Who deserved the bronze at the 98 Olympics.
Chen won it but it was very controversial at the time. Although Chen skated about 95% of her best at that time, and Butyrskaya and Slutskaya both only about 75% I would say both deserved the bronze more than her. Chen was a poor technical skater way past her prime, even though she made less technical mistakes than Butyrskaya and Slutskaya, and skated by far her best technical in years, but still weak comparatively even so. Her artistry was also overated by then. I would give it to Butyrskaya since her artistry is so much better than Slutskaya. My marks would be:
Lipinski- 5.9 technical, 5.8 artistic presentation
Kwan- 5.8 technical, 5.8 artistic presentation
Butyrskaya- 5.6 technical, 5.9 artistic presentation
Slutskaya- 5.8 technical, 5.5 artistic presentation
Chen- 5.2 technical, 5.6 artistic presentation