March 19, 2005 |
Breathing heavily and weakened by a heart ailment, Irina Slutskaya delivered an impassioned and athletic performance before a home crowd Friday to take the lead after the short program at the figure skating world championships. She was narrowly ahead of Sasha Cohen. Michelle Kwan stayed within reach of winning her sixth world title after rallying to fifth place following a disappointing qualifying round.
March 14, 2005 |
Michelle Kwan won't forget the first time she met Irina Slutskaya, at the 1994 world junior figure skating championships in Colorado Springs. "I remember her outfit," Kwan said, laughing. "It was like a tutu. It stuck out a little more than just a skating skirt, more like a ballerina's skirt. And she used to kiss a stuffed animal and set it on the ice when she skated. I was thinking, 'Who is she?' "Then I saw her jump. And I was thinking, 'Who is she?' " Slutskaya's recollection is different.
February 20, 2002 |
At the risk of being drowned out by 15,600 cheers, pelted by dozens of floral arrangements, suffocated with a flag and knocked cold by a teddy bear, I offer these two thoughts. Michelle Kwan doesn't deserve to be in first place today. If her approach doesn't change, she might not deserve the Olympic gold medal on Thursday. She could get punked by Sasha Cohen, just as she was punked four years ago by Tara Lipinski in Nagano. She could get flattened by Irina Slutskaya, who has covered her in ice chips three times in three big events this season.
February 19, 2002 |
Buy stock in asterisks. Every record book that includes figure skating results in the future is going to be filled with them. Peggy Fleming's gold medal in 1968? Dorothy Hamill's gold medal in 1976? The Torvill & Dean gold medal in 1984? Brian Boitano's gold medal in 1988? The pairs gold medal in Salt Lake City? . The gold medal about to be won here in women's figure skating by Michelle Kwan, Irina Slutskaya, Sasha Cohen or someone else? Yes, still another . I'm not saying that skaters winning medals in the last 120 years--the first figure skating competition on record occurred in 1882--didn't deserve them.
February 18, 2002 |
Russia's Irina Slutskaya, who became the first woman to land a triple-triple-double combination jump at last year's world figure skating championships and barely missed pulling that feat off twice, might try something even tougher this week in the women's competition. Practicing at the Salt Lake Ice Center Sunday for the first time, Slutskaya toyed with a triple salchow-triple loop-half loop-triple salchow combination.
November 25, 2001 |
Irina Slutskaya was hesitant in her still-developing free program but assured enough to win the Cup of Russia Grand Prix on Saturday at St. Petersburg as Russians dominated. Yevgeny Plushchenko failed to complete a new quad lutz and fell on a quad toe loop, yet still won the men's competition, while Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the pairs by performing an old free program with precision and verve. Slutskaya's presentation earned her scores of 5.8 and 5.