Figure Skating Drama – Part 2 – The Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History

Figure Skating Drama – Part 2 – The Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History


On the evening of February 19th at the hammar Olympic at the theater More than 6,000 spectators were on hand to witness the men’s free skating competition that would decide the gold silver and Bronze medals Two days earlier when the short program was contested the battle for top honors was expected to be between America’s Brian Boitano the 1988 Calgary winner And Victor Petrenko of the ukraine the gold medalist from Albertville two years ago both performed poorly in the short program for channel finishing eight and Petrenko knife as the four and a half minute freestyle program was underway Votano and Petrenko both knew they were competing for personal crime rather than medals Chance of reaching the victory podium where tunnel performed as the champion who was known to be? He moved from eighth to sixth place Petrenko was even more impressive Flawlessly, he was the Petrenko avoid moving from ninth to fourth Place Nevertheless they would have to watch from the sidelines as the young would replace the old to the Kendall or oh of France won the Bronze Elvis Stojko of Canada the silver And Alexei your Monopod russia the same positions that were going into this planet But as the award platform ceremony signals the end of the men’s competition The Olympic Involvement of Victor Petrenko is not yet over for now he would turn his attention to the women’s competition still four days away and the fortunes of his protege Roxana bio of the Ukraine Galina’s mas Kaya has been the coach of Victor Petrenko for more than eight years Petrenko is married to her oldest daughter and Nina zemi FcA is also the coach of sixteen-Year-old, Oksana baiul the 1993 women’s figure skating World Champion and one of the favourites to win the gold medal in lillehammer Caf SKaia has been training, Oksana baiul for two years taking over from her former coach in 1992 when OkSana was 14 this is Stanislav quarry tech who emigrated from the appropriate rough skin the ukraine to Canada after coaching Oksana for nine Years since she Was a child of five Oksana started her figure skating at small rink in dnepropetrovsk kids started from four years to learn how to skate and I had 10 kids and One of them was axe on Ax and it was a little girl really cute little girl, and she always was too serious and During a whole 9 years when I worked she was most talented to you girl Oksana baiul life has been filled with tragedy She never knew her father who left their home when she was a small child Her grandparents who helped bring her up both died as she was growing up? and Her mother died of cancer when OkSana was 13 the following year Stanislav Corey Tech moved to Canada with the hope of taking Oksana with him I Thought maybe I can find some Much better environment for work, it’s Canada and maybe I can bring OkSana with me just finally I realized it’s not so easy I Decide this can be much better for her if she will state in group of galina At that time I think that was the best decision for that When Stanislav character suggested that I coach, Oksana. I was not excited at first I don’t like to work with someone else’s students. I like to prepare them from the beginning It is like a housewife cooking cabbage without outside help She also had no place to live and I have a small home with two children But victor pShonka had been helping her for years, and he said to me. She is such a small girl how much can she cost how much can she when she find out about The Sauna Story without any questions. She Take her home and give her everything what she need for the collide I was given house ever seen what she need for the practicing let’s say that skates blades and boots, but skating no fabric for Making a costume you know Also, give her some money to leave Jelena and eaten mean everything to me. They not only coachman. They are my family I do not know why I had been so fortunate to have those two Nobody else in the world would do for me what they have done Oksana baiul has been compared to the legendary Sonja henie at Norway The only female skater to ever win three individual Olympic gold Medals The comparison with Sonja Henie is evident Any won her first gold medal at age fifteen? Oksana baiul her first world championship at fifteen and both have Charismatic grace on the ice movements that have enchanted their fans worldwide Even more they have captivated the judges Their personality is often the difference between victory and defeat The dramatic story of Oksana baiul reached its Climax on the evening of February 25th when the women’s free skating final was scheduled She was in second place within striking distance of the leader Nancy Kerrigan of the United States for weeks preceding the lillehammer Olympics The World was mesmerised by the Daily reports implicating Tonya Harding in the attack that injured Nancy Kerrigan’s knees shortly before the olympic trials In the following weeks, Kerrigan and harding were uncertain whether they would skate at the Olympics Kerrigan recovered and was named to the team In a series of legal maneuvers harding, too was permitted to skate But a day before the women’s pre skating final another dramatic happening in a practice session, Oksana baiul collided with another skater receiving severe injuries to her right leg and back I Did not pay much attention to Nelson Tony it was their problem, and they had to solve their own problems I Could not concern myself with them for I had an injury also in a practice session right before the free skate and final No, you cannot let outside influences affect your performance Now in the final night of the women’s competition 24 skaters will take the ice in four groups of six One of those in the second-to-last group is tonya harding who was tenth after the technical program two days earlier? Partings introduction is received courteously by the audience who are unaware that before stepping onto the ice she had a problem