Tragic skaters of the 90s

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by haribobo, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. haribobo

    haribobo Well-Known Member

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    How bizarre is it that so many skaters of the 90s have such tragic stories?

    Nancy Kerrigan- knee whack, brother/father thing...
    Tonya Harding- nuff said.
    Nicole Bobek- drug arrest.
    Angela Nikodinov- mother, coach death
    Rudy Galindo- family and coach deaths
    Oksana Baiul- drunken car crashes
    Chris Bowman- everything
    Lisa Ervin- eating disorder
    Sergei Grinkov :(

    And probably more I can't think of right now. It it just me or were skaters of the 90s particularly prone to tragedy? :(
     
  2. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Liz Punsalan (of Punsalan & Swallow). Between 1994 US Nationals and the Olympics, Didn't her brother murder her father?
     
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  3. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    You forgot Sergei Ponomarenko !
    But skaters of the 2000's are equally as tragic ! Remember Nobu Oda, Maxim Staviski, Joannie Rochette...
     
  4. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

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    From the 90s to now, also adding Tanja Szweczenko, Elena Berezhnaya, Tatiana Totmianina, Irina Slutskaya, Andrei Lutai, Haley Gans, I know I'm forgetting more.
     
  5. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I think maybe you just heard more about the tragic stories, since FS was more popular then?
     
  6. query5

    query5 New Member

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    you forget Jenny Kirks mother death .
     
  7. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    I think haribobo is just discussing the 90s, not anyone who fits into the tragic description
     
  8. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

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    I think that the skating world is so small that the collection of tragedies seems much larger than it really is. Also, I think equating the tragedies that some skaters made of their lives (Harding, Bowman, etc.) with the loss of loved ones (Angela, Nancy) isn't fair.
     
  9. Rock2

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    Angela Nikodinov's mother on the way to nats. Remember Goebel skating and barely being able to keep it together
     
  10. smarts1

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    Midori Ito---Divorced and remarried.


    At least Kristi Yamaguchi held strong....
     
  11. orbitz

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    Divorced is a tragedy ?
     
  12. viennese

    viennese Well-Known Member

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    Agree completely.

    What else was popular?
    Mass media, internet.
    Dissemination of PR & news releases.
    interest in figure skating, access to info re: celebrities lives, athletes lives,.

    Everyone's lives were always sad. And happy.
     
  13. bardtoob

    bardtoob Well-Known Member

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    OMG, that's stupid.
     
  14. Kasey

    Kasey Loving on babies!

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    I think it's not a disproportionate amount of "tragedy" from that time frame. I mean, some of the events you're talking about have happened 15-20 years post "the 90s". If out of the hundreds of skaters who skated during that decade, bad things happen to 20 of them, I don't think it is any more different than any other group of people in a similar time frame (i.e., graduating classes from school, etc)
     
  15. Triple Butz

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    Yeah, and that decade ended with the worst tragedy of all...



    Michelle Kwan caught A FREAKIN COLD at 99 Worlds :wuzrobbed
     
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  16. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

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    Ok so it isn't as bad as what the other skaters when through, but it's still something.
     
  17. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    I dont think it made any difference as far as her not winning. She didnt fall on a simple double axel in the short because of a cold and that would have already been enough to ensure her not winning the Championships, and she ended up managing 2nd anyway.
     
  18. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    How about the 1920s? All those skaters died :wuzrobbed

    Now here's a tragedy for ya
     
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  19. Jenna

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    Yuri Larionov - caught w/ steroids and banned for 1 or 2? years
    Andrei Lutai - arrested and charged with stealing a car I think?
    And, didnt Oksana Domnina's mother commit suicide?
     
  20. Simone411

    Simone411 Just Flip-Flopping Around

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  21. zhenya271

    zhenya271 Active Member

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    What was Sergei Ponomarenko's tragedy?
     
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    ryanbfan Active Member

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  23. SwingDancer

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    Do you mean the crash of '61 or is there some other instance you are reffering too. Also if everyone could go in to more detail and describe the tragic circumstances that surronded the skater in question, instead of just leaving their name, that would be very helpful.
     
  24. Triple Butz

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    If someone was a top skater in the 20's (assuming they were at least 13) they would be over 100 years old today...
     
  25. briancoogaert

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    Wasn't he arrested recently, because of driving under alcohol ? Maybe I'm wrong.
     
  26. Finnice

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    I would call it stupid, not tragic.:shuffle:
     
  27. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    Of course, but as Nicole Bobek is in the list of the original poster. ;)
     
  28. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

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    Yes. And I was not nagging at you, you just gave an informative answer to a question;)
     
  29. museksk8r

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    Can't those types of incidents and the circumstances around them be both stupid and tragic . . . I certainly think so. For instance, I went to school with a guy who got in with the wrong crowd and into drugs, which was really stupid, but his decayed body was found on a South Carolina highway and was believed to have been there for a year and a half before it was found, which is indeed tragic. These stupid decisions hurt everyone who is involved. His family is still living with his tragedy and every depressing emotion that comes with it. My family saw his mom and dad last night at a Japanese restaurant, as a matter of fact. This incident happened 13 years ago, but no doubt their pain lives on and they'd do anything to have their son back. :(
     
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  30. IneZR

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    No, it was her dad. He commited suicide just couple of weeks before 2007 Worlds in Tokyo. It was a horrible tragedy.