10-30-2013, 09:46 PM
Talk is cheap, boo.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Tell me what G/G are better at? Programs? They do the same programs every year. Tech? Hello, where's the SBS triple. What 2A throw? Very C/S of them.
No innovation, just pleasant to look at. Boring. Next.
10-30-2013, 10:27 PM
I think that would be a much more positive thread, and I'd love to see it. Definitely Browning would be in there, though he couldn't have earned an Olympic medal on the strength of either his '92 or '94 Olympic performances. The great thing is that he made up for these lapses both before and after his two Olympic attempts, both technically and artistically, and his skating record is unparalleled despite his two Olympic flame-outs.
Originally Posted by wordsworthgirl
I'd also add Yuka Sato, a favorite skater of mine. Such a shame that she popped that jump in 1994, but on the other hand, she managed a World championship soon after.
Going further back, I think Ken Shelley and JoJo Starbuck were deprived of a medal in 1972. For other reasons, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner were deprived of their chance to compete at all in 1980. They were the then-current world champions (though that was partly due to Rodnina's maternity leave in 1979), and they would almost certainly have medaled (probably not gold, since Rodnina/Zaitsev were back in fighting trim), if Randy Gardner's leg could have held him up.
10-30-2013, 10:30 PM
I dunno, it'd make me sad... thinking back on some of the biggest "disappointments" is tough... I still have a hard time watching video of the 1992 Olympics even with the joy of watching Paul Wylie finally realize his potential when it counted...
Originally Posted by Olympia
10-30-2013, 10:42 PM
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Gordeeva/Grinkov had better basic skating, transitions, lifts, footwork, unison, and interpretation.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
Mishkutenok/Dmitriev had better jumps and one of their throws was a little more difficult.
I think it's fair G/G won even with all the little mistakes, because they were simply the best ever in so many areas. It was close. If Dmitriev wouldn't have tripped on his footwork then I think they surely would have deserved it, but that was a rather significant mistake.
10-30-2013, 10:58 PM
Blades of Passion, I think you are spot-on! Thank you!
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
10-30-2013, 11:01 PM
I thought I'd be sadder at the thought, but Browning has de-fanged the sharpness of his defeats by becoming just about unparalleled as a skater. How much more central could he be to skating even with an Olympic medal?
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
I know that you and I don't see eye to eye on Michelle Kwan, but she too has made having the ultimate Olympic medal less relevant by her sparkling career.
10-31-2013, 05:18 AM
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