SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE THAT MUST BE. HERE’S ANOTHER YOUNG SKATER, ONLY 17 YEARS OF AGE, FROM MARIETTA, GEORGIA. BRITTNEY McCONN IN EIGHTH PLACE AFTER THE SHORT PROGRAM. SHE CAME IN FOURTH AT THE RECENT JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. SHE HAS A BIG SMILE, TOO.>>Peggy: HER STRENGTH IS IN HER POWER AND JUMPING ABILITY. HER WEAKNESS IS IN HER POSTUR AND PERFORMING QUALITIES.>>Dick: NOT AN UNACCEPTABLE LAYBACK, THOUGH. I WILL TELL YOU I’VE SEEN A LOT WORSE THAN THAT. THAT’S QUITE HANDSOME.>>Peggy: TO START WITH, SHE’S DOING A TRIPLE SALCHOW, TUNNEL DOE COMBINATION. SHE GETS A LOT OF SPRING IN HER JUMPS. BEAUTIFULLY DONE.>>Dick: DID YOU NOTICE HOW STRAIGHT AND LEVEL THE BODY WAS? WHEN IT GETS OFF, IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO REERECT THE POSITION, AND LAND SQUARELY. NOW, WATCH ON THIS TRIPLE LUTZ JUMP. AGAIN, WATCH THE LONG BACK OUTSIDE EDGE. IT MUST STAY ON THIS OUTSIDE EDGE. IT CANNOT TURN INTO AN INSIDE EDGE, AND IT DIDN’T.>>Peggy: SHE WAS EXCITED ABOUT COMPLETING THAT.>>Dick: WHAT PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN’S SKATERS DO YOU THINK TURN THAT EDGE AT THE END?>>Terry: I THINK A VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE OF ALL SKATERS TURN IT.>>Peggy: BEAUTIFUL TRIPLE LOOP DOUBLE TOE COMBINATION. SHE HAS VERY NEAT FEET IN THE AIR. THEE THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER, POINTED.>>Peggy: SHE HAS PRETTIER POSITIONS ON THESE SPIRALS, MORE EXTENSION. HOLD THE MOVES A LITTLE LONGER.>>Dick: SALCHOW.>>Peggy: BUT HER JUMPING ABILITY IS INCREDIBLE.>>Dick: VERY STRONG. TRIPLE FLIP JUMP. OOH, THAT TOE JUST SPLIT RIGHT OUT FROM THE ICE.>>Peggy: THIS IS A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD HERE THIS EVENING. WATCH HER FEET IN THE AIR. OOH.>>Dick: THAT WAS A BAD CALL.>>Peggy: IT’S HARD TO BE DOING ALL THESE TRIPLE JUMPS AT THE END OF THIS FOUR-MINUTE PROGRAM. IT’S A TEST OFOUR DURANCE.>>Peggy: THE CROWD SURE LIKED HER.>>Dick: WELL, I THINK SHE CERTAINLY HAS TO BE CREDITED FOR PERFORMING SO MANY TRIPLE JUMPS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REST OF HER SKATING SUFFERED BEFORE THAX THE CHOREOGRAPHY, NOT VERY INTERESTING. THE STYLE AND POSITION JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A SRNLLY NATIONAL LEVEL.>>Terry: ANXIOUS MOMENTS BACKSTAGE. MICHELLE KWAN HAS ARRIVED, ALONG WITH TARA LIPINSKI. LIVE INPHILADELPHIA, BRITTNEY McCONN GOT THE BEST HAND YET FROM THE CROWD. THE TECHNICAL MERIT MARKS ARE ABOUT THE BEST WE’VE SEEN.>>Dick: THAT WAS CLEARLY A JUMP PROGRAM. YOU MENTIONED HER SMILE EARLY ON. IT’S EVEN WIDER. SHE’S IN THE LEAD IN TERMS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SKATED, DICK.>>Dick: SHE’S HAPPY ABOUT THAT. LIVE COVERAGOF THE 1998 STATE FARM U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>Terry: THIS CAPS IT OFF. THE LADIES FREE

Britteny McConn – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate
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