Kwan captures fourth World crown
March 24, 2001 - Coming into the 2001 World Championships at Vancouver's General Motors Palace, Michelle Kwan was facing the best competition the world had to offer in the sport of women's figure skating, namely Irina Slutskaya of Russia and Sarah Hughes of the U.S., the two skaters most likely to challenge Kwan for the Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. Skating with confidence, Kwan exhibited the grace and style that has become her trademark.
Though trailing Slutskaya entering the long program, Kwan successfully executed the triple toe-triple toe combination that had given her so much trouble throughout her career, and threw in a triple lutz-double toe combination, a triple salchow, a triple flip, another triple lutz and a triple loop for good measure.
When it was over, she pumped her fists in the air in exhilaration. The victory was her fourth world title.
"In the last month, [coach] Frank [Caroll] and I just said, 'This is it. Make it or break it,'" Kwan said. "It turns out I peaked at the right time."
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