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    Golden season

    Since this is off season, my idle mind started thinking- how many skaters have had a season when they won every competition they entered? Irina's 2004-2005 season came to my mind immediately. To make it fair, I decided that in order to be considered, the skater should have competed in at least 4 competitions, including GP's, nationals, worlds, Olympics, cheesefests, Europeans and 4CC.

    Here is what I came up with.

    Irina Slutskaya 2004-2005 (already mentioned)

    Plushenko 2000-2001

    Michelle Kwan 1995-1996

    Michelle Kwan 2002-2003 (she entered just 4 competitions- Campbells, SA, USN, worlds)

    Gordeeva-Grinkov 1993-1994 (SC, Euro, RN, Olympics)

    Mishkutionok-Dmitriev 1990-1991 (not sure about this one)
    Mishkutionok-Dmitriev 1991-1992

    Grischuk & Platov 1997-1998

    Ilia Kulik 1997-1998 (not sure)


    That's all I can think of right now.

    Vash

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    IIRC, Kwan entered a competition -- the ISU Centennial -- in 1995, but it was the beginning of the '95/'96 season. She got a bronze, behind Butyrskaya and Slutskaya -- but the event was in St. Petersburg.

    In her '02/'03 season, I thought she did all three cheesefests, as well as SA, Nats, and Worlds.

    On one of my Yagudin compilation tapes, on his skate at Nagano, he was referred to as the European Champion, so either Kulik lost one during the '97/'98 season, or Scott Hamilton got it wrong (which would not surprise me in the slightest)

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    Kulik, didn't participate in Euro.

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    Kwan's 2002-2003 events (she won them all):
    ABC Sports Intl Challenge
    World Championships
    US Championships
    Skate America
    Campbell's Classic

    These were her 1995-1996 season events.
    She one all but the two noted:
    Hershey's Team Challenge
    World Championships
    Champions Series Final
    Centennial on Ice (3rd)
    US Championships
    USPS Team Challenge
    Nations Cup
    Skate Canada
    Skate America
    Best of the Best (2nd)

    In the 1998-1999 season, she won all these events before losing to Maria B. at Worlds:
    U.S. Championships
    Japan Open
    World Pro Championships
    Masters of FS
    US Pro Classic
    Grand Slam of FS
    Keri Lotion Classic
    Goodwill Games

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    Didn't yagudin win everything he competed in in the 2001/2002 season. I know he never won ussian nationals but that year wasn't it because he didn't compete?

    I can't remember how his GPs went but i thought he won the GP Final, Europeans, Olympics and Worlds that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    Since this is off season, my idle mind started thinking- how many skaters have had a season when they won every competition they entered? Irina's 2004-2005 season came to my mind immediately. To make it fair, I decided that in order to be considered, the skater should have competed in at least 4 competitions, including GP's, nationals, worlds, Olympics, cheesefests, Europeans and 4CC.

    Here is what I came up with.

    Irina Slutskaya 2004-2005 (already mentioned)

    Plushenko 2000-2001

    Michelle Kwan 1995-1996

    Michelle Kwan 2002-2003 (she entered just 4 competitions- Campbells, SA, USN, worlds)

    Gordeeva-Grinkov 1993-1994 (SC, Euro, RN, Olympics)

    Mishkutionok-Dmitriev 1990-1991 (not sure about this one)
    Mishkutionok-Dmitriev 1991-1992

    Grischuk & Platov 1997-1998

    Ilia Kulik 1997-1998 (not sure)


    That's all I can think of right now.

    Vash

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    How many competitions were these people in, in the years they won "everything" they competed in? Somehow Michelle's four competition season is not as impressive as someone who has done 7 comps in their "unbeaten" season....

    I don't remember the year, I think it was 98-99 or 99-2000, but there was season when Yags won like 11 out of 13 competitions he was in....that's pretty impressive as well, even if it's not "perfect".

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    Michelle's all-win season had 5-competitions.

