View Poll Results: What was the best figure skating Olympic Games?

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  • 1984 Sarajevo

    6 3.08%
  • 1988 Calgary

    25 12.82%
  • 1992 Albertville

    6 3.08%
  • 1994 Lillehammer

    37 18.97%
  • 1998 Nagano

    19 9.74%
  • 2002 Salt Lake City

    25 12.82%
  • 2006 Torino

    10 5.13%
  • 2010 Vancouver

    67 34.36%
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    Calgary '88!!!

    The glitz! The glam! The rivalries! Big poofy 80's skating hair on the gals AND the guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergus View Post
    Calgary '88!!!

    The glitz! The glam! The rivalries! Big poofy 80's skating hair on the gals AND the guys!
    Plus you had Midori's absolutely fabulous short program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    LOL at all the votes for Vancouver. Other than the ladies event and Virtue & Moir what was great about that. A splatfest mens event, a splatfest pairs event, and a weak overall dance field with the worst crop of Euro teams in history by a huge margin.
    sorry but 2006 Dance event at torino was weaker than Vancouver

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    1994 all the way... best pairs competition

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    My first Olympics of awareness was 1988...and I loved G&G and the Battle of the Brians, but hands down...1994. I think the over saturation of an alternating Olympic games hadn't quite sunk in...plus you had the "pro's" coming back (many of whom were in good shape barely having retired 1 year). All 4 events were filled with excitement for various reasons already posted here that I wont restate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    LOL at all the votes for Vancouver. Other than the ladies event and Virtue & Moir what was great about that. A splatfest mens event, a splatfest pairs event, and a weak overall dance field with the worst crop of Euro teams in history by a huge margin.
    Well, All the Olympic champions in Vancouver were great and skated perfectly. that was not the case in every Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    Maybe because compared to Torino it actually was a very well skated event?
    I think Torino really suffered in terms of skating performances being the first Olympics held under CoP which everybody was still adjusting to. There were a lot more skaters who had "grown up" with CoP in Vancouver, hence the better performances.

    My opinion may also be coloured by the fact that I liked three of the four gold medallists in Torino compared with zero in Vancouver.

    Plus Skary Babs deathstare may be my all-time favourite moment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    Well, All the Olympic champions in Vancouver were great and skated perfectly. that was not the case in every Olympics.
    That is a matter of the opinion. Lysacek is definitely not a great Olympic Champion IMO. One of the least special skaters to ever win such a title. And Shen & Zhou did not skate perfectly at all in the LP, they even lost the LP to Pang & Tong and wouldnt have won the gold with that performance if the Germans or Russians had skated better.

    I would say in Turin all the winners were great Olympic Champions who skated perfectly more than Vancouver. All 4 Olympic winners of 2006 are better Olympic Champions than Lysacek, and all 4 skated better than Shen & Zhou (or Lysacek) did in Vancouver to win there.

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    Slc was the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chmea View Post
    sorry but 2006 Dance event at torino was weaker than Vancouver
    It depends what you define as better or weaker. I prefer the 2010 winner to the 2006 winners. The 2006 and 2010 runner ups are similar. And the rest of the top 8 from 2006 was much better than 2010. After the top 2 in 2010 everyone sucked at the time (other than the wuzrobbed 4th place finishers). It is great to see the NA teams so strong in dance now but the Russian and overall European teams are the worst ever by far.

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    Re 2006 vs 2010

    2006- I thought Plushenko while technically good, but sucked on the presentation. T&M were about as special as paint drying...like Plushenko skated excellent but I remember nothing of their performance, only the ladies Champion and Dance champions stand out in any way for me. However the rest of the field were awful...though Babs death stare was noteworthy...

    2010-I thought Lysacek was awe inspiring in his LP. I don't even like him but was impressed by him and what he did.

    Virtue & Moir were stunning so deserving of their win. Never mind that D&W brought it...the only flaw was my personal opinion that B&A were robbed of bronze.

    Rochette winning bronze was amazing for what had occurred to her and Yu Na was technically superior but also was artistically amazing too!

    So I guess it is a matter of taste...
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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    That is a matter of the opinion. Lysacek is definitely not a great Olympic Champion IMO. One of the least special skaters to ever win such a title. And Shen & Zhou did not skate perfectly at all in the LP, they even lost the LP to Pang & Tong and wouldnt have won the gold with that performance if the Germans or Russians had skated better.

    I would say in Turin all the winners were great Olympic Champions who skated perfectly more than Vancouver. All 4 Olympic winners of 2006 are better Olympic Champions than Lysacek, and all 4 skated better than Shen & Zhou (or Lysacek) did in Vancouver to win there.
    well that's your opinion...certainly not mine !

    All 2010 olympic champion from 2010 were better than 2006. SZ didn't have the performance of their live, but it was certainly more interesting than those boring russians.

    As for the men, well to be honest, that's my least favorite event anyway so I don't really care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    That is a matter of the opinion. Lysacek is definitely not a great Olympic Champion IMO. One of the least special skaters to ever win such a title. And Shen & Zhou did not skate perfectly at all in the LP, they even lost the LP to Pang & Tong and wouldnt have won the gold with that performance if the Germans or Russians had skated better.

    I would say in Turin all the winners were great Olympic Champions who skated perfectly more than Vancouver. All 4 Olympic winners of 2006 are better Olympic Champions than Lysacek, and all 4 skated better than Shen & Zhou (or Lysacek) did in Vancouver to win there.
    Well, Evan's a lot more special than some others. who have won OGMs. I think that what he did in Vancouver was amazing. Re: S and Z, they didn't have to skate perfectly..won under the rules of the competition.

