Best Olympics Men's Competitions
Now we've seen one that was. . .um, not the best
Which ones were really good, or at least your favorites?
2002: Alexei vs. Evgeni vs. Tim Goebel. There were three great skaters who brought it when it counted. Alexei Yagudin played it safe, IIRC, and I remember Scott thought he gave it away, but in the end it was enough.
1998. I'll always have fond memories of Ilia Kulik's shirt. And poor Todd. He was done in by Phillippe Candeloro as a musketeer, but his program was so much fun.
2010. Some people were mad that the winner didn't do the quad, but at least we had two clean performances to compare. And Johnny did so well, I thought he should have gotten the bronze.
1988. Both Brians were so good, it all came down to one tiny mistake by Brian Orser. Brian Boitano was perfect.
Ahh, happy memories of men who land all their jumps and don't fall or double them!
I liked 1994 (Urmanov gold, Stojko silver, Candelero Bronze) and 2002.
2010 was wonderful, but bittersweet for me b/c I knew Daisuke could have won gold with a clean program without a quad, but he chose to do a quad anyway...I do not think Weir skated well enough for a medal. His presentation can't compare with Daisuke's.
The battle of the Brians still the greatest. It came down to one tiny bobble. Both men had the total package, too.
Plushenko stepped out of the triple loop of his 4-3-3 and popped his triple salchow into a double. You could also tell his program was a work in progress after the Habenera portion of the program. Yagudin could afford dialing back his technical content. I think Goebel was the one who was short changed for his technical score during the FS.
Originally Posted by WinterLily
The Battle of the Brians was my favorite. So many skated well and beautiful programs. No quads to fall on. I hate the quad. Too many mistakes in this 2014 Olympics. I'd much rather see clean skates with artistry.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Absolutely! And don't forget the great bronze medal performance of Petrenko's! Wiley, Browning & Bowman all had good sp performances, too.
Originally Posted by Sk8n Mama
1976 with Curry and Cranston was good too.
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
I enjoy Scott's commentary more than most people here but I thought his analysis at the end of the Alexei's skate was silly. It's true he left out his second triple axle but the dude had done two freaking quads and his skating, choreo etc was just above the rest of the field. Alexei has had that "it" passion thing that is so rare. Plushenko has it in his own way but it's not the same. Scott thought Yagudin actually might have lost the FS to Tim Goebel. Love Tim but ... not.
Originally Posted by Poodlepal
single most memorable performance: BRIAN BOITANO's free skate!! One of the most inspired and inspiring skate.
best competition? 2010 was pretty good as far as I remember and exciting until the end. The worst one was surely 2014
True, and it is sort of odd how that Orser has now coached two gold medalists back to back even though he didn't score one. That's almost some sort of karma at play.
Originally Posted by Sk8n Mama
A lot of people speculate that the American commentators were explicitly told not to play favorites in the men's event. Earlier in the pairs' event, they had hyped up Salé & Pelletier as the winners before the pair received their results which exacerbated the scoring controversy.
Originally Posted by Layfan
I still watch my vids of Battle of the Brians some 25 years later. ANd that includes both the free skates and short programs. Epic. Masterpieces. I believe they could win today with those programs. Two athletes, two artists.
Loved 92-- Wylie, Barna and Petrenko. Was exciting to watch.
Loved 2010 as well, and I do think the best man won.
But nothing can top 88. Nothing
Lifelong Adam Fan
Not 2014 I'lll tell ya that much.
No, Paul Wylie was only on the medal stand that one time and it was 1992. Americans will always like that year because of him. He was the ultimate underdog when our "star" skater Chris Bowman was unreliable for various reasons which don't merit getting into here, as he is now deceased.
I thought '94 was sad because of the meltdowns of the veterans, but Urmanov and Stojko skated well (if not 100% clean, then at least 100% better than our current gold and silver medalists) and it was a great competition.
2002 free skates by medalists were overwhelming!!!!