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misskarne
01-11-2012, 05:10 AM
Are you guys forgetting that a judge admitted to fixing her vote? Let's not stir this up again but the Olympic committee had no choice in this. And if I were the Olympic skater I'd be demanding a gold medal as well.

Are you also forgetting that several years later said judge admitted that she didn't actually but was recieving threats from the North American press?

There were at least eight other judges on that panel. B&S won. The reaction of the press and S&P was the ultimate in sore losing.

IceJunkie
01-11-2012, 06:34 AM
There are so many shocking moments in skating.

I still remember being 12 years old, watching the 2002 Olympics and literally gasping when Michelle fell - just like everyone in the audience did. Such an intense night - I have a lot of Olympic memories, but that is probably towards the top.

And of course Sale and Pelletier winning silver - at the time I was a casual fan (I didn't watch pairs or dance until I was older) and didn't see how Bereznaya and Sikharulidze had any chance of winning. I think it was more shocking how blatantly biased that Hamilton, Bezic et al were towards the Canadians.

Fusar-Poli's death glare towards Margaglio in Turin was truly shocking. I don't think I've ever seen behavior like that towards a partner in dance or pairs. I still go on YT and watch it once or twice a year for laughs.

Loves_Shizuka
01-11-2012, 08:14 AM
Are you also forgetting that several years later said judge admitted that she didn't actually but was recieving threats from the North American press?

What, what, WHAT?! I've never heard this before - how have I never heard this before?! :eek: Clearly I need enlightening...

antmanb
01-11-2012, 10:40 AM
What, what, WHAT?! I've never heard this before - how have I never heard this before?! :eek: Clearly I need enlightening...

I don't think it ever happened, that's why you haven't heard about it :P

Zemgirl
01-11-2012, 11:10 AM
Oh, Marie-Reine Le Gougne has confessed to any number of things depending on who the audience is: she has alternately been pressured by Didier Gailhaguet, Russian officials and their cronies, Canadian officials and their backers, the media, Sally Stapleford and her pals, and possibly some other people I forgot. IIRC there was an IN story about her running into David Pelletier at TEB years later and tearfully apologizing to him. At this point, if she confessed to a much more complicated conspiracy involving others events and sports and possibly some politicians and space aliens, I wouldn't be surprised.

It also means we'll likely never know what exactly happened.

gk_891
01-11-2012, 02:48 PM
I thought Midori Ito and Laeticia Hubert crashing into one another during the SP warm-up was quite dramatic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5i6zECEXT0

Loves_Shizuka
01-12-2012, 08:50 AM
For my sins I watch the DVD's of SLC a lot (I have way too much time on my hands !) & several things come to mind.
The silver medal of Lob/Ave. No way was their silver medal right. Yes their OD was great but their compulsory's were sloppy & their FD was just awful & bland.
Yes, Sarah Hughes was amazing in the free skate but I would have had the ranking in the short different
1-Slutskaya
2-Cohen
3-Kwan
4-Butyrskaya
5-Hughes


Call me crazy, but I would have had Suguri ahead of Hughes as well.

I've never, EVER, understood the silver/scores for L/A. Like, at all. Wasn't it a 5-4 split for 1st as well?!

briancoogaert
01-12-2012, 09:42 AM
Call me crazy, but I would have had Suguri ahead of Hughes as well.

I've never, EVER, understood the silver/scores for L/A. Like, at all. Wasn't it a 5-4 split for 1st as well?!
Yeah, shocking to me ! I was like that : "Suddenly at the same level as Anissina&Peizerat ?"

PashaFan
01-12-2012, 12:31 PM
Call me crazy, but I would have had Suguri ahead of Hughes as well.

I've never, EVER, understood the silver/scores for L/A. Like, at all. Wasn't it a 5-4 split for 1st as well?!

Suguri yes, maybe even Jennifer Robinson. Malinina was undermarked also.

~tapdancer~
01-12-2012, 01:54 PM
Total Shock and Joy! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfEF_0GeDwc)

Several weeks ago I had the great privilege and joy of finally telling Paul face-to-face how much this particular performance meant to me. I told him that I wanted to thank him for his whole career, but especially what he did in 1992, and he replied, "That was a really special year." I told him, "Yes, but it was not just something good that happened to you, it was something good that happened to me." I explained that I had lost my job three weeks prior to those Olympics and Paul's SP was the first thing since that had made me cry from happiness, not sadness. It was a great release for me and a reminder that God would be bringing me good things in the future. I told him that I hoped that he'd never felt that he was not doing something important by skating, and that he'd touched people more than he could ever possibly know. Paul seemed very appreciative and pleased to hear this, and I'm so glad that I was able to share my experience with him.

Wonderful story. I'm sure Paul was very pleased.

antmanb
01-12-2012, 01:55 PM
2002 ladies SP was one of the cleanest competitions i can recall in the ladies. I seem to remember taking issue with the "steps" preceding the jumps on most of the top 10 and remember thinking that Sarah Meier (coming in around 10 or 11) was the only one that had steps right into the solo triple flip (was it the flip she did). Everyone had more or less the same jump content, and everyone stood up.

taf2002
01-12-2012, 03:02 PM
Really the entire 2006 Olympic OD was a drama fest, capped by the death glare, which was truly a moment for the ages. Years later Barbara mentioned that there were loads of Savarovski crystals on the ice from all the previous falls (though she did not attribute their fall to tripping on any of them ;)).


Of course she did...why else even mention it? And why did no one else mention the crystals either?

briancoogaert
01-12-2012, 03:23 PM
2002 ladies SP was one of the cleanest competitions i can recall in the ladies. I seem to remember taking issue with the "steps" preceding the jumps on most of the top 10 and remember thinking that Sarah Meier (coming in around 10 or 11) was the only one that had steps right into the solo triple flip (was it the flip she did). Everyone had more or less the same jump content, and everyone stood up.
Yes, and looking at the scores, you see it was a really close competition : almost every skaters in the top 11 after the SP (except the 3 first) have places from 4th to 12th !

PashaFan
01-12-2012, 04:32 PM
I remember that Fontana skated well but the arena was half empty after the Kwan/Slutskaya/Butyrskaya group had skated.
Meier was lovely, Gusemeroli skated really well. Sebestyan also.
The free programes I enjoyed the most was Jennifer Robinson (a pity she fell on the lutz), Sarah Hughes & Fumie Suguri's.
Fumie was so unlucky at both Salt Lake City & Turin. In Turin I would have had her with the bronze above Slutskaya.

Loves_Shizuka
01-12-2012, 04:37 PM
Yeah, shocking to me ! I was like that : "Suddenly at the same level as Anissina&Peizerat ?"

IKR. I did find their (apparent) rapid improvement in 02 very :confused: