The Denouement Of Kwan

I guess that kinda rhymes. I dunno. Anyway, as you probably know by now, Michelle Kwan has officially pulled out of the Olympics. And perhaps more surprisingly, people care. Hell, I care. It's figure skating, and I care. Either the Winter Olympics are truly magical, or I've got some feelings and curiosities deep down that I have yet to really explore.

It's cool that she pulled out when she did. She deserved the chance to give it one more go, she got that chance, and it didn't work out. She made the decision to withdraw after just two practices in Torino when she could've waited until a week later to make the call.

So in steps Emily Hughes, with a chance to be Tom Brady to Michelle Kwan's Drew Bledsoe. As an alternate, it was her responsibility to stay prepared and keep her game sharp. Let's hope she did.