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    Petra Burka - Great Canadian figure skater


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    Why could she do the 3lutz on her first try and never tried it in competition? Weird.

    Interesting story, nonetheless.

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    And she is a really lovely lady.

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    Amazing lady. A natural. Now a true grande dame, and an asset for Skate Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettykeys View Post
    Why could she do the 3lutz on her first try and never tried it in competition? Weird.

    Interesting story, nonetheless.
    She was a "quick study" if you read the story - she watched Donald Jackson practicing his triple Lutz. In those days ladies did not do more than a double.

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    She really was a pioneer for female skaters to attempt more athletic routines. Aside from Carol Heiss, I have not seen much video evidence of top females doing much more than double lutzes pre-Burka. Occasional double axels here and there, but not with the proficiency of Heiss or Burka. Then of course, Peggy Fleming came along as Burka's career was winding down and her complete brand of skating lead the way to the jumping ice princesses we seen the last forty years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladskater View Post

    Thanks so much for posting this very interesting and informative article.
    I really enjoy looking back at skating's pioneers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcoates View Post
    Then of course, Peggy Fleming came along as Burka's career was winding down and her complete brand of skating lead the way to the jumping ice princesses we seen the last forty years.

    It doesn't say so in as many words, but Burka's 1966 bronze finish (after winning the year before) was a much bigger deal then than it would be now and probably largely due to Fleming's superior figures more than her freeskating.

    I also lurve the mental image of guys trying to do figures in hockey skates......
    Last edited by Mafke; 10-28-2009 at 02:20 PM. Reason: just can't ..... shut ..... up

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