The Year of Contenders, Not Titles

Twelve Defining Moments in Sports

He did it.

Harvard's own Wylie, whom commentators hadpredicted would fare poorly in the Olympic figureskating competition, skated flawlessly and won thesilver medal.

"This was the performance I'd hoped for, but Ididn't know if it was medal-winning," the formerEliot House resident said upon returning toBoston.

"I didn't believe it until the last skaterfinished, and then I was beside myself. I didn'tthink it would happen to me, so I had stoppeddreaming," he said.

While Wylie was genuinely satisfied with hissilver, many on campus and else where felt that hewas robbed of the gold medal.


The judges awarded the gold to the UnifiedTeam's Viktor Petrenko, the pre-Olympic favorite,even though Petrenko fell once in an uninspiringroutine.

FEBRUARY 20, 1992

Led by the brother-sister tandem of Jeremy andJordanna Fraiberg, the Harvard men's and women'ssquash teams both captured national titles bydefeating archrival Yale.

The Crimson squads overcame a large pro-Bulldogcrowd and sweltering heat to stake their claims tothe number one positions in the nation.

The Elis had beaten the Harvard women earlierin the season, 5-4, with Yale's Sam powerdefeating Harvard's Brooke Bailey in the decidingmatch. this time around, Bailey bounced Power,3-1, to give Harvard the win and the nationaltitle.

On the other side, the Crimson men steamrolledthe Bulldogs, 8-1, on the way to their ninthnational championship in the last decade.

Their only loss had come two years ago againstYale.

"This Crimson team may well be the best I haveyet seen," Yale Coach Dave Talbott said. "All ofthem could be number ones on many other teams."

MARCH 7, 1992

It was an utter shock.