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The decision that boiled your blood
Inspired by rivalry thread. of which I have read snippets, what battle, contest, outcome will really stay with you as a skating fan? I am thinking all 4 disciplines, and back to the beginning if you are a historian or senior here on GS.
As long as were are civil and not offensive to other posters, I think it is a good off season topic, maybe done before in parts or in total.
What decision do you feel was truly wrong and why? If there are youtube vids to back up your opinion, or articles, that would be great.
I can think of only a few that I thought were really off. Nowadays, what makes my blood boil are IJS rules, a certain skater who falls a lot and wins, and the ridiculous overscoring in the ladies, esp regarding a great skater, but who gets huge point spread when she wins. I will be honest, and please, no one attack other posters. I ask you not to use incendiary language like"haters" etc. please leave ethnic divisions out of it, unless you feel that this was part of the reason skater x lost to y-their race, country of origin.
Everyone's opinion is valid, as this is a very subjective and political sport, despite IJS trying to rectify years of scoring abuses.
Bourne and Kraatz were perennially screwed in the bloc days. I loved Riverdance and would have awarded them many more medals. Gold to them in 98 Nagano. They were the best, and only team who actually had programs that looked like what ice dance was before it was kidnapped by bloc countries after the glorious Torvill/Dean left the sport (retired). Limiting thread to amateur skating.
What made/makes your blood boil?
Skating is art, if you let it be.
1998 Olympics is very interesting for Ice Dance.
Bourne/Kraatz had a very good FD but their SD was trash. Their compulsories were just average, comparatively. I think 4th place was fair.
I actually think Punsalan/Swallow should have won. They had THE best FD at that competition and their SD deserved to be placed 3rd, which is enough to put them in contention for Gold. It's amazingly surprising, because they never skated ANYWHERE close to as good as this in their whole career before the Olympics, but this really was the best - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpg5eTbos_M
I would have put Krylova & Ovsiannikov in 2nd place. I don't really care for their FD, and would have only placed them 4th in that segment, but they had the overall best complusories and the best SD performance as well.
Grishuk & Platov would be 3rd in the FD on my ballot and 3rd overall as well. Their complusories had some problems, which they usually dominated at, and they should have lost the SD segment of the competition to Krylova/Ovsiannikov because of the mistake they made.
Anissina/Peizerat 5th for me. They started the competition so strong with THE best Golden Waltz compulsory, but each segment of the competition after that they got weaker and weaker. Their Tango compulsory was a bit tentative (still quite good though), they made multiple mistakes in the SD (although still deserved to at least be above Bourne/Kraatz in that segment; Bourne/Kraat's SD was seriously trash), and their FD had a bunch of missteps and deserved to only be ranked 5th. HOWEVER, Anissina/Peizerat DEFINITELY deserved to win 1998 Worlds. They were phenomenal there and would have deserved to win the Olympics as well if they had skated to that level.
Irina Slutskaya winning the 2002 GPF over Kwan, in the final FS. Irina had a series of sloppy jumps and missteps and should have been third in the final FS, below both Kwan and Hughes, but she was given the win and the GPF championship.