Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Free Skate

Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Free Skate


>>IN 1995, NICOLE BOBEK WAS THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPION. SHE FINISHED THIRD IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. THEN, HOWEVER, SHE SPENT A COUPLE OF YEARS WANDERING ABOUT THE FIGURE SKATING WILDERNESS ONLY TO FIGHT BACK, WIN THIRD PLACE AT THE U.S. NATIONALS, AND MAKE THE OLYMPIC TEAM. TWO NIGHTS AGO HER OLYMPIC DREAM TOOK ON NIGHTMARISH DIMENSIONS. SHE’S 17TH ENTERING THE FREE SKATE. SHE SKATES TO MUSIC OF LIZT, AND VERDE.>>THE OPENING JUMP IS THE ONE SHE FELL ON IN THE SHORT PROGRAM. TRIPLE LUTZ. DOUBLE. TRIPLE FLIP. TRIPLE LOOP. SHE LANDS THAT ONE.>>STEP OUT OF THE DOUBLE AXEL. THE SHORT PROGRAM WAS DEVASTATING ON MANY FRONTS. YOU COME TO THE OLYMPICS EXPECTING TO FIGHT FOR A MEDAL. YOU SKATE A SHORT PROGRAM LIKE THAT, YOUR REALITY CHANGES. ALL THE REASONS YOU’RE HERE, COMPETITIVELY CHANGE. YOU’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY TO FIGHT BACK. SHAKES YOUR CONFIDENCE. FIND A WAY TO GET THE JOB DONE. TRIPLE LUTZ. THEN SHORT A ROTATION. TRIPLE SAL, AGAIN.ó ANY HESITATION, ANY NEGATIVE FEELINGS GOING INTO ANY OF THESE JUMPS. BEAUTIFUL SPIRAL POSITION HERE. ANY HESITATION SPELLS DISASTER. DOUBLE AXEL AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM. IT’S REALLY ASHAME NICOLE STRUGGLED SO MUCH WITH THE JUMPS, BECAUSE WHEN SHE’S ON SHE LIGHTS UP THE BUILDING. DYNAMIC PERFORMER. BUT A REALLY TOUGH OLYMPICS.>>HER FORMER COACH ON THE RIGHT, TODD ELDREDGE ONE TIME TEAMMATE WITH CALLAHAN. YOU — CAL YAGHAN. YOU SAW HER MOTHER. SHE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT HOW SHE WOULD RESPOND TONIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY, SHE RAISED MORE QUESTIONS HERE IN JAPAN THAN PROVIDE ANSWERS.>>A LOOK AT THE TRIPLE FLIP. GETS UP. GETS THE AIR POSITION. JUST A LITTLE SHORT OF ROTATION. CAN’T GET INTO POSITION FOR THE LANDING. MOM’S LOOKING ON SAYING, OH. CONTINUE WHEN YOU GET INTO A SLUMP YOU’RE IN A SLUMP. YOU HAVE TO WORK YOUR WAY OUT AND IT TAKES SOME TIME. YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF IT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO. IT TAKES TIME TO GET IT BACK.>>NICOLE HAD ASPIRATIONS OF SKATING FOR A MEDAL. SHE WANTED TO BE IN THE LAST GROUP TONIGHT. HERE IS THE ORDER OF SKATE FOR THE LAST GROUP.>>THE FIRST SET OF MARKS NOW FOR NICOLE BOBEK.>>THE MARKS AT THIS POINT ARE INCIDENTAL. YOU KNOW YOU DIDN’T TURN IN ANY WHERE NEAR YOUR BEST PERFORMANCE. THIS PROCESS OF WAITING FOR IT TO BE OVER. SUCH A SHAME. SHE’S SO STRONG. SHE’S SO CAPABLE OF THESE THINGS. SHE DIDN’T GET THE JOB DONE HERE.>>LADIES FREE SKATE CONTINUES. .>>TWO GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCES.>>>IT’S BEEN ALMOST 50 YEARS

Antonio Breitenberg

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19 thoughts on “Nicole Bobek (USA) – 1998 Nagano, Figure Skating, Ladies’ Free Skate

  1. intldawn says:

    Ugh, poor girl. You could see her just trying and trying but nothing would work in her favor. Only one cleanly landed triple jump in two programs. Such a shame.

  2. Dylvente says:

    Still the best spiral sequence in the event. Not only great extension, but a (near) complete circle on the ice.

  3. Oreadno1 says:

    She just didn't seem to be skating with her usual energy and vitality here.

  4. pspruce18 says:

    The commentary on this misses the point…she went for everything and landed an amazing triple loop!! She almost never landed that in competition…so odd that she missed everything else…it's such a gorgeous jump for her, though. I'm proud of any skater that goes for every triple like that instead of backing off and doubling everything. Good job, Nicole….and yes, phenomenal spiral.

  5. uky1985 says:

    Yes she was skating hurt. If it wasn't for the injury she would have placed higher.

  6. Nick Mann says:

    Such a shame…her nationals performance would have gotten her 3rd or 4th.

  7. ChristineTheHippie says:

    It's a shame Nicole could never get it together, she was great when she was on and if she was able to realize her potential she'd have so many more titles.

  8. espinaca79 says:

    Gorgeous dress!

  9. loco madre says:

    I agree….very pretty dress…very pretty and very talented young woman who as another poster said WENT FOR IT!!! Nicole is actually a superb skater and from what I hear she had problems with her nerves…be that as it may she went for it and didn't wimp out because she was injured…I may be in the minority here but as far as her legal problems go she OWNED them and set an example for young people…most young people aren't exactly perfect but some have better shields than Nicole!

  10. Alex says:

    If she skated here the way she had in the nationals, she would've easily placed 3rd. It would've been a US sweep. Anyways, I still like her. Just a little disappointed, because I know that she could've done better.

  11. dwayneparkerUSA says:

    This is so frustrating to see. Nicole was such a beautiful skater. But often times it seems like she just threw herself in the air and whatever the hell happens happens … with no regard for how she's going to land. It just seemed like she left it all up to chance. If you look at Kwan … there's a deliberateness, and CAREFULNESS to how she attacked her jumps … Nicole simply three herself into her jumps hapzardly. I still love her and am a long, long-time fan.

  12. debsam77 says:

    So so true Sharon!

  13. Ashley Language Today says:

    Tonia K should have gone instead

  14. Chris Coyne says:

    I still say her and Tonya had some of the most raw talent on the ice out of any U.S skaters ever. the way they moved was incredible, sad they didnt make it..

  15. chocolatesupport says:

    What happened to her? She was looking good at the U.S. Nationals prior to this. It's a shame because the spot was wasted and could have gone to Kwiatkowski, who would have really gone after it and savour being at the Olympics.

  16. Ashley Language Today says:

    Has an American ever finished lower at an Olympics than this? What about a worlds? Not counting those who didnt make the LP final

  17. Mrs. OlLady says:

    She was never Olympic material

  18. E Rivera says:

    I always hated her reaction "Oh Well"…they should have send someone who appreciated the Olympics. Terrible representation.

  19. m j says:

    how does this kind of performance happen?

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