“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
Yagudin, Shen and Zhao, and Kristi Yamaguchi are the only ones to come to mind because usually the person I want to win gets second or third.
I was glad for some of the other winners mentioned here, like Yuna, but I kind always felt like she would win, so I didn't feel as satisfied as for the others. I felt like Midori Ito was going to win going in to the 1992 Olympics and I would have also been very satisfied for her.
Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem
Least satisfying was Yamaguchi, because that meant she would not stay on until '94 and likely win, which would likely mean that Baiul would have never have come to Miami in a panty girdle.
I don't care for Evan much, but I did enjoy his performances and win.
Ladies- Shizuka ( This past oly's was dissapointing as i wanted Mao to win)
Men's-Plushenko-( todd Eldridge had to be the most dissapointing man to never win.)
Dance-Grishuk/Platov in 98. Most dissapointing to never win was Marie-France and Patrice.
Sarah Hughes, 2002.
Flame me if you want, but she did what every athlete wants to do: give the performance of her life on her sport's biggest stage.
Yagudin, Hamill, and Torvill & Dean would be runnersup for much the same reasons, but none of them found themselves in the seemingly impossible position Hughes did when she stepped onto the ice at the start of her Long Program.
Tara Lipinski. She skated with so much joy and exuberance, that it really lifted me up (and still does whenever I watch that LP.)
Nubka - Unpaid Slave Laborer...
Dance: Virtue & Moir...it was about time North America had something to cheer about
Just echoing some of the same names:
Shen and Zhao
Nastia Liukin - girl had the competition of her life
but my all-time favorite victory:
Snowboarders are allowed two runs but IIRC, in both games, his first run scores already sealed the deal. However, in the Vancouver, to top it all off, he decides to do his 2nd run seriously and pulled out his biggest tricks.
Ladies: Shiz, but still crushed that Kween has never won.
Men: Yags, but wish Plushy didn't fall in the SP. I wanted Yags to win but wanted it to be a fierce competition.
Pairs: Sale/Pelletier and i am just going to leave it at that.
Dance: Virtue/Moir, I was shaking and spamming the official Vancouver2010 site. I was SO nervous when Davis/White posted huge results but as soon as V/M's score flashed on the site with 1st place I almost cried....at work.
Shen and Zhao all the way. They were mesmerizing up until the mistake, and ended well despite it.
Also Kim and Yagudin, who both flawless.
I would have been thrilled for Virtue and Moir too, if I hadn't been so heartbroken for DelSchoes.
Yagudin, Kulik, and Klimova and Ponomarenko all left me very satisfied.
I was satisfied with B&S in Salt Lake City before the whole ridiculous faux-controversy.
I guess Yu Na Kim in ladies, although it felt very much like a foregone conclusion. But otherwise, it's hard to think of an OGM in ladies who was my first choice.
For me, Vancouver was my 1st Olympic figure skating to watch and I was REALLY REALLY satisfied with all the victories.
Evan, Yu-Na, V/M, S/Z.
This too will pass away.
Not a gold, but the most satisfying Olympics achievement for me was Joannie Rochette's bronze
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The most beautiful couple, pair and lady, all with best edges and lines (which is a main criteria for me) won there.
I did not watch the 1992 games, but now I think how awfuly unjust it might be if Klimova/Ponomarenko did not win those games, esp with that FD.
I was also super-relieved when Elena and Anton won in 2002.
Well, Shizuka, obviously. I love her/that victory because she is a brilliant example of pure, all-round skating, with clean lines, deep edges, big jumps and regal posture; and that night, there was no question she was the best. In addition to that I never thought I'd have a true, real fave ever win something so big - for example, if Kwan won, I'd be delighted or Cohen, or when Kim won; but I'm not an uber of their's, I just appreciate their skating on a casual level. Whereas Arakawa is MY skater (if you get me) so for her to win felt amazing. (Is that sad? lol)
Also: Shen/Zhao for very obvious reasons. And can I say that Pang/Tong were the most satisfying silver medallists ever for me.
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