Gold costume; no gold medal

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  1. Casey2

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    How many skaters in gold medal contention have worn a gold costume (short, long, gala) and not gotten a gold medal? I came up with Virtue, Kwan, Kerrigan and Thomas. More examples, counter examples?
  2. Zokko!

    Zokko! Comansnala?

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    Plushenko, Oly's 2002, "Michael Jackson" - SP? :eek:
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    Torvill and Dean won gold in gold with Mack and Mabel FD in 1982
  4. Sasha'sSpins

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    Does gold braiding count? Surya Bonaly wore a red Toreador costume heavy on the gold braiding in her 1992 Olympic LP.

    She was in third after the SP going into the LP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIX416mqKO0

    Sasha also wore a red dress heavy on the gold braiding in her 2006 Olympic LP.
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    Michael Kwan had special exibition for 2002 "Filds of gold" in Gold dress. She were in tears after she skated this program. This was one of the most memorable moment at OG.
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    I actually pictured a man skating to that program of Michelle's and had a big laugh. :lol:
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  8. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    Plushenko actually had three versions of that costume, but the Olympic one was silver.

    The black/red/white costume (he used this in the early part of the season, with one minor alteration (removing the "laces" effect over his crotch) before the judges basically said to change it, too obscene...it's my favourite one) : http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg264/BlueSkyedPlushy/20144502df6.jpg

    The gold one (he wore this at the GPF, which he failed to win): http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg264/BlueSkyedPlushy/44ea.jpg

    And the silver one, which he wore at Salt Lake City and won silver with: http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1165/olysp1.jpg
  9. A.H.Black

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    There was a dance team at 1992 US Nationals that wore a gold costume - assuming they would win National and make the Olympic team. They didn't do well. I want to say it was Punsalan and Swallow, but I'm not sure.

    The anecdote I always loved was from Cecelia Colledge (1930's). Her mother made her a silver dress for the Olympics. She was competing against Sonje Henie. I recall her saying she was pretty disgusted with the dress - like her own mother assumed she couldn't win.
  10. Coco

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    Nancy Kerrigan skated in a gold dress in '94.
  11. Sasha'sSpins

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    Yes she did! Casey2 mentioned her at the beginning of the thread. I LOVED that dress btw! :cool:

    Somehow the gold one gives Plush a Tin Man effect. :lol:
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    I don't know which one is the worst. :yikes:
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    Yag's MITIM costume had a gold mask on the chest, and he won.
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    B&B wore black & gold costumes in their 1988 FD and won.
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    Sasha's only national title was in her gold dress.
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    It looked to be more of a bronze color to me.:confused:
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    Color, like artistry, can be highly subjective :p ... but you're right. Now that I think about it, the mask was probably more bronze than gold.
  18. briancoogaert

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    Wasn't it supposed to be iron ? :p
  19. Marco

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    One of the reasons the whole thing was so upsetting was because everyone thought the stars were finally lined up for her, with being the defending world champion and skating on home soil. Ironically, this was how happy she was to have won Vancouver Worlds in 2001. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcqzgDwz4_A

    There was added pain for Kwan fans (at least for me) about skating to Fields of Gold because that season (2002) she also lost her World title. (of course she regained it in 2003 and also skated to Fields of Gold)

    But then no one could blame the program because it was so beautiful and she absolutely did it justice.
  20. Vash01

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    That color did not look like gold to me. It was a pale shade of yellow, IIRC.
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    Midori Ito wore a black & gold costume for her LP in the 1990 worlds. She won the silver.
  22. orbitz

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    Was this the 01 World's exhibition? I've never seen this performance before. Michele did B'way ... and I liked it :) MK sometimes did not place her iconic spiral at the correct phrasing of the music, but in this program it was bang on.
  23. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    I think it is a post-Worlds cheesefest.

