November 5, 2000 |
Russia's Irina Slutskaya landed six triple jumps in the women's free skate competition to beat American Michelle Kwan in Skate Canada International on Saturday night at Mississauga, Canada. Slutskaya, who skated last, entered the free skate in first place. But when she fell in the first minute of her four-minute routine, she had to recover quickly to maintain her position in the standings.
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.
November 1, 2001 |
Her embrace of the English language strengthens every day, but Irina Slutskaya couldn't find the words to express her appreciation of her husband of two years. Sergei Mikheev teaches sports to elementary school kids in Moscow and stays home while his wife travels and trains and evolves into one of the most technically skilled figure skaters in the world.
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.
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.
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.