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    Default I just watched Lyra....WOW

    I just watched Lyra from Nationals. WOW.... I had forgotten how moving that performance was. I hadn't watched it in a really long time, but decided to tonight. I absolutely LOVE the look on Karen's face and the way she put her hands to her chest....like she couldn't contain how proud she was for Michelle. I also just the part where the crowd holds up lights or something spelling out "Michelle". So for those of you who were lucky enough to be there, what did it feel like to be in that arena that night? Is it even possible to describe your feelings? I've never been to a competition before.
    LadyM76
    PS...I was also rewatching TFB from Nationals...and just NOW noticed the sign made by MKF....lol. I guess I'm a little slow sometimes. I'm going through Michelle withdrawels I think...lol.

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    Kwanette and Heather, where are you?

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    I'm here...

    I am not sure that words do the performance justice...Let me back-track a bit...

    The afternoon of the ladies sp...We had gotten up for practice that morning and no Michelle...I was a wreck...Would she skate?

    The performance of Rach at Nats in 98 was one for the ages...broken toe, Tara's fall on the flip...MK took the ice...and I silently just started crying...I never breathed, clapped...anything...It was amazing...

    Onto the lp...MK was in a good place...with Tara in 4th, MK could afford to "lose" the lp and still win the competition...and even if she didn't win, she was assured of a spot on the OLY team..But that wasn't good enough for MK...She went out and delivered what may well have been the best freeskate that anyone had seen up to that point in Nats history...It was light, ethereal, free, nuances everywhere...From the second lutz on...my favorite part...it was just unbelievable...When she hits the 3 toe...and flips her hands with palms raised...so Michelle, and then goes into the final moves...then my favorite pose of all time..The "Wing-It" Pose...The place erupted...Michelle was "some-other-where" and so was I...We were all on our feet...and I remember saying to my friend Pat.."There's your next Olympic gold medalist.." OK, kwanette broke her "never predict" rule...

    It was magical...and it was about clouds and angels...


    "In the end, skating was saved by an angel..or a teenager who skated like one..."

    That week was a dream come true for me...so much had happened in the months preceding that competition...It was a blessing that MK was there ...and that I was, too...It was more than any Michelle fan deserved...and then came DC...

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    Where can I buy a tape of MK Lyra. I don't have it.

    Thanks

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    Thanks LadyM76 and kwanette ... you're making me cry. How incredible kwanette that you were there to witness that moment in figure skating history. I only watched it on TV and still felt the awesome power of it ... can't imagine actually being there. Remember how emotional I was at DC? If I had been in Philly, they probably would have had to call the paramedics for me!

    Anyway ... thanks again for the beautiful trip down memory lane!

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    Amber check out the Tape Trade section
    pub165.ezboard.com/fmiche...mtapetrade

    I'm sure all the MK compilations have that performance on tape.

    Cherie has a particular view on it from a videocamera in place... it's like you were watching it from a seat in the stadium. No commentary.. just the audience roaring applause.

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    kwanette,
    You gave me chills. Thanks for sharing that story. It was just a few years ago but it feels like some distant, legendary past that's been etched in stone. I'm so glad that MK's giving us more. It's because of Michelle Kwan that I'm going to more skating events. I'm hoping for the chance to witness something like Lyra at Nationals live, and I think MK still has the best ahead of her. DC was amazing. I was on a high for so long after that, prancing around the streets of NYC with Aranjuez in my head. It's like now I'm addicted to her magic and I want more. Fifty years from now when I look back, I don't want to regret not seizing every opportunity to witness the greatest performer ever on the ice. Then maybe I'll have a few of my own stories to share
    I bought advance tickets to Skate America this year, but didn't go, because MK wasn't there. This year will be my first nationals, and although I think it'd be a lot to expect another Lyra from MK this year, I'm just glad she's going to be there. I figure that somewhere between now and 2010, she's bound to hit at least one more high note. :rollin
    I think we fans have to devise some plan to force MK never to leave amateur skating Maybe we can stage a protest or something if she ever hints at it, or we can storm USFSA headquarters and take over We definitely have enough numbers among us :evil

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    Kwanette, thank you so much. That was perfect. Everything happens for a reason and I just love the fact that you were there. It makes me smile...

    I remember exactly where I was when it happened. I was not yet 17 and it was the first time skating ever made me cry. It was pure joy. I remember running upstairs speechless and shaking my head then finally saying "Perfect. If that is not perfection, I don't know what is. I can't believe what I just saw."

    A lot of things happen that we have no control over and sometimes I just need to remember "the toe" and that puts it all in perspective for me.

