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Retrospective: The 1989 World Championships

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Maofan7, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Retrospective moves on to the 1989 World Championships.

    The key facts in relation to these world championships are:-

    • Kurt Browning wins the first of his 4 world titles. Fadeev led after the compulsories, with Petrenko 2nd and Filipowski 3rd. Bowman was 4th and Browning 5th. However, both Fadeev and Petrenko suffered falls in their short programs, thereby making way for both Bowman and Browning to move up. Browning won the SP with a superb performance, and that moved him up to 2nd overall. Bowman's 2nd place in the SP, moved him up to first overall. Browning then won the LP and took the title, with Bowman 2nd (both in the FS and overall). For the 2nd consecutive world championships running, Browning landed a 4T in his FS, although the landing was slightly two footed.

    • Midori Ito wins her first and only world title. Claudia Leistner led after the compulsories, with Trenary 2nd and Ito 6th. Ito then won the short program, with Trenary finishing 2nd. This moved Trenary up to 1st overall, with Ito 3rd (Leistner 2nd). Ito then produced what I think was one of the greatest ever performances of a program by a ladies singles skater, to win both the FS and the title. Her LP contained all 6 different types of triple jump (7 triples in total), including a 3T+3T combination and 3A (she had landed the first ever 3A by a lady in 1988 at the Aichi Prefecture Regional Competition, and then landed one for the first time internationally at the 1988 NHK Trophy). It changed the whole landscape of Ladies figure skating forever, forcing others to inject more difficult content into their programs to remain competitive (especially with compulsories being phased out altogether after the 1989/90 season) Trenary had a disastrous FS and fell to 3rd overall, with Leistner taking the Silver medal.

    • Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov regain their world title, having lost it the previous year when Gordeeva had come down with the Flu and fallen in the LP. They won both the SP and LP at these championships to win their 3rd world title easily. Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudy Galindo finished 5th. Yamaguchi also took part in the Ladies singles, where she finished 6th.

    • After finishing 2nd at 4 consecutive world championships behind Bestemianova & Bukin, Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko finally win the world title. They won easily. The Duchesnay's finished 3rd. Their OSP was highly controversial. Their feather boa and straw hat were considered props (as opposed to being part of their costumes) by some judges, and received deductions. They also received deductions from some judges for using vocals in their music.

    • Evgeni Platov finished 6th in the Ice Dance with Larisa Fedorinova. The following season, Platov's coach, Natalia Dubova, changed his partner to Oksana Grishuk. Grishuk & Platov would go on to win 4 world titles and 2 Olympic titles (becoming the only ice dancers to win 2 Olympic titles), and they would win 20 consecutive competitions between 1994 and 1998. Nevertheless, the road was not a smooth one. As a result of problems between Grishuk and Maya Usova, Grishuk left Dubova's group in 1992. Platov acquired a new partner, whilst Grishuk attempted to find a new one in Germany, before returning to her previous coach, Natalia Linichuk. Platov then decided to re-team with Grishuk in the Autumn of 1992, and they were then coached by Natalia Linichuk. Platov later said of his partnership with Grishuk: "It's like being a husband and a wife. Sometimes, you fight. Sometimes, you walk away and calm down. I met her a long time ago, and I still remember her as a little girl on the ice. She was so little. So active. Usually, little girls are boring. But that girl. Oh, there was a fire on ice." He added: "It's hard to change her mind. She fights every step. But it works out. That's why she is so good."

    Here are the videos in relation to the medal winning performances:-


    Gold: Kurt Browning (Canada)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Exhibition 1, Exhibition 2, Interview 1, Interview 2, Medal Ceremony

    Silver: Christopher Bowman (USA)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Exhibition, Profile

    Bronze: Grzegorz Filipowski (Poland)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    4th: Alexander Fadeev (USSR)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Exhibition

    6th: Viktor Petrenko (USSR)

    Short Program, Free Skate,

    9th: Michael Slipchuk (Canada)

    Short Program, Free Skate


    Gold: Midori Ito (Japan)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Free Skate (2nd Copy), Exhibitions, Medal Ceremony

    Silver: Claudia Leistner (West Germany)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Exhibition

    Bronze: Jill Trenary (USA)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Profile, Interview

