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I’m a bit concerned about Michelle Kwan’s chances of winning the Gold in the long program. Yes, she is the best female skater in the world right now, but what’s got me concerned is the degree to which skating has become jump-focused, which will play into Irina Slutskaya’s strengths. She’s the athletic jumper, whereas Kwan is the graceful skater with impeccable lines, flawless spins, and wonderful artistry. Here’s hoping, though. Go Michelle!!!

(BTW, I would almost be willing to bet money that by the 2010 Winter Games some male skater will attempt a Quintuple jump in competition. That seems to be the natural evolution.)

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