I for one am very angry that she used the phrase "on par with Maven or Kurt Angle". That's like saying the Carolina Panthers are on par with the Philadelphia Eagles. Terrible, but it's an interesting little article.
Irina Slutskaya. She's the young Russian with rosy red cheeks. If Kwan is The Rock, Slutskaya is Chris Jericho. She is Kwan's main competition. At the Grand Prix Final in December, their last meeting before these Games, Slutskaya beat Kwan, but then she lost the European Championship to Butyrskaya. Like Jericho, Slutskaya talks and talks and talks. She enjoys the stage, but has a long way to go to break out of Kwan's shadow.
You know, I found myself laughing at this. I'm so sick and tired of this Kwan-Cohen-Hughes fiasco dominating the back of my newspaper (heck, I had to deal with a whole page about how Ms. Cohen tries to be an intimidator during the practice sessions yesterday) that I've thought about rooting for Slutskaya just to hear them all shut up.
It only takes the revelation that Irina is the wrestling-skating equivalent of the Lord God Almighty to totally convince me. It also helps that she's the cutest of the four :)
(edited by Texas Kelly on 13.2.02 1515)
"Oh - oh! Well well well well! It's twenty-four hours after the Royal Rumble and GUESS who is still the Undisputed Champion of the World - ME! Yeah, and I tried to warn all of you - I tried to tell you I was not a joke. I tried to tell you to take me seriously, but what did you do, huh? What did you do? On Sunday, you invited all your little friends over to watch the Royal Rumble, you called up Frank and said, 'hey Frank, you wanna come watch the Rock kick Chris Jericho's ass?' And Frank said, Frank said 'oh sure, I wanna see the Rock win the Undisputed Championship and go all the way to WrestleMania.' I mean, it's a foregone conclusion, right? The Rock is gonna win! The Rock is gonna win! The Rock is going to win, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU believed in your hearts that the Rock was going to win but GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. The Rock - The Rock - The Rock...LOST. CHRIS JERICHO - WON. And even if you don't like it, you have to appreciate and acknowledge all that I've accomplished, because everything that I've done is far too gigantic to be ignored!"
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