One skater who is interesting to look back on is Lisa Ervin. She was a top junior competitor, winning 3 straight World Junior Silvers vs some superb competition- Bonaly, Sato, Hubert, Chen, Szewcenko. These were the podiums of her 3 World Junior silvers: 1991: Gold- Bonaly, Silver- Ervin, Bronze- Chen 1992: Gold- Hubert, Silver- Ervin, Bronze- Chen 1993: Gold- Kowai, Silver- Ervin, Bronze- Szewcenko However she never mastered any jumps harder than the triple loop. She came 2nd at the 1993 Nationals but it was mostly through others mistakes. She skated a pretty good clean performance but only landing 2 triple toes and a triple salchow. She also had fallen in the short program there. Around that time skaters like Bobek and Kwan were coming up who could do all the triple jumps. At the 93 Nationals young Kwan landed 5 triples including the triple lutz, so far outjumped Ervin, even though she finished only 6th. Nicole Bobek landed only 2 triples and came 5th (although was also very close to 2nd or 3rd) but some observers felt she was ripped off, as her presentation already had much more spark and polish to it than Ervin's who was almost like a young Kwiatkowski clone. In 1994 she plumetted backwards in a big way. At the 94 Nationals she was 7th, and she retired altogether after coming dead last of 5 (behind Kwan, Bobek, Kwiatkowski, and Ina) at some event called the Sun Valley Championships in summer 94. By then she had left Carol Heiss and was with the Scotvolds. Did she never have true potential to be a star and a medal contender on the international scene. Or was she just an excellent junior skater who never had the athletic potential or spark in her presentation to be a top Senior lady, even had things gone right.