is bigger they will show up more.
    I guess I should have clarified my earlier post. Nicole's costumes were fine! By prominent display I was referring to her posture at certain instances which, imo, made her enhancements very obvious.

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    attorneyanniemac noted that you can tell Shen and Zao are in love. Are they a couple? I wondered based on some of the fluff comments at Worlds but wasn't sure.

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    Did anyone notice all the mistakes and/or omissions in the COI program? For example, they stated that Irina was a two time World Silver Medalist but left out that she was also a World Champion! They also stated that Elena was a World Bronze Medalist. Is this true? Did she ever win a bronze? I know she was the silver medalist last year.

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    Anyone back from COI - Chicago? If you have reviews, please post. Thank you! 8)

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    I just got back from COI in Chicago and I loved it! This is the first time I've seen any skating live except for Disney's Aladdin and Monster's Inc. and there is no comparison. I went with my sister and afterward we were asking ourselves why we waited so long to go. I'm only going to give some general impressions as there have been so many good reviews posted from other cities.
    Elena Solkalova was the only one to fall. She fell early in her program and the crowd just said "aww" for her. The rest of her program was good. She jumped right in front of me and the height she got was just incredible.
    Fumie's number was great. She is so graceful and I loved her use of the fans. She was probably my second favorite of the afternoon.
    As for Rudy, I have to agree with what I saw posted earlier. Some ladies in Detroit felt his costume was inappropriate for the National Anthem. I know ballet dancers wear their tights that tight, but please--imho it looked trashy. I got a kick out his hair, though. He must have used a whole can of hair spray because he was the only skater whose hair never moved.
    Timmy was on. He landed all his jumps. I'm not sure if he doubled one or not.
    Plushy is very gracious to the fans. While Sasha was finishing her program, he skated around the rink in the dark as all the skaters did. But he was giving fives or touching hands with many people in the front row as he passed. His speed is incredible and his footwork was a thing of beauty. He went from one end of the ice to the other.
    Then there was Michelle. She just has a magic that no one else does. One thing I noticed about her spiral was she was the only one to do a serpentine spiral so everyone could enjoy it. It was gorgeous! TV just doesn't do it justice. I was sitting in the back of the ice by where the basketball hoop would be if there was a game, and her spiral was the only one that I got more than a rear view of. Sasha and Nicole just did a strait spiral away from where I was sitting.
    The only bad thing I have to say about a wonderful afternoon of skating was there was this woman who ran up to the boards when Michelle started to skate to take pictures. At least she crouched down, but she was really distracting and was obstructing my $80 view of Michelle. It was probably even worse for the people higher up. Then the usher stood up to ask her to leave and blocked the view even more. I was thinking: "Woman, this is MICHELLE! Sit Down."

    Edited to fix a spelling error.

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    Now that I'm back at my house, I will add some more to my thoughts from COI Detroit.

    My sister and I left our house about 8:00 am so we could get to our brother's house in Detroit about 10:00. We had to go buy our tickets yet, since we have been so busy with wedding stuff for our other brother's wedding. We get down to Detroit without incident and arrived on time. We had to wait a few minutes for our brother to get ready to take us shopping before COI. We went to Hockeytown Authentics to get our tickets as well as shop for new Red Wings merchandise! The lady couldn't find any of the $30 seats together, so we bought seats in different spots knowing that they never sell out the arena and that you can always move somewhere else since they don't really care. We then continued shopping and got lunch. I had wanted to leave his apartment to head down to COI at 1:30, but lunch took longer than i thought so we didn't start heading for Detroit until 1:50. :\ We made it there about 2:20, which was good. We luckily didn't encounter any construction on I-94 or I-75, which is very rare! We had our parents car and while driving on the highway I had put the back windows down a bit since it was warm on Saturday. When we parked the car and went to put the windows up, the one behind the driver's seat wouldn't go up! My sister's power windows do this sometimes so we turned the car off and turned it back on. Still nothing. At this point we were kind of panicking since nothing we tried was working and we really couldn't leave it down. :\ Finally the stupid thing went up. We were quite relieved and offered up our thanks to God for it. We get into the arena and go to find some seats. Normally at the Joe the ends are open. For whatever reason they don't sell the seats there. This year, however, they had the ends all blocked off with these black curtain things. This kind of put a wrench in our plans. The ushers were actually checking tickets this year so we decided to go up to where my seat was suppose to be. It was all the way at the top and we figured no usher would come check our tickets. So my sister sat next to me even though her ticket was for across the arena on the other side. The show started. I was watching Michelle during the opening number. She looked like she was having fun. I felt bad for Jenny since she fell on her jump in the opening. She didnt' have a good skate either, though her Chicago program is so much fun. When Johnny was skating my sister decided to go find a seat lower. We ended up sitting in the section over in probably the 5th or 6th row. From there we enjoyed the rest of the show and were able to go out to the concourse quickly to check the hockey score! We did notice that most of the males were attracked to the TVs!

