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  1. Default Re: COI in DC...A Hi and a really cool wave from MK

    Ginny, I agree..."A League of their Own" is one of my absolute favorite movies too...

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    Ritm wrote:

    "SOOOO TOUCHING

    This Used To Be My Playground

    This used to be my playground (used to be)
    This used to be my childhood dream
    This used to be the place I ran to
    Whenever I was in need
    Of a friend
    Why did it have to end
    And why do they always say

    Don't look back
    Keep your head held high
    Don't ask them why
    Because life is short
    And before you know
    You're feeling old
    And your heart is breaking
    Don't hold on to the past
    Well that's too much to ask

    [Long and movie versions only:]

    [chorus]
    Live and learn
    Well the years they flew
    And we never knew
    We were foolish then
    We would never tire
    And that little fire
    Is still alive in me
    It will never go away
    Can't say goodbye to yesterday (can't say goodbye)

    [chorus]

    No regrets
    But I wish that you
    Were here with me
    Well then there's hope yet
    I can see your face
    In our secret place
    You're not just a memory
    Say goodbye to yesterday (the dream)
    Those are words I'll never say (I'll never say)

    This used to be my playground (used to be)
    This used to be our pride and joy
    This used to be the place we ran to
    That no one in the world could dare destroy "

    What does "[Long and movie versions only:] " Which part does she not skate to? The part before or after? If it's the part after then she is not skating to the part that says "that fire is still alive"? Or did I misunderstand?

    Re-reading the words, it doesn't make sense. First it says "why do they say don't look back, keep your head held high" then it says "don't ask them why", what? And why does it have to say "why did it have to end" in the beginning only to say "say goodbye to yesterday (the dream) those are words I'll never say"? It seems contradictory to me. I'm sorry, it's just not sitting well with me. Is it a ballad? I'm sure the music is pretty (I've never heard it), so I'm sure I'll enjoy the skating of Michelle regardless; I just hope she sticks it out one more year for the Oly, that's all.

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    I just got back from COI in DC as well. First off, MCI is awful to try and deal with to roam around or switch seats. I was trying to move from my section of Lower Level 110 to the area where the skaters enter and exit from. Patrice an usher was nice enough to let me go down to that area to show my MKF Letters (Yellow Neon on fluorescent pink backing). I told her about MKF and said I bet you Michelle will react.

    Well, after Michelle did a lap with all the skaters during introductions(skating to Lets Get it started by black eyed peas). She exited and was getting bottled water. As she turned around, she looked up and saw the sign and started waving and you could hear a Hi. I yelled Hi Michelle. It was hard to see any facial reactions or anything because it was dark. She then left the area with all the other skaters.

    I tried to stay in that area, but Guest Services at MCI wouldn't let us change seats when I made the request. Grrrrrr...

    The show was pretty good. I don't know who the two guys that skate together and do all those tricks are but they're great.

    This was my favorite MK moment of the night. After they do their little Cowboy themed group dance. Which Michelle does a lot of jumps one after another. They lined up to bow holding hands. When Michelle was facing us, we had up the MKF Letters and she actually broke her right hand free from the skater next to her and looked right at us with a smile and gave us one of those little mini waves signaling us out. I really got a kick out of that.

    I'm just curious, did any of you see me with the MKF Letters? I held them up above the Budlight sign at the beginning for about two minutes until Michelle left and then a whenever she was on the ice we would hold them up for her to see.

    I have to mention the outfit that she had on at the end. the orange top and I guess it was like a dark purple sequin bottom with a slit....I'm still breathing in a paper bag. She is soooooooooooooooooo HOT

    Oh yeah, I circled MCI Center Twice before the show and it looks like their buses enter through a door that closes and you have no access.

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    Thanks Keith, I cannot wait to see all your pictures. Also, thanks to all the other MKFers who are giving reviews. I just love Madonna and I think this song is a ray of hope as this use to be my playground so look out I am coming back to reclaim it. My way of looking at it.

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    John317, glad you got the yousendit to work!

    The way I take the song is that something has ended, and the person knows that she needs to look forward, like is short, move on, etc. but at the same time, all these things that have happened will always be with her regardless.

    Also, I don't think that this song means Michelle is done with eligible already. I really do believe she's planning on competing at least next season. I do, however, get a nostalgic feeling listening to this song...it's so hard to know that Michelle's eligible career will have to end at some point, even if it is not quite yet.

    ETA that I uploaded to song with YouSendIt. If anyone's interested it's in the downloads section. It's the version with all the verses.

    :SP

    ~Kim

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    Add me to the list of those who felt sadness when I read the lyrics. I really don't know what I wish for Michelle anymore. For purely selfish reasons I hope she stays eligible next year, in fact part of me wishes she'd never stop. Another part for me doesn't wish the stress of another olympic year on her, but this song makes me feel deeply how much I will miss her whenever she decides to retire.

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    Thanks for the reports. She's certainly doing a lot more jumps during the show than in previous years.

    Re. her new music - it's one of my favorite Madonna songs, and the lyrics are very moving. (If I recall correctly, Madonna wrote this song shortly after she broke up with Sean Penn).

    It is nostalgic - I think it's about keeping your dreams and memories alive no matter what others may say.

    And I love this part:

    "And that little fire
    Is still alive in me
    It will never go away
    Can't say goodbye to yesterday (can't say goodbye)"

    I definitely saw a fire in her eyes during the Boston show, and her smile just lit up the building (I'm not exaggerating - she looked so happy). The memory just kept me smiling for days afterwards.

