>>Terry: SO IT COMES DOWN TO THIS. -YEAR-OLD MICHAEL WEISS. CAN HE WIN HIS FIRST U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP? THERE IS CERTAINLY A CHANCE AND ALSO A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY, ATTEMPTING THE QUADRUPLE LUTZ. NO ONE’S EVER DONE IT. AND NO AMERICAN HAS EVER PULLED OFF A QUAD JP.>>Brian: AND THIS IS A TRUE TE BECAUSE HE’S BEEN WAITING FOR 40 MINUTES. HE’S TAKEN HIS SKATES OFF BACKAGE AFTER HIS WARM-UP. IT IS A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME NOW.>>Dick: REMEMBER T QUAD LUTZ, A LONG BACK OUTSIDE EDGE, A TOE PICK, FOUR REVOLUTIONS AND A LANDING. ♪♪>>Dick:, NOW IF IT’S GOING TO HAPP, IT’S GOING TO BE RIGH HERE.>>Terry: AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, THAT WAS CLEAN. WEAW IT LAST YEAR AND IT WAS TWO-FOOTED. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE THE SLOW MOTION ON THAT. BUT IT LOOKED AWFULLY, AWFULLY GOOD.>>Brian: IT WAS DEFINITELY TWO-FOOTED.>>erry: AS YOU MENTIONED, DICK LAST YEAR AT THE U.S. NATIONAL, MICHAEL WEISS ATTEMPTED A QUADRUPLE JUMP. IT WASN’T A QUAD LUTZ. HE THOUGHT HE HAD PULLED IT OFF. THE CROWD THOUGHT. Dick: WE ALL DID.>>Terry: SE OF THE JUDGES, BUT THE REPLAYS SHOWED TT HE TWO-FOOTED IT.>>Dick: TRIPLE AXEL, TRIE TOE LOOP. TH’S ONE OF THE BEST COMBINATIONS THAT THERE .>>Brian: AND TT WAS THE BEST QUAD LUTZ I’VE SEEN HIM DO ALL WEEK.>>ick: FROM WHERE I WAS SITTING, I DID NOT SEE THE TWO-FOOTED PART. BUT MAYBE IT WAS.>>Dick: WOW NOW, THAT WAS AN INTERESTING CASE OF OPENING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, BUT STILL PULLING OFF AT LEAST A DOUBLE. SO HE SAVED IT.>>Brian: YOU KNOW WHAT, HE’S GOT TO FEEL GREAT WITH THE QUA ANS, SO HE CAN AFFORD A COUPLE MISTAKES.>>Terry: BUT YOU CAN’T LET UP NOW. THE MAY BE A U.S. TLE OUT THERE TO GET.>>Brian: ABSUTELY.>>Terry:ODD ELDREDGE WAS NOT PERFECT IN HIS PERFORMANCE.>>Bri MICHAEL I A GREAT ATHLETE. HE’S WELL TRAINED, HE GOES THROUGH HIS PROGRAMS COMPLETELY AND HE’S CONDITIONED VERY WELL.>>Dick: DID YOU NOTICE THAT FROM WHERE WE’RE SITTINGHAT WAS A VERY KIND OF SCREWED-UP TAOFF. THAT HE VED THAT WAS FIRST RATE. FINDHIS MUSIC WONDERFUL FOR SKATINAND THAT HE’S DOING A SUPERB, FIRST RATE JOB. OF INTERPRETING IT.>>Dick: A REVERSE WALLEY AND A STEP, TURN, AND INTO A TRIPLE. YOU UNIQUE AND DIFFICULT AND WONDERFUL. TRIPLE LUTZ JUMP. VERY GOOD. FOR A SIT SPIN. [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS>>Brian: GREAT JOB. HE’S GOT TO FEEL PROUD OF HIMSF.>>Terry: THERE’S HIS FATHER, GREG. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THIS CROWD BELIEVES THAT WE HAVE A NEW U.S. CHPION. SO DOES HIS WIFE, LISA. MICHAEL WEISS DOES, TOO. WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TO FIND OUT, THOUGH. HIS COACH, AUDREY WEISIGER. THE ONLY ONE HE’S EVER HAD. FOR 13 YEARS THEY HAVE WORKED TOWARD THIS MOMENT. SHE IS IN TEARS. MICHAEL KES HIS BOWS. WE’LL COLLECT THE STUFFED ANIMALS, HUGS ALL AROUND. AND WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TO FIND OUT IF IS I ENOUGH ANDFE DID INDEED LAND THE QUAD LUTZ.>>Terry: THEY’RE CHANTING SIX IN THE CORESTATES CENTERERE IN PHILADELPHIA.>>Dick: BUT LK, HERE IS HIS QUADRUPLE. NOW, WAT T TOE PICK, NOW THE VOLUTIONS. ON TWO, THREE, FOUR, NOW, WATCH THE FEET. BOTH TCH DOWN. IT DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A QUADRUPLE.>>Brian: HERE YOU SEET AGAIN ON A TIGHT SHOT ON HIS FEET. POLE VLTS. HE GET GREAT HEIGHT. HE’S GREAT A ANDHE COMPLES THE ROTATIO BUT THERE’S THOSE TWO FEET.>>Dick: UNDER ANY CONDITIONS, IT WAS WONDERFUL.>>Brian: HIS FATHER THOUGHT HE HAD PULLED IT OFF. BUT THE REST OF HIS FAMILY.>>Dick: THIS IS A REPEAT FROM LAST YEAR EXACTLY. AN ABSOLUTE REPEAT.>>Terry: SO IT IS ELDREDGE THAT GETS HIS FIFTH U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP.