The ladies from one end of this decade to the other usually had jump content to include the 3z, so this should be fun -
1. Kwan '96 - 'Salome' is one of her best choreographed programs and she hit 7 triples and 2 2x's to squeak past defending champ Lu Chen.
2. Sato '94 - I think most including myself feel that her basics were the best and she executed the LP when it counted most in her home country.
--Lipinski '98 [Nagano] - I thought this performance was superior to her '97 performance; a little more poise, still contained the 3l-3l and a 3-3 seq. at the end of the LP which beat Kwan.
3. Yamaguchi '91 - 'Samson and Delilah'. 3f - 3t seq. was daring at the time, although she popped the sal. But I thought she was quite spirited througout with decent non-jump elements, too.
4. Chen '95 - I feel 'The Last Emperor' was original and a real break-out for her on the choreo front. Also, she executed this program, but her spins weren't the best and I think she may have doubled something.
--Yamaguchi '92 [Albertville] - 3z/3t, but stumbled on the 3l and doubled the sal
5. Butyrskaya '99 - the performance of her career with 'Otonal' before it became overused, true lutz and 3-3 seq. Still, was a little stiff at times in her non-jump elements, but had presence on the ice.
6. Lipinski '97 - She was good, clean, fast, with competent spins and spirals, and the 3l-3l was revolutionary, but she was still a bit juniorish overall.
7. Yamaguchi '92 - 'Malaguena'. 3z/3t but fell on the 3sal. I felt this performance was anti-climactic, though
8. Kwan '98 - Was a lesser performance of 'Lyra Angelica' after the magical performance at Nats and was even better at the Olympics. She stumbled on the 2x [I think] and the slow ethereal style didn't work if she wasn't committed to it 110%
9. Baiul '93- Despite all the hype at the time, I don't think this performance stands the test of time. Easy, poorly constructed program.
10. Trenary '90 - This performance content to 'Unchained Melody' was more from the '80s era. She skated well for her, and hit the 3f, but everything else was 3t or 3s. I always thought IMO that Jill was a little stiff and I always thought this music was cheesy and Nancy Kerrigan-like
-- Baiul '94 [Lillehamer]- It's sad that this was an olympic-winning performance. On reflection, I would have this behind Trenary '90 whose performance was better constructed with actual spins, spiral, entrances and jump combos, and both had 3 triples