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Tara Lipinski - 1998
Sarah Hughes - 2002
Sale & Pelletier - 2002
Totmiannina & Marinin - 2006
Gritschuk & Platov - 1994
Viktor Petrenko - 1992
Alexei Urmanov - 1994
Evgeny Plushenko - 2006
Evan Lysacek - 2010
OTHER! Please state, and please forgive, if I didn't mention someome/somthing remarkable!
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I'll be the first. I chose other and I had Trixi Schuba in mind. Granted, she was the best at figures,otherwise her skating was not remarkable to put it mildly
She's not admired for her free skating.
I have absolutely nothing against him. But I'm not sure I've ever seen evidence of Urmanov ubers here or elsewhere. No gushing about him. No reminiscing of his programs or anything. He doesn't make anyone's lists of favorite skaters or programs or anything. He is just sort of forgotten.
I also defended him all through the survivor threads until he got voted out!
By the way my vote goes to Hughes for being the most undeserving OGM on the list
Wolfgang Schwarz. I think he always had the reputation of being the man who won mainly because Emmerich Danzer made a big mistake in the school figures, and he also has a reputation here as the guy who robbed Tim Wood of that very same OGM. Also, as Vagabond pointed out in the men's OGM Survivor thread, he's a convicted human trafficker.
Most unbeloved Olympic champion? Oh, this is going to end well.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club
I'm gonna go with Sale/Pelletier, Sarah Hughes wasn't my favourite skater, but at least she earned her OGM more fairly than S/P in my eyes...
OMG!!! I wish this was multiple choice!
Yeah, this really should be multiple choice. Urmanov is my favorite from the list and I totally don't get what people have against him; he's a much better skater than Stojko and deserved his OGM, IMO.
I'll say other and side with falling_dance against Schwarz as the absolute worst Olympic Champion though.
Interesting topic. I had to think -does it mean actively disliked (then Tara gets my vote) or just a skater hardly anyone got excited over (then Hughes gets my vote as most meh OGM). If it means no one likes them much outside their home turf, then I think Sale & Pelletier may get the nod. (I think they were pretty beloved in Canada.)
I guess few folks agreed with Grishuk-P's win in 94, and Canadians didn't think Urmanov deserved the win, but they, and all the others had their fans.
The one who does not belong on this list at all is Viktor Petrenko. He was a hugely popular skater, even in North America. (Was this poll by chance assembled by someone too young to remember the early 1990s very well?)
Last edited by Susan M; 07-24-2012 at 01:42 AM.
I voted Sale and Pelletier. They aren't my favorite, I definitely prefer B/S, but some people speak of them as though they shouldn't have ever qualified for a world championship.
My personal pic is Evan, though. It's true...I don't love him.
Sale and Pelletier shouldn't even count. Their medal is as earned as the American gymnasts' 2000 bronze medal.