    Michelle was awesome!!! I can't wait to see this program again. I hope she skates it for a show that will be TV so I can get it on tape. It was just gorgeous. Her hair is so long now though. The spiral was amazing!!! It was just beautiful.

    At the end of the show it seemed that most people were in the concourse watching the last minute or so of the hockey game. There was a loud cheer when the clock ran out.

    We got out of the Joe without problem, though it took us a while to get on the highway to go back to our brother's apartment.

    For me though, I think I liked SOI a little bit better this year. I missed Philip's program, but from what my sister said, I didn't miss much just the usual Philip program. I had a hard time watching T&M's program since I kept thinking of when Viktor skated to "Have you ever loved a woman" at the tribute for Sergei Grinkov. I liked more of the skaters in SOI than COI. Though I was happy to see Jenny, Fumie, Timmy, S&Z, and of course Michelle!!!

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    Just got home from COI Chicago!

    I took no notes or pics, and this was only the 3rd or 4th ice show I've ever seen in my middle-aged life, but the FIRST TIME to see MICHELLE! Soooo...this will be short on details, but more my happy impressions.

    I had very good 'club' level seats - 2nd tier - no up-close-and-personal, but great view. I've never been to the United Center before and I liked it much better than the SOI venue at Rosemont. I enjoyed the show immensely and everyone skated pretty well (I think Elena Sokolova was the only one who fell). The skaters all used the whole ice and seemed to skate to the whole audience.

    Some impressions:

    Fumie: incredible lightness in all her moves... beautiful aqua dress, very ethereal

    Elena: almost juniorish in her lack of style and polish, compared to the other ladies, even Surya!

    Jenny: I think she hit all her jumps - anyway, a very bright smile and she gave it her all in the Chicago program

    Surya: better than I expected - her skating actually looked like it went with the music! She's in pretty darn good shape.

    Nicole: a shadow of the skater she was in her prime. Singled or doubled everything, but she still has a theatrical presence that doesn't quit.

    Irina: I've never been a fan, but I can see why she is so endearing. Considering what her body has been through this year, she is remarkable as an athleter and as a person. The Chihuahua number seemed like it was just the fun thing she so badly needed to do right now.

    The acrobats and the hula hoop lady were more interesting than Dan Hollander, Petrenko, and Candeloro put together...all 3 of these gimmicks are verrrry old. JMHO.

    Shen and Zhao: Exquisite. Incredible power and passion. Hit everything from what I can remember.

    Tot and Mar: Really elegant program. Nothing of the presence of S/Z, but very nicely done.

    Belbin and Agosto: Cute Green Acres number, but I hope they aren't pigeon-holing themselves as comedic skaters only. I'd like to see more dramatic stuff from them.

    Kashakova and Dmitriev: Not their former dynamic style, but interesting to an 'old guy' still do pretty well

    Elvis: you can tell he loves being there

    Tim: not so sure if he loves being there...his carriage looks much improved and triples looked OK. He really is a fine skater, it just seems he may be too serious for his own good.

    Johnny: love this guy. He looks so relaxed, so elegant, so on with 3/3s (did I see three sets?) If he never gets any better, he will be good enough.

    Evgeni: again, not a favorite of mine, but this guy is THERE. I think his knee was hurting - I thought I saw it almost buckle at one point, but he loves skating, loves us and does not quit!

    Sasha: I agree with those who said they didn't get the first section of the program. I think the sounds of thunder(?) in the soundtrack were distracting. But I really loved the waltzy part. It was a pleasure to see her musicality and lovely flow over the ice compared to the previous ladies. No, not alot of unusual choreography, but maybe that's what I liked about it - just pure skating. Kinda reminded me of the feel of Kristi's Blue Danube.

    Michelle: OK, until now, I was really enjoying the show and I was happy and content and glad I came and all that. But I was unmoved and unemotional. Enter the Kween. I SWEAR I'm being objective BUT THIS GIRL IS FROM ANOTHER SKATING PLANET!!! In my mind, there was not another skater who came close to EVERYTHING she did - speed, tension, power, emotion, quiet confidence. Yes, I am now a member of the club who could watch her do crossovers for 2 hours. This program is beautiful, the dress is beautiful (blue TFB), her 3 flip was beautiful. I think she did a 3Lutz and 2Axel, (something else, can't remember) but the jumps weren't even important. I'm SO happy I finally got to see her skate in person!

    The closing number was really well done to showcase everyone - classy and they all looked like they were having fun. A great afternoon.

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