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judgejudy27
12-02-2010, 03:23 PM
One thing I often read is Irina Slutskaya was an overrated skater who benefited from politics and inflated artistic marks, etc...While on the surface I have sometimes thought that might be true breaking it down closer I cant see hardly any results she attained she didnt deserve.

She certainly deserved her 2 World titles in 2002 and 2005. She also deserved her World silvers in 1998, 2000, and 2001. She deserved her European titles. And she deserved her Grand Prix final victories in 2000, 2001, and 2005. The only medals I can think of she possibly didnt deserve were her World bronze in 96 and her Grand Prix final win in 2002. However I thought she should have medalled at the 97 Worlds (undermarked in the LP IMO) and won the 96 Grand Prix final (was the only top skater to do 2 clean programs there) so even those can easily be balanced out, and there is merits to her 96 World bronze as well anyway. Some argue she should have won the 02 Olympics based on different SP results, others argue she should have been only 3rd or 4th, so in the end her silver is about the average. And her bronze at the 2006 Olympics was also about the right result.

So if she was so overrated why did she not win more medals that she didnt deserve as I can hardly think of any. It might be that the judges were ready to hand her out medals she might not have deserved if she had skated just a bit better, it might be sometimes her scores seemed inflated, but as far as actual final results they were nearly all right from what I can remember.

olympic
12-02-2010, 03:35 PM
Perhaps not in the results, I think some people just felt her marks were a little high for certain segments of the competition. From the ones I can remember -

'98 Olympics SP - I don't really know how I feel about it, but I remember a few on this board quibbled that with a major mistake, she was placed in front of a clean Bonaly.

'06 Olympics LP - See above. Some thought a clean Suguri should've placed ahead of a flawed Slute here. I personally remember Suguri's performance being :yawn: So I don't necessarily agree with that.

'02 GPF - That win was a travesty, and one I definitely remember

Oh, and the '00 NHK [I think] - Sloppy Slute beat a really inspired Butyrskaya. That was also a pretty lame result

robinhood
12-02-2010, 03:35 PM
:( I can only say I miss Irina...

and I never was a huge fan

judgejudy27
12-02-2010, 03:53 PM
Perhaps not in the results, I think some people just felt her marks were a little high for certain segments of the competition. From the ones I can remember -


'98 Olympics SP - I don't really know how I feel about it, but I remember a few on this board quibbled that with a major mistake, she was placed in front of a clean Bonaly.

The result had nothing to do with Slutskaya really, it was all about Bonaly who the judges in no way considered a top skater anymore and were probably already mortified there were so many mistakes that night they ended up having to put her in the final LP flight. And Bonaly's SP had a triple toe-triple toe combination which is less valued than a triple lutz combination in the SP (under 6.0 that is) and an easier triple salchow as a solo jump. Slutskaya had a better double axel, her triple loop was better than Bonaly's triple salchow, her spins were better, even her footwork and spirals were better, and her skating skills are much superior to Bonaly's. If you look at Irina's marks they were very low on the tech. side reflecting a double lutz-double toe combination, and still overall enough to beat Bonaly's overall low marks. Still I can understand why many felt she should be lower in the SP but I understand the placings personally. In the end it is not like she medaled anyway, even though her LP was strong enough to make an argument for it (though not saying she was robbed or anything).


'06 Oly I persmpics LP - See above. Some thought a clean Suguri should've placed ahead of a flawed Slute here.onally remember Suguri's performance being :yawn: So I don't necessarily agree with that.

Well that is my feelings too. I never really saw much of a strong case for Suguri being robbed here. She had mistakes in the LP too, a doubled triple flip and some other shaky landings. And a 1 triple advantage over the 2 programs is not enough for Suguri to beat Irina generally, as Irina is obviously a superior skater to Fumie and her base mark over the two programs will be higher. That is unless Fumie's performance was really inspirational which her boring LP in 2006 definitely wasnt. Irina skating a clean short program will always be very hard for anyone to beat in that phase including Kwan over the years (though an excellent Sasha did manage to do it barely in Turin) and for sure will have a significant lead over Fumie after the SP as well. Fumie didnt have the levels on many of her spins and non jump elements in Turin either.


'02 GPF - That win was a travesty, and one I definitely remember

It was definitely, although one funny thing is if the results of the final free program had been: 1)Hughes, 2)Kwan, 3)Slutskaya, the final results would still have had Irina winning, and those could have been justified as Hughes skated cleanly with a triple-triple, while Kwan had 6 triples, no triple-triple, and a fall. Although I still would have gone with Kwan over Hughes since her overall quality and performance was higher.

I also thought Slutskaya should have won the 96 GP final instead of Kwan. Kwan fell on a simple triple toe in the short and should have been 5th in the SP, while Irina should have been higher than Choiunard in the SP, which would have given Irina the victory overall. So ultimately I agree with Slutskaya having won 4 GP finals and Michelle 1.


