Rank the Olympic medal winning FDs from 1992 to 2010

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  1. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Since there's one for men and one for ladies, I thought I'd do one for dance..

    My rankings:

    1) Grishuk & Platov 1994

    2) Krylova & Ovsiannikov 1998 *runs and hides from G&P fans*

    3) Anissina & Peizerat 2002

    4) Klimova & Ponomarenko 1992

    5) Virtue & Moir 2010

    6) Davis & White 2010

    7) Torvill & Dean 1994

    8) Grishuk & Platov 1998

    9) Belbin & Agosto 2006 *runs and hides from N&K fans*

    10) Navka & Kostomarov 2006

    11) Duschesnays 1992

    12) Usova & Zhulin 1992

    13) Lobacheva & Averbukh 2002

    14) Usova & Zhulin 1994

    15) Anissina & Peizerat 1998

    16) Grushina & Goncharov 2006

    17) Domnina & Shabalin 2010

    18) Fusar-Poli & Margaglio 2002 - would have been a lot higher if not for MAURIZIO'S FALL.
     
  2. pumba

    pumba New Member

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    1) Klimova & Ponomarenko 1992
    2) Grishuk & Platov 1998
    3) Krylova & Ovsiannikov 1998
    4) Usova & Zhulin 1992
    5) Usova & Zhulin 1994
    6) Navka & Kostomarov 2006
    7) Domnina & Shabalin 2010
    8) Lobacheva & Averbukh 2002
    9) Anissina & Peizerat 2002
    10) Anissina & Peizerat 1998
    11) Davis & White 2010
    12) Virtue & Moir 2010
    13) Grishuk & Platov 1994
    14) Torvill & Dean 1994
    15) Grushina & Goncharov 2006
    16) Belbin & Agosto 2006
    17) Duschesnays 1992
    18) Fusar-Poli & Margaglio 2002
     
  3. IneZR

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    1) Grishuk & Platov 1998
    2) Klimova & Ponomarenko 1992
    3) Usova & Zhulin 1992
    4) Krylova & Ovsiannikov 1998
    5) Navka & Kostomarov 2006
    6) Anissina & Peizerat 2002
    7) Virtue & Moir 2010
    8) Grishuk & Platov 1994
    9) Lobacheva & Averbukh 2002
    10) Usova & Zhulin 1994
    11) Torvill & Dean 1994
    12) Davis & White 2010
    13) Domnina & Shabalin 2010
    14) Belbin & Agosto 2006
    15) Anissina & Peizerat 1998
    16) Grushina & Goncharov 2006
    17) Duschesnays 1992
    18) Fusar-Poli & Margaglio 2002
     
  4. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Seems unanimous that FP&M are the worst. :)
     
  5. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    wow..
     
  6. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I was kind of wondering about that one. Not really the D&W ahead of V&M thing, but the D&S ahead of both D&W and V&M. I'd like to hear the rationale for that one!

    Also noticing I was the only one strongly impressed with G&P 1994.
     
  7. ltnskater

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    second that (or third that by now).... :S yea...D/S ahead of V/M and D/W :confused::confused::huh:

    Personally I'd put both V/M and D/W at the top of the pile 2002 and onwards (yes ahead of A/P, I have to review the 1990s dances to see how the rest pan out.

    and Fusar-Poli/Margaglio last ahaha :rollin: agreed :p
     
  8. dramagrrl

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    Grushina/Goncharov and Lobacheva/Averbukh at the very, very bottom of the list... by FAR. Shouldn't even be on the list, if you ask me. :p
     
  9. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

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    Yay, ranking threads!

    Clearly the best
    1. Klimova & Ponomarenko
    2. Grishuk & Platov (1998)
    3. Anissina & Peizerat (1998)
    Almost there, but not quite
    4. Krylova & Ovsiannikov
    5. Usova & Zhulin (1992)
    6. Virtue & Moir
    7. Grishuk & Platov (1994)
    8. Torvil & Dean
    Not bad, not great
    9 . Anissina & Peizerat (2002)
    10. Duchesneys
    11. Davis & White
    12. Lovacheva & Averbuck
    13. Navka & Kostomarov
    14. Fusar-Poli & Margaglio
    Painful to watch
    15. Usova & Zhulin (1994)
    16. Belbin & Agosto
    17. Domnina and Shabalin
    18. Grushina and Goncharov
     
  10. Fallcolor

    Fallcolor New Member

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    pumba I’m :eek: as to why you put V/M two spots below D/S, (or for that matter, behind all 8 Russian couples…! is this list…non-biased? ;) I don’t necessarily agree with most of it, but could you explain your choices please :)

