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Thread: I'm back from Canadian Open!-- my report.

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    Valerie Guest

    Default I'm back from Canadian Open!-- my report.



    So I'm going to skip all the intro and go into the skating. Obviously results have been posted and you all know Michelle won second place, and Josee won first. Despite how much I ENJOY having a Canadian win, Michelle and Sarah, in my opinion, should have been ahead of Josee. Just my opinion.

    Josee had a very entertaining program, and she was right on tonight, except for a fall near the end of the program, which did, to my eyes, interfere with the presentation because of the way she feel and the time it took her to get back up. It was, however, a VERY creative program, and I can see her presentation marks being way up there. But the program itself had not much footwork, just a lot of poses and cute/humourous moves. I'm not sure if she actually completed the triple axel, my balloons got in the way and I didn't really see.

    Sarah wore an outfit like Michelle's TWINE, she was right on. I thought she was going to be ahead of Josee and I was so surprised. Very entertaining and cute. She did a shrug the shoulder thing like Michelle's ADITL. She also did a Charlotte.

    Michelle had SPARK tonight-- not just any spark, but THE Michelle spark. She just FLOATED across the ice, and the jumps just looked so effortless, and absolutely beautiful, the way they were done. She was the only lady, I believe, who did a combination other than Surya. Michelle's LAYBACK WAS THE *MOST* EXTRAORDINARY THING I SAW TONIGHT! I have not seen her spin SOSOSOSOSO fast on her layback since before she changed her leg position. She had her arms behind her, and then she dropped them down to her legs-- INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

    After Michelle skated, I ran down by the K&C to set my balloons down (those you get at the floral shops that float) They said "World's Greatest" on them. Michelle was TOTALLY *GENEROUS*. She was THE only one who went around the rink to all her fans. She even went to the side by the judges, nbot just around the K&C. VERY KIND TO EVERYONE. Beautiful person. Frank then rushed her in saying "come on, you have to get your marks Michelle!" He repeated it several times. Michelle skated over, I shook the balloons, said to Michelle "you're the world's greatest", gave her her bouquet, she said thanks, we hugged, and that was that.

    Michelle DEFINITELY received the most flowers and gifts of the night, more than S&P, more than Kurt. The audience LOVED her, way more than at Skate Canada.

    I was so SHOCKED at the results, and I think the crowd was a bit surprised too. I was expecting a loud roar, but it was just a loud applause for Josee's win. I personally didn't believe what I saw. (weird, for the second time in a row, Michelle placed behind a skater who did no combination, and had a fall :p ). But Michelle did win the fans' hearts!

    Michelle was gracious as usual for the presentation of awards. The three hugged. Michelle took a long time signing autographs for the flower girls. She's a darling!

    OK, so back to my pre-comp story. I was in the mall by the arena, where the hotel was. I was in this shop looking for foam 6's, and then my dad said "Michelle's mom is over there!" She was looking in this arts/painting store. So I went to hang around at the hotel, and saw NicoleM. We waited and waited, saw many skaters, etc. At about 6:30, I saw Frank by the elvators, and I knew Michelle would be coming down, but I didn't want to stop Michelle on her way. Anyway, it ended up happening. I asked Michelle for a pic, and she said "OK, but quick, I'm in a hurry" with a very polite tone and smile-- I felt so GUILTY stopping her! Stupid me. Strike 2 guys (first it was SC, now this lol). She signed some autographs too.

    We saw John Zimmerman MAEVE! And haha, when Nicole asked him for a picture, he responded something I forget now, and I said to him "it's 'cause you're so goodlooking". I was so embarassed, I just blurted it out. Anyway, when Nicole posts the story, I'm sure everyone will get a laugh. I was sure my face turned cherry red.

    After the comp, NICOLE AND I went back to the hotel and waited. Surya, Alexei, Victor Kraatz all came in one after another, and that was that. After a long time, Michelle came in after signing many autographs. She was STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean STUNNING STUNNING GORGEOUS. Words do her no justice! She was wearing a tight black top with a grayish bluish skirt to the kness, with nice black shoes. Her hair was in a pony tail, and she was shimmering! Beauty. Nicole and I yelled "We love you Michelle" as she walked past us to get to the elevators, and she walked off beautifully. She did look disappointed, and honestly, I have to say, I was shocked at the results. A bit impossible to my eyes.

    Anyway, the highlight of Michelle's BW program tonight had to be her NEW layback. Gorgeous, gorgeous. You'll LOVE her arms.

    Again, she was absolutely generous, and displayed true appreciation for her fans. She's a beautiful extraordinary person. That's why I love her, and that's why she's my hero, and your's too!

    Winning gold or winning silver, Michelle has a golden heart that is precious! God bless this wonderful human being!

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    Thanks for sharing your report Valerie.....Kwan will always
    make MK fans proud, no matter what happens....!