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    Cole, if it weren't for those few words, I'd be feeling pretty depressed right now. First, I was hoping she'd keep Bolero since it sounds like it was cool as an exhibition and I'd love to see the pattern on the ice of one of her LPs since TV cameras always switch angles (I've never seen her do an LP before). Then as I was reading the words, my heart started to sink... then those words about the fire still being alive and her not saying goodbye yet made me all relieved! Whew! I hope next year when she wins the Olympics she does a different number though, something fitting of a celebration!

    Looking forward to seeing the pics!

    Bridget

    PS Splits, thanks for the info about YouSendIt! It's a lot easier than I thought

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    Madonna has always been a favorite of mine and "This Used To Be My Playground" is very high on my list of favorite Madonna tunes. Plus, I loved "A League of Their Own" ..." There's no crying in baseball....

    I can hardly wait to see Michelle skate to this program.

    Thanks to you all for sharing your reviews.

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! She's skating to one of my most favorite songs in the whole wide world! (omg, I sound like a kid right now...)

    That song holds a lot of meaning for myself too, and how odd, I was mentioning it to one of my friends not too long ago.

    I am thrilled. Though oddly enough for this Bolero unfan, I was looking forward to seeing it as an exhibition. Can't wait to see this live!

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    Haha Grace.

    Wow, you ARE really giddy if now you say you were looking forward to seeing Bolero. :p

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    I was kind of looking forward to Bolero in COI exhibition, too. A Madonna sounds cool, too. Will have to look into a Denver tickets soon. Thanks for all your reports. Looking forward to April 16th Marshall Bolero.:JP

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    Wow, I just watched A League of their Own in the last few months, and I think I remember bawling And I do love that song!

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    A few highlights -

    Michelle's program was poignant and full of jumps but there wasn't a whole lot else going on but I got the feeling she's still thinking her way through her program. I still enjoyed it and she stands out with her ease of movement and total body skating. Crowd favorite.

    Sasha - better ice coverage than the last time I saw her. I like her program its fun & spunky. She really seemed to be having fun and you could feel that all the way up to the top of the rink. Easily the crowd second favorite - Sasha has a lot of fans in DC.

    Kimmie M - Much better ice coverage and speed that comes across on tv but her spins will really hold her back if she doesn't improve on them.

    Irina S. - speed, speed. Fun program but forgettable.

    Johnny - grabbed me by the throat with this program - he made my friend tear up and she was absolutely enthralled.

    Tim - I liked the music he should use it for a long program next year he seemed to really feel the music.


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    Could it be that with her choice of this song she is celebrating all that her skating was under the 6.0 system and at the same time making her statement about her drive moving her forward into full blown competition under the COP system?

    Seems very appropriate to me. And rather uplifting too.

    deetles

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    Could it be that with her choice of this song she is celebrating all that her skating was under the 6.0 system and at the same time making her statement about her drive moving her forward into full blown competition under the COP system?
    You put into words exactly what I have been thinking this morning. Kind of her salute and farewell to the old 6.0 system (definitely her playground) but she's looking forward to the future:
    "And that little fire
    Is still alive in me
    It will never go away"
    At least that's the way I prefer to interpret it.

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    I have always taken that song, to mean that: A childhood/young part of life is being left behind. Dont look back, look forward the whole world is open, and waiting for you to conquer it.

    What a beautiful way to "possibly" wind up an outstanding career.

    Thank you Michelle, how many millions of memories do we all have that you have contrubuted to for us. We have made friends, enemies, lovers, Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers...you have brought us together in such a special way.

    Figure skating will not be the same when you are no longer in it.

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    Thanks for the reviews! And KeithB, congrats on getting a backstage pass, meeting the skaters and getting autographs!

    As for Michelle's music choice, Freud once said, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." Sometimes a song is just a song.

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    OMG Gracie - I was JUST coming to post that. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar...

    If every lyric to a song was specifically linked to a meaning for the skater...well then my question is just what the hell is Sasha doing chasing Mr. Arnstein? :b

    I think skaters do choose music that speaks to them in a general way. Maybe one or two lines struck Michelle...but I don't think every word has some absolute personal meaning.

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    In answer to your question, I think it's quite clear:
    "...if someone takes a spill it's me and not you..."

    :b

    ETA: It sounds as if she's skating to one of her favorites and that's great! It definitely has a nostalgic feel, and if I hadn't seen her, I'd feel "nervous" about what it could mean. But I really really, really don't think she's done yet. She's just too happy! After all these years, she's finally getting the chance to do things her way...there's no telling what her future holds.

    I'd love to have the opportunity to see this new exhib. some day. I saw Bolero in Boston and it was SUCH a treat. Someone said that she just looked radiantly happy and I couldn't agree more. She made me smile. At one point, various people were clapping at kind of random moments during the program and yelling "Yay Michelle!" or "GO Michelle!" and she just beamed. Plus, that Bolero ROCKED! I'm still psyched she ended with the knee slide!

    Happy COI weekend, everyone!

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    A League of their Own is one of my favorite movies. This just make it my favorite. Grandkids here this weekend, so I probably will have to wait until Sunday to watch it.:YS

    grannie frances

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    I also agree, I think a song is just a song. Perhaps it's just one of those songs she likes and wants to skate to. I mean, I'm sure if we could skate like she does (or even if we can't ) we ourselves have a lot of songs we would love to skate to that probably have no meaning with it - we simply just like it : )

    Althouuuugh. When it comes to Freud, lol, I don't think a cigar was just a cigar even though that might have been the quote

    Heather - lol, I wasn't giddy. But after hearing about how she skated Bolero during her exhibition, I was curious. And I thought it would be good also for her to continually skate that many triples - just to keep it up.

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    Hi, anyone here going to the COI in Atlanta on April 17th?

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    Oh wow I love that song but it's soo sad. I don't know what to think but I'm going to try to not read too much into it

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    Can someone download the song Michelle is using as an exhibition. I don't remember it. Thanks!

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