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Willowway
04-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Misskarne - no apoligies needed. There's misinformation out there about pretty much everyone. Ilia has had his difficult moments but he certainly did not have any kind of breakdown in Nagano - quite the opposite, he managed it like the champ he is.

SmallFairy - I was with you. I must have breathed during Ilia's LP but I don't recall doing it. I do recall screaming "YES, YOU DID IT" while jumping to my feet at the end. Even watching it now, the moment still thrills me. During World Pros some years later, Ilia skated out to take his place for his long (artistic) program, placed himself and then we heard those familiar opening notes on the clarinet and realized that yes, we were going to see "Rhapsody in Blue" live. I never thought I would see it (even minus the quad) in person and I teared up - it was so thrilling. He won that night also.

skatesindreams
04-16-2011, 07:17 PM
Willoway, I wish I'd seen that, live.

rudi
04-16-2011, 07:22 PM
You know, I have always been a huge Kwan fan was really disappointed when she didn't win the gold in Nagano; however, with that said, I have to hand it to Tara. I just watched her performance again, and IMHO, it was one of the best Olympic performances and a well deserved gold.

misskarne
04-17-2011, 04:43 PM
I must have breathed during Ilia's LP but I don't recall doing it. I do recall screaming "YES, YOU DID IT" while jumping to my feet at the end. Even watching it now, the moment still thrills me.

I'm really jealous you saw it live/remember it. I remember doing a unit of work on the Winter Olympics for Nagano (I was in primary school then, ten years old, and the only reason I could remember it was that I was the only one who could write the mascots' names in Japanese).

But I have the video on my harddrive, and it still leaves me breathless anyway!

briancoogaert
04-19-2011, 02:47 PM
John Curry 1976 Olympics LP

Gordeeva & Grinkov 1994 Olympics Exhibition

Alexei Yagudin 2002 Olympics SP

judgejudy27
04-21-2011, 05:15 AM
If there was an all time Olympics these would be my medals:

Women:

Gold- Yu Na Kim 2010
Silver- Tara Lipinski 1998
Bronze- Janet Lynn 1972 or Michelle Kwan 1998


Men:

Gold- Alexei Yagudin 2002
Silver- Brian Boitano 1988
Bronze- John Curry 1976

Dance:

Gold- Torvill and Dean 1984
Silver- Klimova & Ponomarenko 1992 (I personally prefered them but objectively speaking I cant really put them higher)
Bronze- Virtue & Moir 2010


Pairs:

Gold- Miskutienok & Dmitriev 1994
Silver- Gordeeva & Grinkov 1988
Bronze- Gordeeva & Grinkov 1994 or Miskutienok & Dmitriev 1992

The pairs all time podium was the toughest for me. I also considered Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze of 2002 and Totmianina & Marinin on 2006 (based on technical merit mostly) for the podium.

blue_idealist
04-21-2011, 11:38 PM
For me if there was an all-time Olympics it would be:

LADIES
Tara Lipinski 1998
Yu-Na Kim 2010
I don't know.. do I have to choose a gold medalist? Can I choose Michelle Kwan's silver medal in 1998?

MEN
Yagudin 2002
Plushenko 2006
Boitano 1988

PAIRS
Gordeeva/Grinkov 1988
Totmianina/Marinin 2006
MISHKUTIENOK/DMITRIEV 1994 (should have won!)

DANCE
Klimova/Ponomarenko 1992
Torvill/Dean 1984
Grishuk/Platov 1998