Janet Lynn was 12th in the short (after finishing second in figures) but won the free skate and took the silver medal at 1973 Worlds.
Sergei Voronov was in 15th place after the short at 2008 Worlds, was fourth in the free, and pulled up to 7th overall.
Elaine Zayak - 1982 Worlds
US Nationals 2013 Alexander Johnson was 12th after a meh short program, skated arguably the best free skate of the night, where he came in fifth (I would've had him higher) and finished 7th overall.
I don't think Z-Li had a disaster at 2013 worlds in her SP, but she did blow the roof off in the LP.
We should include Czissny at 2009 worlds on this list. Her SP was definitely disastrous, and her LP was the best she's ever done at that point in her career.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
Petrenko at the '94 Olympics stands out as a favorite. So much better than the LP he won gold for!
The audience I am trying to reach are champion figure skaters. I think they need me the most. -- Morrissey
Tomas Verner 2007 Worlds, 9th in SP with a popped axel, 4th in FS (should have been 3rd) with an incredible program, pulled up to 4th overall.
Adam Rippon 2010 4CCs, 7th in SP, 1st in FS, 1st overall
Polina Shelepen 2012 JWC, 12th in SP, 4th in FS, 6th overall
Miki Ando 2010 Worlds, 11th in SP, 3rd in FS, 4th (should have been 3rd) overall
Ashley Wagner 2009 Nationals, 12th in SP, 1st in the FS, 4th overall
Yuna Kim 2008 Worlds, 6th in SP, 1st in FS, 3rd overall (could have been 1st or 2nd honestly)
Polina Korobeynikova 2012 Euros, 12th in FS with 2 falls, 2nd in FS, 4th overall
In 2009 Europeans Yannick Ponsero was 9th in the SP and won the LP. KVDP beat him by 0,06 points to get bronze only because he skated in the final group. It was the first time I saw both of them skate live and I was astounded by Ponsero's speed and KVDP's non-speed.
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I think it would have been great to put the video links, if available. I'll edit my previous post to include them
Most of these performances were career best for the skaters
In major telling the unvarnished truth mood today.
Not the flu, but I did competitive dance through a case of mono, my now husband ended up hospitalized when he had mono. Reactions differ, as does severity of -every- illness.
I remember Marie-Claude Savard-Gagnon and Luc Bradet skated with the flu at the '98 Olympics and they were so sick, or at least one of them was, that they had to stop during the performance. I believe that skaters do skate with the flu.. maybe it isn't the most severe flu ever, but it's the flu nonetheless. Now, something like pneumonia, that's another story. Has anyone ever heard of a skater skating with pneumonia? Just curious.
I'm not a doctor myself, but it's true that this was his illustration. If a person really has the flu, they're pretty well confined to bed for around two weeks. Otherwise it wouldn't be the killer disease that it is. I have another friend who does seem a bit prone to catching colds because of her work environment. She's always phoning me and saying, "I can't do such-and-such because I've got the flu again." She thinks she's had it about six or seven times this year. In reality, she hasn't had it once.
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ETA: Had a chance to watch the video from 2006 WC. The commentators stated Lysacek was taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection.
Last edited by SkateFan66; 06-20-2013 at 06:32 PM.
Antibiotics don't do anything for the flu.