  3. #3
    Valerie Guest

    Default *EXTREMELY* proud

    I am extremely proud of Michelle. I love her. She'll be back in the new year in 2001 with extra aggressiveness, I'm sure of it.

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    dreamr Guest

    Default Thanks for the Wonderful review!

    "Anyway, the highlight of Michelle's BW program tonight had to be her NEW layback. Gorgeous, gorgeous. You'll LOVE her arms."

    Can't wait to see this on T.V!

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    Josef2000 Guest

    Default Re: Thanks for the Wonderful review!

    So I guess that Josee is now considered an inferior skater or something??? From all of the reports (except this one) that I've read, they have agreed that Josee deserved to win, and they are from very non-biased people (even many Kwan fans)... Thanks for the review though. I guess I enjoyed reading it, even though Josee was not put in the best light in it.

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    AYS Guest

    Default Re: hypersensitive

    It seems as if you are just crouching, ready for people to criticize, and ready to take offense, both here and over on FSW if anyone doesn't seem overjoyed with the Cdn open result. Valerie is entitled to her opinion, and the review is voiced as such. Don't you think it's natural that you might see a review that liked MK better on the MK forum? It's not as if she didn't have any nice things to say about Chouinard's performance as well. I don't believe anyone said JC's skating is inferior except you on this thread.>:

    It seems to me that you have purposely searched out a place where someone said they liked MK's performance better (seeing as how this is your only post at MKF), just to get yourself angry. Why?

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    AYS Guest

    Default Re: Valerie

    BTW, Valerie, thanks for posting your report. I'm glad you had a good time You are certainly lucky to attend these competitions lately. Are you planning to attend Worlds in Vancouver?

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    Default Thanks!

    Thanks Valerie for the report. It sounds like Michelle skated beautifully! I read another report (from a non-biased poster) that Josee's program was entertaining but had a lot of posing at center ice.

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    Valerie Guest

    Default Josef2000

    Josef2000, I am so terribly upset by your post. I am very upset. You totally accused me of putting Josee down, and you made me sound so biased. I'm sorry but for your information, in case you're interested, I stood during my applause for Josee (yes, standing ovation because I appreciated her skating). I was screaming my lungs out lol. I cheered most for the Canadian skaters. Did I ever say Josee was inferior?-- did I not compliment her? Did I put her down like you're accusing me of? How in the world was I biased?

    Is it that just because I felt Michelle had a winning performance, that that implies I think Josee is an inferior skater? I appreciate every skater, and I don't recall any where in my report where I put anyone down like you made me sound like. Yes I was shocked at the results, but nevertheless, I was happy for Josee. Give me a little more credit lol.

    Just to clarify, and to correct your wording-- I did NOT say Josee didn't deserve the win. There's a difference! She deserved the win, but I thought Michelle should have won. Don't make me sound like a rude fan lol. All skating is appreciated.

    Anyway MKF, I should mention that Rod Black is the nicest guy! He was greeting everyone as he was walking. When he was walking by me and Nicole in the hotel, he said hi to me!!!!! Anyway, he stood around where we were for a while with his baby, and they were so cute I couldn't resist and said "Rod!!!!! Can I take a picture of you with the baby? You're so cute!" He was happy to pose! Nice guy.

    AYS, thank you. And no, I'm not going to Worlds. It's actually during my exam period. Otherwise I would because I can stay with my relatives in Vancouver. But I can't, especially when I'll have to miss at least an entire week of school-- and I can't miss any clinicals. I'll be there with Michelle symbolically

    You'll LOVE Michelle's new layback!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!

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    Valerie Guest

    Default Janice

    There was a lot of posing on the ice for Josee, and it was indeed very entertaining and very much appreciated. The creaitvity is amazing Although there wasn't much "footwork" but posing, not much "difficult intricate elements" as we term them in amateur skating, this is a pro-am, and the nature of the competition is interpretation. It's really up to preference.

    Can someone do an analysis of the marks and ordinals (if you can find them). I didn't catch the marks, just a skim because I was busy putting flim in the camera!

  11. Default Re: Josef2000

    Wow, welcome Mr. first time poster. What a way to make an entrance. :rolleyes

    Thanks for the awesome report Valerie!!! And don't let Josef get you upset. It's not worth it. He's obviously looking to start trouble.

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    Kwan4Gold2002 Guest

    Default thanks for the report

    i enjoyed reading it, I can't wait to see the layback, glad to hear the spark was back.

    To Joseef2000, welcome to the forum, I suppose that you have a point there, but Valerie is a MK fan, and I think that "spark" is opinionated, some people say she had it, other peeps say she didn't. I think that she did. What program did she do??

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    Valerie Guest

    Default Oh yeah

    I should say that there was a reception somewhere after the comp, but it wasn't in the hotel (probably because there was a wedding party there last night). When Michelle came in the hotel all dressed up, that's probably where she came back from.

