Wednesday, July 7

1992 Worlds: The Ordinals from the Free Skate

Here are the free skate ordinals of the top twelve ladies finishers from the 1992 Worlds. Originally, I had some confusion between 3rd and 4th places overall but then I realized I made a silly mistake. So, I'll keep up the scores as a reference but the actual issue is solved :-)

1 Kristi Yamaguchi
5.9 5.7 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.9 5.9 5.8
5.9 5.8 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
 1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1  
2 Nancy Kerrigan
5.5 5.2 5.5 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.6 5.7 5.6
5.7 5.6 5.7 5.5 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.8 5.8
 3   4   3   3   2   2   2   2   2  
3 Lu Chen
5.6 5.2 5.2 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.4
5.5 5.1 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.5 5.5 5.4 5.8
 5   7   8   6   5   5   4   7   4  
4 Laetitia Hubert
5.5 5.2 5.7 5.5 5.5 5.7 5.5 5.5 5.7
5.6 4.8 5.6 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.6
 4   9   2   2   3   3   3   3   3 
5 Josee Chouinard
5.5 5.1 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
5.5 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.6 5.5 5.5 5.7
 7   6   5   5   6   4   6   5   5  
6 Tonya Harding-Gillooly
5.5 5.0 5.0 5.2 5.4 5.1 5.4 5.6 5.5
5.8 5.0 5.3 5.5 5.3 5.7 5.6 5.5 5.6
 2   8   11  4   7   8   5   4   7  
7 Alice Sue Claeys
5.3 5.5 5.4 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.6
5.4 5.4 5.5 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.4 5.3 5.5
 8   3   4   8   4   6   11  10  8  
8 Yuka Sato
5.4 5.4 5.4 5.2 5.3 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.6
5.6 5.8 5.4 5.4 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.2 5.6
 6   2   6   7   8   7   9   12  6  
9 Karen Preston
5.2 4.8 5.3 5.2 5.4 5.4 5.3 5.3 5.5
5.3 4.7 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.4 5.3 5.4 5.5
 9   11  7   9   9   9   12  9   9  
10 Patricia Neske
5.1 5.3 5.3 5.0 5.3 5.2 5.4 5.2 5.4
5.2 5.3 5.2 5.3 5.2 5.5 5.4 5.3 5.4
 12  5   9   12  10  10  10  11  10 
11 Surya Bonaly
5.3 4.7 5.2 5.4 5.3 5.2 5.6 5.6 5.2
5.2 4.7 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.3
 10  12  12  10  11  12  7   6   11 
12 Marina Kielmann
5.2 5.0 5.3 5.3 5.1 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.2
5.2 4.7 5.1 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.4 5.3 5.2
 11  10  10  11  12  11  8   8   12 

6 comments:

Justin said...

I'm not an ordinals expert, but I think the factored placements have have played a role in this as well. Chen Lu's finish in the SP meant that Hubert needed a skater between her rank and Lu Lu's in the long (2nd to 5th), but of course I'd have to look a lot more closely at the ordinals to figure all this out. It would have been much easier had more skaters been clean. :-)

Justin said...

OK...before the OBO, it was the highest ordinal with a majority:

Kristy: (9 1sts of 9)
Nancy: (5 2nds of 9)
Hubert: (5 3rds of 9)

Now here's where it gets tricky:

Chen Lu had the highest ordinals of the skaters who had 2 4th place ordinals (Lu, Harding, Clays). What happened, I think, is that if Harding hadn't gotten those two 4th place ordinals, Josee Chouinard would have gotten them (her 2 5th place ordinals were both behind Harding's 4ths.) Before Harding skated, Josee Chouinard was between Hubert and Chen Lu, which had Hubert ahead of her in the final standings. Harding pulled Josee out of that position, which left Chen Lu and Hubert one position apart in the long program, which wasn't enough for Hubert to medal.

Sorry the explanation was so confusing, and it could also be inaccurate. This is all memory here.

Tony said...

Justin- thanks for your replies! I was actually at work today and something popped into my head-- Lu Chen was 2nd in the short, Laetitia Hubert 5th (as you mentioned.) For some reason after watching the free skates yesterday, I had this idea that Chen was THIRD in the short program, hence where my confusion was about Hubert not overtaking her. Now it all makes sense and I feel pretty silly :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank g I didn't live in those times...how confusing !

Justin said...

I'm sure it was time-consuming, but are you planning any other event recaps such as this? This was excellent.

Tony said...

Eventually, yes! I noticed upon searching for the marks and reviews of some of the earlier events that there is no real comprehensive reporting anywhere on the internet. I also realize that not all skating fans want to sit through all of the programs in front of a computer screen on YouTube to learn about some history of the sport. That's where I'll try to come in and help :-)