Leistner, for squeezing 700 different music cuts into 4 minutes. Gotta love the 1980s.
The actual LP placements in Calgary were:
1. Elizabeth Manley
2. Katarina Witt
3. Midori Ito
4. Debi Thomas
5. Jill Trenary
6. Claudia Leistner
"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"
If the free skates were ranked by height, that awkward eight foot tall girl, Marina Kiellmann, would have won by a landslide.
Big, tall and awkward German ladies seem to be good at figures.
I think if Ito had skated in the final flight and AFTER Witt we may have seen Manley win the whole thing with Ito bumping Kat down. Maybe...
Ito won that LP, my gosh. If Manley had skated the glorious long she skated in Geneva I would have scored it higher than Ito's skate in Calgary. Sorry but her 1988 "Best of" LP totally lacked sophistication and was too much of a collage to represent a cohesive whole that's olympic worthy. Mixing a concerto with cartoon music...I mean pleez...
Has anyone seen this? Manley at her very very best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRkq1kh8fTA
To me this would be one of the very top ladies LP skates of the 1980s. Not much I'd put ahead of this and if you were to put something ahead of this it should have at least 4 different triples.
Last edited by Rock2; 07-20-2013 at 10:48 PM. Reason: forgot something
Yeah. That tall awkward German gal got some votes!
Manleys 86 World long program was better than her Olympic one. Even she said so in her interview after. The 88 one just reached a much higher emotional pitch due to the circumstances.
I thought Ito had the best long but I would definitely put Manley 1st, Ito 2nd, Witt 3rd to get the correct result which was Manley winning. Ito had no chance of a medal anyway.
Manleys 86 world program was the best skate for sure at those worlds. Thomas and Witt were very good too, but their tech difficulty really was of lesser quality of Ito and Manley and Chin was past her prime. Its too bad she took herself out of the running after figures and SP.
Manley, but Ito is a close second.
Manley's skate at nats must have been really bad that year because Wainman won with one heavily-stalked 3S as her only triple in the whole event!
Here is Wainmann from that event, complete with the cheerleading Wainmann lovefest squad of Wiles, Pockar, and Essaw in the booth. I remember reading in the paper that Manley was extremely upset about the result and felt robbed even though she didnt skate her very best that night.
WTF at their reaction to her technical marks which were way too high, yet they call criminal and go beserk for being too low.
Last edited by butyrskafanatic; 07-21-2013 at 02:51 PM.