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    I was talking to my colleagues about Michelle today and one woman said something that kind of made me think...I am not sure if this has been discussed here; apologies if it has..

    She said that the fact that Michelle has never won the OGM had actually worked to Michelle's advantage. One of the reasons why everyone LOVES Michelle is because she hasn't won that OGM and how EVERYONE was (and still is) SOOOO hoping for her to win... When she got the silver in '98 people felt she was robbed; when she fell on her 3/f at SLC in 2002 people skipped a heartbeat with her and got misty eyes a day later watching her skating to FOG.

    We all know without a doubt that Michelle is the single MOST LOVED figure skater in history, period! Do you think the fact that we love her so much is maybe becasue we have always been (and will be forever) cheering her on and rooting for her - because we, as her fans, want to do everything we could to make up for that one mssing space in Michelle's medal box?

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    I don't think that's the whole picture, perhaps a small part. I do think we all felt her pain and cried with her when she didn't win either OGM and then had to withdraw in Torino. But last night I spent 4 hours watching videos of her performances from 2000 on. She's not like all the other skaters, as good as they are, she has something special and it goes from her heart to yours when she skates. I think her missing the OGM 3 times has endeared us to her even more, but that endearment was there big time even back in 98. Every year she competed added that much more depth to the endearment becuase of how she shares her inner beauty, strength and fire when she's on the ice. Plus her ability to skate with exquisite technique and sophisticated choreography.
    At least, that's how I describe it!
    PS. Sasha and Irina didin't win the gold medal either, as expected for both. People don't love them more because of it. They are not sorely missed in this year's competition. People who think Michelle is love more because she didn't witn the OGM don't know what she is all about. They are probably not skating fans to the point they have watched 10 years of her competitions. So in a way, their comments could be interpreted as insulting.

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    Good thoughts DreamSkates

    Only Heaven could send us such an angelic skater.

    "If you have nothing in life but a great friend, you're rich."- Michelle Kwan

    I'm looking at the world through Kwan-colored glasses.

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    I think that what impressed so many people about MK is the way she handled her Oly disappointments -- something that really set her off from everybody else.

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    attyfan - I was thing just about the same thing. It is how she has handled herself off the ice that makes us want to have it all.

    I guess it is a combination of all of the above. I have read that some feel that things won't be right in the universe until the OLY gold medal hangs around her neck. While I may not go that far it (close though ) I can understand the statement.

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    I agree, it is how she handled disappointment that impressed many people. Which follows from the person she is, and the artist, that she conveys her emotions to those who see her skate. After all, isn't artistry about inspiring emotions in the audience? Whether it is a Monet painting or a Baryshnikov solo or a Hemmingway story, the artist takes the viewer along a journey. And Michelle has certainly taken many of us on a great journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eventerbess View Post
    I agree, it is how she handled disappointment that impressed many people. Which follows from the person she is, and the artist, that she conveys her emotions to those who see her skate. After all, isn't artistry about inspiring emotions in the audience? Whether it is a Monet painting or a Baryshnikov solo or a Hemmingway story, the artist takes the viewer along a journey. And Michelle has certainly taken many of us on a great journey.
    very well said, eventerbess...and what a journey it has been!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbwin View Post
    very well said, eventerbess...and what a journey it has been!
    ...and still is!

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    We loved her first because of her skating. The way she's handled her disappointments has made us love her more. It is the absence of her SKATING & the experience she imparts to us through her skating that leaves the void this year. IMHO.
    "As it turned out, Kwan was the one who attacked the ice. In one hand, she held a saber, and in the other, a feather duster." -- 2001 World Championships (NY Times)

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    Yeah, whatever, the deal is, I am a fan of Kwan since she was 13, but I still will like to see her win that GOLD medal. If she was born under a lucky star, by now, she would have four GOLD medals already. She's perfect all the way up to the Olympics. She keeps repeating this drama.

    I dont know what is wrong!!!! I am frustrated and ticked off!!

