What are some of the potentially exceptional skating competitions that never took place. Some of mine would be:
1992 Olympic ladies- I was so excited about this event going in. You had 3 exceptionally strong gold medal contenders- Harding, Ito, Yamaguchi. The two best female jumpers ever, and the epitome of the perfect all around skater combining exceptionally high technical ability and great artistry. Then you had a 4th strong medal contender to push all of those Nancy Kerrigan, and a 5th outside medal hopeful skating in her home country Surya Bonaly. While not contenders for medals going in in this field you also had a variety of strong up and coming skaters looking to make their mark heading into 1992- Hubert, Chouinard, Chen, Sato, and some longtime veterans many who could do all 5 triples like Preston and Kiellmann. The competition fell totally flat with all the contenders struggling and having numerous major errors. Kristi easily won an anticlimatic gold despite one of her worst free skates ever, and Kerrigan won the bronze with one of her worst free skates ever.
2010 Olympic mens- On paper this should have been one of the deepest and most evenly matched group of contenders ever. Lambiel, Takahashi, Abbott, Joubert, Lysacek, Plushenko, Chan all had the potential to turn in gold medal winning performances while Oda, Kozuka, Weir, Verner, had medal winning potential too. It turned into a splatfest and Lysacek and Plushenko winning gold and silver with competent performances that atleast 5 others were easily capable of beating had they been at their best. The mess of Plushenko pushing the point he was robbed due to doing a quad, and the unfair questionining of Evan's win didnt help.
2010 Olympic pairs- This had potential to be a great battle with Shen & Zhao vs Savchenko & Szolkowy, and the recent rise of Kavaguti & Smirnov making them gold medal threats too. Then you had two other strong Chinese teams, another strong Russian team, and a strong Canadian team on home ice. Other than Shen & Zhao and Pang & Tong nobody really delivered though, and it was mostly a flat event.
1992 Olympic mens- This also had the potential of an incredible event. Browning and Petrenko were the favorites, but Christopher Bowman, Petr Barna, Todd Eldredge all had the potential to medal or win going in as well. Then you had numerous dark horse hopefuls- Wylie, young Urmanov, young Stojko, Zagarodniuk, Filipowski. It turned into a messy event though with Petrenko winning with about 5 mistakes in his free skate. The only high points were Wylie and Stojko's performances.