Ladies skating idols
I love and respect this forum so I have a request from you.
I am writing a book on the history of women's figure skating and feel that it would become much more significant with the help of the wonderful people that post at Golden Skate.
What I would like is What ladies are your heros and why and permission to use your interviews in my book.
For me one of my first memories was Carol Heiss and recently (at Regionals) I was able to get an interview with her and she more than lived up to my expectations.
My book goes back into the skating crazes of the 1860's and the early 1900's plus a little before and a lot after. Anything you have would be appreciated. I want the book to be something for all people who care about this beautiful sport.
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
Wow! That sounds like a wonderful idea for a book. My greatest lady skating idol is of course, Karen Magnussen from North Vancouver, BC. Karen hit her stride in the 70s era when I was still a skater and involved in figure skating. I remember watching her skate live many times.
Karen was five time Ladies Canadian Champion and inspired many young girls to take to the sport of fiugre skating.
Here is more info on Karen:
All the best with your book.
Thanks for your reply.
I'm at the point now (after visiting Karen Cover and her wonderful group at the World Figure Skating Museum) that I want to add a personal twist to the book. So any thing that any one would like to talk about I would appreciate.
I'm hoping to find a publisher and have this out before the 2010 Olympics.
At the rink. Again.
My idol has always been Dorothy Hamill. I was really young when she won her Olympic title and made me want to take up skating!
I've also followed Lisa Marie Allen, Elaine Zayak, Tiffany Chin, Debbie Thomas, Midori Ito, Tonya Harding, Michelle Kwan, etc
My idol is Lori Nichol. To me, she has extraordinary musical intuition and choreographic vision, great originality, and impeccable attention to detail.
As a person, she is the very spirit of kindness and generousity.
She touched my life (unknowingly), at a time when I needed it most.
Last edited by Mathman; 12-07-2008 at 09:30 PM.
Ice Dance Obsessee
Mine would have to be Michelle Kwan. I remember being six years old and turning on the tv to randomly find her about to skate and I just thought it was so cool. She won too (I think it was Worlds).
I didn't like her programs after 2002 as much but, her programs from Lori Nichol were simply fantastic. Looking back I appreciate how her team went out of their way to choose music that was not overused, and some of her programs are what I consider staples for the sport.
She is one of the standards to which I compare other ladies skaters. It doesn't matter that others may have been better, Michelle has just always been my favorite.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
I've been fascinated by Sasha Cohen's abilities since she appeared.
I'm impressed not only by her flexibilty, but by her style and attention to beauty.
She's a theatrical skater. The type I'd want to be if I were in her shoes.
Dreaming and dancing
I like Katarina Witt. I actually know only a couple of performances of hers: the legendary Carmen and the two programs at her last Olympics. But she is like Audrey Hepburn to me who has the eternal presence. I think that she had a lot of charisma as the legendary beauty on the ice. I like the theatrical aspects in these performances and the beautiful techniques that are pleasant to watch (like those of Alissa).
I also like Midori Ito. She seems to have faced a lot of barriers making her own way. I heard that she changed the norms in ladies that used to be only pretty and elegant. As I now watch her performances, I think that she had everything in her techniques. In particular, her spins were fab, not to mention her phenomenal jumps.
I have my soft-spot for Yukina Ota who has recently retired. I would not feel hesitant to describe her performances as arts. She had the real class on the ice. I wish she had not had injuries. But that may be the life. I actually feel that she may shine even better from now on as a pro skater because of her superb artistry that is undervalued in competitive skating.
I think that Mao and Yuna have legendary talents and I root for them. But I do not find them my skating idols, perhaps because they are comtemporary skaters who are still in their late teens.
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Gotta Have Music
I would like to mention Tugba Karademir. I know that she never won a major title, but I think that she skates lovely programs. I also think that it is a major accomplishment to be the first skater from Turkey to qualify for the Olympics.
The Zamboni Rocks!!!
I would have to say all of the above. But I would like to mention Ekatarina Gordeeva. She went from an Olympic Medalist in pairs to a wonderful singles skaters. I can't think of anyone else that has been able to accomplish this.
and... World Peace!
^ she also came back to skating in order to heal her story is inspirational (she found love for and on the ice again too!)
Ladies skating idols
Peggy Fleming has made her mark on figure skating. She has been in the public eye all these many years--continuing her connection to figure skating long after others disappeared. She certainly represents love of the sport in my opinion.
Maria Butyrskaia, a late bloomer who never gave up.
Tripping on the Podium
Please let us know when your book comes out! I'm sure if you do, you will selling a few more copies
I have something to bring to the table, that probably isn't the first thing that's going to come to most people's minds when it comes to idols and heros in figure skating: What's happening right now in Japan and South Korea, thanks to female skaters. The sport is sadly becoming less and less popular in the US (and in many other countries from what I hear), but over in Asia, the opposite is happening. Yu Na Kim has single handedly turned figure skating into a popular sport in South Korea. Japan has an overflowing field of dominating, champion female skaters. Shizuka Arakawa won the 2006 olympics, and skaters like Miki Ando, Mao Asada, and Fumie Suguri have been forces to recon with the past few years too. If you're a champion figure skater in those countries, you're a big celebrity. People are going crazy for figure skating over there right now thanks to female skaters (and Chinese pairs skaters too, to be fair).
Mao Asada is huge is Japan right now, and she is my favorite skater. Although it's hard to compare her to some of my old favorites, because of the completely different scoring system, and skaters continuosly pushing the envelope by doing more difficult elements, and routines. Still, something about her skating brings me so much joy. There's just something extra beautiful, and elegant about it. Not to mention her great technical ability - like doing the triple axel. Few skaters can touch me emotionally, and even bring tears to my eyes when I watch them skate. She is currently the only amature skater who can do that to me.