Oh, and the '00 NHK [I think] - Sloppy Slute beat a really inspired Butyrskaya. That was also a pretty lame result

I agree with that one. The Russian fed. always favored Irina over Maria as their #1 though and heavily campaigned as such. Which made sense since Irina always had more potential than Maria did and was more of a threat to win major titles than Maria was over the years. It also meant Irina would be scored generously with the strong Russian fed. backing her fully (I know I am sort of contradicting my thread title now, LOL) and Maria would be scored stingily, have to really earn everything she got, and never really get the benefit of doubt if there was any. Which was apparent in general throughout both their careers, but never moreso in a head to head confrontation then here.

The only time Maria got support as the Russian #1 was while Irina was in her worst slump in 98-99. In 2000 when Irina returned to form I think the Russian federation shared support for both for the year out of respect to Maria as the reigning World Champion. Once Maria failed to defend her World title in 2000 (even with Irina also not winning that year) they now felt free to dump the old Butyrskaya who was going to be 29 by SLC for good, and put all their backing behind Irina again. It is funny to think if Maria had beaten Irina at that NHK she would have been the only skater undefeated on the grand prix series that season even while doing 3 events, which is funny in a way since she had been written off as more than a bronze contender ever again by the time of the 2001 Worlds only months later.



I definitely see what you are saying BTW.

IceAlisa
12-02-2010, 04:17 PM
Irina was a jumper. The one program of hers I really enjoyed was the Cotton Eyed Joe exhibition but that is really it.

bardtoob
12-02-2010, 04:25 PM
I think Irina's 2002 World title is as debatable as Michelle's 1996 World title, but Irina had a legitimate claim to that title as well as the rest. She was very good.

attyfan
12-02-2010, 04:28 PM
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Oh, and the '00 NHK [I think] - Sloppy Slute beat a really inspired Butyrskaya. That was also a pretty lame result

I can't help wondering if Irina's silver at Worlds in 2000 was due to an unwillingness to put Maria 2nd in the FS (thereby giving her the gold). While I am a devout Kwanatic, and think that MK's FS was one of her best ever, I also thought that Maria was undermarked.

judgejudy27
12-02-2010, 04:55 PM
I think Irina's 2002 World title is as debatable as Michelle's 1996 World title, but Irina had a legitimate claim to that title as well as the rest. She was very good.

Not really. The LP victory is debateable, the overall result isnt. Kwan after a mistake in the SP was only 3rd in that phase so needed Irina to be only 3rd in the LP to win overall.

Extranjera
12-02-2010, 05:14 PM
Overrated compared to whom? To Kwan or to other skaters? I think she has never been overrated compared to Kwan, but few times she could be overrated compared to other skaters like for example Maria.





I agree with that one. The Russian fed. always favored Irina over Maria as their #1 though and heavily campaigned as such. Which made sense since Irina always had more potential than Maria did and was more of a threat to win major titles than Maria was over the years.


I agree with you, Russia wanted to have a big star and Irina was fit to this role better than Maria. Maria had always been in the shadow of Slutskaya, just like Sasha had always been in the shadow of Michelle.


I can't help wondering if Irina's silver at Worlds in 2000 was due to an unwillingness to put Maria 2nd in the FS (thereby giving her the gold). While I am a devout Kwanatic, and think that MK's FS was one of her best ever, I also thought that Maria was undermarked.

I'm curious about it too! I think Maria was better than Irina, but Michelle was the best of them all and she really deserved to win. If Maria had been 2nd in the FS she would have won, so maybe judges wanted to give Michelle medal without caring about others? I know it can sound a bit cruel, but they both are russians so who cared...

judgejudy27
12-02-2010, 05:22 PM
I didnt think Maria's LP at the 2000 Worlds was that good. It certainly paled in comparision to her short program a day earlier which IMO was her best performance ever. She made 2 major mistakes, skated very tenative and slow, and her Swan Lake was a fail compared to some of the great ones past and showcased many of her flaws rather than hiding them and showing her strengths like her short program did, and she had less technical content than Michelle and Irina to begin with so she really had to skate clean to stay in 1st. Michelle had 7 triples, 2 triple lutzes, a triple-triple. Irina had 6 triples, 2 triple lutzes, no triple-triple, 1 mistake. Maria had 5 triples, 1 triple lutz, no triple-triple, 0 mistakes. I know it is not just about jumps and mistakes but on that alone the LP order was pretty clear.

