Originally posted by bram_born84:<br /><strong>Well Kim & Justine both made their début in 1999. So I wouldn't call it "ages" <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> </strong><hr></blockquote>
<br />Yeah, but it was always Kim in the big picture. But I think Kim deserves this title, more than 2 years ago imo.
Originally posted by per4ever:<br /><strong>she was hoping that Grand Slam results would be more important then ranking. That was clearly not the case, </strong><hr></blockquote>
Kim has a 4th rd, Final, and two QF showings.
Justine has two 4th rd, a SF and a Final.
They both have GS records of 17-4.
Originally posted by Tine about the judo athlete:<br /><strong>She broke her neck once, you could hear the crack the moment she fell. No one had thought she'd be able to compete again, but she did. Then she dropped a knife on her toes, right before the Olympics.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I thought Justine's life sucked. That sounds absolutely horrible. Very bad. Reminds me of that German figure skater (whose last time I can't spell) who had that rare but life-threatening disease and then got the flu at Nagano. (She also had that practice collision with Baiul in Lillehammer.)
I guess it's mostly timing that decided this award. Kim ended up No5 at the end of the year, posted better latter half results and was the first Belgian to reach a Slam final. Kim's titles were also "better."
I hope this disappointment for Justine will fuel her to win a Slam next year.
Congrats to Kim nonetheless!