    4th: Patricia Neske (West Germany)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    5th: Natalia Lebedeva (USSR)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    6th: Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    7th: Evelyn Grossmann (East Germany)

    Free Skate

    10th: Surya Bonaly (France)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    11th: Karen Preston (Canada)

    Short Program

    16th: Charlene Wong (Canada)

    Short Program


    Gold: Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)

    Short Program, Free Skate, Exhibition

    Silver: Cindy Landry & Lyndon Johnston (Canada)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    Bronze: Elena Bechke & Denis Petrov (USSR)

    Free Skate

    4th: Peggy Schwarz & Alexander König (East Germany)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    5th: Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudy Galindo (USA)

    Free Skate

    7th: Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler (Canada)

    Short Program, Free Skate

    8th: Natalie Seybold & Wayne Seybold (USA)

    Free Skate


    Gold: Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko (USSR)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance

    Silver: Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin (USSR)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance

    Bronze: Isabelle Duchesnay & Paul Duchesnay (France)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance, Exhibition, Profile

    4th: Klára Engi & Attila Tóth (Hungary)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance

    5th: Susan Wynne & Joseph Druar (USA)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance

    6th: Larisa Fedorinova & Evgeni Platov (USSR)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance

    8th: Karyn Garossino & Rod Garossino (Canada)

    Original Set Pattern, Free Dance, Interview

    11th: Michelle McDonald & Mark Mitchell (Canada)

    Original Set Pattern
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
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  2. Tony Wheeler

    Tony Wheeler Well-Known Member

    I was awaiting this retrospective! Even with the mistakes here, Alexander Fadeev came out in the 1989 season with two of my all-time favorite programs, especially the short program (which often gets overshadowed by his free skate, probably due to his amazing skate/costume drama at the Europeans a few months prior).
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  3. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    The best thing I can think of is that G&G were amazing. Just perfect.
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  4. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    Vanessa Riley said Fadeev put on quite a show:lol:
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  5. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    Thanks for all the great links!
  6. liv

    liv Well-Known Member

    This was a great year.

    G/G were in a class of their own here. I loved their SP this year, it had so much attitude for such young skaters.

    Midori. When she did that 3A it was amazing. No one came close.
  7. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

    I think this was the first time I heard about Rokhamo & Kokko. A friend of mine attended these Worlds and he just raved about them.
  8. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Its a shame that neither their OSP or FD are on Youtube.
  9. Lnt175

    Lnt175 Member

    Midori Itos program was sparkling with such effervesence. The fact that this program decades later is still being looked at as the one of the best technical programs really speaks volumes. Yamaguchi showed the world she would be a contender after the end of figures too.
  10. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    Ito's LP at 1990 Worlds was even better i think. What a crime Trenary won. Thank God figures were done after that year.
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  11. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    I love Ito in 1990 but I love her even more here. Not the SP which was a real step back in terms of artistic concept after 1988 - they should have kept that SP - but the LP which, while a technical tour de force, is also to me an example of a quintessential 1980's ladies LP in the very best way. I adore the Frank Mills music and it's still on my iPod. Choreographically it's a perfect fit and her presentation is so honest here and she really did get this music. Shez was great too but it also heralded the start of over choreographing her programs where she appeared to be overloaded with a surplus of random moves that had nothing to do with the actual music and were all done in an effort to hide her flaws and project an image of artistry but don't maximise her strengths. What they should have done is what they did with this 1989 LP which highlights her strengths. I actually think her earlier Yamaha corporation composed LP's had better cohesiveness in terms of her skating style than some of her later programs.
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  12. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Completely agree about School Figures. The best thing that ever happened to skating was the removal of compulsories. They had become an anachronism. They should have disappeared in the 1960s. Had they done so, then the likes of Janet Lynn and Denise Biellmann would have most likely won the world and Olympic titles they deserved.
  13. kuzytalent

    kuzytalent Banned Member

    It was a great event, one of my favorite ever. So many wonderful moments.
  14. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I loved the 1989 worlds- one year after the 1988 Olympics.

    Midori Ito's LP was one for the ages- the first 3A by a lady at worlds, and a row of 6.0's (five of them) for technical marks!
    I thought she would win the next 3-4 titles, but it was not to be. I remember her lovely blue dress and much improved artistry. Scott Hamilton's comment when she landed a 3t-3t like it was nothing at all- "I have never seen a lady skate like this!"

