The sainted Gordeeva and Grinkov forfeit the 1987 European championship when they continue to skate after the referee blows the whistle and stops the music. Grinkov's pants' strap had broken. They broke the rules by not stopping, and declined to skate the program again when given the opportunity.
Tragically, Tonya Harding's skate lace breaks shortly into her long program at the Olympics in Lillehammer. I enjoy how she helpfully hoists the leg and its gold-bedazzled skate blade onto the judges table so they can see for themselves. She was allowed to reskate at the end of the group, and so Canadian Jose Chouinard was called to skate earlier than she'd anticipated.
I genuinely think this was unfair - not the Harding stop and reskate, but rushing Chouinard to the ice. At the same time, to blame this for Chouinard's skate is a little self-serving. Chouinard always skated like that (outside of Canadians).
Craig Buntin, Megan Duhamel, TEB LP, 2008, part 1.
Craig Buntin, Megan Duhamel, TEB LP, 2008, part 2.
That's a lot of blood.
Buntin had described himself and Duhamel as a demolition derby on ice. No mere blade cuts for those two - they opened veins with their skate blades. And why was that? They had very rough basic skating and got it done ugly. Is it fair that they got to re-do when the reason they stopped in the first place wasn't an act of God or unexpected cramp (which can happen to anybody) but because they couldn't skate the program without Megan's costume ending up like Carrie's prom dress? Isn't that rewarding poor skills? It's like this:
This is a missed throw. IOW her skates missed the ice and she landed on her adducters. Why did this happen? Something went wrong with the mechanics of the throw - skater error. But what a scandal - after the skaters re-grouped they were permitted to restart and they got the silver medal.* When clearly they should have either limped to the end without stopping, or withdrawn and been called a dnf.
Here are those notorious connivers, Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Alex had a