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    Top 10 finish in the 1st Olympics; OGM in the next

    Many top 10 finishers in their First Olympics developed to win the OGM in their next Olympics (I may be slightly off in their exact placement when they finished in the top 10). Interestingly many of them finished in the 4-6 range, with 5 being the most frequent placement

    Ice dance:

    Torville & Dean - 1980 Oly 5th place; OGM in 1984

    Grishchuk & Platov - 4th(?) in 1992; OGM in 1994

    Navka & Kostomarov- 10th in 2002; OGM in 2006

    Anissina-Peizerat - 3rd in 1998; OGM in 2002

    (D&W could join this group by winning OGM in 2014)

    Men:

    Brian Boitano- 5th in 1984; OGM in 1988

    Evan Lysacek -5th in 2006; OGM in 2010

    Alexei Urmanov - 4th(?) in 1992; OGM in 1994

    Viktor Petrenko - 3rd in 1988; OGM in 1992

    Evgeni Plushenko - 2nd in 2002; OGM in 2006

    (Patrick Chan could join this group by winning the OGM in 2014)

    I am wondering if Robin Cousins had competed in the 1976 Olympics (he won the OGM in 1980)



    Pairs:

    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze- 2nd in 1998; OGM in 2002

    Totmianina-Marinin - 4th in 2002; OGM in 2006

    May be Belousova-Protopopov competed in 1960 ? and placed top 10? They won the OGM in 1964 (& 1968)


    Ladies:

    I can't think of anyone.

    Mao (2nd) and Mirai (5th) are the likely candidates in 2014 (Mirai may not even make it to the 2014 Olympics); I can't think of any lady that had a top 10 finish in her first Oly, and an OGM in the next.


    Any other examples?

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    Sonja Henie - 8th in 1924 (dead last , but then she was just eleven years old)

    Jeannette Altwegg - 3rd in 1948

    Tenley Albright - 2nd in 1952

    Carol Heiss - 2nd in 1956

    David Jenkins - 3rd in 1956

    Beatrix Schuba - 5th in 1968

    Anett Poetzsch - 4th in 1976

    Scott Hamilton - 5th in 1980

    Alexei Yagudin - 5th in 1998

    Urmanov finished fifth in 1992. I don't think Cousins made the top ten in Innsbruck. (ETA: I was wrong. He finished in tenth place.)
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    I can't believe I forgot Yagudin!

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    Both Lysacek and Nagasu finished 4th at their first Olympics.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    It's too bad Yu-Na couldn't compete in 2006 because of age, or else she probably would have been one of those on the list. Mao too.

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