My memories of the 1982 World Figure Skating championships, held in Copenhagen, Denmark include some remarkable skating by the women and by "Their Greatnesses", Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Elaine Zayak of the United States, the 1981 World silver medalist, had been in seventh place after the school figures and the short program, and it seemed pretty unlikely that she would be able to medal in that competition. Elaine had fallen several times at the 1982 US Nationals, where she lost her title to Roz Sumners.
I recall a bio on Elaine in which she said that she had become almost "spooked" concerning her ability to land her jumps. For Elaine Zayak to not be able to land triples, it was a disaster, as multiple triples - four triple toes and two or three triple salchows - where the bread and butter of her long programs. Elaine had a long talk with one of her coaches on this subject, and that enabled her to regain some of her confidence. Her coach told her (to paraphrase), "If you're nervous about landing your jumps, that's a normal pre-competition feeling, but if you're fearful about landing your jumps, that's an indication that you doubt your ability. What you're feeling is nerves, not fear, and you'll be OK."
Zayak skated a six-triple jump long program at the 1982 Worlds that completely blew away the competition. None of the women came close to matching her, jump for jump. She won the long program and won the World title. It was amazing.
The ISU, however, wasn't quite as thrilled, as it saw this as the dawning of a "jumping bean" syndrome for the women in which the women would focus primarily on landing triples and ignore or at least place less emphasis on artistry and presentation. The ISU instituted the ruling that became known as the "Zayak Rule", whereby a triple jump could be repeated in the long program only once, and if a triple jump was performed twice, one of those times it had to be landed in combination. This ruling took away much of Zayak's competitive edge, and effectively prevented her from winning another World title.
Katarina Witt of East Germany skated to the soundtrack from the movie "Superman" and won the silver medal. Peggy Fleming, commentating, remarked that Katarina was "such a pretty girl. She's just adorable on the ice". This was Katarina's first World medal.
Rosalyn Sumners, who had won her first of three US titles that season, was skating with an injured hip. She was unable to perform some of her triples, but she skated a respectable competition and finished sixth.
Scott Hamilton won his second World title. One of the more interesting skaters in the men's field that year, in my opinion, was Norbert Schramm of West Germany. Norbert struck some very unusual positions in his spins and jumps, and, well, some people thought his style was quite bizarre. The judges liked his skating, though, and he won the silver medal. Canadian Brian Pockar won the bronze medal.
In the exhibition, Norbert skated over to the King and Queen of Denmark and said hello to them. Dick Button asked Norbert what he had said to the royal couple. Norbert said, "I just said hello to them". When asked what the King and Queen said in response, Norbert said, "They said hello to me". Both of them had a good laugh.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won their second World dance title to a terrific "Mack and Mabel" program. Their choregraphy was absolutely stunning, and the judges gave them a slew of 6.0s for presentation. Natalia Bestimianova/Andre Bukin of the USSR won the silver medal, and Judy Blumberg/Michael Siebert of the United States won the bronze medal.
Sabine Baess/Tassilo Theirbach of East Germany won the gold medal with strong technical programs. Marina Pestova/
Stansilav Leonovich of the Soviet Union won the silver medal, and Kitty and Peter Carruthers of the United States won the bronze medal.