So Michelle Kwan has withdrawn from the Olympics. You knew that was going to happen -- after that fall yesterday in practice. It's hard to give up after all these years, hard never to get what it has seemed so long was your entitlement. But to petition your way onto the team and get the slot that was Emily's -- that was not the prettiest form of entitlement. And to occupy that slot when you aren't ready to use it, that's an awful way to end your career. So you've done the right thing -- probably the only thing you could do -- and withdrawn.
[Emily] Hughes, 17, was contacted immediately at her home. She is the younger sister of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes. She will join Sasha Cohen and Kimmie Meissner on the United States team.Aw, she's only 17. She doesn't have to lie any better than that! Go, little sister Emily!
Cohen said graciously that she was disappointed for Kwan.
"I was a little bit shocked," she said of hearing about the withdrawal. "I know how tough it is to come back from an injury. It's great that she tried and I'm sorry that it didn't work out."
CORRECTION: I mistakenly read that last quote as being from Hughes, but it's Cohen's. So the cute lie comment is all wrong. Sorry.