Everyone remembers who came in first in the Battle of the Brians (1988), and many people remember that Rudy Galindo beat the favored Todd Eldredge in the US Championships in 1996. But who came in third? Then there's some people who spend much of their career with bronze medals. Let's talk about third place winners.
Battle of the Brians. All eyes were focused on two talented men skating serious, masculine military music feeling programs. Anyone remember who came in third with a sensitive, balletic program with wonderful timing and flow?
The 19 year old Viktor Petrenko.
|OMG, those bedroom eyes!|
The talented and puckish Dan Hollander. Let's face it, isn't he adorable? And that fast footwork! How I miss blazing fast footwork.
Eventually, you find some people spend a career 'bravely clinging to third'. Schwomeyer and Sladky, Moiseeva and Menenkov, Blumberg and Seibert, and Wilson and McCall all had three Third Place standings at Worlds. But one team bested them with FOUR! third place slots and then finally went on to take a second, then first. They may hold the record for being on the podium for any individual skater or team in Worlds.
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz.
Here's their 2003 Worlds Championship Free Dance. What can I say? Finally they win!