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IceSkaTennisFan
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:16 AM
http://www.xportsnews.com/tabid/92/EntryID/101308/language/ko-KR/Default.aspx

Rough Translation:
Figure skating star Yu-Na Kim, 19, has persuaded the legend of figure skating, Michelle Kwan, to come to Korea for the first time.

Kwan will appear August 14-16 at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium with the All Stars on Ice 2009 tour.

This is Kwan's first show in three years, and she will debut 2 programs in the skating gala and will also feature World Champion Yu Na Kim. Kwan is a 5-time world champion and won eight national titles between 1998-2005.

Kwan is "excited to be appearing on such a special stage" and Kim has admired Kwan since childhood and considers it an honour to be able to skate with Kwan.

Tickets will go on sale in July.

In other news, Sasha Cohen and Evgeni Plushenko also have planned returns to competitive skating this season. Sasha will be competing in the Grand Prix France and America and Plushenko is to skate in Grand Prix Russia. Also, pairs team Xue Shen and Hungbo Zhao will return. Michelle was invited to Skate America and that invitation is still pending. Many speculate the new exhibition programs for Michelle will be her Olympic SP and LP.

Sir Stefwhit
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:20 AM
AWESOME news!!! First my beloved Kimmie, now Michelle.... happy happy joy joy!!

young_gunner913
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:53 AM
michelle :hearts: glad shes coming back. :worship:

RFSTB
Jul 2nd, 2009, 06:19 AM
Gone for 3 years and she debuts her comeback in....KOREA? I guess that just shows you the sad state of skating in the US. The whole sport seemed to have disappeared with her in the last 3 years.

Anyway, I'd tell her to break a leg but...she just might. :devil:

Sam L
Jul 2nd, 2009, 07:39 AM
Omg!~!!!!!!

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

:d

IceSkaTennisFan
Jul 2nd, 2009, 09:56 AM
Gone for 3 years and she debuts her comeback in....KOREA? I guess that just shows you the sad state of skating in the US. The whole sport seemed to have disappeared with her in the last 3 years.

Anyway, I'd tell her to break a leg but...she just might. :devil:
Well, true, but a lot of reasons to come back there rather than in America:

1)Less home press,
2)Less expectations in an EX (as opposed to a Grand Prix event)
3)On the current world champion's home soil so to speak
4)Checking in on the world champion's current form
5)A warm up for Skate America and the rest of the season

Kwan typically did a "cheesefest" event like Marshalls before the start of the season. High profile American competitions like that are now gone. They have since been switched to Asia where the market for skating is growing and thriving, so this event is potentially like any other year in which Michele would have competed. It's also unsure how many invitations to major events like this Michelle would have in route to potentially competing on the Olympic team again, so it was wise of her to take one like this.

Justin
Jul 2nd, 2009, 02:54 PM
Awesome news. I guess she is testing the waters.

Good luck, Michelle. I haven't really followed figure skating w/o her.

Scotso
Jul 2nd, 2009, 02:59 PM
Ugh, you scared me. I thought she was returning to the actual competitions.

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:03 PM
This is great. You have no idea what I've been doing for the last week.
Everyday I've been trying to find any info on a chance at Michelle's comeback to the sport and hopefully the Olympics.
I gave up yesterday because according to one article I read last month (on Sasha), an athlete had to mention by the end of June their intentions for the Olympics.

So June came and went and no word. I had really thought that the Michelle Kwan-era was over.
But this is great news. I'm so elated right now.

Daniel
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:10 PM
Great news!!
Michelle :hug: :smooch:

Paneru
Jul 2nd, 2009, 06:11 PM
:woohoo:

jrm
Jul 2nd, 2009, 07:17 PM
This is breaking news??? Old forgotten ice skater returning?

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 2nd, 2009, 07:57 PM
This is breaking news??? Old forgotten ice skater returning?

For one thing, many of the Russian skaters of Michelle's generation didn't get mentally tough and go after their jumps until their mid-to-late 20s, so there's hope for Kwan there as well.

Michelle is never forgotten. Especially with Vancouver less than a year away.
What brings in the highest ratings for the winter Olympics for NBC? Female figure skating.
NBC needed Michelle (hopefully) and Sasha to come back.
We need Michelle (hopefully) and Sasha to come back.

Kimmie is not up to her 2005 worlds skating yet.
Emily is too injury prone and Dick Button maybe right about her weight being an issue in skating.
The other girls cost us a spot for these Olympics this year in the worlds.

Uranium
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:05 PM
2010 Olympic gold medalist?:inlove:

mirzalover
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:39 PM
OMG can you imagine if she managed to WIN the Olympics next year. I just got goosebumps at the thought of that.

Balltossovic
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:46 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Uranium
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:20 AM
http://www.examiner.com/x-625-Olympics-Examiner~y2009m6d12-Kwan-all-atwitter-for-Skate-America
Training for months?:bounce:

Tennisation
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:24 AM
Is she testing the water for another epic fail at Olympics gold 2010? :spit:

Scotso
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:12 AM
Is she testing the water for another epic fail at Olympics gold 2010? :spit:

:lol:

tommyk75
Jul 3rd, 2009, 06:47 AM
A silver and a bronze are epic failures??? And how many times have YOU been the 2nd or 3rd best in the world at something (besides talking out of your ass)?

