Extra! Korea

February 24, 2010

Figure skating favorites lost at the last three Olympics

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 2:31 am

There is no doubt that Kim Yu-na is the favorite to win the women’s figure skating gold medal. (Watch videos of the favorites of Sasha Cohen and Elvis Stojko here and here, respectively.)

However, it should be remembered that at the last three Olympics, the favorite didn’t win. In 1998, Michelle Kwan was defeated by Tara Lipinski. In 2002, Kwan, Sasha Cohen, and Irina Slutskaya* lost to Sarah Hughes. And at the last Olympics, Cohen and Slutskaya were bested again, this time by Shizuka Arakawa.

So, could Americans Rachael Flatt (17) and Mirai Nagasu (16) upset more senior ladies like Kim, Mao Asada, Miki Ando, and Carolina Kostner?** You’ll have to tune in to find out.

* Get your mind out of the gutter and stop making fun of her name.

** I would have included Joannie Rochette as a strong medal contender, but she must be an emotional wreck after the death of her mother on Sunday morning.

1 Comment »

  1. I wondered the same thing. Will Kim Yuna meet the fate of the Dan & Dave saga? I hope not.


    Comment by morningclam — February 25, 2010 @ 6:21 am

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