View Poll Results: Best Olympic Gold performance by a guy!

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  • 1976 - John Curry / GBR

    3 3.95%
  • 1980 - Robin Cousins / GBR

    0 0%
  • 1984 - Scott Hamilton / USA

    1 1.32%
  • 1988 - Brian Boitano / USA

    14 18.42%
  • 1992 - Viktor Petrenko / UKR

    0 0%
  • 1994 - Alexei Urmanov / RUS

    1 1.32%
  • 1998 - Ilia Kulik / RUS

    13 17.11%
  • 2002 - Alexei Yagudin / RUS

    42 55.26%
  • Others - yeah, Dick Button, Manfred Schnelldorfer, what-do-I-know?

    2 2.63%
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Thread: Best Olympic Gold performance by a guy!

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    Exclamation Best Olympic Gold performance by a guy!

    ... and this time John Curry is included!

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    Alexei Yagudin

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    Well, it has to be Uncle Dick. While I only saw newreel clips, I remember them, and he could hold his own today. Imagine, triple jumps in 1949 - well over a century ago, and the fastest spins in the west!

    Joe

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    Alexie in 2002!

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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    Imagine, triple jumps in 1949 - well over a century ago, and the fastest spins in the west!
    1949 - well over a century ago? Dick must be reeeeeally old!

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    I really wanted to say Yags, but Boitano was damn near perfect that night in 1988. As much as I'm not a fan of his, there's no denying the quality of that skate in Calgary.

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    Alexei Yagudin:D

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    Watch out what you say about old! Dick was born the same year as I was!

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    Alexei Yagudin

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    I don't understand why people think as highly of Alexei's Oly performance as they do. It was not a perfect performance and I know he was capable of better presentation. I'd say it's Boitano's followed by Kulik's.

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    Originally posted by shine
    I don't understand why people think as highly of Alexei's Oly performance as they do. It was not a perfect performance and I know he was capable of better presentation. I'd say it's Boitano's followed by Kulik's.
    LOL, I think that in these polls skating fans just vote for their favourite without considering whether the Olympic permormance REALLY was that great. Of the choices given here, I agree with you about Boitano and Kulik, their performances are the greatest.

    Maybe some people base their vote on the scores Yagudin got? It is true that he got many 6,0´s, but the question is to consider, were they really deserved and WOULD he have gotten them for that Olympic freeskate performance of his if he e.g. would have been the first to skate in the final group like Boitano and Kulik did? Yagudin gave a better performance in 2002 Worlds (as far as I remember).

    Marjaana
    Last edited by Jaana; 08-19-2003 at 05:03 AM.

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    I chose Boitano of those that I have seen. I've never been a huge fan but he was fantastic that night.

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    Originally posted by Jaana
    LOL, I think that in these polls skating fans just vote for their favourite without considering whether the Olympic permormance REALLY was that great. Of the choices given here, I agree with you about Boitano and Kulik, their performances are the greatest.

    Maybe some people base their vote on the scores Yagudin got? It is true that he got many 6,0´s, but the question is to consider, were they really deserved and WOULD he have gotten them for that Olympic freeskate performance of his if he e.g. would have been the first to skate in the final group like Boitano and Kulik did? Yagudin gave a better performance in 2002 Worlds (as far as I remember).

    Marjaana
    Oh yes, skating last is such an easy ride, if you only skate well a bit, you get all the high marks for nothing! Did somebody even consider what it means to skate last in the most important competition of your life? How nerve-racking, almost unbearable the waiting is until you enter the ice again? Being aware all your competitors skated well before? Being aware you're first after the SP and these are the Olympics?! Under this cirumstances Alexei did a great job. It is true, he didn't skate with his usual fire, even quite conservative, but he kept his nerves and still delieverd an outstanding performance. Some people should ask themselves if their idol would have been able to that in the same situation as well. Maybe it was their "luck" to skate first?
    Last edited by All that Jazz; 08-19-2003 at 09:27 AM.

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    is easier to skate last when you know theres no possible way you can't win because your main rival fell in the short program. Yagudin did what he had to do to win,good but not his best. I agree he skated better in 2002 Worlds.

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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    Well, it has to be Uncle Dick. While I only saw newreel clips, I remember them, and he could hold his own today. Imagine, triple jumps in 1949 - well over a century ago, and the fastest spins in the west!

    Joe
    I would love to see that newsreel clip! I sure wish that skate channel would get going!

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