SYRIA BONALY. TONIGHT, THEIR STORY BEGINS. EVERY SEAT’S SOLD FOR TONIGHT’S LADIES’ SHORT PROGRAM, TONIGHT ONE THIRD OF THE FINAL SCORE. THERE’S 28 ENTERED IN THE BATTLE. BY LUCK OF THE RANDOM DRAW, FIRST ON THE ICE IN HER FIRST OLYMPICS, 25-YEAR-OLD MARIA BUTYRSKAYA OF RUSSIA.>>MARINA’S COMING HERE OFF THE WIN OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. HER POSITION IN THE TOP THREE OF THE OLYMPICS. SHE NEEDS TO HIT THIS COMBINATION, TRIPLE LUTZ-DOUBLE LOOP. DRAWING FIRST TO SKATE IS THE KISS OF DEATH. NORMALLY THE MARKS ARE LOWER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENT. SHE DREW FIRST AND LEFT IN TEARS. BEAUTIFUL TRIPLE LOOP. NO ONE THAT IS DRAWING FIRST IN THE SHORT PROGRAM HAS EVER MEDALED IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES. SO SHE’S GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF HER. SHE’S OFF TO A GREAT START BEGINNING WITH TWO HIGH-RISK ELEMENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROGRAM. ?>>NICE DOUBLE AXEL. EIGHT REQUIRED ELEMENTS. MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR ANY FAILURES.>>ON THE LEFT, ILIA KULIK, THE MENS’ GOLD MEDALIST, OKSANA COZ CO-HAVE A, THE RUSSIAN PAIRS MEDALIST. MARIA BUTIRSKAYA COMES IN WITH EXCELLENT CREW DEN RBLES, FIFTH IN THE WORLD A YEAR AGO. FOURTH IN 1996. COMPETING TONIGHT IN HER FIRST OLYMPIC MES.>>LOOK AT THE EIGHT REQUIRED ELEMENTS. ALL AGAIN ANY FAILURES, MANDATORY DEDUCTION. YOU HAVE TO D THREE SPINS, TWO FOOTWORK SEQUENCES, A DOUBLE AXEL. A JUMP PRECEDED BY STEPS. THAT WILL BE A TRIPLE. YOU CAN DO A COMBINATION, A TRIPLE-TRIPLE, OR A DOUBLE-DOUBLE. IRONICALLY THE FAVORITE FOR THE GOLD MEDAL, TARA LIPINSKI AND MICHELLE KWAN RIGHT HERE IS TARA’S COMBINATION AND RIGHT HERE IS MICHELLE’S, THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST QTY BUT NOT THE HARDEST PRRAM. HERE’S THE TRIPLE LUTZ-DOUBLE LOOP COMBINATION. LOOK AT THE CONTROL ON THE LANDING, EASY DOUBOOP. AGAIN, TE JUMPS YOU SEE HOW FIGHT THE FEET ARE IN THE AIR. SHE VAULTS WITH THE RIGHT FOOT. THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT A LUTZ TAKE ONE, TWO, THREE TIMES AROUND. SHE HAS TO CONTROL THIS, REGROUP AND CRANK THE SECOND JUMP. MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE TOE LOOP COMBINATION THAT A LOT OF THE SKATERS ARE DOING.>>NOW THE FIRST SET OF MARKS FOR MARIA BUTIRSKAYA.>>YOU HAVE TO THINK THAT AUSTRIA AND HUNGARY MIGHT HAVE DEDUCTED SOMETHING. INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NEXT MARK.>>HER COACH SITS TO HER LEFT.>>TO SKATE FIRSTAND GET THESE

Maria Butyrskaya (RUS) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program
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27 thoughts on “Maria Butyrskaya (RUS) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program

  • April 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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    What happened to that austrian judge? Her/his scores were unacceptable that night! Maria 5.3/5.7?

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  • April 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm
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    These were the days where judges had to save marks for better performances to come later. Considering that, I think the 5.7 for presentation was acceptable. But a 5.3? Please. Everything she did was really solid so I think she should have had 5.6 or 5.7 on the first mark. She was the European champion after all. Her scores may have been too low but she ended up third, which was the right placement, IMHO.

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  • April 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm
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    I agree with that 5.7(actually even 5.6 for artistic mark was fine). But that 5.3? I really didn't catch any 0.4 deduction in this program!

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  • April 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm
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    Perhaps the judges put her base mark lower…in her spiral sequence she didn't hold any position longer than a second and her layback spin could have had a better position. Both were required elements…so PERHAPS that's why they saw.

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  • April 24, 2012 at 12:53 am
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    I wonder if the judes thought she touched down in the combination. And @MTVMANN is right… her spiral sequence was sub-par as was her layback. But that triple loop had so much air and length!!! She also didn't fill the rink much!

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  • April 27, 2012 at 12:47 am
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    What a bum deal she got in 1998, drawing first to skate the short program, and then drawing last to skate in the free. I'm sure that order really did wonders for her famous nerves.

    I don't know exactly what it is about this skater, b/c I know she's not the most elegant or consistent, but I always find her thrilling to watch. She has that special "it" factor going, I guess, that's hard to describe. When she was on, she was amazing!!! Miss you Maria.

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  • May 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm
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    BRAVO MARIA! For me the best skater EVER…i'll never be at peace with her 4. place in this competition! Maria you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Always will be!!!! LOVE>>>

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  • May 14, 2012 at 3:46 am
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    I think Scott was wrong about the "required elements" section near the end, when the list said "two footwork sequences." I don't remember that as a requirement.

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  • May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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    Scott was right, spiral sequence is a second footwork sequence. First is a footwork done in a streight-line, serpentine or in a circle and second is a spiral sequence.

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  • September 16, 2012 at 3:00 am
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    5.8/5.8

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  • October 5, 2012 at 5:18 am
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    Regardless of marks her placement of 3rd was correct, IMO.

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  • January 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm
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    CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY. PERIOD.

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  • January 14, 2013 at 4:18 am
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    excellent )))))))))))))

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  • February 22, 2013 at 3:08 am
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    I remember being so upset for Maria when she drew first to skate in the SP! But her terrific skate held up thank goodness! 🙂

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  • April 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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    Skating last is the best position. You already know what everyone else has done. Therefore you know what to add or take out to win.

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  • April 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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    She looks better on TV than in person not nearly as dynamic in person.

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  • January 8, 2014 at 4:12 am
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    my favorite skater of those years….

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  • February 24, 2014 at 12:43 am
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    If I were to take a drink every time Scott Hamilton said the word "maturity," I'd be wasted before the competition was finished.

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  • June 12, 2015 at 6:14 am
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    She came about as close to double footing the lutz landing as you can come without actually doing it. It was clean, but it's so close you have to confirm it on the slow motion replay.

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  • January 4, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    I've never been a fan of Maria's skating. I felt she was too boxy and harsh, especially when jumping. Not fluid like a lady skater should be.

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  • December 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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    even if she was first to skate the marks were to low… technicly best programm of the night. skating at the end could have been 1st or 2nd.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    женственна…

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  • November 4, 2017 at 5:25 am
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    Stiff. Not beautiful to watch.

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  • January 15, 2018 at 4:32 am
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    She was robbed. Period. Best short program of the night.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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    It's remarkable that she held it together so well here, given her history of nerves and flakiness. Great skate.

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  • December 14, 2018 at 5:14 am
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    Maria was the greatest artist of them all. And her magnificence was on full display in this performance. Simply put, those judges sucked!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Очень высокая для фигурки

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