>>Dick: I THINK THERE’S ONE ELEMENT THAT MAY BE STRONGLY ACCOUNTED FOR HERE, AND THAT IS THAT TODD ELDREDGE HAD BRILLIANT SPINS. YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE THOSE SOME EDIT. I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH, BUT SOME.>>Terry: ELDREDGE MAKING HIS WAY OUT. YOU KNOW HE WASN’T THRILLED WITH HIS PROGRAM BECAUSE HE WANTED TO HIT THE QUAD JUMP. YOU LOOK AT THE OVERAL PERFORMANCE D YOU’VE MTIONED IT MAN, MANY TIMES. THAT’S WHERE TODD ELDREDGE EXCELS. Lesley: TERRY, THIS THE FIRST LOOK ATMERICA’S QUAD SQUAD AND RST TO YOU, TODD, WHAT ABOUT YOUR EFFOR TONIGHT. AT DID YOU NT TO BRING T YOUR FINAL NATIONAL PERFORMANCE?>>I SKATED REALLY WELL. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I TRIED THQUAD. I HAD IT, IAS THAT CLOSE. AND I JUST FELL. BUT I SKATED PRETTY WELL TONIGHT. I’M HAPPY TO GET THE FIFTH TITLE.>>Lesley: WHAT ATTITUDE WILL YOU TAKE TO NAGANO?>>AT LEAST THIS TIME I QUALIFIED THE RIGHT WAY. I DIDN’T HAVE TO GET A BYE. I’M REAL PLEASED WITH THE WAY I SKATED. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING SOME MOMENTUM INTO NAGANO.>>Lesley: TO YOU, MICHAEL, THE CITY OF ROCKY. YOU ALMOST DELIVERED THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH.>>THIS WAS A GREAT NIGHT. YOU KNOW, TO COME OUT AND TO HIT THE QUAD LIKE THAT, IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, THIS CROWD AND THE END OF MY PROGRAM, GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS THEY WERE SO LOUD. YOU CAN’T BEAT ANYTHING LIKE THAT.>>Lesley: CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH UR QUAD. WILL YOU TELL US HOW IT WENT?>>IT WENT GREAT. I FELT REALLY COMFORTABLE GNG INTOT. I’VE BEEN REAL CLOSE IN PRACTICE STEPPING OUT OF A FEW. I TOOK OFF THERE, PULLED, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE ICE. I WAS ANDERTICAL. I CHECKED OUT. IT WAS GREAT.>>Lesle JUST TOUCHED WN AS YOU KW, ANOTHER OMPIAN IN I REMEMBER YOU SAYING SINCE YOU WERE EIGHT YEARS OLD PEOPLE HAVE ASKED YOU ARE YOU GOING TO THE OLYMPICS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? IT MEANSO MUCH. ESPECIALLY GOING BACK TO THE SAME COUNTRY THAT MY DAD WENT TO IN 1964 AND WITH A GREAT TEAM LI THIS, IT COULDN’T BE BETTER.>>Lesley: A TREMENDOUS EFFORT. YOU WILL REPRESENT US PROUDLY. TERRY.>>Terry: IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT AS BRIAN MENTIONED, NO AMERICAN HAS EVERON THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WITHOUT FIRST WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT A WAY TO FINISH.

Michael Weiss – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Men’s Free Skate
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6 thoughts on “Michael Weiss – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Men’s Free Skate

  • January 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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    some 10 years later someone finally lands it! an US skater too 😛

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  • June 21, 2014 at 2:29 am
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    GO MIKE! 

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  • September 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    Michael Weiss kissing his mother Lisa Thornton!!!!!

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  • March 23, 2018 at 2:21 am
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    This program was SO much better than Todd's! Mike should have won!

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  • March 23, 2018 at 2:23 am
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    Well, 2 of the judges had it right

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  • October 3, 2018 at 1:45 am
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    Why has not the jump been ratified? It had 4 rotations. Okay, there were two feet in the landing, but what did they consider back then?

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