Awww Midori too cute!
I thought Nancy was better than this in ‘91. She seemed tentative. I thought Josee was better, but I didn’t count the triple jumps, which pretty much determined the ranking in this era.
What a contrast between Kristi's polished, cohesive, corporate packaging and Tonya's OMGWTF approach. This would have been an interesting time as a U.S. ladies fan . . . in some ways at least.
Yamaguchi is so under appreciated as a skater. One of the first skaters that I remember could combine athleticism with artistry and consistency.
I agree! I read an interview with Maya where she said she should have ditched Zhulin and teamed up with Platov after Dubova kicked Pasha out.I liked Maya with Platov better. Their long lines complemented each other. She was too tall for Zhulin and they always had to crumple her up to disguise it.
I think there was a bit of anti-Japanese sentiment in the U.S. at this time. The Japanese economy was booming and Japanese autos had taken over the U.S. market. I saw some articles that even after she won the Olympics she had a hard time getting sponsors, advertisers preferred Nancy. Even Japanese companies wanted girls who “looked American”.
I think they (U/P) were a good match aesthetically but I see your point about the ‘spark’ missing.