If Butyrskaya loses this round, I'm organizing a mass board suicide.
And we really should organize a bloc to get rid of someone unexpected in round 5. Kwan would be awesome.
Irina and Tara were good enough to beat Michelle Kwan many times over in their primes. They would eat the likes of either erratic colty Kostner (young version) or more tamed and polished but scaled down 80s jumps content Kostner (current version) for breakfast. We already know how Irina and Kostner compare from their head to head competitions in Europe in the mid 2000s, no contest. As for Butryskaya we saw first hand how she compares to Irina and Tara in head to head competition, again no contest.
.... Carolina lost by one vote last round and now Maria is getting booted off? What is this?!!?!?!?
It is time for Chen to start getting some votes. I love her and she is a great champion and beautiful skater but she still isnt the dominant champion or all time great many of these others are.
^ That's because politicking was almost never in her favor. NEVER. She won pretty much by herself, without the complete backing of her nation.
^ It makes me sad that Lulu is starting to get some votes. She was a two time Olympic bronze medalist, which can't be said of a few of the ladies skaters up there. And we all know what the real color of her medal should have been at the 94 Olympics... And she definitely should have been in the top 3 in the LP in Albertville, with her 6 triple LP... She's by far the best artist of any of the ladies listed on the poll and had some sizable jumps in her prime (and didn't stuggle with any of them unlike some of the others in the poll in her prime, even though it's really a shame her jumps started falling apart with all the problems she dealt with post-96). On top of that, she has 1 World gold medal, 1 world silver medal, and 2 world bronzes, which is many more than what some of the others got (aka Yuna, Tara, Shiz, and Maria).
At this rate, it looks like Slutskaya is going to win...
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Another interesting thing is that it is obvious the prevailing consensus is Slutskaya >>>>>>>>>> Lipinski. While I am not saying that is wrong, Irina did have the far longer and more successful career, and even was a threat to Tara atleast in the 97 season which it turned out was basically Tara's peak despite being only 14-15, and when Irina was nothing like the skater of future years, there is another interesting way to look at things. Irina competed near the top as a gold contender basically every year from 1996-2006, missing out on a year or two due to illness and family grief (2003-2004) and managed only 2 World titles as far as Olympic and World wins. Lipinski competed at the top level only 11 months and managed an Olympic and World title, actually trumping Irina as far as World/Olympic wins in 10% the time. Just some food for thought.
Argh, why has the tide turned against Masha. Her World title performance was more difficult and more memorable than Caro's! And more memorable than Mao's and Yu Na's Worlds LPs too, for that matter. (That's right, I said it.)
And these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7dmp_GaJcw
Come on, people!