Since we often get discussions of which era of skating produced the best or most memorable skating, I thought I'd set up an artificial opportunity to compare examples from the last 30 years of skating history.
How would you rank these performances?
I've chosen to use bronze medal freeskates -- not always the third-place freeskate depending on short program and/or figures placement -- because for the most part they will be pretty good performances and readily available on youtube, but generally not historic iconic performances.
These are ladies from Worlds in odd years only -- to keep the number manageable. If you want to try this but find the number of programs still too large, choose every other one listed.
Obviously we see an increase in technical difficulty in more recent years. But it's not a steady one-way trajectory, so some earlier bronze-medal programs might be stronger technically than others from later years, especially when you focus on quality. And the presentation criteria can apply regardless of the era.
I suggest trying to judge them by 6.0 and maybe mid-80s-mid-90s rules (Zayak rule applies, no required elements except at least one jump combo or sequence).
Or you could judge them on the second mark only by 6.0 standards. Or even judge them on IJS program components only.
Please let us know what your criteria are along with your rankings.
If we get enough responses, I'll figure out the ordinals and results.
1999 missing (use this or this instead if you like, or just skip it)
2011 (repeat by a skater already seen; skip one if you like)