    I prefer my ice dancers with a) content and b) competent skating skills most of all. Good taste in music and choreography is an added bonus. :)

    1) G/P 1998- no team here, not even K/O, had more ambitious choreography or could come close to the level of difficulty of G/P (particularly transitions, holds, ability to move and turn in tighter positions) More
    impressively was how they managed to gain speed and weave between their elements without the excessive use of crossovers and two-footed stroking. IMO the most complex pre-COP FD i've seen yet. Theme was heavy and dramatic but i absolutely loved it. They really did set the bar for ice dance. The fact that they even skated that program clean is just :eek: . Can't blame Tarasova for getting the fits right after :rofl:

    2)Klimova/Pomonarenko 1992
    3) Usova/Zhulin 1992- their second best ever FD imo next to Blues.
    4) Virtue/Moir 2010- best skating skills of all the couples that night, little to no weaknesses, technically brilliant, choreography highlighted all of these things about them. Just :swoon:
    5) Krylova/Ovsiannikov 1998
    6) Anissina/Peizerat 2002- in terms of content, they win easily over the eventual medalists. Very ambitious program skated with way more fire and spark than L/A.
    7) Usova/Zhulin 1994- Technically the best but did not a fan of this program.
    8) Grishuk/Platov 1994- loved this FD but watching it again the program was fairly simple, much side by side skating, full of filler moves, and content meter was 10x below they were capable of.
    9) Navka & Kostomarov 2006
    10) Davis/White- technically speaking they are among best in the world. they way they can even keep up their stamina and maintain the power from start to finish is the impressive thing for me.
    11) Lobacheva/Averbukh 2002
    12) Torvill/Dean 1994
    13) Anissina/Peizerat 1998-sorry did not like their R/J back then...same thing I felt above L/A's Jesus christ superstar that year. Their technique was very iffy and unmatched, not great at the time. Placing 4th in the FD was deserved.
    14) Belbin/Agosto 2006- not their best FD...
    15) Domnina/Shabalin 2010- both in terms of content and skating skills, not at the level of the top 2.
    16) Grushina/Goncharov
    17) Duschesnays 1992- i really liked this WSS program and the idea behind it but it was not competitive enough for gold.
    18) Fusar-Poli/Margaglio 2002
     
  11. pumba

    pumba New Member

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    :shuffle: could not foresee that public interest, really. I did not put D/S 1st and even in the top 5. They are 7th on MY pumba list. And I did not put V/M or D/W 17th or 18th but put them where I feel they are for ME. And what is wrong with 8 Russian couples on the top of my list? Was I supposed to dilute it with 1-2 European or preferably NA couples to make it more "appropriate"?

    Well, it's simply an order I would rewatch the performances. The skates on top give me a couple of really wonderful moments, while at the bottom vary from :yikes: to :rofl:.

    Hopefully noone takes such lists too seriously :watch:
     
  12. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    :lol: We don't. Thank you for providing rationale.
     
  13. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    Only the Gold medals :
    1-Klimova and Ponomarenko 1992
    2-Virtue and Moir 2010
    3-Grishuk and Platov 1994
    4-Anissina and Peizerat 2002
    5-Grishuk and Platov 1998
    6-Navka and Kostomarov 2006
     
  14. Fallcolor

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    Well, nothing is wrong with that of course. but at least it makes more sense (to me) now that you've explained your POV. Different strokes for different folks! :D
     
  15. Twilight1

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    Technical aside because it is hard to rate them based on that as it really would be V&M, D&W, D&S, N&K, G&G etc above...

    1. K&P (Reason.I.Watch.Ice.Dance)
    2. U&Z '92 (see above)
    3. V&M '10
    4. G&P '98
    5. A&P '02 (if Carmina Burana had been their Oly FD then that would actually be #3)
    6. D&W '10
    7. K&O '98
    8. G&P '92
    9. N&K '06
    10. L&A '02
    11. T&D '94
    12. G&P '94
    13. A&P '98
    14. D&S '10
    15. U&Z '94

    Programs that I scratch my head at still...

    1. G&G '06
    2. B&A '06
    3. A&P '98 (sorry...if it was an exhibition I would love it...if the first 45 sec was actually not knees on ice I would love it but that 1st bit does nothing for me at all)

    Just Oly Gold...

