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Great Olympic performances that did not make the podium

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Vash01, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen or even read a description of any of them, yet I'd kill to see any of these:
    1948 John lettengraver, 2nd in fs 4th overall
    1952 Ginny Baxter, 1st in fs, 5th overall
    1956 Cathy muchado, 3rd in fs, 8th overall
    1960 the protopopovs, 9th
    1964 tommy Litz, 2nd in fs, 6th overall
  2. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I would love to see more of the 76 Olympic mens competition in general. I only saw Curry and Cranstons skates. I have heard Kovalev skated horribly with falls and stumbles yet was marked high enough to pass Hoffmann who was ahead of him going into the long program, and hold off Cranston who was just behind him going in (with some judges putting Kovalev over Cranston who didnt skate badly in the long program phase) to win the silver. Apparently the crowd was jeering that result.
  3. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    ^ it was pretty off the hook, with insult added to injury by having to witness kovalev's insanely huge bell bottomed pants! :lol:
  4. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

    5th is the absolute correct placement for her in the LP, IMO. Kim, Asada, Rochette, and Lepisto are all miles ahead of Nagasu in terms of skating skills and presentation. However, after the SP, I would have had Nagasu in 4th behind the Olympic medalists. The SP is where she was really robbed!
  5. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

    ^ But I think based on her technical elements alone, Mirai should have broken 70+ in for her TES at the very least, considering there was not a foot wrong in that program and the quality of her spins should have pushed her TES up. 65.80 was too low for the program she put out there considering Asada received 64.68 (barely over a point off) and Rochette received 62.80 for their flawed programs, while Lepisto received 63.89 even with her doubled salchow and worse jump content.
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  6. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

  7. SkateBlades17

    SkateBlades17 New Member

    The ones that come to my mind.

    2006 & 2010 Johnny Weir
    1998 Bourne & Kraatz
    1992 Grishuk & Platov
    2010 Belbin & Agosto
  8. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

    Lots of people have good things to say about the Duchesnay's in Calgary! Not 4th or near the podium really so it's not a 4th place should have medaled type pick.
  9. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Yes I agree they were great. Their placing or what it should have been is irrelevant in this case, it was just great to see someone have the balls to do something so totally different and unique in the stodgy World of dancing. What a contrast to their bland Albertville programs when they went in as favorites. :yikes:
  10. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Yes, nothing against Joannie Rochette, I think she's a good skater but that FS wasn't that great.
  11. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    I absolutely agree and thought about mentioning them, too. The topic says great olympic performances that did not make the podium, and that's exactly what their Savage Rites routine was.
  12. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I see someone else mentioned them, but I forgot about P/T in 2006.
  13. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Joannie Rochette was utterly boring in 2010 as well.

    Speaking of 2010, I can't believe nobody mentioned Suzuki's absolutely awesome LP.
  14. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

    Speaking of the Duchesnays in 1988, I loved their Tango OSP even more than the Savage Rites.
  15. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I guess because Suzuki was already behind in the SP, there was no chance of her medalling really, so it flew under the radar. I think that's why I didn't take much notice of it, anyway. Or, I did at the time but it slipped my mind.
  16. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Also, NBC chacked it. I had to watch it online.
  17. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Probably since almost nobody saw it unfortunately. I didnt until you mentioned this and then looked it up to see it. It definitely was great.
  18. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    P&T (CHN) really deserved a medal more than Z&Z in 2006, even with the harder jumps and without all the interruption deductions for Z&Z. They were just that much better than Z&Z.

    I think P&T were underscored at both Olympics so it's great that they at least won both post-Olympic worlds.

    I&Z were robbed of 4th in 2002 but I wouldn't put them on the podium.
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  19. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    For the ladies, Nagasu and Lepisto in 2010 immediately come to mind. I personally would have them on the podium with Kim. I would have kept Lepisto in the final group, replacing Flatt. IMO Nagasu and Lepisto easily had the 2nd and 3rd best skate that night, all things considered.

    IMO, Suguri had a good case of wuzrobbed in both 2002 and 2006.

    A case can be made for Sato in 1994 because, even with the mistake in the short, she still produced one of the two best performances of the night (together with Chen). Same for Chen herself in 1992.

    And of course, Ito in 1988.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  20. sk8ingcoach

    sk8ingcoach Active Member

    Midori Ito - 1988

    Fume Suguri - 2006

    Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu, Laura Lepisto, Akiko Suzuki - 2010

    Joannie was good but I thought one of these long programs were better. Rachael Flatt was flawless and I don't think those 3flips should have been downgraded which would have placed her higher in the free. Mirai was good too I guess. Laura surprised me and I thought she did really well. Akiko was fantastic especially considering how hard it was for her to get to the Olympics after fighting anorexia and having to place well at nationals.
  21. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion or not, and I'm not saying they should have medaled or anything, but I absolutely loved Delobel/Schoenfelder's routines in Vancouver. Despite the lack of prep/training time due to Isabelle's injury and then pregnancy, they put so much heart and personality in their routines that I couldn't help but enjoy them. They were more enjoyable than most of the teams competing (and I found their OD and FD to be much more watchable than Belbin/Agosto and Domnina/Shabalin's efforts).
  22. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    I love DelShoes twizzles sequences from Vancouver !
    I love their programs from Vancouver.
  23. Simone411

    Simone411 FSU Uber fan

    Punsalan & Swallow - 1998 Olympics. :cool:
  24. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I watched it on one of CTV's affiliates, I think, probably Sportsnet.
  25. matti

    matti Active Member

    Trixi Schuba 1968 (figures)
    Julie Lynn Holmes 1972 (e.g. paragraph bracket)
    Isabel de Navarre 1976 (back paragraph loop)

    Torvill and Dean 1980

    Midori Ito 1988
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  26. jdonavan

    jdonavan Active Member

    rewatch the video: they were in the league that night and should have been ahead of the Chinese.

    Not on subject but....Pang and Tong should have won Gold in Vancouver
  27. nguyhm

    nguyhm Active Member

    I agree about Drobiazko/Vanagas (FD) in 2002.
  28. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    Janet Lynn's infamous 1971 Worlds Freeskate, which probably changed the course of skating history.
  29. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    2012 Olympics were the Summer Games in London. I think you meant 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. :D

    2002 Sasha Cohen

    2010 Mirai Nagasu

    1988 Midori Ito - the Duchesnays

    1980 Denise Biellmann.

    I wouldn't given it to Mirai. She was held way down in the SP too. Should've been no lower than 4th imo.


    I'd add these to my list too!

    Last edited: Feb 5, 2014
  30. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    It was not an Olympic performance, but I agree with you.
    I would have loved to live this moment. It seems it was amazing.