Last edited by museksk8r; 06-20-2010 at 03:16 PM.
Most of those tragedies already mentioned are something personal for the skaters but before we go any further with this thread maybe we should define tragic skaters more clearly or drop the time limit .
To me Tragic means either death, serious injury or possibly jail. Something that ends a skater's career. I'm kicking myself right now because I can no longer remember the name of the US pair skater who suffered a brain injury in a fall during practice in the 90's. It happened, I believe, in Maryland or Delaware. He was in a coma for months. It ended his competitive career which had been promising. That, to me, was tragic.
I always felt so bad for Paul Binnebose...
Kira Ivanova (1984 Sarajevo Olympics Ladies' Bronze Medalist from the USSR) comes to mind. Don't know all the details, but she seemed to have had a very tough time of it with her personal problems; then, of course, she was found murdered some years back.
Nikolai Morozov's father was killed in Moscow in 1999 or 2000. I don't know the details. I never heard Nikolai speaking about this. I read about this in Tarasova's interview. That was one of the reasons she invited Morozov to be her assistant and she knew Nikolai's dad well.
I believe that skaters have about the same percentage amount of tragedies as the rest of the population. Just that skaters mentioned here are exposed to medias. Actually no mention is made on not famous skaters who also can have personal tragedy in life.