with her skate her first Maneuver a triple lutz She fails Badly After a few moments parting abruptly stops it appears. She will not continue However, she appeals to the referee that her shoelace is broken and requests a change before going on It is granted Parting is given a rescate. She would end up in 8th place Now it was time for the final six this group will include all the potential metals owners general of China for that the technical Program trails Kerrigan baiul and Surya bonaly of France All three leaders will skate after chen lady Gem Blue Skates well and has a chance for a medal But now it is time for Nancy Kerrigan the leader after the first day Nancy Kerrigan will scape to a Medley of Tunes by Neil Diamond Kerrigan Won the Bronze Medal in Albertville two years ago and followed that by becoming the 1993 United States champion But she failed to win a medal at the 1993 world championships won by Oksana Baiul her first jump a triple flip She does a double instead of a triple one of the highlights of her program a triple combination Attack before the Olympics it was not certain whether she would make it to literally The United States figure skating association sanctioned for admission to the team after Kerrigan proved that she had overcome her injury in a special tryout Nancy Kerrigan is trying to become the successor to kristi, Yamaguchi of the United States who won the gold Kerrigan finished third As the program goes on Kerrigan Performs brilliantly It is evidence. She was silenced forever the critics who questioned her ability to perform under extreme pressure Kerrigan is now going into the final section of a program to many it is a gold medal performance Nancy Kerrigan has performed magnificently She’s given high marks both for technical merit And artistic impression all nine judges place her first in the standings But there is still room for Oksana baiul to win the gold Medal I? Remember my name being announced and I waited for my music to start I had to concentrate But the children were the flowers was kaden to give them to Nancy Kerrigan So I had to wait before I could begin the program For anybody else this delay would break their concentration But axon. I saw the tunnel of such strong will that I knew it won’t affect her Even when the girls came back to pick up some of the flowers that fell on the arts Oksana baiul will Escape to a series of Broadway show Tunes Golina and Oksana know that her first jump is the most critical for earlier, Oksana with the approval of the International Olympic committee received pain-killing injections for her leg and back injuries three stitches were needed to close her leg wound Her first jump a triple lutz the first of five triples. She is scheduled to perform now she will attempt the triple flip the same jump Nancy Kerrigan changed to a double a slight mistake she lands on both feet in the history of women’s figure skating Soviet Skaters had dominated the pair’s competitions, but no soviet female skater at ever won an individual Gold Medal. I Was praying to God that she would have the strength to finish Watching her perform. I was so proud She was so full of stress, then Jackson’s your back injury I then realized what she was going through was on our secret There are nine judges officiating the competition They will give separate scores for technical merit and artistic performance a short program two evenings ago Accounts for one third of the score tonight’s freestyle is worth two thirds With 15 seconds of her program left, Oksana baiul makes a momentous decision She is not certain that her performance will give her the gold Medal She decides to add the triple toe loop But Sauna Bio rule is practically flawless the decision of the judges will be a close one When I finished I was so really I have skated so well despite my injuries When I was coming to the end of the problem, I thought to myself why not why not try it? So I added the triple toe loop it Was a big surprise for me what she did I know know what she is going to do, but she is so talented it is a nice problem for Oksana baiul and Gallinas in the FcA. I await the scores Oksana couldn’t stop crying We didn’t know whether she was first or second. We didn’t know how she was going to be judged Finally the scores are posted first technical merit followed by artistic impression The final Tabulation is almost impossible to comprehend of the nine judges Forgave their first-place votes to Carrigan for to buy you The ninth judge from Germany called it a tie but by the rules ties are broken by the skater with a highest artistic score The German Judge gives up Sana by Eula 5.9 Earlier he had given Nancy Kerrigan A 5.8 Oksana baiul now has five first-Place votes to Carrigan’s four and moves into first place The battle for the medals is still on Surya Bonaly of France goes into the free skating competition in third place When the program is over she finishes in fourth behind chen Liu of China now one of the poignant moments of the competition the final Skater on the evenings program two-time, Olympic Gold Medal Winner Katarina, bit of Germany She is greeted as a reigning queen Before the competition began Katarina vit recognized that she had little chance of returning to the victory platform The reasons for making the attempt she said I wanted to share the olympic experience just one more time the program is a message of peace and a tribute to the long-suffering people of Sarajevo the scene of the 1984 Winter Olympics The song Where have all the flowers gone But as in the men’s competition the young have replaced the old Katerina finishes in Seventh place the Victory Award ceremony takes place 16 year old Oksana baiul of the Ukraine stands on the Top step Nancy Kerrigan of the United States second Standing on the victory platform of Sana bios thoughts turned to victor and galina Her words to achieve great things in life with the help of others one can overcome the sadness of the past There is one more honor for Oksana baiul Because of her for the first time in Olympic history the Ukrainian national anthem is being played

