Back to Johnny and Evan. At the national level, Johnny could beat Evan based upon his skating. Johnny didn't always have to wait for Evan to mess up or not show up at all. But I think that rivalry has died down the past few years because of the new skaters that are coming on the scene and the fact Evan has been the USFS's "golden boy" for years (I guess he literally is their golden boy now!). It's no secret that the folks at US Figure Skating don't like Johnny, the judges don't like him and they punish him when the scores come up (remember what happend in Vancouver?). US Figure Skating killed that rivalry.
The rivalry that will develop among the young Russian ladies skaters in the years leading up to Sochi and maybe even through the 2018 Olympics . Those little girls are feisty, I kind of doubt they are going to let puberty completely ruin them, and if they don't and continue to progress as they are now, it will be VERY fun to watch them in the coming years .
Someone asked about the medals count for Yuna vs Mao.
Here's the breakdown
1 Olympic Gold (2010)
1 World Gold (2009)
3 GPF Gold (2006,2007,2009)
1 4CC Gold (2009)
7 GP Event Gold (1-2006, 2-2007, 2-2008, 2-2009)
1 Junior Worlds Gold (2006)
1 JGPF Gold (2006)
3 JGP Event Gold (1-2004, 2-2005)
1 World Silver (2010)
1 GPF Silver (2008)
1 Junior World Silver (2005)
1 JGPF Silver (2005)
1 JGP Event Silver (2004)
2 World Bronze (2007 and 2008)
1 GP Event Bronze (2006)
TOTAL: 26 medals (8 junior, 18 senior)
2 World Gold (2008 and 2010)
2 4CC Gold (2008 and 2010)
2 GPF Gold (2005 and 2008)
5 GP Event Gold (1-2005, 1-2006, 2-2007, 1-2008)
1 Junior World Gold (1-2005)
1 JGPF Gold (1-2004)
2 JGP Event Gold (2-2004)
1 Olympic Silver (2010)
1 World Silver (2007)
2 GPF Silver (2006 and 2007)
3 GP Event Silver (1-2005, 1-2008 1-2009)
1 Junior World Silver (2006)
1 4CC Bronze (2009)
1 GP Event Bronze (2006)
TOTAL = 25 medals (5 junior, 20 senior)
ETA: Stating the obvious, that Mao's extra senior medals came from the fact she started on the senior GP a year earlier than Yuna.
So if you looked strictly between 2006-2007 and now, when they both were seniors the break downs is this:
Yuna: 18 senior international medals
Mao: 17 senior international medals
To be super nerdy...
(Based on face-to-face competition)
Olympics? Yuna (1-0)
Worlds? Mao (3-1) [Mao beat Yuna in 2007 as far as placement]
GPF? Yuna (2-1) [Not counting 2009 since Mao was not there and not counting the 2005 since Yuna was not there. Yuna beat Mao in 2006 and 2007; Mao beat Yuna in 2008]
Trophee 2009? Yuna (1-0) [Only time in GP or JGP that they competed against each other)
4CC? Yuna (1-0) [However Mao wins in terms of medals 3-1, but two of those medals came when Yuna was not there]
Junior Worlds? Tie (1-1) [Mao 2005, Yuna 2006]
JGPF? Mao (1-0) [Yu-na won the following year, but Mao was on the SGPF by then]
Face to face?
Yuna 7, Mao 6
(Senior: Yuna 6, Mao 4)
Last edited by Mrs. P; 04-12-2010 at 10:10 PM. Reason: ETA pt 2 (I accidently counted Mao's GPF win in 2005 opps!)
Thanks Mrs. P for your insightful post.
Reposting because I made a slight correction. See below for explaination.
In 2006 GP Series, Mao and Yuna won gold for 2 of the 6 events
In 2007 GP Series, Mao and Yuna won gold for 4 of the 6 events
In 2008 GP Series, Mao and Yuna won gold for 3 of the 6 events
In the 2009 GP Series, Yuna won both golds and Mao won none.
In the GPF, Either Yuna or Mao have won since 2005 and won 8 out of 15 medals (53 percent) [Others on the Podium? Irina Slutskaya, 2005; Yukari Nankano, 2005; Sarah Meier, 2006; Carolina Kostner 2007 and 2008; Miki Ando 2009; Akiko Suzuki, 2009]
In the Worlds -- Mao and Yuna have 7 out of the 12 medals (58 percent!) [Others on the podium? Miki Ando, 2007 and 2009; Carolina Kostner, 2008; Joannie Rochette, 2009; Laura Lepisto, 2010]
Edited because despite my attempt not to, I counted Mao's 2005 GPF victory as one of the face to face wins, which it wasn't.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 04-12-2010 at 10:24 PM.
Either Yagudin/ Plushenko or Kwan/ Slutskaya. These days, I don't think there are any consistent rivalries other than Kim/ Asada (maybe Lysacek/ Weir) but it usually seems to depend on the competition.