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Yeah, Karen was solid in 1992, but those LOWWWWW landings... Josee had a spark to her skating, Karen was like watching Sjoukie Dykstra.
I found that Karen Preston interview. It wasn't Paul Martini, but that old guy who always commentated on CTV. She's at 6:30 after Baiul's performance. And yeah, she states she didn't miss the lutz, it's just that she had no room to land. Funny how things stay with you even 17 years later. Made no sense.
Yes. I was just thinking about that program. By far the best thing she's ever done.
Originally Posted by Tony Wheeler
It's similar in style to her competitive stuff, but far more fluid and natural.
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I just remembered someone else - Laetitia Hubert.
She was at '91 Worlds, made the final group in Albertville, and finished 4th at '92 Worlds, but I don't remember seeing her in either Prague '93 or anywhere in '94. She would be around as a factor in the '95 - '98 quadrennial, though.
Does anyone know what happened to her in the Lillehamer time-frame? She was another skater who could've been in the penultimate group.
Laetitia was at the Lillehammer Games, finishing 17th (20th in the SP, 15th in the LP).
Originally Posted by olympic
She had a bad injury in the 1992-1993 fall, and didn't compete at 1993 Euros, nor Worlds.
She came back for the 1993-1994 season, finishing 3rd at French Nationals, 10th at Euros and didn't qualify for the SP at 1994 Worlds.
I remember she fell on a triple toe combo and ended up only 20th in the short behind Natalie Kreig who fell on a double axel, Rena Inoue who fell on a triple lutz combo, and Ludmila Ivanova who fell on a big waxel. So based on that if she were trying only the triple toe combo she was slated to finish behind the likes of Kreig, Inoue, and Ivanova if they all skated all skated clean shorts that year. Kreig because of her spins likely, and Inoue and Ivanova since they were doing triple lutz combos.
Originally Posted by olympic
I was surprised how low her scores were for that being her only mistake even trying a triple toe combo. She really had no rep at all around that time I guess. Pierre LeRay was considered the #2 French skater and Hubert had not even made it to the 93 Worlds where they had only 2 spots. How different her career might have been had she not been pushed off the podium at the 92 Worlds by those crazy ordinal flips.
I think I am going to extend my original list further. If everyone in the OP hypothetical had been there and skated cleanly how the judges would have placed it:
13. Pierre LeRay
21. Van Sayer
23. Hubert (if she is still trying only the triple toe combo)
I actually think Hubert and the #2 Canadian skater would have barely made the cut in this scenario of all these skaters being there and skating cleanly. And if the Germans somehow had 3 women there including Witt one of them does miss it.
6) Lu Chen
In Lillehammer, I would have judged her based on the warm-up at 1991 Worlds
Originally Posted by ks1227
This is such a tough one. Even though the tech mark is the tie breaker in the short, I give a lot of credit to the 'program'. All of the skaters have great strengths and a few limitations, but I'll identify some tie breakers that cause me to move some skaters ahead of others:
1. Baiul. She skates with speed, has the nasty, Cohen-like vulnerability on here landings, an ugly layback/sideways spin and her f/w is all 3 turns in one direction. But, this is the only program of the field that says "champion". Such a grand step above the field that you just have to forget everything you know about skating and give it to her.
2. Kerrigan. Her LP is extremely bleh and not worthy of an Olympic medal but her SP was really tight and original (f/w, closing spin, transitional moves). No spectacular elements but profoundly textbook.
3. Chouinard. The program and the costume is captivating and cheerful. Josee stepped way up in maturity in 1994 with this SP and came 3rd in Japan because she botched the flying spin and she was not going to dethrone Yuka on her home turf. The only other 6.0 program in the field. Josee is a complete skater who truly performs her programs while showing versatility here. Only weakness is flexibility in her spiral.
4. Chen. Like Chouinard, a major step up in maturity with this program. Highly sophisticated, but ruined by a bad hair style (that is not unlike my grandmothers); she could have dramatically improved her look even at 17. She just didn't look the part despite doing all the right things. Few skaters can match her precise and lyrical body lines, except Baiul. Spins didn't suck that badly here but the combo was a bit brief.
