2002 will always be my favorite. I loved Yagudin and miss his skating. I haven't liked a successful male skater since then. All the ones I like now are not dominant and inconsistent unfortunately, lol.
For sure 92. Yep it was Wylie, and a continuation of the show that a young Victor Petrenko put on in 88. It wasn't perfect skates, but the competition was exciting, and the music the top skated to was wonderful and different. Now I'm trying to recall 91 worlds--I remember the US ladies sweeping the podium that year--Tonya, Nancy and Kristi, but I don't remember the men...brain cramp. Must have been Mark Mitchell , Bowman and Wylie or Eldridge. Gotta look that up.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Yeah, 2002 was the best I remember. I've only been a fan since 1994, so I don't remember battle of the Brians. For the most part, I haven't enjoyed the men much at the Olympics. I had hopes this year would be better, but alas.
ITA, Yagudin was a true king of the ice and his rivalry with Plushenko was so fierce and manly! The competitiors today look like children in the fog when you compare them to 2002.
Originally Posted by Plisskin
But Yags comes once in a lifetime, so I'm not raising my hopes up to get another one like that. His programs were artistically pure perfection.
Of the ones I remember:
2002: All three medalists landed their quads. Goebel had 3 quads even and Plushenko threw it down with that 4-3-3 attempt and the crazy axel/flip combo. Yagudin's program in hindsight is kind of empty in a lot of places (preferred his Gladiator one by far) but still a solid and clean skate.
1998: Only cause Kulik's LP is my favorite OGM winner ever and the cow hide outfit. Honestly don't remember the other programs much.
2006: It just cool to see someone dominate the entire field to the degree Plushenko did here. Probably the most decisive/crushing victory.
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2002 was the best that I remember. The epic battle between Plush and Yags in their primes, and then Tim Goebel landing 3 quads in the LP (IIRC). Plus Elvis Stojko's last competitive performance. Abt was good too.
2002 would be closely followed by 2010 and then 1998 for me. 2010 wasn't as good as 2002 because Evan lacked a quad and it wasn't such a showdown between him and Plush because they both skated programs focusing on totally different things (Evan - maximizing points, Plush - jumps, basically, more of a 6.0 style). 1998 was marred a bit by the injury of Elvis Stojko, causing him to not do his quad and to have to walk to the podium instead of skate. So heartbreaking. Plus, Candeloro is my least favourite skater ever.
I was two in '88 so I don't remember it in real time, but I did enjoy the performances of both Brians on youtube.
Sometimes bad skating happens to good people...
1. 1988- Of course there were the Brians, but Viktor Petrenko came from behind with an amazing SP and LP too. Bowman, Wylie, Browning all were great.
2. 2002- Best ever Yagudin performance, Plush went after the tech, and Goebel managed a clean one.
3. 1998- Stojko was never my thing, but he pushed to the end, and Kulik was flawless. D'Artagnan was a total surpise.
4. 1994- Yeah, the elders blew up, but they all came back in the LP to do great programs. The medalists earned it.
Really, you're gonna put 2006 up there, but leave out 2010? I may not like that Evan won, but the last flight was amazing. 2006 was as big of a mess as this Olympics was for the men. Buttle was NOT landing that quad at all and still did it for the points, a la Hanyu this year. Really only Plushenko skated well in that final flight.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
I would put 2006 slightly above 2010 personally as well. Artistically, Lambiel and Buttle showed some realness while I was mostly bored by the artistic programs of 2010 except for Takahashi. Lyscaek is just a charisma vacuum to me.
Try 1976 with John Curry and Toller Cranston. Now THAT was a competition that shaped the future of figure skating. Glorious.
Also... Dorothy Hamill and Irina Rodnina... it was an Olympics to remember.
I only got into figure skating last December so I can't say which one is the best, only watched this years. Overall this Olympic was slightly disappointing as no one really performed at their best. However, we were able to witness possibly one of the best Men's SP ever and an almost equally great SP from Patrick Chan. If he landed his 3A then he would probably have skated his best SP, which is a huge achievement. I think his Olympic SP only fell short of his personal best by like 1 point and if he didn't stumble the 3A he would have broke it.
We also saw a glimpse of some possible future talents.
I was somewhat sad that Australia came last. Hopefully in a few Olympic Games time we will have someone who can at least place in the top 10.
I like pie.
02 and 2010 come to mind. I honestly don't remember whole competitions (or final flights) before 2000... but I was barely in my teens before then
that being said... in 1992 there weren't a lot of inspiring skates from the skaters we were told were the best (3time world champion got confused and played zamboni after all, and he wasn't the only one). 94 had a "controversial" winner... 98 I don't even remember Kulik's skate (interestingly enough I do remember Mike Weiss lol)
I guess 1988 would be one, too, if for no other reason than the Battle of the Brians?
Gotta Have Music
Battle of the Brians in 1988, hands down!
1992 - for Paul Wylie's silver medal
2014--- Peter Liebers SP!!
he will become a dark horse in Worlds in the next years...
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2006 was underwhelming for me. Plushenko was technically good but had about as much artistry and heart as a rock during the performance. IIRC, Lambiel and Buttle made mistakes.