I won't give much stock in her age though as I've met adults twice Kerrigan's age at the time acting much worse and immature. I thought people grew out of that, but they really don't. They just surround themselves with people who enable and encourage such behavior. Some people drink coffee or red bull while others are energized by snark.
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BTW She went also went clean in 93 Puiretten- hit the flip, doubled the loop there.
There is absolutely no case for Chen deserving to be top 3 in the SP in Lillehammer. To even suggest so is absurd. Kerrigan and Bonaly both had clean performances and overall very strong, even with the imperfections of Surya's skating, and Baiul had a less substantial error than Chen and a masterpiece program.
Chen was lucky enough to even be 4th. The Eurosport team and CBS team both suggested she was given a bit of a gift. Yes it was a very nice program but with a big two foot into the boards on her 2nd jump of the combination 4th was the best placement that wouldnt have caused an outcry. Chen deserved no more than a 5.4 in the first mark of the short at the 94 Olympics, and Bonaly a 5.7 or 5.8 so it wouldnt matter if you even gave Bonaly a 5.5 or 5.6 for presentation, she still would have been ahead.
I was not a fan at all of her competitive programs. But I saw her skate in a professional show a few years ago, and I was really surprised to see that she has very good technique and strong edges, and she was quite expressive even though it was a GFB (generic female ballad) program. I don't think the programs she was given as an amateur really showed off those qualities.
(And I say "given" because it sounds like if you were coached by Evy Scotvold you had to use Mary Scotvold as a choreographer, and you didn't have a lot of choice in what she created for you.)
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Kerrigan was actually quite overrated IMO. She was solid technically but boring artistically, and could probably only be in the mix with the likes of Tonia K and Amber Corwin if born a few years later. And of course if she was born a few years early she wouldn't be able to touch Thomas, Kadavy and Trenary.
Think of it this way: out of the 2 World and 2 Olympic medals that she won, only the 1994 Olympics medal was won with a good outing.
Bonaly's combo spin was under-revved and her step sequence really started 1/3 length down the rink and contained very little content. I don't even know how to mark that spiral sequence.
Meanwhile, Chen did make a mistake on her combo jump, but on the 2toe, not the 3lutz. Her steps had a good part done in the opposite direction. Every other element is done very well.
Bonaly's first mark should not be as high as people think and of course compared to Chen her second mark should be way lower.
Something like 5.6/5.5 for Bonaly and 5.4/5.8 is totally reasonable for me.
In any event I would have had both Chen and Sato ahead of Kerrigan in the free anyway.
Think what you want, but Chen being higher than 4th in the short would have created a ton of controversy, and it is a good thing it didnt happen. Alot were already questioning her being as high as 4th in the short. As for Bonaly, flaws aside, many were complaining at the time she wasnt placed over Baiul with her two footed combo for 2nd.
Whether an error occurs on the 2nd or 1st jump makes no difference as long as both jumps are done. Chen's major error being on the 2nd jump doesnt make it any better.
Either way Kerrigan delivered two perfect and excellent programs so no way Chen deserved to beat her. In the long program alone there is a case for Chen being over Kerrigan I guess.
It is also not so that all of Chen's other elements werent strong. The spins aside from perhaps the layback were all weak. Her combination spin was especialy weak.
As for Thomas yes she was great but she bombed her Olympics and last worlds and was very lucky to even medal. Kadavy was the best artistic skater of that era but too inconsistent.
Life Magazine actually called her the Grace Kelly of figure skating so there were a few celebrities she was compared to. I think Kerrigan's best program was the Beauty and the Beast and wish she'd kept that one another year. But I understand why she'd want to start fresh.
In her own era she wasnt the standout skater that Yamaguchi, Ito, Baiul, Chen, and Harding were even if she often beat Chen and Harding, and has beaten all those skaters at some point. In history her skating doesnt stand out as being great in anything, not jumping, spins, or artistry. Had it not been for the clubbing she would just be another generic good skater who was one of the top of her own time, but in history is a speck, even had she won the 94 Olympic gold.
Never won a World or Olympic title even in the weak transition years (atleast in the U.S) between Yamaguchi and Kwan. Wasnt an outstanding artistic or technical skater, and was wildly inconsistent. Bad attitude. What was there to remember?
No, she was not underrated by fans. She was underrated by non- fans, and in the 94 Olympics, by the judges. ;-)
It was unfortunate that the cameras picked up her petulant remarks. Personally, I think the real shame lies not with Nancy who was simply venting her frustration but with the cameramen and the tv director who chose to show it and exploit it at the expense of a young athlete.