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Maofan7
10-22-2011, 10:50 PM
Retrospective moves on to the 1981 World Championships. These championships of course were the first world championships of a new quad cycle which lead up to the 1984 Olympics. Hence, a lot of new faces

The key facts in relation to these championships are:-


Scott Hamilton wins Worlds for the first time. He would also win the next 3 World Championships and the 1984 Olympics.

Brian Orser lands only the second ever triple axel at Worlds. The first was by another Canadian, Vern Taylor, at the 1978 Worlds. However, Brian Orser's was far better and he would finish 6th at the 1981 Worlds.

Justice finally for Denise Biellmann as she becomes world champion. Having achieved her goal, she promptly retired as an amateur and turned professional after these championships.

Elaine Zayak wins silver and would go on to become World Champion the following year. Great performance from her. As I have said before, she would have been an even greater skater than she was, had she not lost part of her left foot in a lawn mower accident (when she was two and a half - which required her left boot to be stuffed to compensate). That undoubtedly affected her jumping ability. Perhaps, that is why she overused the triple toe loop (4 of the 6 triples she landed in the 1982 Worlds were triple toe loops). Hence, the reason why they brought in the so called 'Zayak Rule' after the 82 Worlds which limited the use of any one jump to 2

Great to see a Brit, Debbie Cottrill, finishing fourth. No British lady has finished as high as that since 1981, not even Joanne Conway whose highest placed finish at Worlds was 7th in the 1991 Worlds

Katarina Witt finished 5th. She won the Short Program, but could only finish 3rd in the Free Skate. But what really held her back was finishing 11th in the compulsories.

Irina Vorobieva & Igor Lisovsky become World pairs champions

Torvill & Dean become World Champions for the first time and like Scott Hamilton, would win Worlds for the next 3 years and become 1984 Olympic champions. Probably the most innovative ice dancers ever, although ironically a lot of their moves are now illegal in the present day and age! What made the difference for Torvill & Dean was that they both gave up their day jobs after the 1980 Worlds to concentrate on their skating full time.

Natalia Bestemianova & Andrei Bukin won Bronze and would also ultimately become Olympic champions in 1988.

Judy Blumberg & Michael Seibert were well in contention for a medal until they suffered a disastrous fall in their Free Dance.


Mens

Gold: Scott Hamilton - USA

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMXz6NYIlEc)

Silver: David Santee - USA

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EXnC6z56R4)

Bronze: Igor Bobrin - USSR

No Video Available - If anybody knows where one is or can upload one to YouTube, please post a link

6th: Brian Orser - CAN

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC8F7A-p5Uo)

Ladies

Gold: Denise Biellmann - Switzerland

Short Program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jnAV2bVBcY)

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucCMZffihRA)

Silver: Elaine Zayak - USA

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdHorxKW-mw)

Free Skate - 2nd Copy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMhEulMXdRQ)

Bronze: Claudia Kristofics-Binder - Austria

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1atF99Om0o)

4th: Deborah Cottrill - GBR

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG-eRWpboDg)

5th: Katarina Witt - East Germany

Short Program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko71UFJpvME)

Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hLuhzIyma0)

Pairs

Gold: Irina Vorobieva & Igor Lisovsky - USSR

Long Program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW-3iAhVxbg)

Silver: Sabine Baeß & Tassilo Thierbach - East Germany

No Video Available - If anybody knows where one is or can upload one to YouTube, please post a link

Bronze: Christina Riegel & Andreas Nischwitz - West Germany

Long Program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gs6H9kVOwM)

Ice Dance

Gold: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean - GBR

Free Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsOSQAJ7DTI)

Silver: Irina Moiseeva & Andrei Minenkov - USSR

Free Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRfGt8mUac0)

Bronze: Natalia Bestemianova & Andrei Bukin - USSR

Free Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgV8eArtmeM)

4th: Judy Blumberg & Michael Seibert - USA

Free Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blpE6ASW6wQ)

orbitz
10-22-2011, 11:47 PM
As I have said before, she [Zayak] would have been an even greater skater than she was, had she not lost part of her left foot in a lawn mower accident (when she was two and a half - which required her left boot to be stuffed to compensate). That undoubtedly affected her jumping ability.

I disagree. Zayak would have been a much, much better skater if she and her team had concentrated on her lines, extensions, musical interpretations, choreography, etc. Zayak was already doing 3 different triples at this point. The only two missings were the flip and lutz, which almost no one was doing back then. And Elaine's double flip and lutz didn't really have that much lift in them, so I have doubt if she would've been able to rotate triples on those.

essence_of_soy
10-22-2011, 11:50 PM
Regarding Zayak, after the accident, doctors suggested she try skating to improve her balance.

So, if it hadn't been for that, she may not have got into skating at all.

essence_of_soy
10-22-2011, 11:57 PM
And Elaine's double flip and lutz didn't really have that much lift in them, so I have doubt if she would've been able to rotate triples on those.

According to an article in SKATING magazine circa 1994, Elaine was considering staying eligible for one more year to try and make the 1995 World Team. At the time of the interview, she was doing both the triple flip and the triple lutz in practice.