100 Replies to “Figure Skating Drama – Part 2 – The Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History”

  1. Kerrigan's performance was better than Oksana's in this one. Nancy should have gotten the gold. Oksana's performance here just wasn't really impressive, normally she is, maybe the pain meds and the injury "but Nancy on this day' I agree when they said her performance was flawless.

  2. Such a gracious and enduring person. Also the people who helped her are to be commanded. Her quote at the end is very true but it just shows how she never took anything for granted. Being just an amazing person definitely helped her be a great athlete. Dispite all her harsh trials and tribulations she maintained a positive attitude, worked hard and made no excuses. She's a true inspiration.

  3. I remember being a kid watching this and so into Kerrigan as the darling that year, followed it the entire year before, the drama and Tonya stuff. But after watching, I thought Kerrigan was great but then I saw Oksana and thought she was better and was Oksana all the way.

  4. Tonya Harding was the worst thing that ever happened to figure skating! She was and is still a DISGRACE to the U.S. and to figure skating! PERIOD!

  5. So glad Oksana beat that Nancy Kerrigan! Kerrigan has a bad attitude plus she's a snit always looking down her nose at everyone else! She needed some personality to go with her skating and guess what that girl just didn't have it!

  6. Never read tabloids. As far as Nancy Kerrigan she has an attitude problem! Actions speak louder than words! Look at her face an actions while waiting to go to the podium!

  7. People asking for PART 1 – This is merely one part of several of the Official Film of the Lillehammer Olympics, not the national TV coverage you might be used to. It is a film by Bud Greenspan's Cappy Productions and this one part just covers a few of the highlights of the figure skating event, not all of it. The film has several sections that concentrate on specific athletes or events that were notable. Each section is a story well-told and in depth. It doesn't pretend to cover the whole Olympics, a story which would be way too much for a feature length film to tell. Bud left it for the IOC and the international networks to tell that story as it was happening. That story was diligently recorded by the international broadcasting partners.

  8. Oksana lost her family and was injured and still pulled it off to get the gold despite all those things! What a beautiful story!

  9. Poor Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamil, they were just Gold-Medal American skaters…no whining, no tears, no complaints, they were simply: Athletes.

  10. Nancy is one of the most boring skaters with a stank face I have ever seen. I dont even know how she got a medal. Always felt entitled to win the Gold when she should feel lucky her pity points got her a Silver.

  11. For me Oksana has the flare Nancy never had Nancy’s skating is pale, boring, and robotic. Oksana’s skating reminds me of Tonya Harding. Although I believe Tonya’s performance wasn’t for an 8th place and should’ve placed higher the adversity overcame by Oksana is stunning and I’m glad Kerrigan never got the gold for Oksana fought much more than a scandal.

  12. Tonya has so nice legs. The other skaters are so thin, it gives me agony, it seems they'll break into pieces.

  13. Nancy made some very hard comments mocking oksana for crying, since then she never tires of saying that her gold was stolen, oksana patin hurt and even though it was better routine, for that reason she won the gold, and kerrigan never accept it

  14. Why a tie? Oksana's program is so so much better than robotic Kerrigan. Kerrigan can not compare to Lu Chen's grace and difficulty.

  15. You can see Nancy Kerrigan's face all screwed up and her thinking that she should have won the gold but nobody could be Oksana! She was so cute and she did not have the privileged background Nancy did and she was a much better skater in her ability to dance and be graceful. Nancy was a little too boring! But I think she thought she was entitled to the gold and you can see it all over her face!

