conversation skater she is 18 years old and she is now a student at Boston University we saw her a year ago in San Jose finished fifth at the Nationals and she is in seventh place heading into this free skate and I certainly give her credit for maintaining both an academic career as well as a competitive career she’s still trying to adjust to that schedule she hasn’t had a whole lot of time for practice on her skating one of the things to note about her skating is the way she uses her arms his double axel very delicate and graceful but she’s also a very good jumper think that comes from hanging around the Shelf triple toe double toe both those jumps are very gentle and very easy in a very delicate skater jump back outside edge and she fell out of it did not completed will not get credit for them and now coming up a triple salchow double toe combination nicely done she certainly is a very musical skater I find her skating very personal almost private I think she’s like now calm reflection on the eyes she’s just is so get out there you see similarities between her and her sister Oh their technique and their jumps are very similar well the two are very close before she went away to college they would spend most of their time together you talked to their father Danny this is that they’ve competed countless times against each other and Karin has as many wins in her favor as Michelle does they have a wonderful relationship she’s much taller than Michelle she’s 5 700 that triple salchow was just opened up right from the beginning she is not as strong and consistent as her sister jumping category she does this final move very well it’s a little slow this layback spin look at this position very pretty very pleasant to watch he finished fifth a year ago she finished seventh in 1995 in her first tried the senior nationals and she is trying to move up from seventh place with that effort 18 year old Karen Kwan and coming up next the 1995 US Champion trying to move up from sixth place will have the free skate of Nicole Bobek when we return to Nashville back here in Nashville Nicole Bobek on the ice warming up prior to her free skate as we look at Karen Kwan and her coach Frank Carroll awaiting her marks and here they are protecting Americans this free skate accounting for two-thirds of the overall score and in in this slow motion of her triple toe double toe combination you really see the whole essence of me of her skating very gentle easy full complete revolution nice position on the landing and a very clean and creditable jump combination the March for artistic impression certainly go up somewhat don’t they that range 5.0 up to 5.5 for the presentation in a round of applause from this crowd so Karen Quan with her free skate here

Karen Kwan – 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate
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5 thoughts on “Karen Kwan – 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate

  • December 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm
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    karen retired from competitive skating to focus on education. an admirable choice.

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  • December 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm
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    Hmm so Michelle and Karen are sisters?

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  • October 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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    Karen and Michelle Kwan. Two totally different looking people and sisters. Karen is lovely, lyrical and with what she had on her plate skates? Incredible! I may not like her sister but be that as it may they are BEAUTIFUL girls/women. Physically only, in Michelle's case. Some of my girls have been mistaken for each other…the Kwan sisters are so different.

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  • October 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm
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    Right, don't give her credit for her own jumps, attribute it to time spent around her sister. way to go.

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  • September 24, 2018 at 4:23 am
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    It's a bit unfortunate for Karen to have been in the shadows of Michelle. Every commentator spoke of Michelle through half of her every performance. I don't think their jump technique is similar at all. Michelle used the wally entrance on her Toe Loop, Karen does not. It makes it look like 2 different jumps.

    Karen may not have had Michelle's jumping ability but they had 2 vastly different techniques and styles. Karen was subtle, quiet, flowing… stunning to see. If she could have gotten the Loop under control and found her way to a Lutz, she'd have been a bit more famous on her own. Though slower, her style was actually superior: a bit in the vein of Chen Lu but a bit more mysterious and intriguing in her presentation.

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