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    The of 1994 was EPIC.

    The Pairs comp with all the returning champions/ Wotzel chin splat was the best competition ever IMO

    The ladies with the Harding/Kerrigan/Baiul/ Szwechenko collision/ Dead Parents/ Witt Return...EPIC!

    The men's was easily the best FP ever...Petrenko, Boitano, Browning...and they didn;t even medal.

    And don't get me going on Dance...T&D beaten into bronze with people like Krylova down in 6th and Diva Navka out of the top 10. EPIC

    1994 all the freaking way

    Even the freaking Gala was amazing - remember The Baiul/Petrenko performance?
    Brasseur and Isler's Bryan Adams routine and.....Grinkov's last major performance

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    poths- didn't G&G compete in the World Pro's in 1994 and he passed before World Pro's in 1995?

    Good points on everything that happened in 1994 Oly's. I taped it all. Including a bunch of clips from the news about Harding and Kerrigan. Plus the pre-Canadian National's bit of upped security on CTV
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    For me it was Calgary. Partly because it was the first FS competition I recorded (the idea seemed strange at the time...).

    Also the coverage was pretty good (decent coverage of figures for instance with the best description of skate blade construction and edges I ever saw on TV).

    And the competitions were all interesting

    Pairs : weakest section but a young GG outclasses the field

    Mens : Brians, what's not to love? Plus young whipper snappers Bowman, Browning and Petrenko put in appearances.

    Dance : The eternal weirdness of BB and the Duchesnays make their mark.

    Ladies : Carmens, Witt's butt, Thomas's unitard, drama, drama and more dramaa as tears of joy and sadness flow with Manley and Ito putting in class performances (and poor Cadavy sidelined).

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    If you put the competitions of 2006 up against 2010 this is how everyone would have placed skating as they did:

    Pairs:

    Gold- Totmianina & Marinin 2006 (sorry S&Z fans, if they even lost the LP to P&T they would have had no chance against T&M of 2006)
    Silver- Shen & Zhou 2010
    Bronze- Zhang & Zhang 2006
    4th- Pang & Tong 2010
    5th- Shen & Zhou 2006
    6th- Pang & Tong 2006
    7th- Savchenko & Szolkowy 2010
    8th- Petrova & Tikhonov 2006


    Men:

    Gold- Plushenko 2006 (by a landslide, over 20 points probably)

    ----huge gap----


    Silver- Lysacek 2010
    Bronze- Lambiel 2006
    4th- Plushenko 2010
    5th- Takahashi 2010
    6th- Buttle 2006
    7th- Lysacek 2006
    8th- Lambiel 2010


    Dance:

    Gold- Virtue & Moir 2010
    Silver- Navka & Kostomarov 2006
    Bronze- Belbin & Agosto 2006
    4th- Davis & White 2010
    5th- Grushina & Goncharov 2006
    6th- Delobel & Schoenfelder 2006
    7th- Denkova & Stayviski 2006
    8th- Belbin & Agosto 2010


    Ladies:

    Gold- Yu Na Kim 2010
    Silver- Shizuka Arakawa 2006
    Bronze- Mao Asada 2010
    4th- Sasha Cohen 2006
    5th- Joannie Rochette 2010
    6th- Mirai Nagasu 2010
    7th- Irina Slutskaya 2006
    8th- Fumie Suguri 2006

    Overall 2006 would do better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    If you put the competitions of 2006 up against 2010 ....
    Overall 2006 would do better.
    But T&M were about as exciting as watching paint dry. They had the technical skill but they were boooooring (and the less said about ZZ 2006 the better)

    And Plushenko's program in 2006 might have won but it was also bloody awful - jump, jump, jump ,jump, jump, jump half-assed footwork and non-existent sit-spin blech

    One of the jobs of the olympics is to capture the public's imagination and I think overall Vancouver did that better than Turin (I refuse to use the pretentious "Torino" unless parlo italiano, capisci?)

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    If capturing publics imagination is the goal then 1988, 1994, and 2002 were far better than 2010.

    1988- Battle of the Brians, Battle of the Carmens, an inspired Manley, the timeless Gordeeva & Grinkov.

    1994- Just amazingly strong men, pairs, and dance field, even if the mens didnt fully pan out. The story of all the reinstated pros. And Nancy skating what most Americans consider Oly Gold performances so soon after being clubbed.

    2002- The Yagudin-Plushenko rivalry at its peak, Kwan vs Slutskaya in the womens with Hughes stealing the show by skating out of her skin that night, and an incredible pairs field the infamous scandal aside.

    Even 1984 and 1998 really. 1984 you had the historic performances of Torvill & Dean, a popular U.S dancing duo fighting for a medal, the American ladies sending a super trio with 2 World Champions, the coronation of the beautiful and popular Witt as the new ice queen, Hamilton vs Orser in the mens event, and NA interest in the pairs even with both Underhill & Martini and the Carruthers. 1998 Tara vs Michelle already tops anything from 2010 for NA skating fans, but you also had Stojko, Eldredge, and Kulik in the mens event, and the great Gristchuk & Platov in their Olympic farewell. And if you want me to look at it from European fans perspective instead the difference probably becomes even more.

    The TV ratings for both 2006 and 2010 were really low. Nobody was that interested in either. The only reason 2010 has so many votes here is it most recent and people seem to think always think now is best for whatever reason.
    Last edited by judgejudy27; 12-22-2010 at 01:05 AM.

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    No. 2010 has the most votes because of the quality of skating. Please show me another major competition in which the final ladies flight has zero falls. That's one point for starters.

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