    ETA, in Binghampton, I love this program and her spiral and Peter C's barely audible "wow" during same.
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  24. Marco

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    This was her 2001 COI exhibition program. IIRC she held out the spiral til the end instead of doing the deathdrop in shows.
  25. Casey2

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    So, is a gold costume a curse?
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    ^I've heard of the green costume curse as well.
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    One of my favorite parts of the whole thing! :rofl: That was evidence of how caught up in the performance he was. When she hit that spiral...you just get chills, and his came out in the form of a spellbound "Wow..."

    I love it! :D

    ETA: If you've never listen to any of Linda Eder's music (the woman who sang the song in this ex) you really should check her out. Her voice is insanely incredible!
  28. leafygreens

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    I'm glad this topic was started because I have thought about this before. Remembering Nancy's dress, and Michelle's exhibition. I think when the skaters wear gold they curse themselves. I preferred Sasha's gold dress from nationals to the red one she wore at Olympics, but she said she changed the color because the gold made her look "washed out" on the ice. I thought it was more flattering on her than the red. But this is another gold curse dress. I used to think you could tell the placement of a skater by the color of their dress and a lot of times I was right. MK's blue/silver dress from 98 matched her medal.
  29. query5

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    you should state in your statement No OGM medal.

    no no gold medal, that implies no winning in anything at all.
    cause most people won worlds, nationals or something.
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  30. Vash01

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    I may have missed a post that mentioned this-

    Brian Orser wore a red & gold costume for his LP at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. He won the silver.
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  32. leafygreens

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    Maybe the skaters should just wear silver colored dresses and that way they will cross-jinxify themselves and at the same time be prepared for the worst. :rollin:
  33. Vash01

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    :lol: I love the word you created.
  34. triple_toe

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    I remember Evan gave a interview where he mentioned that green is bad luck, purple is bad luck unless you're royalty, while wearing gold you won't get it, and while wearing silver that's all you'll get. There's also the belief that blue is the ladies OGM colour. :rollin:

    Those are all Frank's rules. I've heard these all before, except the purple. They seem to be decently well-spread superstitions in the figure skating world.
  35. Vash01

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    Let us test this:

    2010 Yu na- blue
    2006 Shizuka- blue
    2002 Sarah- blue
    1998 Tara- blue

    1994 Oksana- pink (not sure who wore blue)

    1992 Kristi- black & gold/yellow

    1988 Katarina- red

    1984- Katarina- pink/red

    Looks like the blues trend is fairly recent.
  36. taf2002

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    M Kwan never wore gold to compete in until 2005. Her exhibition dresses don't count.
  37. triple_toe

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    ^ That's true Vash01, but I remember both Shizuka and Yu na stating they picked blue dresses for their Olympic year long programs specifically for this reason. So even though the trend was only 2 skaters deep for Shizuka, she was still aware of it. Honestly with all these superstitions, is it any wonder that dresses are usually only blue/red/black? :lol:
  38. Seerek

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    Jill Trenary wore gold for her original program at the 1990 World Championships, placing 5th in that segment. She still won the overall gold medal thanks in part to a 2nd place finish in the long program.
  39. Sasha'sSpins

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    I remember an interview with Cecilia where she all but said Sonja's wealthy father had posters plastered all over town stating Henie would win the gold at the Olympics (or something to that effect). Colledge was close to Henie after the figures competition but she seemed to feel politics helped Sonja win the day. Cecilia I think was the first woman (well she was just a girl then) to perform a double jump at the Olympics.

    OT but it seems fascinating that the skating dresses of Colledge and Henie in the '30's were so Hollywood flashy but by the 1950's skaters's dresses seemed rather plain in comparison! Usually just one solid color with maybe a tiny bit of decoration around the neckline. I read somewhere a long time ago that it was Linda Fratianne who started to bring back the bling in skating dresses by the '80s.
  40. Sasha'sSpins

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    Katarina wore blue in '88 for her OP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9m1Z9Izcpg

    Don't know if this was mentioned before but Kurt wore a costume with a belt and collar. The costume had some goldish/brownish/orangey tones in his OP in '92:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a23IdJu9Fo4&feature=related