Dandy_Warhol
Jul 3rd, 2009, 12:35 PM
http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3151/victory2.gif

i actually don't like her :o

barboza
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:14 PM
Michelle is the best skater ever

RFSTB
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:45 PM
Is she testing the water for another epic fail at Olympics gold 2010? :spit:

Good God I hope not. Three Olympic heartbreaks is enough for me. I'd like to enjoy a stress free Winter Games for a change. She's already a legend, she doesn't need an Olympic gold. Besides many people already think she's a gold medalist.

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3151/victory2.gif

i actually don't like her :o

I'm confused, who do you not like? Michelle or Nastia Liukin?

Isn't it funny that Shawn Johnson the AA silver medalist is getting way more publicity than Nastia the gold medalist? Just like Michelle is way more popular than the 3 gold medalists from the last 3 Olympics. The US gymnast who won the Gymnastics AA gold in Athens pretty much disappeared quickly too, her name escapes me at the moment...just shows you how much stock people put in an Olympic gold medal these days. Yet I'm sure right before the next Olympics there'll be articles everywhere talking about how many millions in endorsements an Olympic gold medal is worth, pfff!:rolleyes: It's still the personality that counts(warm/bubbly vs. cold/precise).

Shawn was awesome on Dancing With The Stars, I'm glad they asked her instead of Nastia, who is just too cold IMO, like Sasha Cohen, brrr...

Vanity Bonfire
Jul 3rd, 2009, 06:46 PM
Michelle was just the most consistent. Some of her routines were so boring.

Justin
Jul 3rd, 2009, 10:29 PM
^

Which ones were boring? I think Scheherazade , D'Ariane and Bolero were not her best, but I certainly wouldn't call them boring. Salome, Song of the Black Swan, Arnjuez, Lyra Angelica, Taj Mahal and even Tosca and The Red Violin were head and shoulders above what anyone else has produced, artistically- most likely ever. I can understand it if you didn't like her style but to call her boring is a laugh-riot.

RFSTB
Jul 3rd, 2009, 11:11 PM
Michelle was just the most consistent. Some of her routines were so boring.

Don't you just miss the good ol' days when there's a consistent target to hate on?;) These days they crash and burn all over the place you can't even pick a target. Hating on losers is nowhere near as fun as hating on winners, especially when the target is consistent...some place to focus your energy. :devil:

Dandy_Warhol
Jul 4th, 2009, 10:17 AM
I'm confused, who do you not like? Michelle or Nastia Liukin?

Isn't it funny that Shawn Johnson the AA silver medalist is getting way more publicity than Nastia the gold medalist? Just like Michelle is way more popular than the 3 gold medalists from the last 3 Olympics. The US gymnast who won the Gymnastics AA gold in Athens pretty much disappeared quickly too, her name escapes me at the moment...just shows you how much stock people put in an Olympic gold medal these days. Yet I'm sure right before the next Olympics there'll be articles everywhere talking about how many millions in endorsements an Olympic gold medal is worth, pfff!:rolleyes: It's still the personality that counts(warm/bubbly vs. cold/precise).

Shawn was awesome on Dancing With The Stars, I'm glad they asked her instead of Nastia, who is just too cold IMO, like Sasha Cohen, brrr...

Nastia's the one that i don't like (i also find her a bit too cold for my liking and i don't even follow Gymnastics :lol:) , sorry i wasn't clear :)

Crazy Canuck
Jul 4th, 2009, 12:29 PM
Thrilled that Cohen is coming back professionally. I hope it doesn't end in disaster.

As for Pluschenko... ugh. I'm quite confident that if he shows up, farts, shakes his mullet at the judges, and waves his hands a few time, he'll be good for at least a silver in Vancouver. What a bag of obnoxious.

IceSkaTennisFan
Jul 4th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Just read that Lambiel will be competing at Nebelhorn Trophy this season as a test event to decide whether he wants to go for gold in Vancouver.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 4th, 2009, 02:51 PM
Lambiel's return, I would welcome.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jul 4th, 2009, 02:54 PM
yay!

Justin
Aug 1st, 2009, 01:15 AM
No Olympics for Michelle. :sad:

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Michelle-Kwan-passes-up-Olympics-for-graduate-sc?urn=oly,180159

Michelle Kwan passes up Olympics for graduate school

Michelle Kwan is passing up toe loops for treaties. The nine-time American figure skating champion announced Friday that she will begin pursuit toward a master's degree in international affairs this fall rather than train for next February's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

There had been speculation that the 29-year old Kwan would return to the ice after a four year layoff in an attempt to win the Olympic gold that has eluded her throughout her storied career. A career in public service took precedence.

Kwan has served as a public diplomacy envoy for the State Department in recent years and hopes that her graduate degree will help her advance in that field. She will begin classes at Tufts University in September.

Four years ago, Kwan earned a controversial medical bye to the Games in Torino but was forced to withdraw after a groin injury sidelined her during her first day of practice. She hasn't competed on an international scale since then, so an attempt at gold was a longshot, at best.

That Kwan can still make headlines for not skating shows how much of a mark she left in the sporting community during her historic career. Kwan's nine U.S. Figure Skating titles were one more than Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill had combined. And it's those nine titles she'll be most remembered for rather than the disappointments in Nagano and Salt Lake City, where she won silver and bronze, respectively.

Though the lack of Olympic golds will be a bittersweet footnote in the career of Michelle Kwan, it won't define it. And, judging by her lofty career aspirations, maybe her success on the rink won't either. The lives of far too many athletes seem to end when they leave the playing field. Michelle Kwan's seems to be just beginning.

G1Player2
Aug 1st, 2009, 01:46 AM
She wouldn't have won the gold medal anyway.