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Carmen Ovsiannikov
12-21-2010, 05:18 AM
Men -
Alexei Yagudin 2002

Ladies -
Shizuka Arakawa; 2006 was the first time since Kristi Yamaguchi won that I felt the winner either deserved their gold or the win wasn't overshadowed by disappointment on behalf of other skaters who seemed to have had everything they needed (IMO) to get the job done but somehow faltered.

Pairs -
Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze 2002 (until the whole controversy began shortly after)
Kazakova/Dmitriev 1998
Gordeeva/Grinkov 1994

Icedancing -
Torvill/Dean 1984
Klimova/Ponomarkeno 1992
Anissina/Peizerat 2002
Virtue/Moir 2010

12-21-2010, 06:02 AM
Shen & Zhao for sure. I was beyond thrilled for them when they won :)

12-21-2010, 07:18 AM
T&D, 1984.
Yags, 2002 (Yay!)
V&M, 2010.
YNK, 2010.

I don't remember G&G in 1988, but their 1994 LP was flawed, so they didn't moved me like earlier in the season.

12-21-2010, 07:23 AM
Do I have to have lived through the actual Olympic games?

Shizuka fought so hard for that title. She achieved something so big that day. She's one of my favorite skaters to watch to this day.

12-21-2010, 07:42 AM
88 - Boitano, G/G

94 - Urmanov

98 - Lipinski

02 - Yagudin

06 - Plushenko (yeah, I know, but I liked him then!)

12-21-2010, 09:19 AM
Shizuka Arakawa in 2006 : she's got everything it takes to be a real great olympic champion.
B&S in 2002 : they were clearly the best. What happened after is not sport, it was a media stuff that should remain as it was.
Kulik 1998 : beautiful champion.
G&G 1994 : the greatest pair ever reaching the sport gods.
V&M 2010 : so beautiful to watch, and technically extremely strong. They really made things look easy, like not many skaters can do.

12-21-2010, 09:38 AM
Definately A/P in 02 .I just couldn't bear the thought of FP/M being OGM :eek:

12-21-2010, 11:26 AM
G&G in 1988

Brian B. in 1988 (even though I was pulling even more for Brian O. in 1984 and 1988). I still consider the "Battle of the Brians" to be the greatest night of men's figure skating, ever.

Torvill & Dean - 1984

Ilia - 1998 - great performance - I always liked him, and like him even more as a pro. Even his "giraffe" costume didn't bother me one bit. (I was brokenhearted that Todd was off the podium. Philippe was wonderful that night, but I have been so disappointed with most of his pro programs, especially with "George of the Jungle").

Shizuka - 2006 - Her reaction in the K&C was priceless

Shen & Zhao - 2010

12-21-2010, 12:25 PM
Yagudin in 2002, V&M 2010 and Yuna Kim 2010.

My favorite wins too.:40beers:

12-21-2010, 12:29 PM
Virtue and Moir, 2010. Because I was there to see it!

12-21-2010, 01:51 PM
First one to come to mind for myself was Lysacek. He deserved to beat Plushenko, but more so considering Plushenko thought the OGM was going to be handed to him regardless of how well he did.

In Plushy's defense though, IF he really did think he was unstoppable, it was because the judges only reinforced that line of thinking in his head. He was way overmarked in PCS and should have been defeated by Lambiel's brilliant LP skate at Europeans, but no, the judging panel marked Evgeni's LP as the best when they very easily and justifiably could have placed him 2nd in the LP and sent him a message to work more on his program components. Lambiel still would not have won Euros based on his flawed SP, but perhaps ranking Plushy 2nd in the long could have changed his perception a bit. Who knows? He was overmarked in PCS in every competition he skated in (as was Lysacek), so I say blame the judges for giving him a false perception of how he stacked up against the competition. :slinkaway

12-21-2010, 02:14 PM
For 2010, both Lysacek and S&Z.

Yagudin is probably my all-time answer to that, though ... brilliant performance!

12-21-2010, 03:12 PM
Torvill & Dean
Shizuka Arakawa
Shen & Zhao

but most important of all:
Yagudin ;)

12-21-2010, 03:15 PM
In Plushy's defense though, IF he really did think he was unstoppable, it was because the judges only reinforced that line of thinking in his head.

The judges, the media, his coach, his wife ..... ;)

Anyhow, gold in 2006 and silver in 2010 - respect!
Ooops, it was platinum, sorry ;)

12-21-2010, 07:34 PM
Shizuka in 06...for oh, so many reasons.