Best Bronze Medal Olympic performance by a Lady

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Best Olympic Bronze Medal performance by a Lady

Poll closed Nov 27, 2012.
  1. Debbie Thomas (1988)

    2 vote(s)
    1.2%
  2. Nancy Kerrigan (1992)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Chen Lu (1994)

    20 vote(s)
    11.6%
  4. Chen Lu (1998)

    51 vote(s)
    29.7%
  5. Michelle Kwan (2002)

    24 vote(s)
    14.0%
  6. Irina Slutskaya (2006)

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  7. Joannie Rochette (2010)

    67 vote(s)
    39.0%
  8. Other

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    We might as well pick the best bronze medal performance by a lady in the Olympics.

    I chose not to list anyone before 1988, but it does not mean you cannot vote for someone before 1988 (the 'Other' option)

    In 1984 Kira Ivanova because of school figures, and I have never seen Dagmar (I forget her last name) who won the 1980 bronze. In any case, the more recent ones seem to get more votes, so 1988 is as far back as I want to go on this list.
  2. Shyjosie

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    Lurz. ;)
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  3. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    It's between Joannie Rochette and Lu Chen 1994 for me.
    I voted for Lu Chen as I think she deserved to be higher than 3rd (ahead of Baiul, IMO)...
  4. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Lu Chen in 1998 for me. I really enjoyed that one, artistically, and none of the others really stand out technically to me.
  5. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Chen Lu-1998. Beautiful performance, especially since she didn't even make the free skate in the 1997 World Championships.
  6. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

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    I'd say it was most similar to Nancy's 92 win. The cof-avorites were battling it out for gold and took the top two spots. 3rd was up for grabs between about a half dozen ladies. Lurz's lp was well choroegraphed by rob Paul, but the delivery kinda fell a bit flat.

    P.s. her lp costume actually looked very much like nancy's 94 lp costume.
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  8. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    Michelle Kwan is not winning?! LOL. She was still Kwan-esque in many respects and in many details.
  9. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Chen in 1994 for me. Many felt it was the best long program of the night, or atleast superior to Oksana's. By 1998 she was mediocre in technical abilities for a top skater even when she skated cleanly. Rochette in 2010 had too many mistakes, although under COP she would still easily beat all others on that list, and under 6.0 would beat Chen of 98 and possibly Chen of 94. The others dont even factor in, although Kwan of 2002 was atleast better than the remaining 3 which were plainly mediocre at best.
  10. Karpenko

    Karpenko Well-Known Member

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    Sucks that Lulu has to split her votes, buy even so I think her 98 Olympic LP is one of the most graceful, beautiful, and genuinely emotional performances ever.
  11. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    It's Lu Chen in 1994 vs Lu Chen in 1998. 1994 was technically superiors but 1998 was so full of emotions.
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    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    Ethel Muckelt :swoon:
  13. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

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    Yes
  14. giselle23

    giselle23 Active Member

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    Why isn't Janet Lynn included in this poll? I voted "other" because Janet's first place free skate in 1972, which received a 6.0 from one judge, is one of my favorite free skates of all time.
  15. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I did not go that far. I should have included Janet; I did not think of her Olympic bronze because it was so long ago. I stopped at 1980 while trying to remember (and did not even inclde 1980 & 1984).
  16. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

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    I picked Kwan, that was a beautiful program and loved the dress.
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  17. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    She also finished fourth in pairs at the same Olympics. :respec:
  18. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

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    I voted Kwan too, not not because of the program. Chen in 98 was more magical, and in 94 was perhaps better tech content, but I went with Kwan because she's the only bronze I can think of that I consider wuz robbed of gold.
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  19. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

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    Lu 98! Amazing artistry.
  20. DimaToe

    DimaToe Well-Known Member

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    :eek:So... looks like the Kween might not win this poll :lol:
  21. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

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    She's in 3rd now, so maybe she'll take bronze in the bronze poll :p
  22. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    i'm still not convinced that joannie should have had bronze to begin with, interesting to see her lead
  23. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    At the age of 38, no less. :kickass:
  24. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    Eighties kids are unstoppable! :rockstar:

    :p
  25. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

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    Purple, still...
  26. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    So, it means all her other wins were well deserved ! :p
  27. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I wish I could change my vote. I rewatched Lu Chen's '98 and '94 performance, and I actually decided I like the '94 one better even though I originally thought '98 was better.
  28. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

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    I can't believe Joannie is winning this poll...
  29. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I know. Artistically, yes, that performance was nice, but technically.. far from wonderful.
  30. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    LOL, that's why she "only" won the bronze !
    It was far from being wonderful, but it was very good and a strong performance. Minor errors in jumps, good spins, good skating qualities...
    Anyway, I didn't vote for her !
  31. Proustable

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    How technically strong are most bronze medalists for that to be a reasonable complaint?
  32. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

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    It meets all of the fluff piece requirements. The struggles, the home court, the dedication to her mom, the iffy shot at bronze at best, her actually pulling it off, etc... It's the most sappy made for tv movie moment on the list, even perhaps more than lulu's comeback in 98 which is currently in 2nd.

    When you're a Kwan or Debi and expected to take gold, perhaps silver and then only manage bronze, there's a certain amount of backlash.
  33. Mafke

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    Most of my favorites are from the wayback machine.

    Pewter - Hana Maskova 1968 an athletic and original skater who should be better remembered

    Bronze - Chen, 1998. Not so much for the skating, which was rough but for the emotions.

    Silver - Christine Errath, 1976, former world champion (only big GDR skater not coached by Jutta Muller?) a stylish and athletic competitor who's also underrated

    Gold - Janet Lynn, 1972 who virtually reinvented freeskating.
  34. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Why? Everyone else on this poll had glaring errors too including Kwan in 2002 and Chen in 1998. The one exception might be Chen in 94 but she still had alot of development left at that point.

    As for those who think Nagasu's LP in Vancouver was better, Nagasu's LP was probably better than everyone else on this poll had she won the bronze as well. Remember the Vancouver ladies event was the best ladies event in history. Other than possibly the silver medalist all the other positions would have beaten anyone else in any skating or Olympic competition at the same position in history probably.
  35. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    I voted for the lovely and talented Joannie Rochette.
  36. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

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    It's not like Joannie didn't have any glaring errors either...

    Besides, Lulu is still superior artistry-wise to Joannie as artistic as Joannie is.
  37. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Lu' 94 artistry is not superior. Lu's 98 artistry is probably superior (although she definitely wasnt up to her 95 and 96 standard of artistry) but her technical by then is WAY way weaker, even with Joannie making a bit more in mistakes (well only when thinking under Chen's own scoring system of the time, under COP nearly every jump she did in 98 would have been <). I am surprised Lu's 98 has so many votes as it is, far more than I am surprised at Joannie leading this poll. I would have expected her 94 performance to have more. In a head to head competition Chen from 94, Kwan from 2002, Rochette from 2010, would have all easily beaten Chen from 98. It is obvious many are just going for the personal victory or emotion of the performance aspect, not the best quality skate. She after all barely edged a mediocre Butyrskaya with major mistakes, limited technical content, and a nervy, stiff, and joyless performance which was overall about 55% of the caliber of her World title winning performance to that same program the very next year.

    On another note there are many who didnt agree with Chen's 98 bronze too, in fact more than disagreed with Joannie's in 2010 which were mostly a few overenthusiastic Nagasu ubers, and this despite the overall competition was far below the 2010 level.
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  38. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    Yeah, this is probably the only FSU poll naming the Kween as a choice, that she does not win. :lol: A lot of Kweenatics remain in denial about how she fared in both of her Olympics. Sorta like old-style Soviet Union, in which entire events were erased from history. Other than the falls, I thought that Michelle skated a more pleasant (less tight) Olys LP in 2002 than she did in 1998.

    As for this poll, the absolute-best Olympics bronze medalist lady ever was Janet Lynn in Sapporo-1972. One of the greatest all-time skaters, period.
  39. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    I don't find 2010 Ladies event to be that memorable. The winner was a forgone conclusion, more or less, and the 2nd and 3rd place finishers did not skate up to their full potential. 1994, 1998, and 2002 had more thrills and unexpected results.
  40. Proustable

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    Maybe, but when you have to go to the 12th ranked LP to find the first fallin ladies free skate competition, you've had something rare. In terms of pure skating, I'd love to see another competition of that leve.