Mao Asada (2010)
Sasha Cohen (2006)
Irina Slutskaya (2002)
Michelle Kwan (1998)
Nancy Kerrigan (1994)
Midori Ito (1992)
Liz manley (1988)
If I had to guess this is how Mao would have done in other years:
1992- I think she would have won. Kristi wasnt great that night, Midori with only 1 triple axel and no triple lutz probably would have won the LP had she not been 4th in the short.
1994- Would have won.
1998- Would have probably been 3rd. I dont see either Tara or Michelle that night beaten by a performance with 2 major mistakes.
2002- Would have won. Hughes lost votes to all of Slutskaya, Kwan, and Cohen that night even with their problems, simpler jumps, and her out of skin skate. 2 triple axels even with a couple misses would have put someone over her as she was not a popular choice even with the judges.
2006- If we factor in SP would have won. May have lost LP to Shizuka under COP.
So I actually almost agree, I think she would have won any other Olympics besides 1998 with her performances in Vancouver.
Yes Mao didn't get great GOEs on some elements in the program but I still think the 3As she performed and also her PCs from that performance at Olympics would have been enough any other year to overcome the fact that she didn't perform most triples.... If not, then how did she even get second in Vancouver?
PS: by the way she did get great goe, it just wasn't crazy goe she received!
Last edited by Amy03; 08-24-2012 at 10:43 AM.
I think she should win this poll hands down. I am in her favour. Read my earlier comments. Someone commented saying that she shouldn't win this because she didn't complete all the triple jumps and had mistakes, I am saying that even with the mistakes and the lack of completing all the triples the rest of her skating makes up for it so she could have won the Olympics any other year and should win this poll.
Her quad was pretty awesome, too.
But that damn triple flip...
Although I am usually the last person to vote for Kwan, I had to on this one. Her Olympic silver was as close to Olympic gold as u can get.
I love Midori, but she was just not mentally prepared at Olympics and it showed in her performance. I wish she had skated flawless because it would have been probably the best Olympic ladies lp ever
Asada was good also, but it had flaws. If she were flawless, she still wouldn't have beat Kim but it would have been a nice battle between the two
Manley was good, if it weren't for figures. Katarina Witt was artistically good, but technically was very weak
michelle should have won in 1998, enough said,
Michele's was a beautiful performance but coming right after Philadelphia, it is actually almost more heartbreaking.
I voted for Liz Manley's. The unbridled JOY from every aspect of her skate and the moments of triumph in front of home country fans (yes, the silver medal is a huuge triumph in my opinion at the Olympics) make it my favorite.
Kwan's 1998 LP was one of the most beautiful programs ever done. None of the other choices even come close. That LP could have beaten many of ladies Olympic golds medalists.