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Friday, February 03, 2006

How much do sports writers in Singapore know about Figure Skating?

Yesterday, there was an article in the Straits Times by Abdul Hafiz, titled "Quit? It can make or break your reputation" where he compares Justine Henin-Hardenne who "quit when she should not have" and Michelle Kwan who "still goes on when maybe it is time to call it a day".

First off, he wrote that Michelle Kwan "is 25 - old for a skater". The next sentence claims that World Champ Irina Slutskaya is one of the favorites. HELLO!?! Irina is 26 going on 27! Ok, fine, maybe Irina is *also* old but still capable??

Next he said that "Kwan did not even qualify for this Olympics. She is only going because she asked for a medical waiver, which was granted by the US Figure Skating Association after watching her skate in a private session last Friday". Uh, the last I know, the medical bye was considered and Kwan was selected on Jan 14! The "private session last Friday" was a session to re-confirm that Michelle would be physically ready.

Finally - and a mistake that CANNOT be forgiven - he wrote "Emily Hughes, Sasha's youner sister". GOODNESS!! What is reporting coming to these days?

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