Debbie Thomas (1988)
Nancy Kerrigan (1992)
Chen Lu (1994)
Chen Lu (1998)
Michelle Kwan (2002)
Irina Slutskaya (2006)
Joannie Rochette (2010)
i'm still not convinced that joannie should have had bronze to begin with, interesting to see her lead
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
I wish I could change my vote. I rewatched Lu Chen's '98 and '94 performance, and I actually decided I like the '94 one better even though I originally thought '98 was better.
I can't believe Joannie is winning this poll...
How technically strong are most bronze medalists for that to be a reasonable complaint?
When you're a Kwan or Debi and expected to take gold, perhaps silver and then only manage bronze, there's a certain amount of backlash.
Most of my favorites are from the wayback machine.
Pewter - Hana Maskova 1968 an athletic and original skater who should be better remembered
Bronze - Chen, 1998. Not so much for the skating, which was rough but for the emotions.
Silver - Christine Errath, 1976, former world champion (only big GDR skater not coached by Jutta Muller?) a stylish and athletic competitor who's also underrated
Gold - Janet Lynn, 1972 who virtually reinvented freeskating.
As for those who think Nagasu's LP in Vancouver was better, Nagasu's LP was probably better than everyone else on this poll had she won the bronze as well. Remember the Vancouver ladies event was the best ladies event in history. Other than possibly the silver medalist all the other positions would have beaten anyone else in any skating or Olympic competition at the same position in history probably.
I voted for the lovely and talented Joannie Rochette.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde
On another note there are many who didnt agree with Chen's 98 bronze too, in fact more than disagreed with Joannie's in 2010 which were mostly a few overenthusiastic Nagasu ubers, and this despite the overall competition was far below the 2010 level.
Last edited by judgejudy27; 09-03-2012 at 04:09 AM.
As for this poll, the absolute-best Olympics bronze medalist lady ever was Janet Lynn in Sapporo-1972. One of the greatest all-time skaters, period.