January 21, 2003

Michelle Kwan wins her seventh national championship, : getting closer to "Michael Jordan of her sport" status. Sara Hughes looks like she's in it for the long haul too, so we'll see what their battles will produce and what kind of rivalry we're talking about here. But seven titles is really impressive. And fudge the motherfreaking Olympics.

posted by Justin Slotman to other at 08:39 AM - 2 comments

Um, until she learns how to skate when the Olympic gold is on the line, I would not declare her the "Michael Jordan of her sport." Championship athletes are expected to be at their best when the pressure is at its most unbearable. Kwan is great most of the time; but when it really matters, she falters. Jordan thrived during those times. Chris Webber is another example of a great athlete that does not have the mental fortitude to seize a high-pressure moment.

posted by jacknose at 05:36 PM on January 21, 2003

Jacknose, I couldn't agree more. Especially in an individual sport. Dan Marino can credibly say the Dolphin's never had a running game, but Kwan needs Olympic gold to be even considered the short list of greatest of all time.

posted by vito90 at 09:46 PM on January 21, 2003

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