Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by AlexDSSF, Dec 6, 2013.
Underhill/Martini, 1984 Sarajevo was just such a shock I will always remember.
One of the worst LPs skated in the final group: Kiira Korpi at 2008 Worlds. 60+ points in the SP, only 85 in the LP.
Also the LP at the 2006 worlds, which I attended, and I remember how disappointed I was.
I don't think it was a horrible performance, but after Midori's Five (or six?) 6.0s, it appeared very weak. Jill had to skate lights out to beat Midori, and even then she may not have won. To add to her troubles, Claudia Leistner had a pretty good skate (silver). It seemed like Jill did not even try to compete for the gold; she just skated for a silver/bronze. It was a decent performance for a bronze.
Jill was never the strongest competitor. After her win at the 87 Nationals over reigning World Champion Thomas and Kadavy people expected big things from her, but it never came to fruition except for when she won the 1990 Worlds due to Ito`s figures disaester and a really weak field.
*Blocked from my mind*
...and Jill skated a really good LP
Mao won both of her world titles without winning either the SP or the LP. Would anyone classify her as a weak free skater then?
Laeticia Hubert in Albertivlle was quite a mess... L/K in Kake Placid was somthing too, like they never put a foot an the ice before.
She skated a pretty good LP. Still not her best, her U.S Nationals one a month earlier was way better, and I far preferred much of her earlier years choreography to her wierd 1990 program but that is personal opinion. However her short program was really weak, and was lucky to get away with that and win, and only did to Ito's figures disaester.
Mao clearly should have won the SP at the 2008 Worlds and the LP at the 2010 Worlds (although I would have had Kim or Nakano winning the 2008 Worlds overall probably).
Any Free Skate performance by KAREN ITEN of Switzerland.
She was one of the best ever at figures, often placing first, only to place LAST in nearly every free skate.
Lu Chen, 1997 Worlds SP.
She singled 2 elements in the SP, placed 25th, and didn't even make the long program. This after winning gold in 1995 and silver in 1996.
Brasseur & Eisler 1992 Olympics LP- looked like a complete meltdown, but they were given the bronze.
Elene Gedevanishvili's SP at last year's Worlds
The men's free wasn't so great either in 2006.
Alissa Czisny's Worlds performance in 2012 was pretty painful. Felt so bad for her.
How did I forget this?
Plushenko's LP at the 2000 worlds. He was 1st in the SP, but at age 17 he couldn't handle the pressure, it seems. He fell on the quad, then he tried another quad and fell on that too. It was the worst performance of his career, I think. He finished in 4th place overall.
The following year, at 18 years of age he had matured enough to skate two great performances and win his first world title (2001).
In failure there are seeds of success - for some, or may be most?
Sarah Hughes's 6th place finish at 2003 Worlds has to be one of the worst finishes for a still-competing reigning Olympic champion (especially since it was just the year before).
But it was a pretty good skate from her. She had a fall (I think on the toe-loop) but I thought it was really artistic for her.
I'm not sure if anyone mentioned Alexander Fadeev's long at the 1986 worlds. I remembered it as being
Kim made a major mistake in the short and wasn't perfect in the long either. Her performances also lacked the usual spark probably due to the injury. The results were so close because no one was perfect at the competition. Nakano had the cleanest performances to the naked eye but she had a lot of URs, which are heavily penalized under this system. To me, Mao and Nakano gave the most inspiring performances at that Worlds. Despite the big fall in the LP, Mao got up and delivered the rest of the program quite well. The results were close but I felt it was the right winner in the end. Can't say the same about the other medalists. This was the competition that I felt Kostner was the most generously scored.
That was worth watching just for the music and choreography! Oh, and the periwinkle jumpsuit....
Gotta love the 80s.
Viktor Petrenko's LP at the 1989 worlds
She fell on her triple flip; the program was a step forward in terms of artistry and presentation.
Patrick Chan's SP in Vancouver. Three falls, and he still had a personal best!
No, Chan fell once and score 81.15 - well below his personal best at the time which 88+ he received at the 2009 4 Continents Championships.
Laetitia Hubert 1992 Albertville Olympics
True for her LP, which is mostly what people remember. But her SP was spectacular.
Very depressing performance. Especially since she was being touted that year as a Bronze contender, after beating Lipinski at Lalique and winning her first French championship. I can only imagine that she was distressed after her poor showing in the short. But I was also thrilled by her strong performance at Worlds that year!
In any case, as a big fan of Hubert, I'm happy that she was able to go to four Olympics, which is a rare achievement.
I think a change in hair style made her look much better too.
But I'm so sad she didn't manage to win a World medal Afterall, she finished 4-times in the top 6 at Worlds !
Lu Chen's mess up (due to injury and coaching issues?) at 1997 Worlds was staggering, but so was her comeback. She clawed her way into earning China a spot at the 1998 Olympics (Nebelhorn?), then clawed her way through the Olympic short program, and then was absolutely brilliant in the long....bronze medal....with the lovely Butterfly Lovers, iirc.
Chan did not have a fall in the short program at the 2010 Olympics. However, he did get a 1.00 defection for a time violation.
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