The 2002 ladies event is one of those which will be debated endlessly forever (with the only things most seem to agree on is Hughes winning the LP and that Slutskaya probably should have won the SP, but even those have a minority who dispute). Personally I think Cohen and Suguri were both underscored compared to both Kwan and Slutskaya in the LP that night, but that is just me. I do know Cohen had some issues in her skating at the time, but her fall was on the end of a very good attempt of one of the hardest triple-triples in skating. Her spins were also so much better than Kwans or that particular night Slutskayas. Kwan by contrast two footed the simplest triple-double, then fell on a triple flip, and it was one of her worst choreographed programs ever, even though she skated it well overall. Slutskaya was weak in so many ways that night I felt, as I already broke down. Suguri was wonderful except for a doubled triple loop, and it was by far her best program ever. I could honestly see the LP standings having gone:
3. Kwan or Suguri
Although realistically given the rep value of these skaters the judges were never going to score it that way. Then again I would have had Hughes no higher than 6th in the short program.
My last post on this topic:
No, the rules under 6.0 were quite clear that underrotation is a mistake. In the SP, it was a deduction smilar to a step out. The fact that the judges often didn't notice, chose not to notice or simly didn't care about underrotation is a different thing of course.
At the time, many people raved about Irina's "big" jumps. There was spring to her jumping, and her jumps covered more ice than, say, Michelle or others.
Many people argued that Irina should have won the OGM in 2002, not because of her LP which was precariously performed but still technically clean. People argued that either Irina and/or Sasha should have been 1-2 in the SP, and Michelle should only have been 2nd or 3rd. Irina had a one-foot footwork sequence with huge jumps, and a 3lutz-2loop. Michelle under-rotated a jump. If Irina and/or Sasha were above Michelle, Hughes wouldn't have been able to come up from 4th after the SP to 1st under the old system. Irina would still have won the gold even if she was 2nd in the LP. Back then, Sasha was a 17 year-old newcomer, and not having paid her dues, she didn't have the cachet yet. But the judges loved her. She had best layback, overall spins, spirals, etc. out of the bunch, and her only weakness was flutzing which wasn't that big of a deal since many of her rivals had the same problem as well. I actually thought Schubert was Irina's best program, possibly ever. It was actually very polished and disguised her supposed lack of artistry.
Till this day, nobody knows why Michelle left Frank. It was heartbreaking for him. They still love each other very much. It is obvious she was his favorite pupil.
Sasha's scores could have been higher considering the lesser performances of her rivals. There could have been a deduction somewhere, but you wouldn't know it in the 6.0 system. Her only actual flaws would be the shallower footwork sequence and the flutzing. Even the finest skaters at that time flutzed frequently or at best took off from a flat blade.
In 2002 Olympics, Irina should have been 1st after the SP based on her superior technical execution of the elements.