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  • Stephane Lambiel (2006)

    27 12.80%
  • Paul Wylie (1992)

    81 38.39%
  • Elizabeth Manley (1988)

    71 33.65%
  • Kitty & Peter Carruthers (1984)

    4 1.90%
  • Dan Zhang & Hao Zhang (2006)

    6 2.84%
  • Qing Pang & Jian Tong (2010)

    9 4.27%
  • Isabelle & Paul Duschenay (1992)

    2 0.95%
  • Tanith Belbin & Benjamin Agosto (2006)

    7 3.32%
  • Other

    4 1.90%
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    Happiest Olympic silver medalist?

    We know that many (probably most) Olympic silver medalists are disappointed not to have won gold, but who was the happiest to get silver?
    Last edited by skateboy; 06-21-2013 at 11:17 PM.
    "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"

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    Lambiel seemed pretty happy in 2006.

    Pang and Tong in 2010, perhaps?
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    Definitely Paul Wylie. Second, would probably be the Carruthers, or Manley.

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    "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"

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    I think Lambiel. And he probably realised he was quite lucky.
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    Paul Wylie.

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    Not Pang and Tong - they should have won gold. I'd say Liz Manley

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    I would say the 10 happiest in order were:

    1. Rosalynn Sumners 1984
    2. Paul Wylie 1992
    3. Carruthers & Carruthers 1984
    4. Stephane Lambiel 2006
    5. Pang & Tong 2010
    6. Karen Magnussen 1972
    7. Bechke & Petrov 1992
    8. Elizabeth Manley 1988
    9. Belbin & Agosto 2006
    10. Davis & White 2010

    I am sure there are many others that I didnt think of though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    I would say the 10 happiest in order were:

    1. Rosalynn Sumners 1984
    2. Paul Wylie 1992
    3. Carruthers & Carruthers 1984
    4. Stephane Lambiel 2006
    5. Pang & Tong 2010
    6. Karen Magnussen 1972
    7. Bechke & Petrov 1992
    8. Elizabeth Manley 1988
    9. Belbin & Agosto 2006
    10. Davis & White 2010

    I am sure there are many others that I didnt think of though.
    I like your list, but of all those mentioned, Wylie stands out. Wylie was the one that went into the Games never even having been close to the podium in any prior Worlds. He was the hugest underdog.

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    For me it was a toss up between Wylie and Lambiel. Wylie couldn't stop smiling- it was great to see him like that. Lambiel cried like a baby on the podium- with joy. However, Lambiel was at least a medal contender. Nobody expected Wylie to be on the podium. The surprise factor for both the skaters and the fans was much bigger for Wylie, so I am guessing that he was the happiest.

    Liz Manley was also a surprise silver winner in her home country, and looked so happy in Calgary. She kind of spoiled it later by suggesting that she should have won the gold instead. So I dropped her from the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macassar88 View Post
    Not Pang and Tong - they should have won gold.
    They maybe should have won gold, but going from 4th to 2nd surpassing two mistake filled programs by other pairs should have made them very happy.

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    I never really got 'happy' vibes from the Duchesnays. They wanted gold. Badly. And there was so much pressure on them to deliver. OT but I was so disappointed in their FD. Their "West Side Story" was very good but not at the level of their "Savage Rite" or "Missing" programs imo.

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    I don't think Ros Sumners was particularly happy about getting silver in '84. She was expected to win.

    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    I would say the 10 happiest in order were:

    1. Rosalynn Sumners 1984
    2. Paul Wylie 1992
    3. Carruthers & Carruthers 1984
    4. Stephane Lambiel 2006
    5. Pang & Tong 2010
    6. Karen Magnussen 1972
    7. Bechke & Petrov 1992
    8. Elizabeth Manley 1988
    9. Belbin & Agosto 2006
    10. Davis & White 2010

    I am sure there are many others that I didnt think of though.

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    Why are people ranking Liz Manley so high when people say she was so bitter about it in her autobiography? She felt she was robbed or something.

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    Lambiel definitely. I would actually say the Duschenays were the most miserable silver medalists, and you can see it even before they skate their FD (they knew by then it was mathematically impossible).

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    I don't remember Lambiel's reaction. Liz Manley was happy until the wuzrobbed talk started.

    Paul Wylie and the Carruthers refused to listen to any wuzrobbed talk and have always maintained that they couldn't have asked for a better end to their competitive career than skating their best at the Olympics.

    The others mentioned were hoping to win, and most have expressed regrets in not doing so.

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    Liz Manley looked absolutely thrilled at her skate, her marks, her placement, on the podium and during the victory lap. That's why I voted for her. I didn't read her autobiographies, but I've heard they're particularly trashy. I'm throwing out a theory that she became bitter after she left the arena and everyone began telling her she was robbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    I would say the 10 happiest in order were:

    1. Rosalynn Sumners 1984
    You're kidding, right?

    Roz did almost as much complaining about "losing the gold by a tenth of a point" as Linda Fratianne claimed she wuzrobbed.
    "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"

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