    In the mid-90s, Kwan did 10-11 competitions per year and won most of them. Even more impressive, she was winning Pro-Am competitions like Masters of Figure Skating (3 times), the Japan Open (3 times) and even won the 1998 World Pro Championship.

    It was after the 2002 Olympics that Kwan started to seriously cut back on the competitions. She had been doing at least 8-9 competitions per year, but since the 2002-2003 season, she has cut back to 5 per year by eliminating the GP series. In an interview during the summer of 2002 in China she mentioned suffering from back pain, and said that years of pounding her body have taken their toll.

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    Navka/Kostomarov won all the competions they entered last season (2003/2004)

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    N/K didn't do Russian Nationals, because she had the flu.

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    Scott Hamilton was undefeated for four years, from the beginning of the 1980-81 season through the 1984 World Championships. I don't know whether he managed four competitions each year, but he usually did at least one "fall" competition and then sometimes a sectional or such and then nationals and worlds. I think T&D went unbeaten for a year or two, too, but don't know for sure.

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    There were alot fewer competitions at the time; but Kurt Browning had a couple of "golden seasons" where he was healthy and everything went right:

    1990 Goodwill Games - 1st
    1990 Skate Canada - 1st
    1990 Nations Cup - 1st
    1990 Canadians - 1st
    1990 Worlds - 1st

    plus

    1991 Nations Cup - 1st
    1991 Lalique - 1st
    1991 Canadians - 1st
    1991 Worlds - 1st

    And, Elvis Stoyko had himself a "golden season" in 1997:

    1997 Skate Canada - 1st
    1997 Nations Cup - 1st
    1997 Canadian Championships - 1st
    1997 World Championships - 1st
    1997 Champion Series Final - 1st

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb
    Didn't yagudin win everything he competed in in the 2001/2002 season. I know he never won ussian nationals but that year wasn't it because he didn't compete?

    I can't remember how his GPs went but i thought he won the GP Final, Europeans, Olympics and Worlds that year.

    Ant
    He did not win the Goodwill Games which were held in Aug. 2001- not exactly a part of the regular 'season' but they were between the 2000 worlds and 2001 worlds.

    Vash

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    Sale and Pelletier had an impressive run of 1st place finishes....


    2000 Skate America - Gold
    2000 Skate Canada - Gold
    2000 Trophy Lalique - Silver
    2000 Sears Cdn. Open - Gold
    2001 Cdn Championships - Gold
    2001 Four Continents - Gold
    2001 Worlds - Gold
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    2001 Skate Canada - Gold
    2001 Skate America - Gold
    2002 Grand Prix Final - Gold
    2002 Cdn. Championships - Gold
    2002 Olympic Games - Gold

    Had they won Gold at Tropy Lalique, they would have had back to back "Golden Seasons" - an impressive track record!

    Actually, this teams track record was impressive from the moment they became a pair. They competed in their first International event at 1998 Skate Canada as a late addition by Skate Canada. They had only been together about 6 months, but due to monitoring sessions, Skate Canada sent them to get the experience. They won bronze at that event. From 1998 on, Jamie and David competed pretty much every event they could (barring injury), and during their entire eligible career, they were only off the podium 3 times.

    They skated in 23 eligible events, garnering 15 Golds, 3 Silvers, and 2 Bronze medals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mememe
    I think T&D went unbeaten for a year or two, too, but don't know for sure.
    As far as I know, they were also undefeated during the 1981-84 time period.

    As were Bestemianova & Bukin 1985-88, and Grishuk & Platov in the 1995 through 98 seasons, except that they did place second in the OD at a couple of pro-ams and 98 Euros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    He did not win the Goodwill Games which were held in Aug. 2001- not exactly a part of the regular 'season' but they were between the 2000 worlds and 2001 worlds.

    Vash
    True, he never had un undefeated season. It was the only competition he lost in the Olympic season.

    Plushenko wasn't undefeated in 2000/01 either. He lost the Japan Open to Yagudin. Also the only event he entered where he didn't win gold.

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