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    Valerie Guest

    Default More....

    Diane, I think I deesrve an applause for helping boo the Finnish judge-- gave Sarah a 5.2 for presentation! Haha :rolleyes Whatever!

    Kwan4gold2002, she did a Beautiful World. Sparkling! I actually hoped to see a sparkling hair piece on her head, but anyway.

    My pictures will be coming soon-- just got my mom to develop them (1hour photo finishing!)

    By the way, to those who gave me ideas for flowers-- I ended up getting carnations. I was in such a hurry, I really didn't have to to pick them out; only the carnations were "ready".

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    Josef2000 Guest

    Default Re: More....

    AFter rereading Valerie's post, I think I just took it wrong... sorry for hurting anybodies feelings, I am a huge Josee fan, and it just didn't look right at first reading. Sorry again!

    Josee skated to "Humoureous" or something like that I think... she was doing a mime program. I can't wait to see pics of her costume!!!

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    susan ba Guest

    Default val

    hi valerie...
    thanks for the review. i can't wait to watch it. i haven't seen east of eden for so long and i can't wait to see BW...i can't believe it's even more beautiful then the times i've already seen it on tv. is sarah's program new? and i'm proud that josee tried the lutz even though she fell.

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    Join Date
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    In a pretty place

    Default Josef2000

    I'm glad you re-examined your initial post here and Valerie's, she's one of the sweetest posters here. I'm sure you can see by other threads here in spoilers that although some of us my be shocked or confused by the results, we're not bashing Josee at all. We are not like that here at MKF, if Michelle loses to a skater we'll discuss the elements, styles, etc....but we never bash the other skater because there's no point in that, unless it's Tonya Harding j/k j/k. Last night, when a group of us found out Josee won we were very shocked indeed, I'm sure you were too Josef, even Josee was , but, it's an interpretive program and she obviously had a great mime interpretation. I can't wait to see it either

    MKF is about Michelle and the love of figure skating, period! Irina has beaten Michelle, and I lOVE her, Josee has now beaten Michelle, and I've always liked her (I remember that sweater routine she did )

    So welcome Josef2000 and I hope you continue to post here at MKF, because a board becomes more interesting when fans of all skaters share their joys and current info about their favorites.....we don't get upset, or bash you for liking another skater better than Michelle , that's why we have the "Skating Chat section." Take care

    Valerie - Great report, I'm glad you got to see Michelle and had fun. I can't wait to see the layback!!!!!!

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    Join Date
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    Fetalized since 1998

    Default Valerie

    Your review was fabulous....I kept re-reading it because i was imagining hugging Michelle kwan...Good for you...I have always liked josee...There is nothing not to like..She is beautiful, has a wonderful personality, and is a joyous skater.Plus, i have always had a soft spot in my heart for her ever since the should have been convicted felon screwed up Josee's timing in 94...So good for her....Just a kwanette opinion...Isn't it amazing that when MK wins a pro-am which she has done repeatedly since their inception, it is a meaningless competition, but when she doesn't win ONE, she is ready for the great skating boneyard.....

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    taboo999 Guest

    Default Thanks for the report Valerie

    I thought it was great. I think anyone who would have a problem with your report just WANTED to. Maybe so they could run back to their friends and talk about how these poor superior skaters are being bashed by those mean old MK fans. wah wah...

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    Liz D. Guest

    Default Re: Thanks for the report Valerie

    Thanks Valerie for your review, I really enjoyed reading it!

    When you and Nicole yelled: "We love you Michelle" at the hotel, what did Michelle say? Did she say anything or did she just smile?

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    Valerie Guest

    Default Liz

    People say "a picture is worth a thousand words", well I say "Michelle's smile is worth a million words"! Hint hint!

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    Join Date
    Jan 1999

    Default Thank you for the report Valerie!

    Thank you Valerie! That was an awesome report. I am so encouraged by the fact that the layback spin was faster and better. I am so bummed that I missed the skating on CTV today. I forget to set my VCR. Now I have to wait to watch it on TNT.

    I am glad that you had a good time!

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    Valerie Guest

    Default After watching it on TV

    I am even more convinced Michelle should have won-- *BUT* that is my preference of style, and choice of performance. (AND in no way do I deny the efforts, creaitvity, etc. of all the other skaters) But I like skating that touches my heart. Anyway, Michelle was exquisitely beautiful. She has imrpoved a lot since SC!

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    Flaactordude Guest

    Default Thanks!!!

    thanks for the wonderful report valerie!!!!!

    I'm very shocked that Josee won...but I've always liked her...Didn't she star in a christmas movie with Kurt Browning a couple of years ago???I remeber seeing some of it on TV...Ekaterina Gordeeva was in it also and Scott Hamilton I think....???

    I cant wait to see Michelles new layback!!!o m g !!!!

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    Valerie Guest

    Default Did she?

    I don't know.


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