November 2, 1996 |
Just as men's world champion Todd Eldredge did the night before, the women's world champion, Michelle Kwan, showed Friday night that she is not counting entirely on reputation as she enters the new figure skating season. Kwan, 16, of Torrance, might not have been quite as ready for her short program as Eldredge was for his at the first major international competition of 1996-97, Skate America, but none of the other competitors in the 12-woman field was close to approaching her class.
December 26, 1999 |
Former Dodger Pedro Guerrero, seeking to have his cocaine conspiracy charges thrown out, says federal drug agents failed to tell him he could contact the Dominican embassy before he was questioned. His lawyers recently sought a dismissal in Miami federal court. Guerrero contends Drug Enforcement Administration investigators did not inform him of his rights. Guerrero, 43, is a Dominican citizen who lives in Miami.
March 23, 1996 |
If Michelle Kwan has nerves, they are hidden deep under the makeup she is using to accentuate her graduation to the top of women's figure skating. She was so poised and confident in the days leading to Friday's short program in the world championships that her father, Danny, said he wanted to ask her, "Are you really that good?"
November 3, 1996 |
World champions Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge skated like world champions Saturday at Skate America and almost everyone else skated like, well, everyone else. Kwan, of Torrance, and Eldredge, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., were so dominant that each won their long programs with first-place votes from all nine judges. If they were looking for serious competition in the first major figure skating competition of the season, they would have had to challenge each other.
February 9, 2002 |
Michelle Kwan, intent on savoring the Olympic experiences she missed when she chose not to stay in the athletes' village at Nagano in 1998, said Friday she will remain in Salt Lake City for the rest of the Games instead of returning to her Lake Arrowhead training base. Kwan said she will alternate staying in the village and staying with her parents at a hotel but will practice at the official Olympic arenas, the Salt Lake Ice Center and the secondary Steiner Arena.
February 21, 2002
Maria Butyrskaya Rundown: Age--29, Country--Russia; Order--19th, Place--Fifth Music: "Tale of a Journey" by Alfred Schnittke. Coaches: Elena Tchaikovskaya, Vladimir Kotin. What to look for: Graceful and balletic, she's the oldest competitor in the final six. Tried triple toe loop-half loop-triple salchow at Grand Prix final but turned final part of that combination into a double. She might try it again tonight.
January 13, 2002 |
In order to understand what makes a terrific figure skater, you have to look at the whole picture. You have to look at what makes a picture a painting, what makes a painting a work of art and what makes a work of art a masterpiece. Content is important. But, in figure skating, you can't just count the triple jumps, subtract the falls and other mistakes and determine the winner. It is the intangibles that creates figure skating stars and perhaps Olympic medalists.
February 19, 2002 |
It doesn't matter now that Michelle Kwan doesn't have a coach to sit beside her in the kiss-and-cry area. Or that Russians Maria Butyrskaya and Irina Slutskaya endured inconsistent seasons. Forget, too, Sarah Hughes' flutzes and Sasha Cohen's unsuccessful attempts to land a quadruple jump.
February 20, 2002 |
Michelle Kwan held nothing back. The judges rating her performance Tuesday closely followed suit, putting her in position to win the Olympic figure skating gold medal that eluded her four years ago. Kwan, who has second-guessed herself for not letting loose emotionally in her silver-medal performance at the 1998 Nagano Games, had no regrets after her impressive short program Tuesday at the Salt Lake Ice Center. The four-time world champion and six-time U.S. champion received a string of nine 5.
June 27, 1999 |
High jumper Amy Acuff, raised upright by conservative parents in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a distant relative of late Grand Ole Opry star Roy "The Great Speckled Bird" Acuff, goes off to L.A. and the next thing you know she's as naked as a great speckled jaybird on a calendar. She is not the only track and field athlete who shed her singlet, but she was the ring leader. She recruited 11 others for the photo shoot while they were in Los Angeles this spring for the Mt.