Maofan7
10-23-2011, 12:03 AM
According to an article in SKATING magazine circa 1994, Elaine was considering staying eligible for one more year to try and make the 1995 World Team. At the time of the interview, she was doing both the triple flip and the triple lutz in practice.

That says a lot about her, her skating ability, and her fighting spirit, that she was able to overcome such a handicap

skatesindreams
10-23-2011, 12:09 AM
Elaine, to her credit, never made excuses because of the accident.
What was truly affected was her ability to do figures.

Please watch this, if you haven't seen it before.
Prior to this, we didn't realize the extent of her injury.

Elaine Zayak 1984 Olympics Up Close and Personal fluff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Eqk6PoS1M

Pushing off; and moving from edge to edge, using that foot, was difficult for her,
She depended even more than others, on her extraordinary jumps and vivacious personality in the SP and FS, as she was always trying to come from "back in the pack" after figures.

olympic
10-24-2011, 12:29 PM
Some other skating stories around the time of '81 Worlds -

-Lisa Marie Allen made her final debut at '81 US Nats, but IIRC skated subpar ( I remember her falling in the LP) and ended up 3d there. So, the '81 Worlds team was Elaine and Priscilla Hill (yes. THAT Priscilla Hill). Any other year, Lisa would've made the team. But, I think this was the time frame where the ISU rules stated that only the previous world's medalist in addition to 2 other skaters could make World's teams? So in order to obtain 3 spots, Fratianne would've had to have stuck around thru '81.

-Priscilla Hill had probably her best international showing ever by finishing 7th.

-Anyone remember Carola Paul from the DDR? How did she finish. She seemed to disappear after '81 Worlds ...

-Claudia Kristofics Binder (another Austrian like Trixi Schuba) was queen of figures for this short time '81 - '82, but struggled usually in SPs and LPs

-David Santee was leap-frogged by Scott Hamilton in the US this year, Even if David Santee was consistently ranked above Scott Hamilton thru the '77 - '80 quadrennial. But, was Scott an all-around better skater? I don't remember much about David's skating, jump arsenal or consistency. He was a silver medalist here. But, I remember him skating endless times to the theme from 'Rocky' :lol

-Igor Bobrin was 3d and he also disappeared afterwards. What happened to him?

- Didn't Blumberg / Seibert crash in the FD, and thus finish in 4th off the podium?

DORISPULASKI
10-24-2011, 12:36 PM
Bobrin married Bestemianova, and is a well known choreographer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Bobrin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Bestemianova


In 1983, Bestemianova married Igor Bobrin. After she finished her career she performed in the Ice Miniature Theater, led by her husband.[2]

skatesindreams
10-24-2011, 03:22 PM
Here's more about Igor Bobrin's Ice Theatre/Moscow Stars on Ice
http://www.ice-theatre.com/

emason
10-24-2011, 04:00 PM
Blumberg/Seibert did finish fourth and off the podium; he stumbled badly on their signature stepover move. This opened the door for B & B and when they came out to skate she had a look of fire in her eyes; I'll never forget that look - it plainly said 'you opened the door, now watch me kick it in'. It was clear they were going to go for broke and not hold back.

gkelly
10-24-2011, 04:18 PM
Torvill & Dean become World Champions for the first time and like Scott Hamilton, would win Worlds for the next 3 years and become 1984 Olympic champions. Probably the most innovative ice dancers ever, although ironically a lot of their moves are now illegal in the present day and age!

On the other hand, many ice dance moves that are allowed now were illegal in 1981-84.

The innovators, Torvill & Dean chief among them, kept trying new moves.

Then the rulemakers would decide whether to pass a rule against new moves that didn't fit their vision of ice dance or change the existing rules to explicitly allow them. And sometimes the rules about whether something was allowed would be changed yet again a few more years down the line.

Mafke
10-24-2011, 04:39 PM
Justice finally for Denise Biellmann as she becomes world champion. Having achieved her goal, she promptly retired as an amateur and turned professional after these championships.


I dont' get this. I'm as happy as anyone (besides the lady herself) that Biellmann won a WC. But how is this doing 'justice'?

This implies that her receiving low scores for a part of the competition that she wasn't very good at was an injustice, how is that?

Seerek
10-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Reports were that the ladies SP wasn't skated well - 2 lutz was the required double, and the combination required a 2 loop jump. Of the main contenders, only Witt managed to go completely clean with a triple combination.

gkelly
10-24-2011, 05:35 PM
I think Zayak landed her jumps but missed the flying spin. I'd have to verify.

Erin
10-24-2011, 07:49 PM
-Anyone remember Carola Paul from the DDR? How did she finish. She seemed to disappear after '81 Worlds ...

Yes, I'm pretty sure that she landed the first triple flip ever by a woman at that Worlds. Witt also attempted a triple flip, but Paul's was cleaner as I think Witt's was two-footed. Paul also skated before Witt, so would get the credit in any event.


I think Zayak landed her jumps but missed the flying spin. I'd have to verify.

Yes, that's my recollection too.