First of all, let's agree that the gold medalist in each of these cases does not mean the silver and bronze medalists were poor skaters.
Among the list, I would feel sorriest for Linda Frantiane because, imo, Anette Poetsch was a very poor free skater, especially THAT night.
Among the men, I would feel sorriest for Brian Orser in both Olys. He was the better skater in both those Olys, imo.
But figures ruled in those days.