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Worst Olympic/Worlds performances ever

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by AlexDSSF, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    I don't think Jill's '89 Worlds was that bad. She wasn't falling and popping all over the place. She doubled a lot of planned triples, but the performance itself wasn't ugly. JMO.
  2. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    Nancy Kerrigan at 1993 Worlds for sure. Total meltdown.

    I was in the audience at 2009 Worlds for Carolina Kostner's free skate and it was pretty shocking to see her unravel so badly.

    I was also at 2003 Worlds when Jeffrey Buttle fell 4 times in his free skate. It's a shame because the program itself was brilliant.
  3. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    But I think there's a difference between performing "badly" in that your skills aren't at the same level as your competitors, and performing "badly" when you have a complete meltdown and can't do things you could do any other day of the year. Bin Yao and his partner probably did the best they were capable of doing at the time.
  4. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

    Was Johnny in Torino that bad?
  5. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

    I can't believe people are comparing Alissa's 7 total falls to Sasha's 2-ish falls. Not even close! Sasha's was a disappointment, but nowhere near the worst performance ever!
  6. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    I agree, I was thinking more along the lines of top skaters who were likely to be on the podium or close to it. I think Brian Joubert in Vancouver would be the one who would be at the top of my list. I would have never thought he would have done so badly. Even looking at his medal results from 2002-2014, 16th looks horribly out of place.
  7. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    IIRC, he did only one jump combo in the LP and he messed up a double axel. It wasn't a horrible skate. There were guys who did worse. Dambier, for example. Two falls and negative GOEs on almost every jumping pass.
  8. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Poorest Olympics performance by medal contender

    2010 - Tomas Verner, Brian Joubert, Carolina Kostner
    2006 - Miki Ando, Emanuel Sandhu
    1998 - Nicole Bobek, Viacheslav Zagorodniuk, Jenny Meno/Todd Sand
  9. E.A. Week

    E.A. Week Active Member

    Maybe not a complete meltdown, but I couldn't tell if she hit even one triple, and it looks like she singled both double Axels. Nice presentation, but very watered-down technical content. It was so sad to see her finish in third place, when a stronger program might've won her the silver.


    Funny how this seemed so horrible at the time, but hindsight makes me think, "Hmm, this wasn't as bad as I remember."
  10. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

    I don't believe she skated right after Midori in 1989. She did in 1990 though. It was Patricia Neske who skated after Midori in 1989.
  11. Dilng

    Dilng Well-Known Member

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  12. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Totally agree.
  13. La La Candy

    La La Candy New Member

    Underhill/Martini, 1984 Sarajevo was just such a shock I will always remember.
  14. kukkura

    kukkura Active Member

    One of the worst LPs skated in the final group: Kiira Korpi at 2008 Worlds. 60+ points in the SP, only 85 in the LP.
  15. Vash01

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

    Also the LP at the 2006 worlds, which I attended, and I remember how disappointed I was.
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  16. Vash01

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

    I don't think it was a horrible performance, but after Midori's Five (or six?) 6.0s, it appeared very weak. Jill had to skate lights out to beat Midori, and even then she may not have won. To add to her troubles, Claudia Leistner had a pretty good skate (silver). It seemed like Jill did not even try to compete for the gold; she just skated for a silver/bronze. It was a decent performance for a bronze.
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  17. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Jill was never the strongest competitor. After her win at the 87 Nationals over reigning World Champion Thomas and Kadavy people expected big things from her, but it never came to fruition except for when she won the 1990 Worlds due to Ito`s figures disaester and a really weak field.
  18. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

    *Blocked from my mind*
  19. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    ...and Jill skated a really good LP :)

    Mao won both of her world titles without winning either the SP or the LP. Would anyone classify her as a weak free skater then?
  20. Elochka

    Elochka New Member

    Laeticia Hubert in Albertivlle was quite a mess... L/K in Kake Placid was somthing too, like they never put a foot an the ice before.
  21. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    She skated a pretty good LP. Still not her best, her U.S Nationals one a month earlier was way better, and I far preferred much of her earlier years choreography to her wierd 1990 program but that is personal opinion. However her short program was really weak, and was lucky to get away with that and win, and only did to Ito's figures disaester.

    Mao clearly should have won the SP at the 2008 Worlds and the LP at the 2010 Worlds (although I would have had Kim or Nakano winning the 2008 Worlds overall probably).
  22. PairSk8Fan

    PairSk8Fan Banned Member

    Any Free Skate performance by KAREN ITEN of Switzerland.

    She was one of the best ever at figures, often placing first, only to place LAST in nearly every free skate.
  23. clairecloutier

    clairecloutier Well-Known Member

    Lu Chen, 1997 Worlds SP.

    She singled 2 elements in the SP, placed 25th, and didn't even make the long program. This after winning gold in 1995 and silver in 1996.
  24. Vash01

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

    Brasseur & Eisler 1992 Olympics LP- looked like a complete meltdown, but they were given the bronze.
  25. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

    Elene Gedevanishvili's SP at last year's Worlds :yikes: :fragile:
  26. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    The men's free wasn't so great either in 2006.

    Alissa Czisny's Worlds performance in 2012 was pretty painful. Felt so bad for her.
  27. Vash01

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

    How did I forget this?

    Plushenko's LP at the 2000 worlds. He was 1st in the SP, but at age 17 he couldn't handle the pressure, it seems. He fell on the quad, then he tried another quad and fell on that too. It was the worst performance of his career, I think. He finished in 4th place overall.

    The following year, at 18 years of age he had matured enough to skate two great performances and win his first world title (2001).

    In failure there are seeds of success - for some, or may be most?
  28. flutzilla1

    flutzilla1 Forever Ogling Ingo

    Sarah Hughes's 6th place finish at 2003 Worlds has to be one of the worst finishes for a still-competing reigning Olympic champion (especially since it was just the year before).
  29. PashaFan

    PashaFan Well-Known Member

    But it was a pretty good skate from her. She had a fall (I think on the toe-loop) but I thought it was really artistic for her.
  30. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if anyone mentioned Alexander Fadeev's long at the 1986 worlds. I remembered it as being

    much worse