5. Sato. Basic skating skills keep her in the final group. Speed, footwork and spins are hard to ignore. Personally I loved the program but if I was judging it, I'd be critical of its lack of originality and sophistication. A bit junior to me. Not a lot of choreography. Lots of smiling and arm pumping. Just because the music makes you smile, doesn't mean the program is good. Oh, and it's a total knock off of Robin Cousins' Olympic short in 1980, right down to the closing pose
6. Harding. This was a good effort for her. The program wasn't bad and her elements are strong. Even though it was a recycled dress it all worked. Still, weak footwork, spiral and so-so choreography keep her lower while her strength in her other elements get her into the final group.
7. Bonaly. Hard call here. Love the originality of the program, music, costume. Distracted by her skating on top of the ice, her floppy free foot on landings and very week footwork section. I can argue that she didn't turn the required five times on her combo spin on the other foot. Not one spiral was held. Her man hands with open fingers sometimes look prosthetic. Not one pleasing body line shown here. The whole ending of the program was a disaster and just left me feeling she's not ready for prime time. (Other than that I liked it! )
8. Witt. Kerrigan + facial expression - senior ladies combination.
This is how I would put it. I think judges would go: Baiul, Kerrigan, Sato, Bonaly, Harding, Chen, with Chouinard left out of the final group. All 7 of these ladies deserve placement in the final group, so I would have dreaded judging the competition if they all did in fact skate clean.
I have tremendous respect for Hubert, who nearly medalled at Worlds twice (92 and 98) and actually delivered her best Olympics skate at her 4th and last Olympics in 2002, landing 3lutz3toe!
I could have done without seeing Hubert at all those events if it meant two perfect programs from Midori at 1991 Worlds.
I dont assume she was planning a triple toe-triple toe unless you know something I dont. The commentators were saying at the time she was practicing only the triple loop-double toe or the triple toe-double toe. You mention how out of shape she was, which is true, and I highly doubt she could even do a triple-triple of any kind at that moment. And I think the best evidence available is the actual scores that were given for how they did skate. Based on those Hubert with a fall on her triple toe combo being her only mistake was placed below Krieg with a fall on her double axel, Inoue with a fall on her triple lutz combo, and Ivanova with a fall on her double waxel. So based on that if they all skated cleanly with those combinations Hubert would have been placed last of even those 4, Kreig because of her spins, and Inoue and Ivanova since they were doing a way harder combination jump. Of course if she were actually doing a triple-triple she would place higher than that, or even a triple loop combo, but it seems quite clear she was only planning to do a triple toe-double toe combo, and considering she could barely rotate solo triples (as her LP show) I cant imagine for a moment she was ever going for a triple-triple. As for her rep, like I said she was really only the #3 French women behind even LeRay at the time of the 94 Olympics, and also the fact she was placed below the skaters I mentioned she was with them all having the same mistake basically, well you get the picture. Plus she was just weak at the time, the quality of her skating wasnt as good as later or earlier years even if she had skated well, and that also explains her really low scores for just one mistake. And whichever U.S article that picked her as a possability for the final flight was utterly clueless as she had done nothing and been pretty much invisible since the 92 Worlds.
Originally Posted by ks1227
Her placing at the 95 Worlds doesnt mean much either. Alot of people retired, and alot of things can change as far as perception in a year. Hubert was also in far better shape, was skating faster and jumping higher again, and had some decent events that year and was established again as atleast a noteworthy skater again. I dont know where Bobek would have placed in 94 with this hypothetical larger than real Olympic field all skating cleanly but it probably would have been quite low, but at the 95 Worlds she was unbeatable if skating cleanly. The year after the Olympics is a good time for skaters whose careers and reputations are on the down to rebuild themselves and she did that the next season extremely well.
Last edited by judgejudy27; 06-24-2010 at 06:46 AM.