I never knew she was doing 3axels like this in 1994!
Was anyone here at the 1994 Olympics practices? How were here 3axels looking then?!
To answer your question, Tonya was landing triple axels in Norway, too.
Thanks for that link, that was a horrible collision.
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I was never a fan of Kerrigan's skating, in addition to her being stiff, she clearly had no dance training whatsoever. She never learned how to properly transition into and out of movements, the result was that she would have such a jarring claymation-like quality whenever she went from one body position to the next. Harding, Bonaly, Slutskaya, Ito and all of the other "athletic" skaters of the 1990s were able to do this better than she was . She was also slow as molasses.
I will give her credit for skating well in 1994 when it counted and for working hard and giving her all in practicing and preparing.
It saddens me that Tonya Harding wound up whacking someone that she should have been able to beat on sheer quality and talent. Her work ethic was seemingly very poor.
I think there was a bit of a backlash against both Tonya and Nancy for all the attention they were getting by the time of the '94 Olympics. People were ready to believe in Oksana and give her the benefit of the doubt. Nancy on the other hand was dubbed ungrateful and Tonya a thug.
Was 1993 Nats in Phoenix? I know I was there wherever it was. Harding really needed to prove herself after the 92 season and her GPs for 93 season were abysmal. She showed up in practice, and even the SP (if you recall she got a reskate because her dress strap broke) with a strong 3lutz combo. I was sort of 'over' Tonya by that time, too many lost chances and not enough good skating. So I can understand why the judges hosed her. But Kwiatkowski?????? Under no circumstance should she ever have been placed on that world team. I forget her program, it might have been Slaughter in red or Rhapsody in blue, but who cares. Bobek was clearly on her way up and if Tonya didn't make it, then Bobek should have. I was never a fan of Ervin's but she skated cleanish, although with just toe and sal. And Nancy was quite terrible herself.
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As I recall there was a flipflop in the standings and the ordinals were all mixed up for places 2-5. There wasn't a clear consensus on who was better than whom in that 1993 long program, or the two programs combined.
I actually loved Nancy's triple lutz double toe in her short at Albertville. She did a splendid triple toe-triple toe at Worlds in Munich the year before as well.
To me the best triple axel by a lady ever was Tonya's at Skate America in the fall during the season of the Olympics, was that 1991? She did it right INTO the camera but you could still see the all out power into the jump and powerful flow exiting. Wowow.