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Local Skaters Sound-Off on Kwan's Olympic Ending Injury

Michelle Kwan moments after realizing her Olympic dream was over. Michelle Kwan moments after realizing her Olympic dream was over.
Young skaters at the Ice Palace here on Oahu. Young skaters at the Ice Palace here on Oahu.

(KHNL)  The world of figure skating is still buzzing about the news of Michelle Kwan dropping out of the Olympics.

Local residents are expressing mixed feelings about this development.

"And I cried when I watched her press conference," said Asia Nakakura, local figure skater.

"I think she was being a sore loser," said Katrina Konsolas, another figure skater.

After a bad practice on Saturday and a recurring injury, Kwan is leaving Torino without a medal. She even declined NBC's offer to be a color analyst during the competition. And now Emily Hughes is going for the gold.

"I'm prepared for the Olympics and I can't wait to be a part of it," said Hughes.

The 17-year-old will be following in sister Sarah's footsteps, who captured the gold four years ago in Salt Lake City.

"I think it's good for her, she never made it to the Olympics before, so now she has a chance to compete," said Crystal Nguyen, local figure skater.

The teens said if they were in Kwan's shoes, they might've done things differently.

"I don't think she should've been in the competition but if she decided to enter, she should've stuck it out," said Konsolas.

"I might've stuck it out a little longer before I withdrew but I see why she did it," said Nakakura.

Hughes doesn't know when she'll leave for the Olympics. She plans to attend school this week, continue her training and arrive before the ladies short program begins on February 21st.

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