In a week where Lafuente and Meite put OES ladies back on the map, I'm reminding peeps of some OES ladies' performances that could have medalled at worlds had they not been so obskure:
1. Julia Sebesteyen's LP at the 1999 European Championships: No video available, but this was by far the best performance of her career and at the time she had the biggest jumps and easily the best technical content. The judges soon began to take her seriously and whilst she was often undermarked (placing her 6th in the SP of the SLC Olympics as opposed to 2nd which is what she bltantly deserved) it was her nerves and inconsistency that eventually ruined her reutation, not her obskure country status.
2.Julia Lautowa's Lp at the 1997 World Championships - despite being unknown and Austrian, she still managed an 8th place finish. She later married Kostomorov who left her after an affair with Domnina...but the less said about that, the better.
3.Elina Kettunen's 2002 LP from the European championships. Before Poykio, Korpii and Lepisto, there was Kettunen. She produced this killer perfomance at Europeans to make the Olympic team over Poykio and Drei. It proved to be a better performance than Both Kwan and SLutskaya's a month later in SLC! She finished 11th at the olympics
4. Tamara Dorofejev's FP at the the 2000 EUros. Once upon a time there were 3 Hungarians....all of whom could have medalled at worlds, if they were Russian. Dorofejev managed a 7 triple (junior but cute) killer program in 2000. Better than both Butyrskaya and Volchkova, but finished 9th. Shame she never recaptured.
5. Anna Rechnio's SP at the World champs followed her incredible SP at worlds the previous year which followed 4 years of wilderness and fragility in the wake of an excellent 1994 where judges showed they were willing to accept her as a new challenger by placing er 10th at Lillehammer. SHe produced the finest SP of the day, only challenged by Butyrskaya. The judges weren;t so kind and she wound up 6th. Again, robbed in the FP where she was placed 7th behind a gawky Hughes, Rechnio retired without a major medal that her talent desperately deserved.
Any more suggestions?
What do we think of the the above choices and/or the current OES ladies?