Maria Butyrskaya is one of the most underrated and undermarked skaters ever. These are the results I think she deserved and did not get in her career. Which of these do you think she should have gotten but judges deprived her:
1995 Nations Cup- deserved gold over Kwan. She skated cleanly with 6 triples and Kwan stepped out of a jump and doubled another and only did 5. Yet Kwan was given even higher technical marks.
1996 Worlds- deserved bronze over Slutskaya.
1997 Grand Prix final- deserved silver or gold. Was the only person to skate cleanly but was put behind Lipinski, Kwan, and Slutskaya who all had mistakes and Kwan and Slutskaya many of them.
1997 Worlds- deserved bronze. Would have won bronze if she was 4th in long program but was placed behind Gusmeroli who had more mistakes and is generally a weaker skater who combes behind Maria any other time their careers. Vanessa was marked based on her great short, not her crummy long though.
1998 Olympics- deserved bronze over Chen. Yes she had more technical mistakes than Chen, but Chen's overall technical level was so weak by that then Maria deserved a much higher technical score even with more mistakes. The judges were just excited to see Chen skate almost cleanly with all the technical disaesters and falls she had around then they overmarked her. Even Chen's artistry was overated and overscored by then.
1998 Worlds- deserved silver over Slutskaya. The judges marked her down too much for a bad fall near the end, both in technical and artistic scores which is too bad as she skated well enough to win the long over a subpar Kwan otherwise. Her artistic scores still should have easily put her over Irina who had a fall and turned out of both her triple-triples anyway.
2000 Worlds- I think overall she deserved to gold. I know some will find that strange since Kwan skated cleanly in all phases and did have by far the best long program performance I agree, and Maria had a relatively bad long. However remember the factored points system. Even though Kwan's short was clean and very good I thought 3rd place was correct. Kwan with 2nd in the qualifying, 3rd in the short, and 1st in the long would have lost to Maria with 1st in the qualifying, 1st in the short, and 2nd in the long. Even though Maria's long was bad with mistakes so was Irina Slutskaya's, and Maria should have beaten Irina's long thus with the factored points system was robbed of winning.
2000 NHK- Was robbed of winning. Skated way better than Irina.
2001 Grand Prix final- This is the first of two indirect ones. She tanked this event since she was upset about losing NHK unfairly to Irina. Had she skated as she would have had she won NHK it would have been good enough to win especialy as both Slutskaya and Kwan were sluggish here.
2001 Worlds- Deserved silver here, or atleast bronze. Short program should have been 2nd behind Slutskaya. Long program should have been 2nd behind Kwan. These overall would have given her silver, even with 4th in the qualifying round.
2002 Olympics- I think she was indirectly robbed of winning the gold and I will explain why. Her short deserved something from 2nd to 4th, not 5th (Slutskaya even the overrated cow she is should have won the short too, the U.S skaters were all way overmarked and all foreign skaters hammered). Had she been placed fairly in the short she would have skated the great long she was planning to and with Kwan and Slutskaya's performances deserved 2nd in the long to Hughes. Hughes deserved about 10th in the short, so this would have given Maria the gold overall. The judges told Maria in the short she had no chance to medal even if she did 5 quadruple jumps in the long so she gave up and did not bother doing the great long she had planned.
For the 2001 Grand Prix final and 2002 Olympics remember it is not based on her performance she gave entirely, but based on how she would have skated had she not been robbed in an earlier outing, either at a previous event, or the previous program.