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Ares
12-13-2010, 04:58 AM
In recent memory, World medalists who did not qualify for the following year's Worlds...

*2003 Irina Slutskaya (ill)Technically Irina did qualify for 2003 Worlds with a 2nd place finish at Russian Nationals and a 1st at Euros that year, but she ended up having to withdraw from Worlds.

Triple Butz
12-13-2010, 05:44 AM
Injured too : Jill Trenary !

I suspect her "injury" was that her weak jumping was not going to cut it after the elimination of figures.

gkelly
12-13-2010, 02:31 PM
I suspect her "injury" was that her weak jumping was not going to cut it after the elimination of figures.

There was a TV interview with her on crutches at some point during that season (Worlds? Nationals?) -- lot of extra effort for a ruse.

briancoogaert
12-13-2010, 03:48 PM
I suspect her "injury" was that her weak jumping was not going to cut it after the elimination of figures.


There was a TV interview with her on crutches at some point during that season (Worlds? Nationals?) -- lot of extra effort for a ruse.
I guess you're right gkelly.
Then, she went back in the Olympic season (1991 Skate Canada ?). She finished in 4th, and realised that it would be to difficult to qualify, IIRC.

Seerek
12-13-2010, 03:55 PM
Technically Irina did qualify for 2003 Worlds with a 2nd place finish at Russian Nationals and a 1st at Euros that year, but she ended up having to withdraw from Worlds.

Yes, you're absolutely right! thanks for reminding me.

museksk8r
12-13-2010, 04:24 PM
Someone like Kostner or Kim could completely bomb nationals (and hasn't Kostner?) and still go to Worlds.

Yu-Na Kim doesn't even have to skate at her Nationals. She's gotten a free pass straight to Worlds since the 2006 season.

5Ali3
12-14-2010, 09:33 PM
I suspect her "injury" was that her weak jumping was not going to cut it after the elimination of figures.

Absolutely not true - Trenary had a minor ankle injury, I think a sore caused by the rubbing of her boot against the skin, in the days before Bunga pads, that eventually became infected with staph. The staph infection was quite serious, and I recall that it required multiple surgeries over more than a year; the first was not too long before 1991 Nationals. If I am remembering correctly, the staph infection essentially ended her career.

I wasn't there, but the story makes sense to me based on the mechanics of being in boots, and I know of another national competitor whose career ended for a similar reason - over a year spent battling an infection along her heal that involved an infected raw area that was at least 2"x3". Each time that it seemed healed, she'd try to skate again, and the boot would just rip it back up. By the time that it finally healed with nine full months of complete rest, including a hospital stay with IV antibiotics, it just wasn't worth coming back to skating.

Triple Butz
12-15-2010, 07:30 AM
There was a TV interview with her on crutches at some point during that season (Worlds? Nationals?) -- lot of extra effort for a ruse.

You know, you're right. It was really the next year when she tried to compete and it just wasn't going to be enough. I sort of blended 91 and 92 together. Sorry about that.

bardtoob
12-15-2010, 08:41 AM
And the myth continues ... sure, post-figures Trenary would've been competitive :rolleyes:

judgejudy27
12-15-2010, 10:02 AM
And the myth continues ... sure, post-figures Trenary would've been competitive :rolleyes:

She probably could have beaten Kerrigan and Kerrigan medaled in all the major events in 91-92.

Seerek
12-15-2010, 12:02 PM
Absolutely not true - Trenary had a minor ankle injury, I think a sore caused by the rubbing of her boot against the skin, in the days before Bunga pads, that eventually became infected with staph. The staph infection was quite serious, and I recall that it required multiple surgeries over more than a year; the first was not too long before 1991 Nationals. If I am remembering correctly, the staph infection essentially ended her career.



Jill seemed pretty optimistic in this January 1991 Interview on NBC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUypC8lz8ZI) that she would recover in time to get a bye to the 1991 Worlds. Interesting to hear that because her surgery was just recent.

DreamSkates
12-15-2010, 08:02 PM
That must be just crushing, so so so disappointing to have that status and work so hard but not get back to worlds or your previous competitive form or ranking.

Frau Muller
12-15-2010, 08:13 PM
Actually, in her time, Jill was known as the musical artiste and a solid free skater. She just happened to do well in figures because of Carlo Fassi...but by no means was she a "figures-above-all" skater. Sure, she lost an edge against those with relatively weak figures (Bonaly, Ito, etc.) after 1990, but Trenary was never known as a figures specialist. She suffered a bad injury in summer 1990, that I recall. The elimination of figures simply opened the floodgates for Bonaly et al. I'm sure that a healthy Jill would have held her own through to 1992 Olympics.

bardtoob
12-15-2010, 08:18 PM
Jill won Worlds in 1990 primarily because of figures. She had a miserable SP and did not win the LP.

judgejudy27
12-15-2010, 08:35 PM
Jill won Worlds in 1990 primarily because of figures. She had a miserable SP and did not win the LP.

She was 2nd in the LP so obviously she was competitive. She beat Yamaguchi who would go on to win the 91 Worlds, 92 Olympics, and 92 Worlds. I am not saying she would have beaten Yamaguchi at any of those events, I highly doubt it in fact. However I think she could have beaten Kerrigan at any of them, and Kerrigan medaled at each. Actually Kerrigan might have not even made a World team until 1993 if Trenary had stayed in.