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Confirmed Olympic berth different from Olympic gold

Updated: January 27, 2006, 10:09 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

By skating in a practice session nearly two weeks after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Michelle Kwan proved Friday that she is healthy enough to skate. And in return, she was granted a pass to compete in her third Olympics next month in Torino.

Did we really need a dog-and-pony show, complete with a panel of skating officials and pool reporters flying out to a secluded rink in Los Angeles, to prove that Kwan has the ability to skate? Anyone who knows what a Zamboni is could have ...

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