    Yes, and I have a sneaking suspicion we'll see a few more "Michelle Moments" ...in my mind, everytime she steps on the ice is a take-your-breath-away-full-of-joy-watch-this-magic moment.

    Thanks for starting this thread...

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    Ahhh, the memories of 1998. I was a mere sophomore in HS...just barely 15 years old.

    We had a team dinner on the night of the short program. However, my brother came early to pick me up and the next day, all my basketball teammates were gushing to me about ice skating. I had totally forgotten it was on, and after I left our team dinner, they had all watched the short programs on tv, and had marveled over Michelle's short program.

    I made sure to watch the long program...I made sure to tape it and everything. I don't really recall watching it...but I do remember watching that tape over and over and over again. It was perfection...in fact, I watched that tape so much that it broke. Some of my teammates had even borrowed it so they could watch the Lyra too...none of us could believe how perfect and awesome and brilliant it was...

    It was the inspiration I needed...everything was so delicately placed, and I still get chills upon hearing the 6.0, 6.0, 6.0, 6.0, 6.0 all in a row!!

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    Thanks kwanette for bringing us into the arena. How I would have loved to have seen it live!
    I'll never forget watching it on tv. I'm a half year older than MK and had just started college, but was home for some reason, maybe it was a break? My whole family was huddled around the screen, and my sisters weren't as big of a skating fan as I was, but even they were transported, transfixed, unable to speak until she hit the infamous final pose....Just like, wow. The week before that performance, my then violin teacher told me how she was a true artist, and I knew it, but this just brought it to an even different level. I remember thinking what a phenomenal violinist she could be.

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    kwanette - If watching it on TV was indescribable, I wonder how amazing it was being there!! Unfortunetly, I was only 7 and really too young to realize how wonderful it was yet. But since then I've seen that performance and it's purely perfect...so beautiful!!

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    I wasn't really a big Michelle Kwan fan b4 that performace. I just didn't get her skating yet. Ever since Rach and Lyra, I have "got" her skating. Anyone who is able to appreciate Michelle's skating for all its wonder is truly blessed.

    I remember a part during the slow section, commonly referred to as the "reminiscing section" where Michelle touches her hands to her cheek and turns her head to look behind her. For some reason, i have never forgotten that move. Unlike previous skating which was glitsy and showy, Michelle was subtle and added a human emotion to her skate. When Michelle skates to perfection, it is almost like a sudden surge of joy that explodes through you.

    Last year, Nationals 2003, i wasn't expecting much from Michelle after the Olympics and her okay skate at campbells. My mother always makes fun of me, Michelle and my obsession with her. Somewhere during the footwork section of Aranjuez, My mom started clapping, her mouth dropped and said "That was the best skate ever". It was then that my mom finally "got" Michelle and her power.

    I don't know how many Lyra moments Michelle will have between now and 2006. All I know is that the longer Michelle stays in skating, the longer she will be able to touch people and allow them to understand why skating is such a "beautiful sport" as Michelle puts it.

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    WOW....You have have a wonderful way with words. I can't even imagine what it was like to be there. I know just watching it on T.V. made me cry. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I had a really bad day yesturday, and needed some cheering....so I wantched my tape. Then I got to thinking about how well you all describe things...and decided to post. Thank you so much for sharing that amazing time with us.
    LadyM76

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    I remember watching Lyra live from home when I was 14. It was unbelievable. What was so interesting to me was how I knew she was going to land every jump the moment she went up into the air, she was that perfect and straight in her jumps. Everything about that night was perfect..her spins, her jumps, her presence. It was wonderful.

    I think the other telling fact of that night was that you could hear Terry, Dick, and Peggy applauding - it was that good.

    I think that whole evening said a lot about the depth of American ladies figure skating. Everyone with the exception of Amber Corwin skated fabulous. It was so telling, that everyone skated unbelievable but it was still no contest - Michelle was that good.

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    OMG Kwanette, your description was so vivid I got chills reading it!

    I've seen that performance dozens of times. I have yet to watch it without getting emotional. It is absolutely stunning. I think it embodies a perfect expression of the love of skating. Everything about it--the joy, the technicality, the ease, the flow--I don't know of any performance that has ever moved me as much as this one. There's this one part toward the beginning where she just jumps backward--I don't know what you call it but I've always loved that. Also, the footwork in the slow section--so incredibly beautiful. What a masterpiece!

    I can't even imagine being there in person. The arena must have rocked.

    Waht a beautiful memory for you! What a beautiful memory for all of us!

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    Oh I just LOVED that program and performance. Whoever mentioned Karen's reaction....that was so touching it still makes me cry. I love the part where she turns her knee right to the music, I don't know how to explain it but it's so simple but yet so beautiful.

