I wouldnt have Tonya and Nancy anywhere near that high. Apart from the scandal of the clubbing it wasnt an amazing rivalry. Nancy came out ahead only twice before the 91-92 season, then Nancy won every meeting starting in early 92 onwards. On a personal level apart from the skating nobody thought much about it until the clubbing either.
Eldredge and Goebel on the list, LOL! You have to be kidding me.
Hamilton vs Cramer? Pretty good rivalry for a couple years but did anyone really care that much at the time.
Yamaguchi and Ito should definitely be on the list, how can you leave that off in favor of the aforementioned.
Lambiel vs Joubert was a pretty good rivalry over the years.
Klimova & Ponamarenko vs the Duchensays was a hot rivalry for awhile, and Davis & White vs Virtue & Moir should definitely be on there.
^I've been looking for it too!
Thanks for the thread - a great read
Witt is an interesting one to me. 80's skating is a bit before my time and actually doesn't really appeal (In comparison to say, gymnastics, whose golden days were the 80's In my humble opinion - I've seen more gym from that decade than I have from the last ten years ) I don't think some of it has aged particularly well Aside from Ito, Thomas and Witt, not much else has stood out to me, but I might be being rather unfair in this conclusion.
Was Witt technically superior to her rivals? More artistic? A better competitor? How did she win so much? On so many of the vids on youtube, so much of the commentary boils down to raving over "charisma" or other such things. I certainly see she has "It", yet still, such a quality remains subjective and intangible. Still, I loved her 87 LP the best. I was just wondering if any of the field were attempting more difficult programmes than she?
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In her early years near the top from 82-85 Witt was easily one of the most athletic skaters and strongest jumpers. By the Calgary Olympics she looked technically regressed-oudated. She had a huge reputation by then from all her previous wins though, and she always rose to the occasion when she had to, like the 87 Worlds LP where she skated lights out after her competitors had all performed superbly.
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My vote would be for Elaine. She changed everything, Katarina changed nothing.
If you go by medals and dominance it would be Witt, but if you go by impact and changing the sport it would be either Ito or Zayak, probably Ito 1st, and Zayak a strong 2nd.