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Vash01
01-11-2013, 07:51 PM
Caryn Kadavy really blossomed as a pro skater. She was always a lovely, graceful skater. The pro scene did not have the pressure of doing many triple jumps and Caryn really brought the beauty of her skating to the scene. I think touring with Brian Boitano also helped her a lot in terms of building her confidence. She is one of my all time favorite skaters.

Maofan7
01-11-2013, 07:55 PM
One additional fact that I have just remembered is that Katarina Witt's parents were able to attend a world championships for the very first time at these championships. The East German government had refused to allow her parents to leave the country to attend a World Championships that were held in the west, fearing their defection. However, as these championships were held in Hungary, they were permitted to attend.

Vash01
01-11-2013, 08:01 PM
One additional fact that I have just remembered is that Katarina Witt's parents were able to attend a world championships for the very first time at these championships. The East German government had refused to allow her parents to leave the country to attend a World Championships that were held in the west, fearing their defection. However, as these championships were held in Hungary, they were permitted to attend.

I remember the commentator mentioning that, and the camera even caught their faces. How nice for them to finally watch their daughter compete!

Maofan7
01-11-2013, 08:15 PM
Sports Illustrated Article (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1067164/index.htm)

Maofan7
01-12-2013, 02:14 PM
And almost the exact same podium. lol

If Ekaterina Gordeeva had not come down with a cold/flu, G&G would probably have won and then it would have been the exact same winners in all 4 disciplines.

alchemy void
01-12-2013, 02:37 PM
Sports Illustrated Article (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1067164/index.htm)

Thanks for the link, great read! My favorite part: Boitano was offered a part on Perfect Strangers as Balki's long lost cousin!?! :lol: Please told me he accepted, what an epic opportunity!

bardtoob
01-12-2013, 03:23 PM
My favorite part: Boitano was offered a part on Perfect Strangers as Balki's long lost cousin!?! :lol:

"WE DO THE DANCE OF JOY!!!" :cheer2: :40beers: :cheer2:

liv
01-12-2013, 11:26 PM
Brian Orser's LP. It was brilliant and a great way to come back after the devastation fo the Olympics.

Valova/Vasiliev skated an inspired long program. If they had had one mistake the judges probably would have given it to G/G, but they instead took the opportunity to leave on a very high note.

mustafinabars
01-13-2013, 01:26 AM
Brian Boitano was robbed of winning the LP at this event I thought.

Vash01
01-13-2013, 04:40 AM
Brian Boitano was robbed of winning the LP at this event I thought.

No way Boitano's performance could have beatern Orser's at the 1988 worlds. He stepped out of the attempted quad (3.5 revolutions) and singled his second 3A. His performance did not have the energy and emotion of his Olympics performance. Orser skated a perfect LP, with two 3As, no mistakes, and his usual charm on the ice. He won hands down on both tech and artistic marks.

Erin
01-13-2013, 05:07 AM
Orser's FP was unbeatable with the skaters at that event IMO. It was the skate of his career and probably the best FP ever skated to that point. It wasn't quite as technically strong as Boitano had been in Calgary, but IMO had stronger choreography and better performance ability than Boitano. It wasn't even close that night between Boitano and Orser.

Orser and Browning were the main highlight of this event for me - I love Kurt's story about how he thought he'd blown the quad by having the three-turn on the landing, and getting very angry at himself until halfway through the program, when he saw his teammates going crazy and realizing maybe he actually had been successful. I thought it was pretty impressive that Kurt kept the rest of the program together, as I would have thought the roller coaster of emotions could have really thrown him off. Interestingly, I'm pretty sure Browning landed the next clean quad in competition (much more cleanly) so he would have had the first quad even if the ISU had decided that a three-turn meant it wasn't clean, but it probably helped him to have that monkey off of his back and set him up very well for the next season.

4rkidz
01-13-2013, 05:47 AM
Thanks Maofan7 for the trip down memory lane.. i remember that year so well for figure skating, it was a great year. I really enjoyed both the Olympics and the Worlds - I think Witt skated much better at the Worlds and Manley certainly had the strongest long program. The Brian's continuing battle was epic - and fitting the way it ended up..

Vash01
01-13-2013, 05:59 AM
Orser's FP was unbeatable with the skaters at that event IMO. It was the skate of his career and probably the best FP ever skated to that point. It wasn't quite as technically strong as Boitano had been in Calgary, but IMO had stronger choreography and better performance ability than Boitano. It wasn't even close that night between Boitano and Orser.

Orser and Browning were the main highlight of this event for me - I love Kurt's story about how he thought he'd blown the quad by having the three-turn on the landing, and getting very angry at himself until halfway through the program, when he saw his teammates going crazy and realizing maybe he actually had been successful. I thought it was pretty impressive that Kurt kept the rest of the program together, as I would have thought the roller coaster of emotions could have really thrown him off. Interestingly, I'm pretty sure Browning landed the next clean quad in competition (much more cleanly) so he would have had the first quad even if the ISU had decided that a three-turn meant it wasn't clean, but it probably helped him to have that monkey off of his back and set him up very well for the next season.

The only more difficult thing Boitano did in the Olympics (than Orser's 88 worlds) was the 3f3t combination, which even men were not doing at that time.

About Kurt's next quad in competition- I don't know if he landed a clean one at the Canadian nationals or one of the GPs. He certainly did not land it clean at the 1989 worlds. He two-footed it.

Erin
01-13-2013, 06:29 AM
Kurt's quad was clean as a whistle at 1989 Canadians. It's not on YouTube, but I pulled out my DVD to double check and it was definitely one foot and fully rotated...probably the best quad I'd ever seen him do actually. I would assume the ISU would have ratified (or homologated ;)) the quad at Canadians if the Worlds one had not counted, given that they gave Brandon Mroz credit for the quad lutz at a club competition.

judgejudy27
01-13-2013, 06:34 AM
The only more difficult thing Boitano did in the Olympics (than Orser's 88 worlds) was the 3f3t combination, which even men were not doing at that time.


That and Boitano doing a 2nd triple flip (in Calgary), whereas Orser repeated the triple toe, an easier triple. I would still place Orser from Budapest over Boitano in Calgary though, and I am sure the judges would have too considering they very nearly placed the Orser of Calgary which was much weaker than Budapest over the Boitano of Calgary.