The last three World Champions had been [Midori Ito] (JPN-1989), [Jill Trenary] (USA-1990), and [Kristi Yamaguchi] (USA-1991). Trenary was tops in the school figures and with those eliminated from the competition, that hurt her chances. Then in mid-1991 she badly injured an ankle. Knowing she could not recover for Albertville, she retired from international competition in December 1991. This brought the event down to Ito vs. Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi won the short program, followed by her teammate, [Nancy Kerrigan], with France’s [Surya Bonaly] third. Ito placed fourth, which meant that to win the gold medal she had to win the free skate, and hope that all three leaders skated poorly. That did not happen. After the first six skaters in the free program fell, Yamaguchi skated cleanly, although it was a conservative effort, but it brought her the gold medal. Ito was second in the free, and moved up to the silver medal, the first figure skating medal won by a skater from other than Europe or North America, with Kerrigan winning bronze, followed by another American, [Tonya Harding]. Kerrigan and Harding would make much more noise in 1994. Bonaly placed only sixth in the free and dropped to fifth place overall.
The Organising Committee for the Barcelona Olympic Games developed a highly ambitious project, which involved 58 different posters grouped in four collections : the official Olympic posters, the painters' posters, the designers' posters and the photographic sports posters. For the four official sports posters and the eight painters' posters, in addition to the normal print run there was a limited edition in silk-screen and lithograph signed be the authors, which the Organising Committee used as prestige gifts for the VIPs who visited Barcelona. Here one of the official posters with the emblem created by Josep M. Trias.