Yeah for sure. 2005 Worlds was getting her momentum back when it seemed she was starting to fade slightly into the background all of a sudden. 2004 Worlds and Nationals and GPF, and 2006 Olympics and Worlds, were much bigger dissapointments for Sasha not to win as she had all the momentum early in the season in 2004 and was supposed to dominate but then proceeds to lose to Suguri at the GPF, Kwan at Nationals, and Arakawa at Worlds, and in 2006 she had the programs and skating to easily win it all but blew it again.
Elvis Stoijko in 2000? The race was seen as between Yagudin and Plushenko. They each won three GP gold medals; Plushenko won the final as well. Plushenko emerged the victor at Europeans and was 2nd in the short program at Worlds to Yagudin. A flawed skate from Plushenko in the long allowed Stoijko, who ranked fifth in the short (1st in his qualifier) to earn silver.
Lambiel was thrilled and emotional over his 2006 Oly silver.
"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
I'm not sure any of Bonalys were real surprises. She had been an up and coming contender for many years. I think it was a huge disappointment for her to lose out the world crown 3 years in a row.
I would add Elvis Stojko's silver at the 1994 Olympics. The three big shots Boitano, Petrenko, Browning where vying for the OGM, with Elvis's name in the mix because he had a quad. Had they all skated clean SPs, Elvis might have been left without a medal. So he should be pretty happy with that silver.
I think some people liked Elvis' jumping and the rock-n-roll, leather-clad SP. Americans had a harder time relating to Urmanov. He was definitely not the North American audience's favorite for Gold after the SP, whereas I think Stojko was.
Last edited by TheIronLady; 05-06-2013 at 08:43 AM.
Ito seemed like a happy silver medalist to me. Yeah she was devastated after her fall in the short and apologized to her country but on the night she actually won silver, she looked ecstatic. Sokolova complained about her silver medal at worlds and claimed Kwan won because the competition was in the United States. And Dianne DeLeeuw was peeved about her loss, especially her marks.
DeLeeuw is stupid. Errath should have won silver over her if the judging was fair. Her short program at those Games was a joke, she basically missed the last 2 elements and still got almost all 5.7s, what a joke.
I recall Petrova and Tikhonov similarly said they should have been the winners of the bronze at the 2002 Olympics in pairs, and they blamed the competition being held in the USA somehow. These are two of the most ridiculous claims I have heard.
Since Slutskaya stayed home from 2003 worlds, Sokolova had some support on the 100% anonymous panel as the Russian favorite. She was also fortunate that Cohen, Hughes, Arakawa, Volchkova, and even Suguri skated relatively poorly.
Last edited by TheIronLady; 05-06-2013 at 10:07 AM.
What do you mean "mourns"? What have they said specifically? I would be disappointed with silver if I was expected to win. But, life goes on. These people were not destined to be the gold medalists so they should try to move on with their lives. Silver is a medal (and the prettiest color IMO.) How would they feel if they got 4th and left with nothing?1980- Fratianne still mourns her silver to this day.
1984- Sumners still mourns her silver to this day almost as much as Fratianne, and in her case she has to know if she just did 1 of those last 2 jumps she missed she would have had it.