I have been following FSU for several years, but this is my first post; please forgive me if this is better suited for the Trash Can and feel free to move as seen fit.
The first international competition I ever watched was the 1997 World Championships. Through the gift of YouTube, I have been able to rewatch videos of the short and long programs several times over. However, I have long wished to see videos of the qualifying rounds, or at the very least hear detail on the programs some of my favorite skaters.
Of course, the program I'm most interested in is Lu Chen's. AFAIK, it was the only time she competed that program. Additionally, I have heard that Nicole Bobek had a great skate just prior to the tragic death of her coach. I would be forever grateful if someone were to upload and post videos of either of these programs. If this isn't possible, does anyone know which jumps each landed?
I'll always believe LuLu was robbed of a spot in the LP. While I have never seen the programs of the lower-ranked skaters, given the very low standard of skating that year, I'm quite comfortable stating that her artistry should have been enough for at least 24th. Bobek, for instance, was 8th with large errors on both the combo and solo triple. Lu's mistakes were certainly more severe- .8 vs. ~.5 for Nicole, but I just can't believe that they were 17 spaces apart considering their comparable artistry, spins, etc.
Nicole, OTOH, really missed an opportunity to grab a second World medal. Her SP marks made it clear that the judges were ready and willing to give the USA a sweep. I wish she had at least attempted her planned content in the long program. I don't mean to underestimate the impact of Fassi's death, but a program like the one delivered just weeks prior at Nationals with only 4 triples could have been enough for 3rd-6th.
Anyway, I've digressed- I would love to chat more about this competition, but most of all, I'd be the happiest FSUer of all to see or hear more about Lu Chen and Nicole Bobek and their performances in the QF.
Thanks, and I hope I haven't ruined my first impression by posting this in the wrong forum.