    G&G's LP to Die Fledermaus was a model of how to skate pairs. It was a perfect skate and should have received higher marks, but they won easily, so that was a non-issue.

    Cindy Landry & Lyndon Johnston of Canada surprised everyone by winning the silver. She as just 17, and Johnston was around 27.

    I first saw Bechke & Petrov, and could see how different and innovative (although imperfect) they were than G&G.

    Yamaguchi & Galindo at their first senior worlds- a clean skate and their emotions were high, but their coach was dying of brain tumor.

    Kurt won his first world championship and he said- the first thing I want to do is: not fall off the podium :lol: Interestingly, those days they allowed two 3A's in the SP (one in combination).

    Gregorz Filipowski had the skate of his life, skating the LP to Warsaw concerto. His reaction at the end was precious. He won the bronze medal- the only world medal he ever won.

    Viktor Petrenko was supposed to be the next champion, coming in as the Olympic bronze medallist, but he had a poor skate (I think in both SP and LP) and he missed the podium.

    Chris Bowman was good enough talentwise to challenge Kurt, but he didn't quite deliver it. The 3A was his nemesis. I loved his stylistic approach to skating and the spring in his jumps.

    In ice dance, it was nice to see Klimova-Ponomarenko win their first world title, although I thought the Mac the knife program didn't bring out the best in them.

    I was so impressed with Usova-Zhulin's FD (Mars from the Planet suite and a Chopin piece sandwiched between two Mars)

    The 1989 worlds were really interesting.
  15. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

    The highlight of these worlds was both Midori Ito and Klimova/Ponomarenko. For Marina & Sergei, it was finally getting that gold medal that they had truly deserved for so many years but had to wait until 1989 to receive it. I found the comedy in their FD that year to be kind of flat and artistically, I found the program to be trite. But the choreography was seamless and difficult yet they skated it to clinical perfection. They really knew how to make the difficult look easy.
  16. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    The first SBS 3F in international competition was landed by Yamaguchi and Galindo. However, the "ahead of it's time" element that I like the most is their pairs spiral into mirror SBS 2A.
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  17. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    Are any of the judges from 1989 still judging? They had to be corrupt as sin. LOL!
  18. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    The problem with 80s judging was that there was a pecking order in place, and like Lu Chen several years later, Ito did not have a strong fed behind her. They were happy with her placing top 6 even though her presentation was perfectly respectable at the time. We already commented on other threads that Claudia Leistner won TWO silvers at Worlds, that should wake you up. Ito's marks in the 80s were atrocious considering Kira Ivanova, Leistner, etc.
  19. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I don't like that the rules back then allowed Browning to do three axel jumps in the short program.

    Too bad Bowman never really had the 3axel, otherwise it could have been a great rivalry between him and Browning (or a great addition to the Browning - Petrenko rivalry within that quad).

    Ito was surreal. I am glad she got to at least win 1 world title. She is such a pioneer in ladies skating.

    I love that everything about G&G is so elegant and pure and together, they totally made avant garde work. They have the kind of perfection that cannot be matched by B&S and definitely not T&M and V&T.
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  20. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I was like WTF at their marks too, it was a perfect opportunity to hand out all 5.9s and 6.0s and that is what should have happened. The skate would have been unbeatable for anyone, but more to the point what the heck were they remotedly saving marks for considering the field this year. :lol:
  21. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    BTW Bowman was 3rd in the LP. Filipowski was 2nd in the LP. Despite beating Bowman in both figures and the LP he ended up only 3rd overall since he was 5th in the short program (with a mistake) while Bowman was 2nd in the SP.

    I got the impression the judges were really wanting to give Fadeev the gold this year and he duplicated his LP from Europeans he would have won it for sure. He also could have won it by nailing the short program, even with his fall about long program he would have had an insurmountable lead most likely and still won the gold. That was his 3rd or 4th great chance to win Worlds (85, 86, 89, to a lesser degree 87) and he only managed to win 1 of those, and of course he failed to medal in either the 84 or 88 Olympics despite winning a medal at every single Worlds between them. His best performances every season were at Europeans it seems, except for 1985. Funny thing is the following season in 89-90 he seemed to still be one of the top skaters, he beat Petrenko to win the 1990 Soviet Nationals, and he was 2nd at NHK behind Petrenko but ahead of Browning, but he dissapeared altogether sometime before Europeans and never competed amateur again. No retirement announcement, no anything. An enigmatic and bizarre retirement, similar to the rest of his career.

