My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
I agreed with Irina winning the 2003 Europeans since her spins, footwork, even spirals, and overall skating quality and speed are far better than Sokolova's. I can see how others might disagree with the result though. On another note nobody had a problem when Kwan easily won Worlds over Sokolova with her triple lutz-triple toe combos.
Overall, Slutskaya was never overrated at the major events - she deserved most of her World/European titles and Olympic medals. Where she was often overrated was at relatively minor events, such as the 2001 GPF ahead of Kwan and the 2000 NHK Trophy ahead of Butyrskaya (both results were absolutely ridiculous).
I think Sokolova was better at Euros in 1993 than Worlds and probably should have won Euros.
However, I think there was some strategy involved in Irina's camp at 1993 Euros after the SP and especially after seeing Sokolova's careful tenative presentation in the LP. She went for the big presentation scores, which would have given her the competition in the tie breaker, and while it did not come down to the tie breaker, she set herself apart by not being cautious.
Interesting, what do you think was better about Sokolova's performance at Europeans compared to Worlds? She didnt jump any better at Europeans than Worlds from what I saw, and she certainly didnt perform better, spin better, or skate with more speed that I saw.
Looking at it again the judges were pretty clear cut. Irina had higher marks both technically and in presentation in the LP, and 8 of the 9 counting judges had her first.
I miss Irina a great deal. Skating hasn't been the same since her retirement, at least for me.
I was impressed by the difficulty of Irina's spins, and I did find her charming. I miss her
Slutskaya is one of those skaters I've missed AFTER she's gone. I guess you don't know what you got till it's gone kinda thing. When she was competing I ALWAYS found her overmarked; to be honest, I was kinda baffled by how loved she was by judges. I thought she had a heavy, lumbering, at times, sloppy, style, that wasn't particularly pretty. I was never really a fan of her programmes; I usually preferred her SPs, and her 06 LP was just awful for an OGM favourite IMO. However, since her retirement, I appreciate her massive jumps, athletic style, great spins and FW and her guts in just going out there and going for it. We don't see enough of her gumption and spirit in ladies these days.