I love reading the retrospectives on this site, so I wanted to do a very basic one for the 1991 World Championships in Munich, Germany, which also has the distinction of being the first World Championship with no figures.
1st: Kurt Browning: Short Program Long Program
2nd: Viktor Petrenko: Short Program (placed first in the SP) Long Program
3rd: Todd Eldredge: Short Program Long Program
Other highlights: Elvis Stojko became the first skater to land the quad-double-toe combo in competition
1st: Kristi Yamaguchi: Short Program Long Program
2nd: Tonya Harding: Short Program Long Program
3rd: Nancy Kerrigan: Short Program Long Program
Both Eldredge & Kerrigan placed 5th after in the short program and vaulted up to 3rd after the free skate
1st: Mishkutenok & Dmitriev: Short Program Long Program
2nd: Brasseuer & Eisler: Short Program (1st in the short) Long Program
3rd: Kuchiki & Sand: Short Program Long Program
1st: Duchesnay & Duchesnay: C.D. 2nd C.D. Original Dance Free Dance
2nd: Klimova & Ponomarenko: C.D. 2nd C.D. Original Dance (placed 3rd in the Original Dance) Free Dance
3rd: Usova & Zhulin: 1st C.D. 2nd C.D. Original Dance Free Dance
The dance portion of the World Championships was particularly exciting. At the 1990 World Championships, the Duchesnays earned 5 or 6 perfect 6.0s for their transformative "Missing" F.D., choreographed by Isabelle's husband, Christopher Dean. In 1991 they introduced a new innovative free dance, titled "Reflections" but according to Dean, the judges felt the program was too avant garde, so for the World Championships, Dean choreographed "Missing: II" a continuation of their 1990 Free Dance.
Klimova & Ponomarenko were one of ice dancing's most well-balanced and well-rounded teams, their programs contained great difficulty. Brilliant technicians, their free dance in 1991 was a departure from their more traditional free dances in the past. In this free dance, performed to Lawrence of Arabia, Sergei is the desert sand, while Marina is the wind. The next year, Duchesnays would skate a very traditional routine to West Side Story and Klimova & Ponomarenko would skate their most famous (and IMO-their best) free dance to Bach.
Usova & Zhulin: Although their competitive accomplishments are nothing to sneeze at-2 Olympic medals, 1 world championship title; I always felt that it never reflected just how good U&Z were as a dance team. U&Z, who had gorgeous edges, lines and extension also had the misfortune of competing against K&P and G&P, two of the most technically accomplished and proficient ice dancing teams in history. Their Original Dance and Free Dance are highlights for me. The theme of their Free Dance was Paganini and his Muse and is a skated with great intensity, particularly by Zhulin ( ). The program might not have had the difficulty of K&P's free dance, but it was my favorite and reminded me a bit of their brilliant 1992 Four Seasons F.D.