From Aim=E9e of Germany
I was looking forward to the world's for three months- when the Europeans
were over, the time couldn't be shorter till the world's, I hoped that
Yagudin would be able to take revenge for his second place in
Bratislava. So I created a 'day-counter'-I had a paper with every day
till the 18th of march, and I was happy every evening, when it was one
day more less.
Then, it was wednesday- the short programm. I couldn't see it earlier,
because of the time difference between germany and Canada. bit at this
day, in school, I couldn't just sit, I was so full of energy and the
question: will he be able to give the best? I didn't knew that he was
injured, not yet.
after school, the pressure was too big- I read in the video text.. and
he was only third after the short programm! that was a horrible moment =
for me, really. I still had one hour untill the broadcast would begin,
so I went to the computer and read in an article in the internet, that
he has been handicapes by a painfull injury!
But nevertheless, I felt much better right then, and when I saw him
skating, his wonderful programm, full of emotion and energy, so
gorgeous, I was sooo glad, I believed I could fly, really. He fought, how
he does that so often, and that was much better then every first place
of the world- he was injured and nevertheless he didn't give up-he was
Deidre from USA
The greatest Alexei moment that I have from the whole experience of the World Championships had to be Gladiator. Never before had I seen someone so determined and so into the audience. It was almost, that for a moment, it had stopped being a competition, and became just a lovely piece of art to observe. And despite his injury, I believe many of us felt that he was still a Champion. He went out on the ice and skated with such a sense of warmth for us all. We love you Alexei...you are a AMAZING!
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