150 shades of gray. Amazing figure skating records
January 20, 2006, the Russian figure skater Irina Slutskaya for the first time in her life woke up an outstanding record holder. The day before, she won the European Championships for the seventh time and was ahead of Sonya Heny and Katarina Witt in this respect. In this regard, we recall the figure skating champions – not only traditional and well-known, but also very unusual.
Irina Rodnina. World Champion
Since we first of all talked about the number of various titles, it is certainly worth remembering the great Soviet athlete Irina Rodnina, who set the bar for pair skating results at an unattainable height. It is hard to imagine that anyone will be able to overcome it in the coming years. Rodnina won the European Championships together with her partners Alexei Ulanov and Alexander Zaitsev 11 times, 10 of which in a row. At the world championships, the queen of pair skating stood at the top of the podium for 10 consecutive years – she has the same number of gold medals. Finally, Rodnina is one of the best figure skaters in Olympic history: she managed to win a gold award at three Olympics in a row.
Prewar achievements. What else is Salkhov known for?
Rodnina is not the only figure skater in history who managed to win so many starts. But all its competitors achieved their success even before the Second World War. The Norwegian athlete Sonia Heni shone from 1927 to 1936 and during this time managed to win three Olympics and 10 world championships. The Swede Gillis Grafström, who won the first medal in the framework of the Summer Olympics of 1920, could also boast of three Games gold awards. Finally, the Swede Ulrich Salkhov was also noted, who at the beginning of the century won the World Cup 10 times. However, he is known for inventing one of the basic jumps in figure skating, which was named in his honor. However, the Swede, I think I would be very surprised to learn about the existence of the fourth salchow.
Four medals is the limit
Concluding the medal topic, it is worth noting that only two athletes in the entire century-long Olympic history of figure skating managed to win four awards at the Games. The first is the aforementioned Gillis Grafström, who, being already a three-time champion, took second place at the 1932 Olympics in the United States. The second is the Russian athlete Evgeni Plushenko, in the piggy bank of which two gold medals (personal from Turin and team from Sochi), as well as two silver. Given the fact that Eugene continues to train, it may well be that a record of 80 years ago will fall in Pyeongchang.
There are records in figure skating, which, with all the desire, will not succeed not only to surpass, but even repeat. Almost all of them are related to estimates and the fact that in 2004 their system was completely revised. The British couple Jane Torville and Christopher Dean in 1983 blew up the world of ice dancing. Athletes combined an amazing performance style and amazing emotionality of their performances, and therefore for the first time in the history of major international competitions, all judges rated the pair 6.0 for artistry. In 1984, the British managed to double their same record twice. It was decidedly impossible to surpass him even then.
New century – new rules. Sixes are a thing of the past, and a new record scale has appeared. In women’s single skating, the best world results at the Russian Championship were rewritten by Evgenia Medvedeva. Recently, all the skaters on the planet are guided by a total amount of 234.88. However, nowadays records everywhere are copied quite often. Everywhere except dancing on ice. 117.14 points for an arbitrary dance performed by Tatyana Navka and Roman Kostomarov at the 2003 Cup of Russia – is still an unattainable height for all of their followers. Note that the record holder in men’s skating is Yuzuru Hanyu, and in the doubles – Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
Six six equals Boyan Jin
The dependence of the resulting assessment on the complexity of the program, of course, is not direct, but very significant. Therefore, of course, every skater seeks to saturate his performance with complex elements. The Chinese went the furthest, Boyan Jin, who included six quadruple jumps in his programs in total! The athlete still does not succeed in performing them purely, and therefore he achieves high results with tangible work. But what will happen if Jin once twists all his fours …
To spite judges
Dark-skinned French skater Surya Bonali has long completed her sports career, but many sports fans still remember her performances. And the matter is not in the color of the skin, but primarily in the fact that in 1991 Suria became the first girl to perform the fourth sheepskin coat. However, she didn’t get on our list for this, but rather for her record stubbornness. By the 1998 Olympics, Bonali was already seriously inferior to her rivals in the technical arsenal, and then she fell at the very beginning of the performance. Realizing that she had no chance of a medal, she decided to execute the backflip forbidden by the rules. The reward for the girl was a storm of applause and a 0.2 penalty point in each of the ratings.