How would you rank the Olympic medal winning LPs since 1992. Here would mine:
1. Yu Na Kim 2010 gold- no brainer, she wins.
2. Shizuka Arakawa 2006 gold- only 5 triples that day but rate her this high just due to the complexity of the overall program, the spins, footwork, choreography. Essentialy she got a boost from skating under COP as I am sure many of these others would have included more of the same had they as well. Everything she did was super high quality as well though.
3. Mao Asada 2010 silver- thought of rating her 2nd especialy since I think in a judged competition she would have finished 2nd under either 6.0 or COP with the same skate. Rated her 3rd since those 2 mistakes at the end took away from the overall effect. Still rate her highly since she had 2 triple axels and the overall performance level was excellent, even if I didnt like the music or choreography much.
4. Tara Lipinski 1998 gold- she and Michelle were a toss up that night. I went with Tara just ahead since she actually was the one who got the judges nod for the gold, though I slightly prefered Michelle.
5. Michelle Kwan 1998 silver- read above.
6. Midori Ito 1992 silver- since that late triple axel was amazing and saved was was a rather subpar performance to that point. If she were 3rd after the short maybe wins with same perforamnce.
7. Kristi Yamaguchi- probably her worst skate of the 90-91 and 91-92 seasons. Still might have won the 1994 or 2002 Olympics though.
8. Nancy Kerrigan 1994 silver- excellent performance which merited the gold medal that night. Still only 5 triples, not spectacular spins, and a slightly generic quality which weaker choreography than some of her previous numbers.
9. Joannie Rochette- again tanking into account the level of difficulty in spins, footwork, spirals, and choreography required today. She is a very strong jumper and greatly improved her presentation over the years. A couple problems though an no triple-triple combo. Put her below Nancy since Nancy didnt put a foot wrong, and below Ito and Kristi since they completed something extremely difficult that night inspite of their mistakes.
10. Lu Chen 1994 bronze- excellent performance, competitive with Nancy for the LP win that night under fair judging. Very strong technically with very strong and interesting choreography, even if she wasnt exactly an exquisite artist on ice as she would later be.
11. Sasha Cohen 2006 silver- Exceptional performance after the 2 falls.
12. Sarah Hughes 2002 gold- meh, best of the night but shouldnt have been.
If she skated under COP I would probably rate her last, but what she did worked under 6.0.
13. Irina Slutskaya 2002 silver- well she stayed on her feet and some of the jumps and spins she did were excellent. Extremely subpar performance for her though, and not great choreography.
14. Lu Chen 1998 bronze- her artistry was on another level from 94, but technically she was nowhere near as strong as her 94 level as a skater. and I think Maria deserved the bronze that night anyway.
15. Michelle Kwan 2002 bronze- not a great performance obviously and not on e of her better programs to start with.
16. Irina Slutskaya 2006 bronze- one of her worst performances ever.
17. Nancy Kerrigan 1992 bronze- lame performance, put her over Oksana since the choreography and program itself was actually very nice, much better than her own 94 vehicle which she skated far better.
18. Oksana Baiul 1994 gold- Subpar even for her own subpar standards as a so called Championship skater.