Next stop, Albertville.
If the 1992 Winter Olympics go anything like the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships, the Americans should be having a golden time next February.The United States led with five medals, its most since 1966. And the Americans scored the first sweep in the women's event, shutting out the world behind Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
Jill Trenary, the 1990 champion, didn't even compete following ankle surgery. That means the biggest fight next year could be in the U.S. championships at Orlando, Fla.
"Next year will be hard, but we will do what we can do whether Jill's there or not," Kerrigan said. "Jill's been really supportive of all of us. I think she'd be be pleased of what happened."
In order to insure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, Yamaguchi may have to develop a triple axel jump - 31/2 revoluations in the air.
"I look at it as a real challenge," Yamaguchi said. "I have the height and rotation, but it's all mental. I still want to work on it and it would be nice to have a new jump,"
Harding used it in the U.S. championships to beat Yamaguchi for the American title. Harding used it again during the free skating at Munich, but faltered in other jumps. She is planning a triple axel in combination.
Yamaguchi, a 19-year-old from Fremont, Calif., is enjoying her first major singles title. Previously she was two-time national champion in pairs with Rudy Galindo.
Yamaguchi trains at Edmonton, Alberta, with coach Christi Ness. They work at the same rink which produced Kurt Browning, who won his third consecutive men's title.
Browning, who beat out Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union and Todd Eldredge of the United State, used three triple-triple combinations.
Two quads in the men's competition - including one in combination by Canadian Elvis Stojko - showed the increased emphasis on free skating. The compulsory figures are gone, possibly forever.