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    Angela Nikodinov's 2002 LP was pretty heartbreaking to watch. It seemed like she just gave up when she fell on the triple loop.

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    The most recent and hardest for me was actually being in the arena when Naomi and Peter withdrew from Nats in Atlanta. I actually started crying because we had watched them that week and while they weren't a hundred percent, they looked really great and ready to skate well. They got a standing ovation from the crowd after they withdrew.

    I also remember two moments from US Nats 2002 that broke my heart. One was watching the Hartsells withdraw (oh wow, that was so sad but how classy of John Zimmerman to offer his condolences to Steve as they skated off the ice) and the other was seeing Angela crying backstage after she found out she didn't make the Olys team. Her performance broke my heart too because I was really pulling for her to make that Olys team. :(

    The only other time I've found myself crying over heartbreak during skating was during Michelle's FOG program during the SLC exhibitions. I hadn't really reacted to her not winning the gold the previous night, so when I saw the emotion and tears in her own eyes during that amazing performance, I finally cried for what had happened the previous night. That was really rough for me. I wanted her to get that gold medal so badly and it just broke my heart for her.

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    I get a little teary just remembering Michelle's FOG from the SLC olympics. I thought it was soooooo ballzy to skate to a song called fields of gold in a gold dress after not winning the gold. If she had not done it, people would have commented on her change of mind. By skating with her heart the way she did that performance she had EVERYONE hurting for her.

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    Tai & Randy's withdrawal from the 1980 Olympics

    Katia skating alone for the first time after Sergei's death

    The Hartsells' withdrawal from Nationals 2002

    Kurt at the 1994 Olympics - "I need a hug."

    Abitbol & Bernadis at 2003 Worlds

    Angela Nikodinov at US Nationals 2002

    Todd after the free skate in the 1998 Olympics

    Michelle's FOG at the 2002 Olympics

    Naomi & Peter at 2004 Nationals

    Brian Orser learning that he was second in the 1988 Olympics (he was still great, though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhornliz
    I get a little teary just remembering Michelle's FOG from the SLC olympics. I thought it was soooooo ballzy to skate to a song called fields of gold in a gold dress after not winning the gold. If she had not done it, people would have commented on her change of mind. By skating with her heart the way she did that performance she had EVERYONE hurting for her.
    I thought it was heartbreaking, too, that the singer died of Leukemia before the Olympics...and because of the exposure given to her music by Michelle, and Kristi, she'd become even more famous in death

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisthingcalledlove
    I thought it was heartbreaking, too, that the singer died of Leukemia before the Olympics...and because of the exposure given to her music by Michelle, and Kristi, she'd become even more famous in death
    I don't know if you read about what happened on the COI tour that summer, when Michelle was performing FOG. I remember reading about it at the time. Apparently, Eva Cassidy's parents/family went to one of the shows, and afterwards they went backstage to meet Michelle. They gave her one of those framed discs (like some singers/bands get when a record goes gold/platinum, etc), and thanked her personally for using Eva's music, because nobody had ever used her music like that before, and they were really touched.

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    Kurt Browning's devastatingly heartbreaking short program at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he fell on his triple flip and singled a planned double axel. He mouthed "Unbelieveable" to the audience after his skate, and in the kiss 'n cry area, he said, "I guess the Olympics just isn't my thing".

    Nicole Bobek was a skater who had more than her share of heartbreak competitive moments, mostly due to injuries that prevented her from skating her best, while other times her lack of adequate training/preparation resulted in those unfortunate moments.

    Bobek was the defending US champion and World bronze medalist as she headed into the 1996 US Nationals. She had injured her ankle during the fall of 1995, but opted to participate in a 22-city "Nutcracker" tour, while her injured ankle. Her "up close and personal" bio piece that was aired at Nationals showed her sitting on the floor, speaking about her ankle injury. She said she would have liked to rest the ankle, but she couldn't do that. She could have sat out the "Nutcracker" tour, but she chose not to do so. Nicole managed to skate through the injury in the short program, but she reinjured her ankle during the long program warmup, and she withdrew from the competition. The cameras showed her crying rinkside, and crying as she walked back to the locker room.

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    Oh wow, I can't believe I forgot about Katia's first skating without Sergei. That was definitely a Kleenex moment for me!

    Another one would have to be Todd in the 1998 Olys because he was SO close to realizing his dream of an Olys medal and it slipped away during his freeskate. And I did cry after his SP in SLC too because I knew his dream would not be realized again. Sigh. :(

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    There are so many quotes on here that I could reply to, but I am not sure if I can do multiple quotesso I will ad my 2 cents:

    Bobek's skate after Carlo Fassi passed away

    The competition where Bobek withdrew after doing the lutz, I think, after her coach told her not to and she did it anyway. (I either read this or it was on the t.v.)

    Katia's skate after Sergei passed away

    Michelle's FOG exhibition skate tore me up when I saw the tears own her own face...I still cry just as much when I watch it and know what to expect

    One other noteworthy mention: I was watching a Sonja Henie video about her life, and one of the people that they interviewed (her assistant, I think) said that when Sonja was getting older toward her retirement from shows, she was in South America somewhere and would fall sometimes during her show, and they would laugh at her. (yes, that was a seriously long runon sentence.) Crowds would get restless, and not really pay attention. The person telling the story mentioned something to the affect of them not having the kind of appreciation of skating, at that time, the she was used to. It made me sad for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwanFan1212
    Oh wow, I can't believe I forgot about Katia's first skating without Sergei.
    I forgot about that too before reading this thread. It reminded me also of Oksana Baiul's touching Sergei tribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisthingcalledlove
    The moment that broke my "skating heart" most was Michelle's exhibition at the 2002 Olympics. At the very end, I had tears in my eyes, just as she had...
    I could not feel sorry for her then. If you think about it she set herself up for that. She was so sure she would win the gold she choose a gold dress and Fields of Gold to skate to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuggetr
    I could not feel sorry for her then. If you think about it she set herself up for that. She was so sure she would win the gold she choose a gold dress and Fields of Gold to skate to...
    That's rather cold. She had used that exhibition and dress prior to SLC IIRC.

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    It was also a tribute to the 1961 Worlds team, who were all killed in plane crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronxgirl
    That's rather cold. She had used that exhibition and dress prior to SLC IIRC.
    It dosen't matter if she used it ten times prier to the oplymics, she still set her self up by doing that. It might be cold in your eyes and others but that's the way I see it. Sorry if you don't agree!!!But then, you don't have to!!!

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    I can't really say that I felt sorry for Michelle, either. She had just won her second Olympic medal, to go along with 4 (now 5) World Championships and 6 (now 8) US Championships. What was heartrending to me about her Fields of Gold exhibition was simply the beauty of the performance, how she put her heart and soul into it and drew the audience into the experience with her. To me, it was like she was consoling us, not the other way around. Like she was saying, "Don't feel bad, y'all, I'm still your Michelle."

    And a couple of months later when she performed it at Marshalls, it was even better!

    Mathman

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