Salt Lake City 2002
Lake Placid 1980
An ancient one
Vancouver 2010 will be the best
1. 2002 - This is a legendary Olympics for both the Mens and Pairs competition. The Ice Dance and Womens competitions don't reach that level, but they were very good.
2. 1988 - Excellent in every discipline, what else can you say? A wonderful Olympics.
3. 1994 - Best Olympics ever for Ice Dance and second best for Pairs. The Ladies competition was good too. Mens was the weakest discipline here, although still okay.
4. 1998 - Best Ladies podium EVER. Very good competition in all other disciplines.
These are 4 are EASILY way ahead of the rest.
5. 2010 - It was basically okay in all regards, with ladies being the weakest in terms of memorable artistic performances I'll want to rewatch.
6. 2006 - Worst Ice Dancing competition ever at the Olympics. Pairs was weak as well. Ladies and Mens competition was good, although not outstanding.
7. 1992 - Worst Mens competition ever at the Olympics. Ice Dance was very good. Pairs was good. Ladies was fairly weak.
8. 1980 - Worst Ladies competition ever. All of the other disciplines were good, but overall not especially memorable.
9. 1984 - Torvill/Dean were literally the only great thing about this Olympics.
Last edited by Blades of Passion; 07-27-2010 at 10:33 PM.
In 1984, the worlds after Olympics was more interesting than the Olympics. But the whole group of ice dance was good, not just T&D in 1984. I just wasn't happy about the Olympic judging in 1984 in dance. Which is nothing new. Blumberg & Siebert's performances were great and didn't medal. Fox and Dalley had a totally spiffing Paso Doble CD and got no credit for it. And Bestemaniova & Bukin skated one of the most annoying FD's ever and got a silver for it. It was a frenetic Russian folk dance where if they hit the beat once in 3 steps, it was soley by accident. And timing, then and now, was supposed to be a big deal :rolleyes: But OTOH, there was Barber & Slater's great Chaplin FD, and the pwetty pwetty debut of Klimova & Ponomarenko. And in 1984, pairs wasn't horrible, although it was disappointing that Underhill & Martini weren't up to snuff. The Carruthers were good. Selezneva & Makarov were interesting, and although I am not a big V&V fan, they deserved to win. On the men's & ladies' front, though, both competitions were decidely uninspiring. IMO.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 07-26-2010 at 10:34 AM.
Definitely, Salt Lake City. It is because of pair scandal and because of yagudin's memorable performance. Sarah Hughes unexpectedly took gold away from Michelle. I think that was the peak of figure skating popularity.
2002. After that FS, especially men's event, went down and now, after the ridiculous guy took gold in 2010, it is at its lowest level, much lower than Iexpected after the glorious decade of Urm-Kulik-Yag-Plush success.
I remember 1976 very fondly. In the Ladies there was no clear favorite and Dorothy managed to do well enough in the figures and then skated a clean SP and LP to win the Gold.
But the Men's event was terrific with John Curry and Toller Cranston, two of the all-time greats winning Gold and Bronze.
The three of them went on to have fine professional careers and left quite a legacy in the skating world.
1998 was my favourite Olympic year, with great performances particularly from the women medallists. 1992 was probably the weakest in all disciplines except dance. I don't remember back any further than that, but from what I've seen on video it seems a great shame that Midori Ito didn't get a medal in 1988. If only she'd been good at figures......
Last edited by goldenpleasures; 10-08-2010 at 11:44 AM.
Here's a clip of Tara's 1998 free program with fluff on Lu Chen at the beginning and Scott Hamilton saying he thought it was the greatest ladies Olympic competition ever. Do you agree with him?
Certainly it had been the best I had ever watched saw. For me, no Olympics ladies podium lived up to Tara/Michelle/Lu Chen - until 2010.
I'll still remember 1998 as more thrilling for me personally because two American girls were in such a tight contest for gold. But Yuna and Mao pushed the level of their sport to heights unseen and Joannie Rochette's bronze medal was even more emotional than Lu Chen's.
This was really hard, since I remember Olympics going back to 1984 and have seen the virtually all of the 76 and 80 games on video. So many great memories. Still, for sustained performance across disciplines, enthusiasm of crowds, etc., I have to go with Vancouver. It probably also helped that I could see all of this live. Joannie's triumph of course was the highlight of it all.