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    I kind of agree to the first post.

    It just proves that you don't have to win the gold to be the best. I still dream about michelle standing on the top of the olympic podium on 2010 but i think there is a slim chance.
    "I still believe"-Michelle Kwan

    "I want to be a legend..." - Michelle Kwan

    Michelle, you ARE a legend.

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    OGM is reseved for the very special. But Michelle has won enough competitions it opened the door for her in other areas.

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    Ummmm Michelle is the VERY SPECIAL. How many other OGM winners just disappeared from the FS map? How many have won as much as Michelle has won? The Olympics is another competition which some people place on a huge pedestal. The only difference is it occurs only every four years. So if it is an off night for a skater, that is tough. It is easy to falter once every four years. How hard is to it NOT falter year after year after year in World comps, Nats comps, Grand Prix comps, competing against the very same skaters as in the Olympics? How many of the most recent OGM winners can say they have been "on" in competition after competition after competition? Only Michelle in my eyes.


    Yet another backhanded compliment. Still cannot be gracious as Michelle teaches us daily.

    Only Heaven could send us such an angelic skater.

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    I think Michelle has taught us that the Olympics do not define a true champion. I remember when I was young watching the Skates of Gold Specials with all the Olympic Gold medalists. I don't think it is a coincidence that they never made one after the 98 Olympics.
    Kwanatonian

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaurent View Post
    OGM is reseved for the very special. But Michelle has won enough competitions it opened the door for her in other areas.
    So, you think Alexei Urmanov is "more special" than Kurt Browning?

    The OGM is regarded as "very special" because it is scarcer than World golds. Since the first Oly skating event (in something like 1904, when it was part of the summer Olympics), there have been 18 or 19 ladies (adjusting for Henie and Witt) who won the OGM. In that same period, there have been 4 who won five or more world titles. Michelle, in a group with only 3 other skaters, is clearly much more special than those in the crowd.

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    Besides her extraordinary skating, MK's humility in victory...and grace and dignity in defeat help to define the champion that she is and the legend that she has become.Long before her silver in Nagano..she demonstrated fabulous sportswomanship..Think 94 Nats, 95 Worlds...and the 97 season...

    The Kween is in a Klass by herself...Just my HO, of course...
    Keeper of the "Wing-It Pose" from 98 Nats
    Keeper of Evan's kindness
    Keeper of Adam's "As it should be"..
    Co-keeper of John Coughlin's protective nature


    "....and in fact lived every moment of her life as if a child might be watching..."

    Christine Brennan on Michelle Kwan 2/12/06

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    Very well said eventerbess, DreamSkates, iloveskating, Lisa Seye, Eeyora, kwanette... (interesting reflections, Joseph -- thanks for starting this thread). Michelle has taught us so many things. She is truly an Angel here on Earth.

    On one level, yes, it is so difficult to not have shared the joy of seeing Michelle Kwan on top of the Olympic podium (particularly in 1998, something did not seem right with the world. I will never forget my experience of that entire day in 1998: The job where I worked -- the thoughts of the people I worked with, my emotions as I traveled home to view the tape delayed broadcast that evening). It is kind of heartbreaking to feel that her childhood dream of Olympic glory was not realized...

    But wait, Michelle has taught all of us that the Olympics, and that indeed Life itself, is not about winning, but about working hard, reaching high, persevering, believing in yourself, treating others the way you would like to be treated. It is about the process, about the journey, about difficult choices, about failure and success, about determination and courage. Michelle achieved so many important milestones in the sport of figure skating. Not the least of her accomplishments is being someone all skaters aspire to become. And having transcended the sport, she is someone we all wish to become.

