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    Olympic/World Champions Question

    Here's a question for all of you. Who was the last woman to win the OGM and World title all in the same year? Was it Yamaguchi in 92, or was that the year that Yuka Sato won and Surya Bonaly threw a hissy fit?

    It seems that more often than not, the OGM winner blows off Worlds entirely. And not just the ladies, either.

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    IIRC it was Kristi in 92. Yuka won World's (and Bonaly had her hissy fit) in 94 right after Oksana won the Olympics. I can still remember Yuka's footwork in that program. It was the first time I heard anyone gush about footwork.

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    Thanks, Piel. I remember her footwork, too, now that you mention it. Yuka was and still is one of my favorite skaters.

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    Kristi won in 92- Oly & Worlds. Also the Oly champs in men (Petrenko), pairs (M&D) and ice dance (K&P) won the worlds that year. After that most of the Oly champs started skipping worlds.

    Before Kristi, Kat Witt won Oly & Worlds in 88.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JillLaQ
    Here's a question for all of you. Who was the last woman to win the OGM and World title all in the same year? Was it Yamaguchi in 92, or was that the year that Yuka Sato won and Surya Bonaly threw a hissy fit?

    It seems that more often than not, the OGM winner blows off Worlds entirely. And not just the ladies, either.
    Actually, until recently, the Olympic gold medalist usually stayed in the competitive arena and won the World title. Going back a few Olympiads:

    1960 Carol Heiss, Olympic & World Champion
    1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Olympic & World Champion
    1968 Peggy Fleming, Olympic & World Champion
    1972 Beatrix Schuba, Olympic &World Champion
    1976 Dorothy Hamill, Olympic & World Champion
    1980 Annet Poetzsch, Olympic & World Champion
    1984 Katarina Witt, Olympic &World Champion
    1988 Katarina Witt, Olymjpic & World Champion
    1992 Kristi Yamaguch, Olympic & World Champion

    Then the pattern breaks apart.....

    1994 Oksana Baiul, Olympic Champion
    1994 Yuka Sato, World Champion

    1998 Tara Lipinski, Olympic Champion
    1998 Michelle Kwan, World Champion

    2002 Sarah Hughes, Olympic Champion
    2002 Irina Slutskaya, World Champion

    Wonderful skaters, all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
    Then the pattern breaks apart.....

    1994 Oksana Baiul, Olympic Champion
    1994 Yuka Sato, World Champion

    1998 Tara Lipinski, Olympic Champion
    1998 Michelle Kwan, World Champion

    2002 Sarah Hughes, Olympic Champion
    2002 Irina Slutskaya, World Champion

    Wonderful skaters, all!
    Hmm, the three teenage "flukes"(quite possibly). Perhaps they were scared of getting beaten at worlds after winning the Olympic titles they apparently "deserved"(yes, maybe on that night....unfortunately that's all that counts).

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    maybe on that night....unfortunately that's all that counts).
    The definition of "consistency" lol

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    In their defenses- we now know that both Bauil and Lipinski were already injured so it makes a little sense. I was actually really surprised at Kulik skipping Worlds since he was healthy and only had 1 world medal previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob43
    I was actually really surprised at Kulik skipping Worlds since he was healthy and only had 1 world medal previously.
    Yes, it's a pity, I so much wanted him to be a World champion, too!

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    Injured?

    Oksana injured? That's news to me.
    Linny

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob43
    In their defenses- we now know that both Bauil and Lipinski were already injured so it makes a little sense. I was actually really surprised at Kulik skipping Worlds since he was healthy and only had 1 world medal previously.
    Actually Ilia was not healthy, he suffered from back injury during the 1997-1998 Olympic season and that prevented him from participating both in Europeans and Worlds.

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