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Kay Thompson at 1982 Worlds
I am a bit confused at one thing looking back at the coverage at the 1982 Worlds. The ABC team of Button and Fleming claimed once Wegelius of Finland finished her long and got her marks, and failed to get 4th or higher in the long program, Elaine and her win was secure. However I saw another video that had Kay skating and said she was the last skater. Kay was 6th overall going into free skate and Elaine 7th so wouldnt Kay have won the gold had she won the long over Elaine. So why did the ABC team say Elaine had won after Wegelius and her final marks and result came.
Originally Posted by chanunderrated
However, in this instance ABC were probably basing their announcement on several factors.
1. Elaine was the world silver medallist in 1981, and her marks in the 5.7 / 5.8 region indicated her reputation and experience. 1982 was Kay's first time in a world championship.
2. Elaine landed 6 triple jumps in the free. Kay had one or two triples at best. She would be unlikely to get the same marks.
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Kay had a triple lutz and triple flip both planned though! Wouldnt those 2 really hard triples be worth more than alot of triple toes and triple salchows if she did both cleanly. Those were her only two triples which is kind of funny. Her spins were also amazing and better than Zayak and all the other women.
Unfortunately, Kay Thomson's triples were not always consistent, when needed.
Elaine Zayak's triples were much more reliable.
In that era, it mattered; because you didn't get partial credit for attempted jumps.