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Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program

Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program


>> WELCOME BACK TO WHITE RING. THE LAST OF THE AMERICAN LADIES ON THE ICE IN HER FIRST OLYMPICS. 20-YEAR-OLD NICOLE BOBEK. HER MOTHER WATCHES FROM THE STANDS. THE MUSIC IS “ZORBA THE GREEK” BY HERB ALBERT.>>HER OPENING TWO JUMPING PASSES ARE SO CRUCIAL. FIRST ONE, TRIPLE LUTZ COMBINATION, TRIPLE LUTZ, FALL ON THE LANDING. SHE DIDN’T GET ALL THE WAY AROUND. MANDATORY .4 DEDUCTION. TRIPLE TOE LOOP, DOUBLE.>>NICOLE BOBEK ARRIVED AT THE BUILDING A LITTLE OVER A HALF AN HOUR BEFORE THE WARM-UP, AND HER WARM-UPS DID NOT GO WELL.>>SHE’S BEEN STRUGGLING WITH CONSISTENCY IN THE JUMPS. WHATEVER TIME YOU ARRIVE IS YOUR CHOICE. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO GET THERE LATE. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO GET THERE VERY WELL. I’M ONE THAT LIKES TO GET THERE EARLY. DOUBLE AXEL. ANOTHER STEP OUT THERE. WHEN YOU’RE THINKING 2:30, EIGHT REQUIREMENT ELEMENTS, TWO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS ALREADY. THE DOUBLE TOE LOOP’S NOT GOING TO HELP HER OUT AT ALL. IT’S ONLY TWO AND A HALF MINUTES, BUT IT FEELS LIKE IT’S A NIGHTMARE COVERED IN MOLASSES. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT YOUR OLYMPICS TO BE.>>1995 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPION, STRUGGLED WITH INJURIES FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, CAME BACK LAST YEAR TO WIN A BRONZE MEDAL AND GO TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. HER MOM JANNA IMMIGRATED FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THAT WAS BACK IN THE 1970’S.>>HER COACH CHRISTA FASSI, SHE HAD DEVASTATION LAST YEAR AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, HER HUSBAND PASSED AWAY DURING THE COMPETITION, CARLO FASSI. FOR NICOLE, THIS IS JUST A NIGHTMARE. YOU HATE TO SEE THIS. SHE’S AN INCREDIBLE PERFORMER. WHEN SHE’S ON, SHE LIGHTS UP THE BUILDING LIKE NOBODY ELSE. SO EX-TREE VERDICT. SHE HAS A PERSONALITY. BUT THIS IS TOUGH.>>THE COMBINATION, A LITTLE LOOSE THERE ON THE TAKEOFF. YOU CAN SEE SHE’S UP STRAIGHT IN THE AIR, BUT JUST DOESN’T GET AROUND. BLADE DOES NOT LIKE GOING SIDEWAYS IN LANDINGS ON JUMPS. JUST HATES IT. THIS IS KIND OF A SILLY ERROR. DOUBLE AXEL IS AN EASY JUMP FOR THIS LEVEL OF SKATER. THE HIP’S OPEN THERE, CAN’T HOLD ON TO THE LANDING. MOM WATCHING, OH, SHE KNOWS HOW TOUGH THIS IS. BRUTAL.>>TARA LIPINSKI LOOKS ON, TODD ELDREDGE AS WELL.>>TALK OF AN AMERICAN SWEEP HAS BEEN PRETTY PREVALENT HERE, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO SKATE. SHE HAD A GREAT DRAW, NEXT TO LAST IN THE GROUP. SHE THOUGHT IT WAS ALL TEED UP, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO LAND THE JUMPS. YOU CAN SEE JUST THE DISAPPOINTMENT. IT’S SO HARD. YOU WANT TO TURN IN YOUR BEST STUFF AT THE BIGGEST, MOST IMPORTANT TIMES IN YOUR CAREER, AND THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE FOR NICOLE. SO DIFFICULT TO WAIT.>>WHAT HAD BEEN A LONG NIGHT NOW BECOMES UNENDING.>>TONIGHT AT WHITE RING, A NIGHT OF BIG SMILES. AND BIGGER SMILES. IT WAS A NIGHT WITH TEARS OF JOY. AND TEARS OF SADNESS.>>IN THE DRAW ROOM, MICHELLE KWAN DREW THE FIRST POSITION IN THE LAST GROUP.>>SHE COMES RIGHT OFF WARM-UP, A VERY GOOD DRAW. IT WORKED IN THE SHORT.>>TARA LIPINSKI OF THE UNITED STATES WILL SKATE NEXT TO LAST.>>WHAT’S IMPORTANT ABOUT THE DRAW IS WHO YOU SKATE AFTER OR WHAT YOU SKATE AFTER. MICHELLE KWAN SKATES RIGHT AFTER THE WARM-UP, GREAT DRAW FOR HER. TARA LIPINSKI SKATES RIGHT AFTER SURYA BONALY. MARIA BUTIRSKAYA SKATES LAST. THE MEDALS WON’T BE DECIDED UNTIL MARIA HEARS THE LAST NOTE OF HER MUSIC.>>THE LADIES’ FREE SKATE FROM WHITE RING FRIDAY NIGHT.

