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    Quote Originally Posted by jbjanderson View Post
    Nastia Liukin's
    LOL, that's the name that popped into my head when I saw this thread title. I can't recall seeing anyone rise higher to a bigger occasion.

    Back to skating, it seems that for me, most Olympic victories are "marred" by a little sadness for the ones who didn't win or didn't skate their best.

    I loved G&G's 88 victory, but maybe that's because I didn't feel anything for their competitors. It was the beginning of my being a fan, and I just didn't know.

    Also loved Shizuka's win. And since Sasha's falls were so expected, sorry - harsh but true, I wasn't that disappointed. Shizuka is such an amazing skater, even though she wasn't my favorite, I was thrilled for her. Very deserving champion.
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    Yagudin ... both when it happened and now.

    As a Kwaniac, I was initially greatly disappointed with the '98 ladies results. However, now, it seems that all three medalists got what they really wanted: Tara, the OGM; Michelle, recognition as a legend, Chen Lu, the comeback -- which makes it very satisfying.

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    Happy and satisfied for Shen&Zhao's 2010!
    Last edited by yaoyao; 12-21-2010 at 08:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pani View Post
    O yes - she was so classy!
    Amen!

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    Brian Boitano in 1988...at the time. In retrospect, I can see how it could have gone either way...but what is most satisfying is that he truly had the skate of his lifetime when it mattered most. And it mattered more because Brian Orser skated so well. It was an epic sports moment.

    G&G in 1988...pressure, what pressure? Love Dick Buttons quote, "It was like she was skating on air" I wish they had skated absolutely clean in 1994...I'm glad they won, but it should have been clean. They made silly mistakes on simple elements.

    Lysachek in 2010...just because it had to be ANYONE but Plushenko. In essence, it was more about who didn't win as opposed to who won.

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    Men -
    Alexei Yagudin 2002

    Ladies -
    Shizuka Arakawa; 2006 was the first time since Kristi Yamaguchi won that I felt the winner either deserved their gold or the win wasn't overshadowed by disappointment on behalf of other skaters who seemed to have had everything they needed (IMO) to get the job done but somehow faltered.

    Pairs -
    Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze 2002 (until the whole controversy began shortly after)
    Kazakova/Dmitriev 1998
    Gordeeva/Grinkov 1994

    Icedancing -
    Torvill/Dean 1984
    Klimova/Ponomarkeno 1992
    Anissina/Peizerat 2002
    Virtue/Moir 2010

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    Shen & Zhao for sure. I was beyond thrilled for them when they won

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    T&D, 1984.
    Yags, 2002 (Yay!)
    V&M, 2010.
    YNK, 2010.

    I don't remember G&G in 1988, but their 1994 LP was flawed, so they didn't moved me like earlier in the season.

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    Do I have to have lived through the actual Olympic games?

    Shizuka fought so hard for that title. She achieved something so big that day. She's one of my favorite skaters to watch to this day.

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    88 - Boitano, G/G

    94 - Urmanov

    98 - Lipinski

    02 - Yagudin

    06 - Plushenko (yeah, I know, but I liked him then!)

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    Shizuka Arakawa in 2006 : she's got everything it takes to be a real great olympic champion.
    B&S in 2002 : they were clearly the best. What happened after is not sport, it was a media stuff that should remain as it was.
    Kulik 1998 : beautiful champion.
    G&G 1994 : the greatest pair ever reaching the sport gods.
    V&M 2010 : so beautiful to watch, and technically extremely strong. They really made things look easy, like not many skaters can do.

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    Definately A/P in 02 .I just couldn't bear the thought of FP/M being OGM

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    G&G in 1988

    Brian B. in 1988 (even though I was pulling even more for Brian O. in 1984 and 1988). I still consider the "Battle of the Brians" to be the greatest night of men's figure skating, ever.

    Torvill & Dean - 1984

    Ilia - 1998 - great performance - I always liked him, and like him even more as a pro. Even his "giraffe" costume didn't bother me one bit. (I was brokenhearted that Todd was off the podium. Philippe was wonderful that night, but I have been so disappointed with most of his pro programs, especially with "George of the Jungle").

    Shizuka - 2006 - Her reaction in the K&C was priceless

    Shen & Zhao - 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookingood View Post
    Yagudin in 2002, V&M 2010 and Yuna Kim 2010.
    My favorite wins too.

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    Virtue and Moir, 2010. Because I was there to see it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    First one to come to mind for myself was Lysacek. He deserved to beat Plushenko, but more so considering Plushenko thought the OGM was going to be handed to him regardless of how well he did.
    In Plushy's defense though, IF he really did think he was unstoppable, it was because the judges only reinforced that line of thinking in his head. He was way overmarked in PCS and should have been defeated by Lambiel's brilliant LP skate at Europeans, but no, the judging panel marked Evgeni's LP as the best when they very easily and justifiably could have placed him 2nd in the LP and sent him a message to work more on his program components. Lambiel still would not have won Euros based on his flawed SP, but perhaps ranking Plushy 2nd in the long could have changed his perception a bit. Who knows? He was overmarked in PCS in every competition he skated in (as was Lysacek), so I say blame the judges for giving him a false perception of how he stacked up against the competition.

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    For 2010, both Lysacek and S&Z.

    Yagudin is probably my all-time answer to that, though ... brilliant performance!
    "Liking this sport is ridiculous, so you’re a little different for liking it, she explained. But you’re allowed to like what you like." - Robert Samuels

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    Torvill & Dean
    M&D
    Shizuka Arakawa
    Shen & Zhao

    but most important of all:
    Yagudin

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    In Plushy's defense though, IF he really did think he was unstoppable, it was because the judges only reinforced that line of thinking in his head.
    The judges, the media, his coach, his wife .....

    Anyhow, gold in 2006 and silver in 2010 - respect!
    Ooops, it was platinum, sorry

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    Shizuka in 06...for oh, so many reasons.

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