View Poll Results: Which Olympic Bronze Medal Performance Was the Most Memorable For You?

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  • 2002 - Michelle Kwan

    5 9.80%
  • 1998 - Chen Lu

    44 86.27%
  • 1994 - Chen Lu

    0 0%
  • 1992 - Nancy Kerrigan

    1 1.96%
  • 1988 - Debi Thomas

    1 1.96%
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Thread: Favorite Ladies Olympic Bronze Performance

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    Favorite Ladies Olympic Bronze Performance

    Okay, everyone seemed to be interested in the Silver Medal thread, let's go with Bronze. Which Olympic Bronze Medal performance was the most memorable for you and why?

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    This is a fairly easy one:

    1. Chen Lu, 1998 - Chen Lu was one of my favorite ladies of the 90s (and ever) and she became a legend with her "Rach" from the 1996 Worlds. Everyone had counted her out for Nagano (even I was worried), but she pulled it together and left the amateur world with a set of beautifully performed programs at one final Olympic competition. It was wonderful to see, especially after such a disasterous pre-Olympic year, and I'll always remember the emotions she displayed as she left the ice.

    2/3 - Kwan (02) and Thomas (88) - I really thought that both would challenge for Gold. Michelle's performance wasn't the worst in her career, but it lacked spark and was flawed. Poor Debi just couldn't seem to focus and there were so many mistakes. Both were surprising and memorable for that fact that I didn't expect either woman to be on the bottom step of the podium. Michelle and Debi were and are special skaters and it was difficult to see them both experience such disappointment on the Olympic stage.

    4. Chen Lu (94) - This was never my favorite program for Chen Lu, the music just seemed too heavy for her, but she made the most of it and skated brilliantly. I thought her "Claire De Lune" (even with the mistake) was a classic...so light and beautiful. She managed to rise above the Nancy-Tonya-Oksana fray and make a little history for her country and herself...China's first Olympic figure skating medal. Also, lol, I can't help but remember her standing with Kerrigan before the medal ceremony. Nancy was making those now infamous comments about Oksana, and poor Chen just smiled politely and look terrified! (I can only imagine she was thinking..."Thank Goodness I didn't beat her.")

    5. Nancy Kerrigan (92) - I always enjoyed this program, but her Olympic performance was flawed and not as strong as her 92 Nationals or 91 Worlds showings. Nancy once again benefited from others mistakes. It's wonderful to know that Albertville wasn't her defining performance....she was a different, far more superior skater in Lillehammer.

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    I voted for Michelle because even though she fell, she got up and finished strongly. That program was awesome! :D

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    I voted for Lulu in 98.

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    Chen Lu 1998! It was a great step up for her from the last year.
    Last edited by dewet; 08-17-2003 at 11:49 PM.

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    Chen Lu 1998 beyond a doubt.

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    Michelle Kwan's! I just loved it!

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    Definantely Lu Chen's in 98. I was watching her back in China for a family reunion and my whole family was going crazy. The program was speechless. I need it on tape!!

    Second would be Michelle's. Not for the actual performance but the way she handled herself with such class, grace, and just WOW!! The emotions itself was strong enough to make the performance wonderful. I loved how she skated without any pressure and just put it all out there even if it was perfect. And who could forget how she "never gave up".

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    Lulu, so emotional, so beautiful.

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    Chen Lu, 1998.

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    Chen Lu, 1998

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    Lulu in 98, with Debi in 88 a close 2nd.

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    Debi Thomas!

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    LuLu, 98
    Such a lovely, mesmerizing program!

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    LULU'S 98 program! It was the most touching program I've seen in my life.
    Last edited by qoo; 08-21-2003 at 06:54 PM.

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