View Poll Results: Should the pros have been reinstated in 1994

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  • Yes-but they should have only been allowed to compete at the Olympics, and lost all eligiblity after that.

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  • My favorite skater (who won) was an eligibile skater-so I could care less about them reinstating the pros

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    Should the pros have been reinstated in 1994?

    Yes, this is monday nite quarterbacking and I'm sure this has been discussed almost as much as "Who was robbed in----?"

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    actually i wish they would allow this again... it would help keep the sport fresh... imo anyways.

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    None of the reinstated skaters did well in1994. Even ISU allow this happened again, I still don't think any of professional skaters can make much impact. To do well at Olympics you need years' well structured training. Most professional skaters lost triples right after turning pro. Touring with SOI and COI does not give you the edge to compete with eligible skaters who train 3 to 4 hours a day, under sharp eyes of great coaches.:

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    Originally posted by jesslily
    None of the reinstated skaters did well in1994. Even ISU allow this happened again, I still don't think any of professional skaters can make much impact. To do well at Olympics you need years' well structured training. Most professional skaters lost triples right after turning pro. Touring with SOI and COI does not give you the edge to compete with eligible skaters who train 3 to 4 hours a day, under sharp eyes of great coaches.:
    None?? Are you forgetting about G&G who won GOLD? I think that's doing pretty well...

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    I think this is a great idea and it *does* bring freshness to the sport..it's also nice to see some pro skaters get back under the competitive atmosphere. Its also good because whenever they decide to turn Pro it's not 'set in stone' because they can still compete in the Olys...and it also gives them more work if they think their getting comfortable

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    Originally posted by jesslily
    None of the reinstated skaters did well in1994.
    Icewings already mentioned G&G won the gold, and don't forget M&D got the silver. In fact the reinstated pair teams did as well as you could possibly do-going 1-2.
    T&D got in dance got the bronze which is not too shabby at all

    You are right in single skating, the reinstated pros did not do as well as the "hype" around them. I remember people were predicting Browining/Boitano/Petrenko for a sweep on the podium and lo and behold-Urmanov/Stoijko/Candeloro just came and swept the medals up. Although if I remember correctly all of the pros had mistakes in their short program and then performed great long programs.

    So in pairs the reinstated pairs did great in terms of results.
    In single skating, they had struggles but still delievered some nice performances.

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    Sorry that I forgot about G/G. They had been training hard for many many year. For the 2nd OMG, they still developed very good training strategy. They seemed always kept that fresh young look. For freestyle skating, people really want to see new faces. The environment provide better support for the eligible skaters.

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    I voted yes........these competitions are suppose to be the "best of the best".......let them skate and let the judges decided..(now there's a scary thought!!) 42

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    I also voted yes. This line between "eligible" and "ineligible" seems as absurd as the old Olympic rulings about amateur and professional athletes.

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    Thumbs down

    I voted no. It bugged me to no end that they got reinstated, and I still feel the same way. Their time for glory had passed, and I was totally thrilled that none of the men medalled.:sheesh: :\

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    I voted no. As much as I enjoyed seeing some of them again (Torvill and Dean especially) I think it should remain the amatuer athletes. I wish they wouldn't allow professionals in basketball, baseball or any of the sports. There are college athletes that I'm sure would love the opportunity to compete in the Olympics but they can't because that isn't the best opportunity to win. :\

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    Originally posted by RealtorGal
    I voted no. It bugged me to no end that they got reinstated, and I still feel the same way. Their time for glory had passed, and I was totally thrilled that none of the men medalled.:sheesh: :\

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    I think so b/c pros in so many other sports go to Olympics. Plus a bunch of pros I really liked were there. :D

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    I voted no. Here's why. Reputation counts in figure skating (tho it did more back then than it seems to do now); that is why on many occasions some skaters get held up and get higher marks than they deserve. Of course people with the credentials these pros had are going to be put on their teams. It didn't bug me as much once they got to the Olympics as it did on a NATIONAL level -- Marina Kielmann, one of my favorites at the time, lost her Olympic spot because Witt came back; yeah, Davis did beat Boitano at Nationals, but there was no way on earth Boitano was NOT going to be sent, which left Mark Mitchell out in the cold. (And in retrospect, Mitchell had a fair shot of finishing about where Boitano did in Lillehammer anyway). A couple of Russian pairs could have gone in place of G & G and M & D, and some British dance couple lost their only Olympic chance because T & D came back. These people had their glory. Move on, step aside, and let someone else get at least a chance to go, is what I said at the time. And I found it really interesting that Boitano was the main force behind the whole thing -- I mean, could that man have POSSIBLY had a more PERFECT Olympics in Calgary?? Why go back again 6 years later?? Did he honestly think he was going to be able to BEAT that?? Or even come close to MATCHING it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyCoop
    yeah, Davis did beat Boitano at Nationals, but there was no way on earth Boitano was NOT going to be sent, which left Mark Mitchell out in the cold.
    Do you mean Aren Nielsen? Mitchell was injured and finished 6th at 1994 Nationals. Even without Boitano, he wouldn't have made it to Lillehammer.

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