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    Does anyone know how Michelle and Tara fared in qualifying at the 1997 Worlds? Are there results/details posted anywhere? I'd love to see a video of qualifying...did eurosport cover it that year? I've never seen them anywhere. I believe 1997 is the first year that all skaters were required to skate in the qualifying round. If anyone can offer some insight, that would be great. 1997 Worlds Qualifying has always been a bit of a holy grail for me.

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    This is also where Chen Lu skated her mystery program La Mer. There is an urban legend that a tape exists in a european format.

    I want to see!

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    I know 1999 is the first year the qualifying counted towards the overall placement. It has since been taken out.

    I do know that skaters did a qualifying round prior to 1999 just to weed out the list of competitors. LOL, the only clip I've ever seen from a qualifying round, prior to 1999, was a very brief clip of Nicole Bobek from 1994 when she failed to move on to the actual competiton, leaving MK to compete for the US by herself.

    PS - the clip they showed of Nicole was one of her taking a horrible spill on a triple toe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by romanza View Post
    This is also where Chen Lu skated her mystery program La Mer. There is an urban legend that a tape exists in a european format.

    I want to see!
    WOW! I got to see this.

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    Video collectors have been searching for LuLu's 1997 "mystery program" for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icdaveisgorges View Post
    Does anyone know how Michelle and Tara fared in qualifying at the 1997 Worlds? Are there results/details posted anywhere? I'd love to see a video of qualifying...did eurosport cover it that year? I've never seen them anywhere. I believe 1997 is the first year that all skaters were required to skate in the qualifying round. If anyone can offer some insight, that would be great. 1997 Worlds Qualifying has always been a bit of a holy grail for me.
    I think skatefrog (oh wait, it was just a link) has the records of Qualifying from whenever it started to be used at Worlds (94?). Here's the right link to the Qualifying results for 97 http://www.eiskunstlauf-ecke.de/arch...97/ewm97.shtml Michelle and Tara won their Qualifying groups that year.

    http://www.eiskunstlauf-ecke.de/archive.shtml

    As for videos, I've heard that the Lu Chen 97 QR clip does exist through canadian tv. I rarely come across Eurosport videos of qualifying unless some special circumstance. I would think that either canadian tv or japanese tv might have shown an occasional qualifying performance of one of the competitors to hype the rest of their broadcast. I think it's ironic how Michelle came along right as skating coverage and popularity picked up to unheard of highs. She also came along to experience the first (?) QR at Worlds and she placed 5! :-)
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    BTW, there are pictures from Michelle 97 Worlds QR on the Michelle Kwan Photo Gallery http://michellekwansite.com/gallery/...g2_itemId=1209 She used the same dress from Nationals in the QR. The pictures with the evian logo on the boards are from the CSF, though.

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    Thanks, Bryan for the info and the pic links.... I never seen em before

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    Does anyone know if Michelle and Tara were clean in qualifying? Perhaps Nicole was skating well before Carlo's passing. I'd love to hear details about these performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icdaveisgorges View Post
    Does anyone know if Michelle and Tara were clean in qualifying? Perhaps Nicole was skating well before Carlo's passing. I'd love to hear details about these performances.
    I am not sure, but I believe 2001 Worlds QR was the only Worlds QR where Michelle performed all the jumps she intended without any pops , doubling out, falls, two-footed jumps, etc. 2003 Worlds QR was pretty clean, IIRC, but I think she had some two-footed jumps or a doubling out of an at the time planned 3-3 combo. I think there was more emphasis on performing well in the LP, not peaking too early in the week, so it's definitely understandable, and I'm glad it was that way, otherwise I'd really need to see those QR videos pre-99 :-)

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    Usually QR's were done quite early in the day; so it was usual to do a "watered-down" version of the LP; enough to get through without endangering your position, yet not enough to have peaked too soon.

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    I want to see her Qualitfying from 1997.... that dress was pretty ~KJ

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