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2001 Worlds: Michelle Kwan, Irina Slutskaya, and Sarah Hughes

Updated on February 25, 2015

Michelle Kwan in 2001

Her jumps are 0,0,-1,0,0,+1, and -1. Her PCS is 8.25 but depending on competition, that can be even lower.

Contrary to the commentators' compliment, I find the program flat and even aridly bland, and uninspiring.

What I most dislike about Kwan's skating is her flat-tire running and disruption before jumps. Kwan somehow almost always fails to make continuous momentum in her skating.

I suspect it could be due to her stamina, but it largely stems from edge control.

Michelle Kwan in 2001

This program is very well done.

Her jumps are +1, -3, and 0. Her PCS is 8.5.

Her flow in the program is noted. Kwan's moves are easy and soothing.

However, Kwan's skating is always subject to her physiological disadvantage and her less than perfect edge control, which causes disruption in momentum throughout program.

Kwan's jump height is not as good as Slutskaya's.

Of course, it's not that the higher is always the better. But as long as it doesn't attack the interpretative boundary of program, higher, faster, stronger, and longer are preferred and more appreciated.

Irina Slutskaya in 2001

Her jumps are 0,+1 and +1. Her PCS is 8.5.

Slutskaya's moves here definitely show greater quality than previous season.

You can easily notice her speed and flow. Her skating is not much polished but her elements are here good enough to compensate her defects.

I think Slutskaya should win short program.

If Kwan is somehow a "barely" skater, Slutskaya is a "spillover" skater. Kwan appears always "leaking" somehow while Slutskaya "running over and messy."

Irina Slutskaya in 2001

Her jumps are -2,-1,-3,+1, 0, and 0. Her PCS is 8.5.

Slutskaya's second jump is a three jump combo, which is overkill. She tends to always have a problem on second jump when she tries a combination.

The first jump was good in her third jump combo, but the second one actually ruined the whole combination.

In this program, you can see the difference between the two rivals. Slutskaya is a skater with better potential than Kwan, but she, when she is on, overkills.

This program could have been greater than it actually was. Kwan lacks of what Slutskaya naturally has. Though more polished and expressive, Kwan enjoys only a couple of steps ahead of Slutskaya out of that asset.

Meanwhile, if Slutskaya had invested more in quality and balance, she could have easily out-dueled Kwan.

Our commentators points at Kwan's advantage over Slutskaya, but in this kind of skating, Kwan's advantage is not as big as they think.

You don't have to think Peggy is biased when she says it's a floppy performance. In Peggy's aesthetic standards, Slutskaya actually comes short to get her nod.

Sarah Hughes in 2001

Oh, isn't she lovely? I love this girl.

Her jumps are -1,-1, and -1. Her PCS is 7.25.

Haha, how Peggy loves Sarah Hughes. Especially when she lauds Hughes' spin, I smirk.

"Hey, Peggy. I know you are pleased to see someone trying to emulate you. But there is no one who can do spins the way you did."

Peggy likes the way Hughes skates; Hughes is definitely emulating Fleming, though her skating level is not good enough to do so.

Sarah Hughes in 2001

Her jumps are 0,-1,0,-2,-2,-2, and -1. Her PCS is 7.25.

Hughes pulls out an admirable performance here. Hughes' lovely spins as Peggy dotes on her, and her expressiveness throughout the program are noted.

But as you now realize, Hughes' skating has inherent problems on her jumps. Her jump technique isn't complete. That's why her jumps are all jagged.

Even though Hughes doesn't show jagged moves in other elements, every time she approaches to jump, Hughes body shows stiffness unlike elite senior skaters.

And you will notice her body members doesn't line up with momentum, and never makes tangential angle to create smooth running edges. .

In other words, she hasn't mastered jumping technique proficiently.

That is, Hughes skating still contains junior-like elements. Of course, in comparison with today's Russian skaters Hughes are a more advanced skater.

Who do you think is the winner of the 2001 Worlds?

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