And I dont think she was put 3rd to keep her from winning the gold overall. Irina's marks were in fact very high and much higher than Maria's, and Irina was quite close to winning the LP and the gold directly over Michelle by winning the LP. It is funny since this is another case of what I meant by an undeserved win for Irina which nearly but didnt happen, and her often inflated scores but still almost always ending with the right result in the end. It seems the judges were quite impressed with Irina's flawed and not great peformance and considered it way better than Maria's, and some even considered it possibly winning outright by winning the LP as hard as it is to believe. I dont think Michelle was ever the judging panels first choice to win the 2000 Worlds anyway, so the judges wouldnt manipulate placings to attain that result. Michelle's marks in the LP were still alot lower than Maria's in the SP, and Irina won the tech. mark over Michelle in the LP even with a big pop, only 6 triples, maybe a two footed 2nd triple lutz barely in, no triple-triple, and a generic bland attempt of Carmen. However with Michelle skating such an amazing LP, Irina making mistakes, and Maria skating worse than Irina, that was just the way the result had to go.

bardtoob
12-02-2010, 05:22 PM
There was always a little strategy in the individual judges minds to get the placements the way they wanted under the 6.0 system because factor placements had gaps that were unconscionable. There were actually times when it was easier to get the clear winner into 1st by placing them in 2nd in the freeskate.

I think Michelle would have won with a cumulative scoring system like the IJS in 2000 because over the course of the whole competition Michelle only messed up one landing and had a 3/3, while Maria and Irina messed up one landing and popped a jump. Also, Michelle's layback spin was quite good that years, but looked like the end all be all of laybacks in comparison to Irina's and Maria's layback, especially considering that Biellman was not considered a layback spin back then.

Under the 6.0, I think Michelle would have lost if Maria has been given the nod for her presentation over Irina since technically Maria and Irina skated about the same. However, no way would anybody except Maria felt satisfied with Kwan placing lower than first considering that Michelle had so much technical content, including the 3/3, improved layback spin, and she had the most speed of the top 3 that night (which was also a shock since she had a reputation for being slow up to that point.)


Not really. The LP victory is debateable, the overall result isnt. Kwan after a mistake in the SP was only 3rd in that phase so needed Irina to be only 3rd in the LP to win overall.

I think this was the first year that the qualifying round factored into the scoring. In previous years, Michelle would have controlled her own destiny just being 3rd in the SP.

query5
12-02-2010, 05:43 PM
2005 euro's when she won with 3 jumps.
2002 worlds, 2006 olympics shouldn't have been in 3rd.
but compared to how they are skating now. the results seemed justiifed and michelle results are underappreicated she should have won more.
irinai is good.-but overrated at times . not all but at times.
it seems the 60's were harsher than the cop. now the skaters can skate sloppy and still win.
2001 worlds her technqiue was sloppy despite the two triple triple. but one triple triple double sloppy out of the jump, spin was a bit sloppy.
but everyone is overrated at times.
but now compared to back then--they skating seems better, now more sloppy. yes more transitions but at what cost,
sloppy skating.

Marco
12-03-2010, 03:32 AM
Major decisions I would have made differently:

Bute over Slute for bronze at 1996 Worlds
Slute over Lipinski in the lp of 1997 Worlds
Liashenko over Slute in the sp of 1998 Olympics
Slute over Bute in the lp of 1998 Olympics
Bute over Slute for silver at 1998 Worlds
Kwan over Slute in the sp of 2000 Worlds
Bute over Slute in the lp of 2000 Worlds
Bute over Slute in the lp of 2000 NHK
Kwan over Slute for gold at 2001 GPF
Bute over Slute in the lp of 2001 Worlds
Kwan and Hughes over Slute in the lp at 2002 GPF
Kwan over Slute in the lp of 2002 Olympics
Kwan over Slute in the lp of 2002 Worlds
Liashenko and Poykio over Slute at the lp of 2005 Euros
Kwan, Kostner, Arakawa and Cohen over Slute in the sp of 2005 Worlds
Arakawa and Suguri over Slute at the sp of 2006 Olympics
Suguri and Rochette over Slute at the lp of 2006 Olympics

judgejudy27
12-03-2010, 04:24 AM
Arakawa and Suguri over Slute at the sp of 2006 Olympics

Thanks for that, I can always use a good laugh. :lol:

briancoogaert
12-03-2010, 06:55 PM
I think Irina's 2002 World title is as debatable as Michelle's 1996 World title, but Irina had a legitimate claim to that title as well as the rest. She was very good.
I would have given the LP to Michelle. But Michelle made a mistake in the SP and was too far away from the gold after the SP.


She deserved her European titles. And she deserved her Grand Prix final victories in 2000, 2001, and 2005. The only medals I can think of she possibly didnt deserve were her World bronze in 96 and her Grand Prix final win in 2002. However I thought she should have medalled at the 97 Worlds (undermarked in the LP IMO)
I don't agree about her European titles. She rarely skated well at Euros, and her 2003 Euros title was not clear to me. And I don't remember the other one questionnable, IMO (maybe 2005).
About the 1997 Worlds, do you think she should have been ahead of Tara in the LP or ahead of both Tara and Michelle ? She was far from being artistic, and her LP, as enjoyable as it was, was not really mature ! So, maybe ahead of Tara, but not Michelle !
I agree that she didn't deserve her 1996 Worlds bronze, due to her 1996 Euros title, not about her actual performance.