View Poll Results: Who do you think has the best spiral?

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  • Michelle Kwan

    19 28.36%
  • Sasha Cohen

    32 47.76%
  • Shizuka Arakawa

    13 19.40%
  • Shawn Sawyer

    4 5.97%
  • Joannie Rochette

    1 1.49%
  • Caroline Zhang

    9 13.43%
  • Mirai Nagasu

    2 2.99%
  • Yu-na Kim

    4 5.97%
  • Emily Hughes

    2 2.99%
  • Mai Asada

    4 5.97%
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Thread: Who has the best spiral?

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    Who has the best spiral?

    I was wondering what everybody thought of spirals with the new system

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldies View Post
    I was wondering what everybody thought of spirals with the new system
    They all look the same. Some better performed than others, but very few really stand out anymore.

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    I voted multiple people.

    1. Sasha (No question about it! She is brilliant)
    2. Caroline (Impressed by her Charlotte position!!!! Her edges are great, too)
    3. Shizuka Arakawa (Y-spiral without hand. Just incredible)
    4. Shawn Sawyer (amazing flexibility as a man)
    5. Mirai Nagasu (great stretch)
    6. Mai Asada (simply elegant. beautiful back, long legs & arms)

    Although not in the response options, I also wanted to vote Carolina Kostner. She was very elegant in her SP music and costume (esp. in the European Championship ). Very long legs and arms and nice extension.

    I would also like to vote Mao. Like her sister, she has balletic positions which shine in her elegant SP costume.

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    Oops, guess i forgot Mao and Carolina!

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    1. Sasha - her classic spiral and that backward 3turned I-spiral is unbelievable. All her other variations are also listed under 'flexibility' in Oxford dictionary.
    2. Caroline - great limberness on her classic spiral, but she drops her upper body too low. Somehow it doesn't look as good as Sasha's. Caroline also has like ZERO expression during her spirals (at least Sasha smiled and looked at the audience).
    3. Mirai - A lot of speed in her spiral sequence (something Caroline needs more of). Her classic spiral reminds me of that of Michelles; great back position, better and higher than Caroline's (like Sasha's I guess), and leg almost in a split.

    Mao Asada, Shawn Sawyer, and Tamar Katz receive honorable mentions. These skaters also have amazing spirals. Anyone know who they are??

    http://i7.tinypic.com/6g8lwyc.jpg - it's practically better than Sasha's!
    http://i2.tinypic.com/6bkbodl.jpg - it's a split and a Biellmann in one position!
    http://i9.tinypic.com/66a87e9.jpg - Low back, but great position overall.
    http://i4.tinypic.com/4v61ro3.jpg - Wow.
    Last edited by doubleaxel; 05-14-2007 at 05:56 PM.

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    I think the second on is Fleur Maxwell

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    I see the results have Sasha in the lead so far, so that leads me to believe we are judging spiral positions only, not the whole spiral, correct? We are exempting anything that happens with the feet, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveT View Post
    I see the results have Sasha in the lead so far, so that leads me to believe we are judging spiral positions only, not the whole spiral, correct? We are exempting anything that happens with the feet, right?
    Probably. But then, that seems to be what the average skating fan judges spirals on, too. I still cannot understand how people can claim that sasha has "by far" the best spirals. Above the ankles, perhaps, but not below. She'd be lucky to make the top ten if people actually watched what ber blades do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancindiva03 View Post
    Probably. But then, that seems to be what the average skating fan judges spirals on, too. I still cannot understand how people can claim that sasha has "by far" the best spirals. Above the ankles, perhaps, but not below. She'd be lucky to make the top ten if people actually watched what ber blades do.

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    To me, Michelle is the only one that fills the building to the rafters with her spiral.

    ( She can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhiral...)

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    I really like Joannie Rochette's spirals, she's not the most flexible skater but she hits nice positions and dosn't try to force her body into positions that it can't do. Her spirals look easy and sophisticated. Carolina has georgous spirals as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateAngel View Post
    I think the second on is Fleur Maxwell
    Whoa!

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    Sasha Cohen and Carolina Kostner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateAngel View Post
    I think the second on is Fleur Maxwell
    Fleur has great flexibility but the one thing that bothers me about her spirals is that she seems to pull her hip out of alignment and it looks odd from some angles. But in terms of sheer bendability, she can't be beat. Her speed and edging are adequate but not outstanding IMHO.

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    I voted for Sasha of course, but Caroline is very impressive too. Sasha has better posture in her back though and the way she points her toes and streches down to her fingertips can not be surpassed.

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