    Think of all the extraordinary moments Michelle Kwan has given to us in skating -- (and that we are so lucky to relive again and again on tape)-- the Circle remains unbroken. She has given us so much more still in the way she lives her life, in the way so many of us have made lifelong friends through sharing our love for her. And yes, Michelle has achieved Olympic glory too -- perhaps not in the way she dreamed of exactly as a child -- but in a deeper, more lasting, more meaningful way. In the process, she also realized her goals of becoming a legend, and of taking part in at least three Olympics (attending four, competing valiantly in two, training so hard and being selected to participate in a third). In a way, we have discovered that silver and bronze become gold too when bestowed upon her. The lesson: cherish what you have, make the most of what you are given, count your blessings, and carry yourself as if you have "oil wells pumping in your living room."

    Ultimately, Michelle has taught us that the Olympics is not about winning gold, not about winning medals really, and it should not be portrayed in this way, as unfortunately it always is in the media. As the story about the special Olympian who gave Michelle her gold medal illustrates, there are greater things in life than reaching the top of the Olympic podium, and that is what Michelle's journey is all about. She has touched people's hearts and made a unique difference in the world. Leaving childhood dreams behind (although still there inside I'm sure they hold a special place in her memories), she yet continues to dream ... of giving to others and of making a difference in the world.

    Please note Joseph: for Michelle Kwan, there is no "missing space" -- when we think of her, our hearts are full and overflowing.

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    Here's a quote from Sandra Bezic during the Torino games.

    "After the medal ceremony in Salt Lake Michelle looked at me and said, 'What do I do now?' I told her, 'You are already bigger than any Olympic Gold Medal. You can do whatever your heart desires.'"
    "No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true." -Cinderella

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaurent View Post
    OGM is reseved for the very special. But Michelle has won enough competitions it opened the door for her in other areas.
    OGM is not reserved for someone special...if that were the case Michelle would have 3. The OGM is actually awarded to the skater who skates the best at the Olympics. Just thought I might let you in on that little secret. They actually score the competition, they don't reserve it before hand for a special person.
    Michelle is the best

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    Yeah right...Sarah and Tara are special. I swear I'm tired of this person saying they love Michelle when it's clear their purpose of posting here.

    The OGM is reserved for the lucky. That's why I call Sarah 'lucky Sarah'. How many people want to skate like this people. All I hear about is how the up and coming want to skate like Michelle or Sasha.

    Sarah and Tara aren't more special than Sasha imo and they certainly aren't more special than Michelle.
    Last edited by lavender; November 18th, 2006 at 06:30 PM.

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    I think Vaurent is a close relative of Adri...maybe it is her dog
    Michelle is the best

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    I think you could talk to ten different people and get ten different reasons why they love Michelle! She is so loved by so many with or without the OGM. She has touched so many throughout her career! (and will continue to, I'm sure!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamSkates View Post
    PS. Sasha and Irina didin't win the gold medal either, as expected for both. People don't love them more because of it. They are not sorely missed in this year's competition.
    Really, that's an unfair comment. Sasha and Irina also have scores of fans, and who's to say that aren't both missed in competion this year?
    Last edited by batmantis; November 18th, 2006 at 09:52 PM.

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    I think the fact that MK hasn't won an OGM has kept up an ongoing "tension" to her story that keeps the public interested. It's like a sitcom or movie where we are waiting and waiting for the two main characters who are perfect for one another to consummate their love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaurent View Post
    OGM is reseved for the very special. But Michelle has won enough competitions it opened the door for her in other areas.
    Good Lord!

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    I believe that Michelle was destined not to win the OGM, so she could demonstrate the grace and dignity she has in accepting the fact of not winning. I truely feel her act of sublime humility in the face of defeat was destined to be the strongest part of her legacy. It tells us who she is and what she wants for all of us...inner strength to perservere in the face of adversity.

    Michelle Kwan has taught me so much about being a better human being, and has brought me so much joy on top of this. I feel as one of her most devoted fans, I almost owe her a debt of gratitude for giving me and others such a guidepost to live by. This and all the fabulous memories of her artistry and passion on ice.

    God Bless our Dear Michelle!
    Pete

    Michelle Kwan: "The best thing on ice since Johnnie Walker!"

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