Unlike the world championships, the Olympics comes around but once in every 4 years. That means that for most figure skaters, they only get 1 or 2 chances at becoming Olympic champion - 3 if they are incredibly lucky. There are many reasons why an individual skater may miss out on winning the Olympic title, despite there best endeavours. Cecilia Colledge was unlucky to lose to Sonja Henie at the 1936 Olympics and then the outbreak of war prevented the 1940 Olympics from proceeding where she would have been the favourite for the title. Laurence Owen was killed in a plane crash in 1961 and therefore did not get the opportunity to compete at the 1964 Olympics where she would undoubtedly have stood a chance of winning. Both Janet Lynn and Denise Biellmann were held back by the antiquated school figures which should have been done away with during the 1960s. Others, such as Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan, came agonisingly close to winning the title, losing by very small margins. Mao Asada was the best skater in the world in 2006, but was not age eligible to compete in the Olympics during that year. By the time she could compete in 2010, Kim Yu Na was simply too good for her. Undoubtedly, therefore, sheer bad luck plays a very big part in why some skaters never become Olympic champion.
So who was the greatest ladies singles figure skater never to become Olympic champion?