I believe they swapped to the artistic mark after Calgary. Not that Scott Hamilton is the greatest authority on the rules but he does specifically mention during the men's event that the second mark was the tiebreaker and that this had changed since Calgary. He was trying to explain why the door was still open for Bowman after Browning's skate, but I do believe him to be correct in this case.
Speaking of Browning, I continue to be impressed with the amount of transitions in his free programs from this era. His reputation pre-93 was as just a jumper, and while I agree that there was an immaturity to his programs (particularity the Gaiety Parissienne free here), there was still a lot of good (and difficult) choreography. Toller Cranston mentioned that the in betweens were slow, which was true, but it's because they were so much more intricate than anyone else. Lots of difficult jump entrances, too - footwork into the triple flip, spiral into the second triple axel, spread eagle into triple loop, split jumps into the double axel at the very end. I'm quite pleasantly surprised with how well this program has stood the test of time.
Last edited by Erin; 06-18-2013 at 07:57 PM.
Originally Posted by Erin
Yes, this is true because it is how Boitano won in 1988. After the technical merit scores for Witt in 88, Dick Button mentioned "indeed they did leave room" for Debi Thomas. This probably sounds crazy to the more recent fans of the sport though since the second set was the tie-breaker from 89-03. She had an awful lot of 5.6 and 5.7s in the first mark, leaving plenty of room if Thomas delivered.
Erin, BTW, do you happen to know how many clean quads Browning landed? Apparently, there were a few at Canadian Nationals over the years, but not many of those performances are on youtube. And when did he hang up the quad? By 1991 Worlds?
Good question and one that I don't know what the definite answer is, but I think it is not very many and could be as few as two. The only definite one that I know of besides the first at 88 Worlds was 89 Canadians, which was clean as a whistle and likely the best quad that Kurt did in competition. He skated terribly at 1990 Canadians and was just breaking in new skates, so I'm pretty sure he did not land one there. He also skated pretty badly at 1991 Canadians, but I think there was at least a reasonably decent attempt at the quad there. I'm also not sure about fall competitions, but given that Browning was not known as a very strong fall competitor, I'd be surprised if he had any clean quads then.
Originally Posted by Clay
And yes, 1991 is when he hung up the quad, likely connected in some way to the back injury in the fall of 91. Although he did bring it back in 1998, when he landed a clean one in at least one Stars on Ice show (on the 10 year anniversary of the Budapest quad, IIRC) and also had a very respectable attempt at the 1998 Ultimate 4 pro-am competition, where it was basically landed with a hand down.
Thanks for the info. I found one clip of a 2 footed, UR quad at the 1990 Goodwill Games, which was in his 'off' season, even though he peaked at worlds. Quite interesting history with that quad jump.
Originally Posted by Erin