I have heard platitudes and theories about how all silver medalists are winners. I know they are, but that is not how it works sometimes in high stakes competition, especially when you are the contender for outright victory. It is after all second place. I was inspired by the theme of JudgeJudy's semantically-challenging thread title "Silvers beating someone supposed to lose and losing to someone supposed to beat." However, the topic here is silver medalists for whom silver was a victory and unequivocally so. Perhaps they are skaters who were not likely or not certain to medal but then pulled off the silver. Which competitors pulled off silvers when they were not favored for the top two spots at any point (i.e. either before or during the competition... after the SP)? The antithesis would be the silver medalists (too numerous to list) like Nancy Kerrigan (1994-W), Michelle Kwan (1997-W, 1998-O, 1999-W, 2002-W), Slutskaya (2002-O), Sasha Cohen (2004-W, 2005-W, 2006-O), Evgeni Plushenko (2002-O & 2010-O), or Mao Asada (2010-O) whose silvers around their necks were overshadowed by their failures to win gold. In ladies the happiest silver medalist I can think of is Elizabeth Manley at the 1988 Olympics. With her history of mental instability and under-performing, she was thought of as a contender for bronze but not more than that. With Caryn Kadavy and Jill Trenary there--and in light of her past performances--she could not be considered a big front runner for even bronze. It was thus not a loss but a victory for her to pull an upset second place in "The Battle of the Carmens." Her placement was doubly victorious because she achieved it by winning the free skate, beating both Carmens--Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas. In men's singles, the most overjoyed silver medalist I know about is Paul Wylie. As for pairs, I am not sure, but I believe that Peter and Kitty Carruthers' silver at the 1984 Olympics--placing above Ksenia Makarova's parents--was considered a totally happy silver and not so much a loss. What are other cases of "upset Silvers" or "Silver victories"?