    People talk about Bowmans unfulfilled potential but I think one thing that would have always hurt him even with a great work ethic is his axel technique was poor. I am not sure if he would have ever had a really stable triple axel even with a better work ethic, and without that it would have always been hard to win major events in that era, but nobody will ever know for sure.
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  22. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Just to correct an error in my first post:-


    After Compulsories

    1. Fadeev
    2. Petrenko
    3. Filipowski
    4. Bowman
    5. Browning

    After Short Program

    1. Fadeev
    2. Browning
    3. Bowman
    4. Filipowski
    5. Petrenko

    Final Standings After Long Program

    1. Browning
    2. Bowman
    3. Filipowski
    4. Fadeev
    5. Barna
    6. Petrenko

    Many thanks for clarifying. I have not been able to find anything that confirms how they finished in the FS itself, although I did notice that in his/her intros to the YouTube videos, 3Axel1996 states that Browning won and Bowman finished second. Hence, I am glad you have been able to clear up matters. Do you have a link to the official detailed standings for the LP section?
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  23. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    No, I dont, but Browning in his book detailed the standings of every program, an article from the Globe and Mail which I read at the time listed the standings and factored points of each program, and the CBS coverage had Scott Hamilton mention Filipowski needed to place 2nd in the LP just to win the bronze. So I am 100% sure that Filipowski was 2nd in the LP phase. Here is the CBS coverage, and they mention at 4:11 he would have to beat Bowman in the LP in order to medal:


    Barna placing 4th in the SP ahead of Filipowski cost him the silver in the end.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  24. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    :eek: Bowman did very well in figures :shuffle:
  25. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    What happened to that Daniel Doran who the USA sent who finished 7th?
  26. alchemy void

    alchemy void blowing kisses with bitchface

    STOP HATING ON CLAUDIA! :/ I love her 1989 LP to MacArthur Park, her best EVAH! :cheer: Besides, who else should have medalled?
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  27. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady Well-Known Member

    Yamaguchi or even Lebedeva! LOL. That MacArthur Park was was a drag show. She seriously just stands there and moves her arms and shakes her rear like we are supposed to be watching her lip syncing.

    I enjoy Claudia's personality, but she was comical. Anybody who had any choreography was one step above her. I admire her jumps and spins at her impressive height, but there was no finished product/program. It was all unintentional camp.

    Did Gracie Gold borrow some of Claudia's choreography?
  28. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    Many people say the first season after an Olympic year is boring, because mostly almost every top skater has retired, but for me it was still exciting to see who took the place of the skaters who left and to see if they would still be there in 4 years time.
  29. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Interesting comment. I tried to see who that won medals in 1989 and won medals in the Olympics in 92.


    89 Worlds: Browning, Bowman, Filipowski
    92 Olympics: Petrenko, Wylie, Barna (although Browning did come back to win another world title in 93)


    89 worlds: Ito, Leistner, Trenary
    92 Oly: Yamaguchi, Ito, Kerrigan


    1989 worlds: G&G, L&J, B&P
    92 Oly: M&D, B&P, B&E

    Ice dance:

    1989 worlds: K&P, U&Z, D&D(?)
    92 Oly: K&P, D&D, U&Z

    Ice dance was most consistent, as is usually the case.
  30. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I find the norm is the strongest Worlds is the pre Olympic year Worlds, the next strongest is the mid quad Worlds, then the post Olympic year Worlds, and naturally last normally the post Olympic World itself. As for predictors to the Olympics I find the post Olympic Worlds usually means very little as it is usually skaters just ending up their careers, the post Olympic year Worlds tends to also not mean as much as often skaters cant carry their momentum that long for another 3 years, the mid quad Worlds is often the one that starts to put the picture and the contenders for the next Olympics into play, and often is a crucial Worlds for many competitors as it often sets new trends and ranks that arent reversed, and the pre Olympic Worlds is the one that really establishes a pecking order of sorts and draws the major battle lines going into the games.