Yu Na Kim and Mao Asada
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan
Brian Boitano and Brian Orser
Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas
Alexei Yagudin and Evgeni Plushenko
Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski
Scott Hamilton and Scott Cramer
Jamie Sale and David Pelletier vs. Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze
Linda Fratianne and Anett Poetzsch
Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel
Well I remember reading a book at Chapters although I dont have it at home that Witt was outskating Poetzsch technically in practice at only 13 and 14 and that Annett was resentful of her because of it and a bit cold towards her, and also was terrified of the younger more talented skater coming up training with the same coach.
By the 1981 Worlds I dont know where Poetzsch would be placing in free skating but she wouldnt have been able to beat people like Biellmann or Zayak (and possibly even a still very young Witt) even with her past best efforts, so 3rd or 4th place in the long program as a starting point if she did her potential best, but then when you factor in her own inconsistency in free skating and who knows how far she could possibly drop in the free skating portions and how that would factor in if she kept winning figures.
Where's Midori vs Kristi?
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
The "greatest rivalry ever" was Usova/Zhulin vs. Grishuk/Platov. No one else comes close!
In each discipline (and only dealing with rivalries that are completely over)
Gold : Yagudin/Plushenk
Silver : Brians
Bronze : Browning/Petrenko
Pewter: Toller Cranston
Gold : Fratianne/Poetzsch
Silver : Albright/Heiss (as s.o. mentioned they made Yags and Plushy look like a mutual admiration society)
Bronze : Kwan/Slute
Pewter : Henie vs all that is good and pure
gold : not awarded
silver : S/P vs B/S
bronze : S/Z vs T/M
pewter : Rodnina/Zaitsev vs Babilonia/Gardner
gold : G/P vs U/Z
silver : Duchesnays vs K/P
bronze : ???
pewter : Bourne/Kraatz vs judges
Rodnina & Zaitsev vs Babilonia & Gardner was a rivalry? How, B&G never came even close to beating R&Z that I know of. Even Nancy Kerrigan has come closer to beating Yamaguchi than B&G have R&Z probably, LOL! I guess some think they would have been close at the 1980 Olympics, it is purely a guess really though.
And G/P vs U/Z in dance? U/Z always easily beat G/P until the 93/94 season, never even came close to losing any portion of a dance event to them, but then G/P suddenly came up in 93/94 and finished over U/Z at Europeans and stole the Oly Gold away from them, then U/Z retired to the pro ranks and the two teams never met again except once as swapped pairs now as U/P and G/Z. It was only a great rivalry off the ice and in tequila bars, LOL!
I think Anissina & Peizerat vs Fusar Poli & Margalio was a big rivalry in dance in the early 2000s.
Recogzy & Sallay vs Linichuk & Karpanasov became a big rivalry in 79 and 80, while Linichuk & Karpanasov vs Moiseeva & Minenkov was in 78 and 79.
I'm surprised the Witt/Thomas rivalry didn't garner more votes. "The Dueling Carmens" were one of the highlights of the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Since R/Z didnt do throw jumps, and since B/G had far better choreography they probably could have beaten them at the 1980 Games under fair judging (which of course it wouldnt have been probably, especialy as it wasnt in any discipline at those Games). R/Z on the other hand have so much amazing speed and power though and such amazing lifts and strong side by side jumps.
B&S and S&P - ended in the anti-climax of both winning the OGM and the respective fans of each saying our team is the real winner 9 years later
Another and IMHO even crueler one that was mentioned as a rivalry (although not on this poll) was Kwan vs. Slutskaya which ended in the anti-climax of neither becoming Olympic Champion.
I voted Yags vs. Plush
It's interesting... Witt actually completed all her planned content in her 1988 Olympic LP yet the general consensus was that she skated well below par.. Perhaps the audience's compartively subdued reaction in comparison to Ito created this impression?
I also got the sense that Witt was disappointed with herself based on her reaction, perhaps she wasn't but an ecstactic response by a skater after a great performance goes a long way in sending the message to an audience how to respond (as evidenced by Witt in '87 and Manley and Ito in '88). Witt was rather subdued at the end of her LP and the audience sensed it.
At any rate, I think a split panel in either direction would've shown fair judging, but who really knows what would've happened. I just now doubt that the politik at the time would've permitted a B/G win regardless. The Soviets had a stranglehold on Pairs
I think Witt was expected to do at least a 3L. I remember commentators talking about an ambitious program from her at the '87 NHK competition