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    kwanette--

    That was absolutely AWESOME!

    Also, another report you gave in another time, place and thread, was the suspense built up as to whether Michelle was even going to be able to compete at the 1998 LP.

    Finally, I remember you quoting a friend who was with you that said, "We just witnessed perfection."

    And I for one have been blessed with witnessing that same perfection at:

    1. 2002 Nationals SP and LP.

    2. 2002 Practice of of the Rach SP. Michelle "warmed up" to this by skating her LP without music and then skated Rach to perfection to a very appreciative audience. She got a standing ovation that was reported in the media as a the first standing ovation at a practice in the history of Nationals. And, I swear the really bad cold I had got better after that, so let it be stated here that her unparalleled perfection in skating beholds healing powers! :rollin

    3. Fields of Gold at the 2002 Olympic Exhibition. Nothing more needs to be said abou that.

    4. 2003 Worlds--All practices, the SP and the LP AND the final skate I know of to Fields of Gold at the exhibition.

    Michelle is awesome at what she does. She IS Figure Skating for this past decade and will be so for decades to come. There is a lot a talent out there, but the thing that separates Michelle skating from everybody else is the "Heart of Michelle."

    Thanks, kwanette for your fabulous recap of Michelle's history-making performance at the 1998 Nationals.

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    Ginny, I was at Nats with my friends Pat and Dick...We still talk about that performance and it was Dick who said "We saw perfection."

    I am so glad that I was able to share those 5 days with them. Dick is seriously ill now...When I was visiting him the other day..I told them about Skate America coming to AC in 05...and he said.."But nothing could match what we saw."

    I love so many of MK's performances, but for me that time in 98 will always be "magical." I never tire of talking about it...Even the night of the performance was a beautiful night..For January the weather was mild...The night sky was clear and there were stars...(I have told the story of meeting Danny Kwan outside before MK's performance..)

    Lyra Angelica is my feel good performance...It is, for me, kind of a panacea...No matter how bad I sometimes feel physically or emotionally, if I pop that tape into the vcr, it really helps...

    Hugs to all of you who may be needing a big hug right now...

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    kwanette--

    Thanks for the reminder about the effects of Lrya as Michelle's "feel good performance" for you. It is indeed one for the ages, and knowing what I know now about how different things look on TV versus in person, I would probably feel the same way had I been there.

    It is sad news about your friend. Please pass along my good wishes.

    Thanks, LadyM76, for starting this thread and thanks to kwanette for the recap about Dick's statement, "We saw perfection." That always gives me goosebumps.

    Take care.

    P.S. kwanette--you mean you were wrong abou the OGM statement??? Oh, yes, I forgot, Michelle took home the Silver. But IMHO, somehow that medal looks more and more like Gold to me with each passing year. Maybe I need to have my eyes checked!

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    Great posts GinnySmith! I believe in the healing powers of MK's skating
    Oh, yes, I forgot, Michelle took home the Silver. But IMHO, somehow that medal looks more and more like Gold to me with each passing year.
    I agree but something is ticking me off >: Has anybody seen the Oly performances compilation that ABC and ESPN have been hawking during the Grand Prix broadcasts? Does anyone know if MK, Paul Wylie, or Nancy Kerrigan are on those tapes? Personally, I would rather watch those performances over the gold medal performances anyday.

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    This is a lovely thread and I thank everyone, especially kwanette who was there to see 98 Nationals, for sharing their feelings about Lyra.

    Lyra will always be a special program to me because, like Undaunted Courage, I didn't "get" Michelle before Lyra. Those were my casual-skating-fan days. Then there was Lyra and everything about it just called to me. The simple, elegant costume that didn't have rhinestones imbedded on every milimeter of fabric. The beautiful music that was unlike anything I had ever heard when watching a competition on TV. And there was Michelle, skating (or was it floating ?) like an angel through the clouds. It was perfection. I think I'll watch it after I click the "add reply" button.

    Michelle's not done yet; there are more "Lyra" moments still to come.

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    Kwanette, I've heard the story that Brian Boitano was in the the booth with Dick and Peggy for that magical night, but did not want to be miked because he was sure that he would cry!

    Can anyone who was there confirm whether he was there?

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    Speaking of magical performances, one of my favorites was on 1/9/01. It was my birthday, and I had a day off from work so I went to HealthSouth to see if I could get a glimpse of Michelle training.

    There she was, practicing for Nationals. I got my own, personal performance of EOE, and it was absolute perfection. I sat there on the bench in tears. I said to myself, if she skates like this at Nationals and Worlds, no one can beat her. I was right.

    I still think it's one of the nicest birthday presents I've ever had, compliments of Michelle Kwan!

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