Emily Freedman – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate

Emily Freedman – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate


FLEMING AND DICK BUTTON. IT WA WONDERFUL TO HEAR THE APPLAUSE AGAIN. M IN GOOD COMPANY TONIGHT. PEGGY FLEMING WON ONE OF HER CHAMPIONSHIPS RIGHT HERE IN 1968. AND DICK BUTTON, WITH ALL OF HIS CHAMPIONSHIPS AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS. THIS IS ONLY YOUR 50th CHAMPIONSHIP YOU’RE GOING TO.>>Dick: YOU THINK I’M GETTING THE HANG OF IT?>>Brent: THIS IS A FULL HOUSE HERE AT THE CORESTATES CENTER. THEY WERE IN HERE ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE ANY SKATER ARRIVED TONIGHT. THERE WAS AN ELECTCITY YOU CAN FEEL THATEALLY HASN’T BEEN HERE ALL WK LONG.>>Terry: THE FIRST OF TWO GROUPS OF SKATERS WE WILL SEE WITH OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP FREE SKATE. THIS IS A GROUP THAT INCLUDES NAMES LIKE SHELBY LYONS, SARAH DEVEREAUX, ANDREA GARDINER, SIDNE VOGEL. NAMES THAT YOU WILL KNOW OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.>>ick: WHAT A TOUGH MOMENT IT IS FOR THEM. THIS IS FOUR MINUTES WHICH CAN BE AGONY OR ECSTASY.>>Terry: EMILY FREEDMAN. HER FIRST TRY AT THE SENIOR NATIONALS.>>Peggy: SHE IS COACH BID CAROL HEISS JENKINS AND GLENN LOTS WHO ALSO COACHED TONIA KWIATKOWSKI.>>Peggy: SHE OPENING WITH A DOUBLE AXEL, TWO AND A HALF REVOLUTIONS. NICELY DONE. AND INTO A TRIPLE TOE LOOP. HAD TRBLE ON THAT LANDIN>>Dick: REMEMBER, ONE OF THE GREAT LEVELERS IN THIS COMPETITION IS THE LUTZ JUMP. IT MUST BE DONE OFF THE BACK OUTSIDE EDGE. IN THAT EDGE SBIT CHS INTO AN INSIDE, IT’S CALLED A FLUTZ.>>Terry: WHICH IS A COMBINATION BETWEEN A FLIP AND A LUTZ.>>Dick: A FLUB AND A FLOP. THIS, A DOUBLE FLIP. OH, MY GOODNESS. SHE’S NOT MAKING IT TONIGHT.>>Peggy: THAT’SA RELATIVELY EASY JUMP. BUT IF YOU NOTICE, EMILY JUMPS IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AS MOST OF THE OTHER SKATERS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE LATER ON. IT’S NOT ANYTHING ALL THAT DIFFERENT, BUT IT’S LIKE IF YOU, YOU KNOW, HAVE YOUR LEFT-HANDED OR RIGHT-HANDED. JUST LOOKING DIFFERENT TO YOUR EYE.>>Dick: EVERYBODY JUMPS, EVERYBODY SPINS IN ONE DIRECTION BETTER THAN ANOTHER. YOU HAVE A NATURAL TENDENCY TO SPIN IN ONE DIRECTION. THE SECRET IN SKATING IS T JUMP AN SPIN IN WHATEVER DIRECTION THAT IS, NOT TO DO SPINS IN ONE DIRECTION AN JUMPS TO THE OTHER. THAT ALLOWS TO GET VERY GOOD REVOLUTION IN THE AIR.>>Terry: THERE ARE A FEW SKATERS WHO JUMP IN THAT DIRECTION. TODD ELDREDGE IS ONE OF THEM.>>Peggy: YES. HE DOES THAT VERY WELL.>>Dick: TRIPLE LOOP.>>Dick: DOUBLE AXEL, FORWARD EDGE.>>Peggy: SHE DOES THOSE VERY NICELY. REAL SMOOTH, NICE SMOOTH UNDERLANDING.>>Dick: I KEEP SAYING FORWARD EDGE BECAUSE THAT’S THE DIFFICULT EDGE. IT CAN GO IN ANY DIFFERENT DIRECTION. THIS IS A BACK EDGE. ALL JUMPS ARE TAKEN OFF THE BACK EDGE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE AXEL. NOW, THIS MOVE THAT SHE’S DOING DOWN IN THE CENTER OF THE RINK IS CALLED A STRAIGHT LINE STEP SEQUENCE. YOU NOTICE IT GOES ALMOST MORE OR LESS IN A STRAIGHT LINE FROM ONE END OF THE RINK TO THE OTHER. THAT’S A REQUIREMENT IN THE LONG PROGRAM, THAT SHE DO A STEP COMBINATION EITHER STRAIGHT, CIRCULAR OR SERPENTINE.>>Dick: BACK SPIN THAT TURNS HER RIGHT TO THE END OF THE PROGRAM.>>Peggy: A LITTLE ROUGH PERFORMANCE FOR HER.>>Dick: WELL, IT’S VERY DISCOURAGING TO HAVE A PERFORMANCE IN WHICH YOU MAKE A FALL, LET ALONE MANY FALLS.>>Peggy: RIGHT.>>Terry: LEARNING PROCESS, NO DOUBT, FOR 18-YEAR-OLD FREEDMAN. BACK WITH SHELBY LYONS WHO WAS>>Terry: WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO PHILADELPHIA. EMILY FREEDMAN LOOKING AT HER MARKS.>>Terry: THIS LADY’S FREE SKATE WORTH TWO-THIRDS OF THE OVERALL SCORE. AND IT’S BP A BUSY WEEK FOR THIS YOUNG WOMAN. 16-YEAR-OLD SHELBY LYONS IN 10th PLACE AFTER THE SHORT PROGRAM. OF COURSE, YOU SAW EARLIER, SHE WON THE SILVER MEDAL WITH HER PARTNER BRIAN WELLS IN THE PAIRS COMPETITION.

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5 thoughts on “Emily Freedman – 1998 United States Figure Skating Championships, Ladies’ Free Skate

  1. ChristineTheHippie says:

    How old was she?

  2. Tony Wheeler says:

    Gannon says at the end of the performance that she was 18.

  3. JEFF DODGE says:

    18 16 or 17

  4. JEFF DODGE says:

    She’s my mom

  5. JEFF DODGE says:

    I’m using my dads YouTube

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