[quote]Originally posted by Brian J.:
<strong>I do think that Michelle Kwan is ugly (and I'm Asian), but that's irrelevant to me. I was rooting for Sarah Hughes, because she had more "Olympic Spirit". She was very gracious after her short program even though the judges underrated her performance. She just wanted to skate her best, and wasn't focused on winning a medal. As a result, her performance was gutsy and inspiring. On the other hand, Kwan was extremely obsessed with winning the gold medal, and even booed her technical merit scores during the short program. Not very classy if you ask me. Michelle Kwan is a bad role model and needs to grow up. Winning isn't everything.</strong><hr></blockquote>
No kidding. Kwan has no presence off the ice, and her on-camera interviews are filled to the brim with FOB-ish grammar errors that make you go hmmm. But that's not the point. Sasha Cohen has a bubbly Olympic Spirit too, but she didn't even get on the podium. If there was a 3rd set of marks for attitude, sure, Cohen and Hughes would be on top.
But that's not how skating is judged. And in the short program, even the commentators pointed out Kwan's technical marks were pretty low...a flurry of 5.7s and even a 5.5, for a routine that saw basically mistakes. Cohen's marks in the short were low too...5.6s!
Plus the 'boo' was purely light-hearted...and you've got to expect the worst from kids raised by ball-and-chain Asian parents, you know. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
Even then, Kwan knows winning isn't everything. She cried in Nagano but she didn't cry in Salt Lake today. This entire facet of this dispute is just a detour. You don't get points for having the Eternal Spirit Olympic Flame® If that was true you'd see that Nepalese nordic skiier win gold. You'd see the Indian luger on TIME magazine brandishing his medal. Georg Hackl would have won gold again. It's not like Kwan through down her flag and started digging he skates in the ice like that Korean guy...or Amy van dyken spitting into the lane of Inge de Bruijn at the Sydney games.
I think applenut's just mad because I dissed Sarah, a New Yorker
[ 02-22-2002: Message edited by: Eugene ]
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