29 thoughts on “Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Short Program”

  1. This is one pretty girl and her dresses for both the short and long are awesome…love the colors….Nicole is not using her injury as an excuse or wimping out…she totally threw her best out there….her INJURED best….and in one article I read she was training in the same rink, same town as Kwan and there were signs all over the place wishing Kwan luck….no mention of Nicole….how's that for a morale buster…and she still WENT FOR IT BIG TIME! She had so much happen to her in a short time

  2. Oh GMAFB, that's all we heard about is how injured she was the whole time of the Olys! She was one of the greatest wastes of talent the US ever produced, Tonya Harding is the other!

  3. Hey….I didn't mean to set you off and I wasn't aware that her injury was the talk of the Olympics…you are right about one thing though Tanya and Nicole both had amazing abilities and talents and squandered most of it. I still feel bad for Nicole with the sign thing. And this video looks a lot like Kwan's 1997 Nats where she was handed silver and made the World team:)

  4. Because skating against Oksana would've been her motivation & her federation would've really needed her. Don't kid yourself. Had Baiul returned healthy to competition & with a complete team. She would have been unstoppable. She was a ferocious competitor. Ask the USFSA & the ISU that pushed to ban her. Baiul skated with a worse injury & won.

  5. The federation dropped her for Lipinski and no longer had any belief in Bobek. She lost the support of her federation which others who came from better social class. Her power & artistry were overlooked. She needed them to believe in her skating. Sad. Mental toughness is part of it too.

  6. oh Christ, here's jan tellit, the big mouth idiot, always trolling on these pages…You just cannot keep your big mouth shut, can you, Whacko??? ANd for YOUR information The USA does NOT call itself a FEDERATION, Like the RUSSIANS!! We are a democratic REPUBLIC!!

  7. The choreography and her artistic presentation makes it one of the most enjoyable routines I have ever watched. Too bad about the jumps, but this was great.

  8. Nicole Bobek was gorgeous. Wtf did she do to herself. Spoiled brat that had it made in every way and thought her life was so hard. I wonder if she was doing drugs around this time in her career.

  9. I seldom have been more heartbroken for a skater than I was watching this. I was never a huge fan of hers but she was such a magnetic presence when she was on. For her to skate so poorly, the opposite of her terrific skates at Nationals, so devastating. She may not have won a medal here even if she had skated cleanly but she definitely had as good a chance as anyone. 

  10. She's a lot like Tonya Harding. Both came from backgrounds that the USFSA downplayed. Both had terrible training habits. Both had run-ins with the law — before AND after they had given up skating. Both landed very unsual, significant jumps (Harding had the Triple Axel that only a few women, even 20 years later have landed. Bobek had the Triple Lutz/Triple Toe and her outrageous spiral that everyone tried to imitate). Both were known, ultimately, for some form of athleticism that left lasting impact. Neither of them ever "made it" like anyone had hoped or their abilities suggested. Both were built for success, but both totally failed. The difference being Bobek had the brains to not marry anyone stupid (or at all).

  11. Before the competition got underway, Nicole publicly said she thought the U.S. women would sweep the podium.  Ummm – jinx!

  12. I got to see her skate live, at US Natls in 1996. Even in practice, she was MAGIC, like Michelle. Just amazing. This is heartbreaking, esp as she didn't flutz any worse than Tara, so she could have had a medal, had she been more prepared. But this was the story of her performing life and so sad for such a talented skater. Talent is nothing if you don't work, and no one ever displayed that like Kristy Yamaguchi, who had less natural talent (or spiral) than many, yet beat them all with her hard work and consistency.

  13. To all the jerks on here who are so in to kicking someone when they are down,
    and, relish in another person's struggles and pain, by attacking and tearing them apart.
    You don't know her, you haven't lived her life, and you are not in her mind.
    Get off your high horses, because you aren't perfect, no one is.
    Lay off Nicole.
    You know that you don't like her, or her skating, and your attacks prove that, so why do you watch videos of her?
    Do the people who love and miss her a favor. Don't rain on our parade.

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