View Poll Results: Which was the greatest performance of a program by a ladies singles skater ever?

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  • Midori ito - 1989 World Championships - LP

    47 18.36%
  • Katarina Witt - 1987 World Championships - LP

    4 1.56%
  • Kim Yu-Na - 2010 Olympics - SP

    36 14.06%
  • Michelle Kwan - 1998 US Nationals - LP

    96 37.50%
  • Janet Lynn - 1970 US Nationals - LP

    8 3.13%
  • Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympics - LP

    14 5.47%
  • Oksana Baiul - 1994 Olympics - LP

    5 1.95%
  • Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 US Nationals - LP

    6 2.34%
  • Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympics - LP

    8 3.13%
  • Denise Biellmann - 1981 World Championships - LP

    2 0.78%
  • Other

    30 11.72%
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    The real pity was that Midori was injured in 1991 and did not even have a chance to win another world title. For a skater her caliber it is so disappointing! Had she won the OGM in 1992, that would have made up for it, but it did not happen. I wish she had stuck around 2 more years.

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    I voted for Midori since I can't seem stop going back to it to replay the magic that it was. It never fails to give me chills

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    The real pity was that Midori was injured in 1991 and did not even have a chance to win another world title. For a skater her caliber it is so disappointing! Had she won the OGM in 1992, that would have made up for it, but it did not happen. I wish she had stuck around 2 more years.
    It would have been interesting to see how she would have done if she stuck around. Kristi shocked everyone by turning pro so that would have made things alot easier for her. On the other hand she seemed burned out through years of intense competitive pressure, and was getting a bit beat up with injuries at that point. The 93-94 field wasnt particularly strong, so if she could have duplicated some of her pro performances she would have had a great shot, but obviously her level of skating in her return to amateur skating at the 96 Worlds wouldnt have gotten her anywhere even in 93-94.

    I always thought the natural order of things would have been Midori winning in 92 and Kristi winning in 94, with Tonya Harding having the possability to steal 1 of those away from one of them. The ironic thing is Kristi winning in 92 instead and abruptly turning pro when she had never planned to do so it might have moved everything up chronologically for many years to come (Baiul winning in 94 which probably never happens with Kristi around, then immediately turning pro as well, Tara winning in 98 and abruptly turning pro, etc...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I agree that her 1990 LP was even better but I don't think she got hosed. She was so low (10th) in the compulsories (Trenary was 1st) that it was nearly impossible for her to overcome that deficit. The only way she would have won was if Kristi had beaten Jill in the LP, which I believe Midori won. However, Kristi was struggling, trying to skate pairs and singles at that time, and she had 2 falls in her LP. She recovered but not enough to beat Jill. Based on the rules at that time, the results were correct, but I was so sad that Midori did not win after two amazing performances (SP & LP).
    I agree.
    Under CoP, she would have won, because of the massive points she would have had with her SP and LP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post

    I always thought the natural order of things would have been Midori winning in 92 and Kristi winning in 94, with Tonya Harding having the possability to steal 1 of those away from one of them. The ironic thing is Kristi winning in 92 instead and abruptly turning pro when she had never planned to do so it might have moved everything up chronologically for many years to come (Baiul winning in 94 which probably never happens with Kristi around, then immediately turning pro as well, Tara winning in 98 and abruptly turning pro, etc...).

    There are so many what ifs? from that era:

    Consider if Sydne Vogel got the bronze medal at the 1996 US Nationals - that would have meant Tara Lipinski could not get grandfathered into senior competitions post 1996 due to the age restriction rule set in place.

    If Kristi stays around to 1994, there would (likely) have been 3 spots retained for the US Olympic Team, etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    I agree.
    Under CoP, she would have won, because of the massive points she would have had with her SP and LP.
    While I agree that it's a crying shame Midori lost 90 worlds given her brilliant free skating, I don't get what the heck a different scoring system has to do with anything. First off, COP has no provision for scoring figures, so who knows what would have happened back then had they used COP. Secondly, had she competed in 1980 or earlier, it's possible she could have missed the podium altogether ala Lynn or Bielmann. I suppose if I were as cold hearted as some of the others here, I'd simply say: "Well, if she wanted to win 90 worlds, then she should have done better figures!"

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    I would like to add this one to the list She didn't even win but that was one of my favorites performances EVER.