    1, K&P
    2, V&M
    3, G&P '98
    4, A&P
    5, G&P '94
    6, N&K
     
  16. flutzilla1

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    Going with casken's ranking system and my very biased opinions..... :)

    Clearly the best
    1. Klimova & Ponomarenko (1992)
    2. Virtue and Moir (2010)
    3. Grishuk & Platov (1998)
    4. Davis/White (2010)
    5. Anissina and Peizerat (2002)
    Almost there, but not quite
    6. Krylova & Ovsiannikov (1998)
    7. Usova & Zhulin (1992)
    8. Torvill & Dean (1994)
    9. Belbin and Agosto (2006)
    Not bad, not great
    10. Grishuk & Platov (1994)
    11. Anissina & Peizerat (1998)
    12. Duchesneys (1992)
    13. Lovacheva & Averbukh (2002)
    14. Navka & Kostomarov (2006)
    Painful to watch
    15. Usova & Zhulin (1994)
    16. Domnina and Shabalin (2010)
    17. Grushina and Goncharov (2006)
    18. Fusar-Poli & Margaglio (2002)
     
  17. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    It is interesting to see where people rank the 3 medal winning programs of 94 as it basically tells which of the 3 teams people think should have won the 94 Olympic dance event.
     
  18. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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    Like briancoogaert, I'll rank just the gold medalists:

    1. Marina & Sergei (1992)
    2. Tessa & Scott (2010)
    3. Marina & Gwendal (2002)
    4. Oksana & Evgeni (1994)
    5. Oksana & Evgeni (1998)
    6. Tatiana & Roman (2006)
     
  19. SamuraiK

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    I'm probably the only person in this world who enjoys U&Z from 1994 more than their 1992 FD but who cares!!:D

    EXCELLENT:
    KLimovaPonomarenko 92
    VirtueMoir 10
    GrishukPlatov 98
    AnissinaPeizerat 02
    KrylovaOvsiannikov 98
    TorvillDean 94

    REALLY GOOD:
    LobachevaAverbukh 02
    NavkaKostomarov 06
    AnissinaPeizerat 98
    DavisWhite10

    NICE EFFORT:
    UsovaZhulin 94
    GrishukPlatov 94
    BelbinAgosto 06
    FusarPoliMargaglio 02
    UsovaZhulin 92

    BLAH:
    Duchesnays 92
    DomninaShabalin 10
    GrushinaGoncharov 06

    HONORABLE MENTIONS A.K.A. WUZROBBED:

    DelobelSchoenfelder 06
    DenkovaStaviski 06
    DrobiazkoVanagas 02
    FaiellaScali 10
    BourneKraatz 98
     
  20. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

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    It is interesting to see people ranked U&Z's FD from '94 higher than 4 Season's from '92. I always thought 4 Season's was far and away their best freedance ever. lol!!
     
  21. LLLLutz

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    My choices :

    Great
    Klimova&Ponomarenko 1992
    Usova & Zhulin 1992
    Grishuk & Platov 1998
    Usova & Zhulin 1994
    Annisina 2002

    Good

    Krylova & Ovsyannikov 1998
    Domnina & Shabalin 2010
    Navka &Kostomarov 2006
    Virtue & Moir 2010

    Average

    Belbin & Agosto 2006
    Lobacheva& Averbuch 2002
    Annisina 1998
    Torvill & Dean 1994

    Blah
    Grishuk & Platov 1994
    Davis & White 2010
    Duschesnays 1992
    Grushina and partner 2006
    Diva Fusar Poli and partner 2002
     
  22. gk_891

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    I found this to be challenging as it's difficult to compare programs/skaters from one era to the current one. I went with the choreography (usually with how difficult it was), execution, and if the program caught my interest or not (as well as my personal preferences of course).

    1. Grishuk & Platov - 1998
    2. Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1992
    3. Virtue & Moir - 2010
    4. Anissina & Peizerat - 2002
    5. Grishuk & Platov - 1994
    6. Torvill & Dean - 1994
    7. Anissina & Peizerat - 1998
    8. Krylova & Ovsiannikov - 1998
    9. Usova & Zhulin - 1992
    10. Usova & Zhulin - 1994
    11. Navka & Kostomarov - 2006
    12. Davis & White - 2010
    13. Domnina & Shabalin - 2010
    14. Belbin & Agosto - 2006
    15. Lobacheva & Averbukh - 2002
    16. Duchesnay & Duchesnay - 1992
    17. Grushina & Goncharov - 2006
    18. Fusar-Poli & Margaglio - 2002

    I'm sure if I thought about this more carefully, I might switch the order around here and there.
     
