Favorite Olympic silver medal performance by a lady

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Favorite Olympic silver medal performance by a lady, starting in 1988?

Poll closed Oct 21, 2012.
  1. Mao Asada (2010)

    35 vote(s)
    12.4%
  2. Sasha Cohen (2006)

    30 vote(s)
    10.6%
  3. Irina Slutskaya (2002)

    19 vote(s)
    6.7%
  4. Michelle Kwan (1998)

    130 vote(s)
    45.9%
  5. Nancy Kerrigan (1994)

    12 vote(s)
    4.2%
  6. Midori Ito (1992)

    19 vote(s)
    6.7%
  7. Liz manley (1988)

    38 vote(s)
    13.4%
  1. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

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    I thought Kwan's performance was awesome. I don't blame her for the disappointment, since the placements were so controversial. But it's nice to see happy tears on the podium instead of devastated tears.

    I liked that Chen Lu was emotional about the bronze that year because she had overcome so many obstacles. You don't see that too often. Usually it's the favorite who "just missed out" and their dreams are crushed. It's not really gratifying to watch something like that, as a fan.
  2. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    Kwan and Manley had really good silver medal performances.

    I gave my vote to Nancy Kerrigan, who really did have a "perfect" skate. Her only mistake was a doubled flip, but it was a very good jump. And she had a clean triple-triple and landed all the other triples. She also had decent spins and, even if one didn't love her choreography, she was very polished and "on."

    Plus, I think she really was robbed of the gold medal.
  3. Flatfoote

    Flatfoote Active Member

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    I picked Liz Manley cause the thread title asked for favorite, not best. Her performance is memorable because it was the performance of her life, and she was having the time of her life. With all the attention focused on Debi and Katarina, Liz managed to slip in there and nearly take it all. In fact, I was hoping she would. I was disappointed in Debi's crumbling under pressure, and I didn't care for Katarina's pompous attitiude. Liz is what made that Olympics memorable. IIRC, she overcame some pretty serious personal problems to get where she was, which made it even all the more memorable.

    There may have been better, more technically proficient silver medal performaces (as have been mentioned in this thread), but by far Liz Manley's is my favorite one.
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  4. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    Oh, Kerrigan was absolutely robbed of the OGM, I totally agree.
  5. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    ITA
  6. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    Was it controversial that Kwan placed 2nd in Nagano? CBS showed Danny Kwan in the stands after Tara finished her LP. He was clearly worried, so he knew then that Tara possibly delivered a gold medal performance.
  7. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I agree too, even though I voted for Michelle's performance to win this poll.
  8. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    It was not controversial in the way that nobody really considered she was robbed. But it was so close it could have been either way. I mean, nobody would have said Tara was robbed if Michelle had won the Gold. ;)
  9. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    In this poll, I voted for the lovely and talented Michelle Kwan. I loved her program, Lyra Angelica. :)
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  10. UGG

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    Michelle landed 7 triples and received all 5.9's for the 2nd mark. Had any other silver medalist in singles skating done that? I hate when I read she was tentative, dropped the ball, etc. She skated awesome-17 years old with all that pressure on her shoulders. The performance did not have the magic of Philadelphia. That was the only thing missing and unfortunatly, (or fortunatly LOL whoever you are) Tara had the skate of her life. Tara was probably a tad more motivated in the way that she wanted to prove everyone wrong where Kwan was skating in 1st place after the SP as the overwhelming favorite and pretty much anointed gold medalist before the competiton had started. Some of Michelle's greatest performances were when she was trying to shut doubters up. (2000 and 2001 worlds, 2003 entire season, 2004 nationals). It's a great motivator and worked in Tara's favor very much.
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