1981-1984: Scott Hamilton won Worlds each year and the 84 Olympics but deserved to win all. Well he only won in 84 due to figures but that was reality and Orser unfortunately sucked at them around them.
1985-1988: U.S Champion Brian Boitano was not held up any year. The judges saw him as below Orser, Sabovcik, and Fadeev in 85-86 but he won the bronze in 85 when Sabovcik didnt skate well, and the gold in 86 in a shocker when all 3 of the others bombed. Orser and even Fadeev (who self destructed in every major event outside the 84 and 85 Worlds) were bigger favorites of the judges in 87 and 88, but Boitano cleanly outskated Orser at the 88 Games to give them little choice but to give him the gold (which they still nearly didnt), and he won the 88 Worlds since Orser messed up in both figures and the short program.
89-90: U.S Champion Bowman was not held up in 89. He won silver at Worlds with solid performances, after both Petrenko and Fadeev bombed, and was beaten for the gold by Browning who skated more difficult programs. In 1990 U.S Champion Eldredge came only 7th after bombing his long program and was only ever in contention for bronze before that. In 1991 U.S Champion Eldredge won the bronze and clearly earned it. In 1992 U.S Champion Bowman came 4th at the Olympics and Worlds.
1993-1994: U.S Champion Scott Davis wasnt even in the top 5 at any of the World or Olympic events these years.
1995-1998: U.S Champion Eldredge in 95 lost a split decision for the World title to Elvis Stojko with an almost identical performance. In 1996 U.S Champion Galindo won the bronze at Worlds only after the two favorites Stojko and Urmanov bombed one of their programs eached. In 1997 U.S Champion Eldredge lost his World title to Stojko, in 1998 missed the podium at the Olympics and again failed to win Worlds.
1999-2000: U.S Champion Weiss won the bronze at Worlds both years, clearly outskating a subpar Stojko in 99, and clearly outskating a disaesterous Plushenko in 2000.
2001-2002: U.S Champion Goebel missed the podium at the 2001 Worlds, while U.S Champion Eldredge came 6th at the 2002 Games.
2003: U.S Champion Weiss missed the podium at Worlds.
2004-2006: U.S Champion Weir failed to medal at any of the Worlds or Olympics in this period including 2004 where he skated excellently.
2007-2008: U.S Champion Lysacek came 5th at the 2007 Worlds and did not skate at the 2008 Worlds.
2009-2010: Well Abbott has already been covered. The judges actually hammered him at the 2010 Worlds where he skated pretty well, and treated him like a chump.