    Tanja Szewczenko (GER) - 1997/1998 Champions Series Final, Figure Skating, Ladies' Free Skate

    http://youtu.be/FWxeqEPrPek

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    I voted for Tara in 98 because it's what got me into skating. Still get chills watching it. It is my favorite LP.

    In all honesty, this is probably the best ever, despite it not being a official long program:
    Michelle Kwan, 98 World Pros
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcYTdxyoehk


    This is exquisite as well:
    Sasha Cohen, 03 Sears Open (even with mistake)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PDaPEgo-Eg

    Also:
    Lu Chen 1996 Worlds LP
    Michelle Kwan, 1997 Worlds LP (Best choreographed LP in the 90-00s, IMO)
    Sasha Cohen, 2004 Marshalls LP
    Midori Ito, 88 Olympics LP OR 89 Worlds LP (I'm tempted to add 90 Worlds LP... love her)

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    Just for sheer emotional impact...Joannie Rochette 2010 Olympic SP. I'm not putting this up as the best, but it ranks right up there, given the context.
    Haunting the Princess of Pink since 20/07/11...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Really View Post
    Just for sheer emotional impact...Joannie Rochette 2010 Olympic SP. I'm not putting this up as the best, but it ranks right up there, given the context.
    I totally agree that Joannie's 2010 Olympic SP deserves mention. Great performance, and definitely a memorable moment in Olympic figure skating.

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    Sarah Hughes :-) 2002 Olympic LP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Really View Post
    Just for sheer emotional impact...Joannie Rochette 2010 Olympic SP. I'm not putting this up as the best, but it ranks right up there, given the context.
    I love the fact that the commentators don't talk, at all, during the performance and right after. Very smart.

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    What about Mao Asada's two performances at the most recent Japanese nationals, right after her mother's passing? Not perfect but very gutsy.

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    My top 4:

    Tonya Harding, 1991 Nationals
    Chen Lu, 1996 Worlds
    Tara Lipinski, 1998 Olympics
    Michelle Kwan, 1998 Nationals

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    Imagine what a competition the 92 Olympics would have been if Ito had done her performances from the 89 or 90 Worlds (or 89 NHK), Harding her performances from the 91 Nationals or 91 Skate America (minus the fluke double axel fall in the short at SA), and Yamaguchi her performances from the 92 Nationals. People were predicting it to be maybe the greatest ladies competition in history but instead it was a flop Yamaguchi winning easily with one of her worst long programs ever (she cringed sometimes in interviews while speaking about it), and Kerrigan getting the bronze with one of her worst long programs as well. Almost the whole field was dissapointing, only youngsters like Yuka Sato and Lu Chen had great personal competitions, and a journeywomen like Karen Preston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Imagine what a competition the 92 Olympics would have been if Ito had done her performances from the 89 or 90 Worlds (or 89 NHK), Harding her performances from the 91 Nationals or 91 Skate America (minus the fluke double axel fall in the short at SA), and Yamaguchi her performances from the 92 Nationals. People were predicting it to be maybe the greatest ladies competition in history but instead it was a flop Yamaguchi winning easily with one of her worst long programs ever (she cringed sometimes in interviews while speaking about it), and Kerrigan getting the bronze with one of her worst long programs as well. Almost the whole field was dissapointing, only youngsters like Yuka Sato and Lu Chen had great personal competitions, and a journeywomen like Karen Preston.
    In fact, imagine what competitions would be if all skaters skate at their best !
    IMO, 1994 and 1998 were good examples of girls fighting and doing their best. 2002 would have been amazing if all skaters had delivered their best, but it was not the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    I would like to add this one to the list She didn't even win but that was one of my favorites performances EVER.

    Tanja Szewczenko (GER) - 1997/1998 Champions Series Final, Figure Skating, Ladies' Free Skate

    http://youtu.be/FWxeqEPrPek
    I love that programe !. She had an amazing season (Nations cup & NHK Trophy) also the European bronze. It's a pity she had to return home ill from the Olympics.
    Also Vanessa Gusemeroli's free at the Euro's & World's in 2000. She should have won bronze in both that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PashaFan View Post
    I love that programe !. She had an amazing season (Nations cup & NHK Trophy) also the European bronze. It's a pity she had to return home ill from the Olympics.
    Also Vanessa Gusemeroli's free at the Euro's & World's in 2000. She should have won bronze in both that year.
    I agree!

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