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    Best comeback free program after a disastrous short

    We had the thread about the worst long after leading the short. What were some memorable comebacks after a nightmare short?

    The first one to come to mind for me was Yu Na Kim at 2010 worlds. Bombing the short, she then came back and had a very good (but not great LP) to win the the free skate and win silver overall.

    Maria Butyrskaya at 1997 Europeans- 9th in the short, then came back to place top 3 in the free to place 4th overall

    Lu Chen at the 1995 Trophee Lalique- placed near dead last in the SP after missing every jump in the SP, she then went on to win the free program and won silver.

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    Laura Lepisto probably had one of the biggest comebacks, placement wise, at 2008 Worlds where she went from 21st in the short to 7th in the long and 8th overall.

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    Gracie Gold at 2013 US Nationals.

    Mao Asada at 2008 GPF.

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    Evan Lysacek 2006 Olympics. He was 10th in the SP; 3rd in the FS; and finished 4th overall.

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    Yuzuru Hanyu had a meh short at 2012 Worlds that left him outside the final group for the long program, but his excellent LP got him on the podium.

    Brian Joubert was 6th at 2008 Worlds after a fall on a 3Lz (and a stupid music deduction), then skated really well in the LP to win silver. In 2011, he was 7th after the SP at Euros but won the LP and a silver medal - his tenth consecutive medal at Euros.

    Volosozhar/Trankov had that awful SP at 2012 Worlds that left them in 8th place, then came back to win the LP and just missed out on winning overall (which some people thought they should have; I disagree because the SP really was bad).

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    At the 2009 winter universiade konstantin menshov went from 25th in the sp to 1st in the LP!

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    Zijun Li at 2013 Worlds. She was 12th in the SP and 4th in the FS, 7th overall

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    Gracie Gold - 2013 US Nationals

    Todd Eldredge - 2002 Olympics

    Elvis Stojko - 1996 Worlds

    Harrison Choate - 9th or 10th in Junior Men @ 2012 US Nationals (short program), finished 4th, and made the US Junior podium with the pewter medal

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    Amodio had a disastrous SP at TEB in 2012 - I think the only clean jump was a doubled lutz which should have actually been a 3lz in combination - and was in 7th, but he won the free and finished 3rd overall. Lambiel also had a great comeback at Skate Canada 2006, moving from 7th after the SP to win the event, but iirc that was as much due to everyone else melting down in the free as to him skating well.

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    Kurt Browning in Lillehammer, as well as Viktor Petrenko
    Plushenko, for his standards, in Salt Lake City
    Lambiel in 2007 Worlds in Japan, he came back brilliantly with the masterpiece that was Poeta

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    Freakin' Liashenko went from 7th to 1st at the 2003 Cup of China. It was one of the first examples of an amazing jump in the stands with COP.

    Alexei Urmanov went from 6th to 1st at the 1997 European Championships. This wild scoring event prompted some changes to the scoring system since the ordinals flipped around so much.

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    Andrei Griazev at the 2006 worlds (even though he did not move up that much in the placements; I thought he deserved higher marks in the LP)

    Mao Asada- was it at the 2007 worlds when she had a poor SP and a great LP that pulled her up to win a silver (Ando won the gold)?

    Midori Ito at the 1992 Olympics. A fall in the SP was disastrous under 6.0, but she skated great in the LP and won the silver.

    Yuka Sato at the 1994 Olympics. After a fall in the SP she was in 7th place but she skated a great LP. Although she did not medal there, she may have set herself up to win the world title the following month.

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    I know a lot of people have hate for the guy but i can't believe no one has mentioned Evan at the Olympics in 2006. He had a bad SP and was 10th then came down with the flu and proceeded to have one of the best skates of the night and finish 4th and almost won a bronze medal. And he skated to Carmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I know a lot of people have hate for the guy but i can't believe no one has mentioned Evan at the Olympics in 2006. He had a bad SP and was 10th then came down with the flu and proceeded to have one of the best skates of the night and finish 4th and almost won a bronze medal. And he skated to Carmen.
    See post #4

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    Veronik Mallet went from dead last (18th) after the short program to 1st place by over 5 points in the free skate at Canadian Novice Nationals in 2011, and was less than half a point from winning overall.
    http://skatecanada.ca/en-us/eventsresults/results.aspx

    Emanuel Sandhu went from 7th to 1st overall at Skate Canada 2004, and 6th to 1st in 2005.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Sk..._International
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Sk..._International

    Ashley Wagner was 12th in the SP, 1st in the FS, and pulled up to 4th overall at 2009 U.S. Nationals.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Un..._Championships

    Alexei Urmanov pulled up from 6th after the short to 1st in the FS and overall at 1997 Euros (ETA: Oops, I see Clay already mentioned this one). Zuzanna Szwed was 18th in the SP and 5th in the FS (10th overall) at that competition.

    Richard Dornbush was 17th in the SP and 5th in the free skate at 2012 U.S. Nationals.

    Tara Lipinski was 23rd in the SP and 11th in the free skate (15th overall) at 1996 Worlds.

    Nina Jiang went from 7th in the SP to 1st in the FS and overall as an Intermediate at 2008 U.S. Junior Championships.
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    Elaine Zayak 82 Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I know a lot of people have hate for the guy but i can't believe no one has mentioned Evan at the Olympics in 2006. He had a bad SP and was 10th then came down with the flu and proceeded to have one of the best skates of the night and finish 4th and almost won a bronze medal. And he skated to Carmen.
    As noted, he was mentioned by SkateFan66 in the 4th post.

    Considering the standard of the event, any competent skate would have resulted in a jump in the standings. But it is true that Lysacek was one of the few who kept his nerve and delivered a good performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Midori Ito at the 1992 Olympics. A fall in the SP was disastrous under 6.0, but she skated great in the LP and won the silver.
    Except that it wasn't "disastrous" for Ito. The fact that she was 4th in the SP after a fall on a major element showed that the judges gave her some reputation points.

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    Alena LEONOVA at 2011 EC went from 13th in the short to 3th in the free, ending 5th overall
    Brian JOUBERT at 2011 EC went from 7th in the short to 1th in the free, ending 2th overall

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    Konstantin Menshov: 25th in the SP, 1st in the FS at 2009 Winter Universiade (finished 7th place)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_...niversiade#Men

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