  23. victoriajh

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    i spent some time rewatching some of these and the drama-
    barbara staring down, pashas blue skates- DRAMA DIVAS marina - and navka-
    ahhh good times! I am terrible at ranking becuase I cant rememebr them all and I have not wacthed them all yet!!

    I have to say that while i liked the choreogrpahy and the theme of g/p 1998 - it was skated well and i enjoyed the presentation however, when you watch the lifts and trasnitions and such of tessa ans scott it makes it look very simplistic yet clearly I am missing something becasue all you have it up at number one!

    i also think that b/a were the best of their carrer in the 2006 fd- they looked so solid- i need to watch navka again now! lol
     
  24. gk_891

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    G&P's Memorial Requiem was a masterpiece of making the difficult look easy (to the naked eye anyways). I personally thought it looked very difficult because there was virtually no set-up for anything they did. But the way they kept everything moving with so much ease, flow, power, and speed was really indicative of their abilities. Think of programs like Torvill & Dean's Bolero or many of Klimova & Ponomarenko's programs. They didn't really look all that difficult but they could disguise the difficulty with their abilities by making it look so easy and effortless. That's not to say that Virtue & Moir aren't in that league because they clearly are but they are competing under a completely different code of points. And as phenomenal as V&M are, I found G&P more compelling to watch so perhaps it's just personal preference for me.
     
  25. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    G&P - Memorial Requiem 1998
    K&P - Bach 1992
    A&P - Romeo & Juliet 1998
    U&Z - Four Seasons 1992
    A&P - Libertas 2002
    L&A - A Time for Peace 2002

    Very good
    V&M - Mahler 2010 (such a beautiful performance, but choreo a little bland for my taste)
    D&D - West Side Story 1992 (underrated IMO, and clever to portray the brother/sister aspect of the story)
    N&K - Carmen 2006

    Good
    G&P - Rock Around the Clock 1994
    K&O - Carmen 1998

    Fairly weak for Oly podium
    FP&M - I Will Survive 2002 (it was fun and I would rather watch it and the fall a million times than sit through some FDs on this list)
    D&W - Phantom of the Opera 2010 (I hated everything about the choreo, but their passion in the performance made it palatable)
    T&D - Let's Face the Music and Dance 1994
    D&S - The Double Life of Veronique 2010 (such a WTF, but performed with a lot of emotion)
    G&G - The Feeling Begins 2006 (I'm one of their only fans, but this was forgettable... still, she was divine)

    Really hate
    U&Z - La Strada 1994
    B&A - Flamenco 2006 (very immature interpretation, lots of bobbles and wobbles, and a fugly dress!)
     
  26. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    That's what I found about G&P 1998, and I didn't have it at number one. Maybe I'm just not as much of a skating expert as others on here (which I think is correct).
     
  27. mia joy

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    especially agree on Del/Sch 2006 and D/V 2002

    Now I wanted to make a ranking with Olys 2002, 2006 and 2010 only, as I haven't followed skating before 2000, but then I realized I didn't really like those performances that much... meaning there were more I couldn't bare than those I truly enjoyed in that period, so I'm gonna pass this one :p
     
  28. blue_idealist

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    My honourable mention 2010 would be Belbin & Agosto.. should have got bronze! I think Bourne & Kraatz were more robbed in 2002 than 1998 honestly.. Drobiazo & Vanagas were almost always robbed. :(
     
  29. casken

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    You can't really compare the lifts becuase the couples were really restricted to what they could do with the lifts back then. Most of the lifts were meant to go up and then come right back down, with one or two more complicated highlight lifts mixed in. If you look at all the dances that year, it's the same way.

    As for the transitions, this is purely opinion, but G&P had more original and intricate holds, linking moves, highlights, etc. Outside of the COP elements, V&M's connecting movements were a little more generalized.

    Also, the music G&P chose would completely overwhelmed most teams, but they really lived up to the intensity and drive of it.

    I still think that the Olympics version was weaker than the Euros or GPF versions though. They made some changes that I wasn't wild about, and the performance was a bit more restrained.
     
  30. victoriajh

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    i re watched this and the euros prefromance and NOw i think i *get* it! the eros prefromance did seem less restrained and i think the program was even more powerful- and watching it fro the highlights ( seeing that they did just coem from no where) i was more impressed! i think it was always a fave of mine now i see it as the masterpeice that it clealry is!

    i still think tessa and scottt skated perfection- but the program (while based on their strenghts) seems *safe* and conservative in theme- but then again that is waht they do best and GP do better drama:D