  16. The most dramatic battle at the most wonderful Olympic Wintergames ever! Oksana was more than just a fantastic art skater, she was the one everyone loved. She is still the best ever.

  17. Truth came out Canada alone should have had gold the only true pairs that deserved gold fro Moscow was Katharine and sergio

  18. Well deserved by oksana, intelligent skater, can't imagine how she skated through pain killers and stitches on her legs ❤️

  19. While two stupid united states women were fighting to be the first, there were another competitors, from another countries, that had real reasons to be there, one representing a new independant country, the other putting a music in honour of the victims of the war in the balcanes. Both of them competed injuried. They both deserved the best medals. I wish the german girl would have won the silver.

  20. I remember these performances….figure skating was a big part of our lives, my mom a junior olympic skater and still at 78 years old skates today. Me "Trying" to be like my mom, who also coached me. And watching these performances and trying to emulate many of them….back then though Nancy Kerrigan was not an impressive skater, nor was Tonya Harding. Both were always looked at like "HOW did They get on the Olympic team and skate in World championship events?" They were not impressive at all…they were not memorable nor a "highlighted skater" like Oksana or Scott Hamilton and many I know that I am forgetting… there were SO many great skaters back then…but again Nancy and Tonya were not considered "Great skaters"I think that they became big in the figure skating world simply because of the Attack on Nancy…..I remember thinking this way back then….Now after watching this program I STILL see it and feel the same way. If you look at Oksana's skating compared to Nancy, Oksana Is a MUCH better skater and much more "Memorable" on the ice than Nancy or Tonya, in Fact, Tonya was always MORE Memorable than Nancy bc she always looked so "Crazy!" on the ice, she wore entirely TOO much makeup, had unruly hair that she never seemed to be able to fix correctly and she always looked like she was just One step away from Losing it or "going crazy!" Y'all know people like that right?!?! lol…so you would watch and remember Tonya bc she was almost kind of scary (and STILL is today…lol)…..I seriously have NO hate at all for Tonya or Nancy and either of them would completely blow me off the ice or anyone that I know, but just from the perspective of watching a "Great skaters" they just never did it for me or MANY people back then, I was definitely not alone in my opinion, many, Many people thought the same way! I love Nancy though and I adore OKSANA…wonder where Oksana is today?

  21. да эта олимпиада самая запоминающая была!особенно у Тони !

  22. Почему мужчины тогда выглядели действительно как мужчины, взрослые статные красивые-сейчас взглянешь на Мужское ФК одни мальчишки как так?

  23. Nancy was robbed! You all can say oksana was more graceful but her performance was very amateurish…no spin combinations, no triple combination, not Olympic quality…but pretty to look at.

  24. It's something pathetic & crazy in russian..ukrain people..especially in ice skating and gym..looking at faces of sportifs of other countries..more relaxed ..happy smile..q

  25. Oksana Baiul need her own biopic movie! He moves was so beautiful and flawless..and even her injuries, she trying for the best. Totally deserve it!

  26. Seeing these women on the winning Platform Was Breath taking I could never say I had a favorite Because I loved them all. I would love to See How the Beautiful Oksana Is today The girl is A legend…

  27. You missed a lot of the story. I watched the entire thing play out. I was lucky because I did get to see Oksana on tour with Canadian Stars on Ice. Sadly being so young and now independent she got lost in the parties, the drinking, all that. She also lost her jumps. She did try to make a come back, but basically she never did get the jumps back. So much was going on in that Olympics in the world of figure skating.

  28. Nancy's attitude is what did it for me…to me she was never a team player …with her attitude i got to where i didnt like her lol but thats just me 😜😂😎

  29. oksana is so fun to watch, while Nancy seems so stiff and I feel like she’s forcing every move. plus, that sour face when oksana receives her gold medal and Nancy receives her silver medal makes it oh-so-much better

  30. I'm so glad Oksana won. She lost everything and her crying just shows that overwhelming grace of triumph. Those weren't tears of joy, that was weeping of joy.

  31. Anyone who knows figure skating can clearly see that Oksana skated a superior technical and artistic program. There is no controversy here.

  32. The skaters of the past have nothing on the skaters of today technically. None of them would place in today's scoring system. Thank goodness they changed the scoring system so there can be less cheating.

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