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    most Underrated Skater is...?

    Fumie Suguri!

    I love her effortless flow and her delicate burgeoning artistry she is like a delicate skating flower coming into full bloom on the ice....why was she chacked by ABC at the cambells challenge? all the talk is about sasha but who BEAT sasha at worlds for 2 years straight? FUMIE SUGURI.:sheesh: i have a feeling this year she could win it all!!!

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    I hope you're right! Although I don't know if a two-time world medalist can be called "underrated." It's not like she snuck up on us without anyone noticing.

    I think that her choices of music (that is, Lori Nichol's choices for her) have been outstanding the last three years. I can't wait to see her interpretation of the Mozart selections this year. Even though she had a bad first outing, I think that this program has loads of potential. I also look forward to seeing her new kicky, upbeat short program.

    Mathman

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    I don't think we have seen enough of her yet to call her most underrated. I am sure she will be in the top five this season.

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    Todd Eldredge. Sorry, just my opinion.

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    In North America: Alexei Urmanov

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    Originally posted by Jaana
    In North America: Alexei Urmanov
    I'll second that. I think he's a good example of an underrated skater (in North America, that is).

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    Alexei Urmanov is a good choice, but I'm going to nominate Kristi Yamaguchi. I'm sure some people are going "Huh?" but here's why I think this: Relative to other US ladies World and/or Olympic champions, Kristi doesn't seem to have received the appropriate amount of respect relative to her abilities both technically and artistically. Ten years after she won the OGM she still had every triple, plus some good 3/2 combos. She always had great skating skills, transitions, interpretation, choreography, audience connection, and was especially versatile. Kudos for Kristi!
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    I'm not sure Kristie hasn't received her due respect after winning the Olys. I see it that she reigned for the 4 years as the top figure skater; no one ever claimes she shouldn't have won the Olys; gracefully went pro; appeared in so many shows and exhibitions; led an exemplary life; got married;; had a child, etc. etc. And all through this the fans cared, and still do.

    She didn't have to become an actress; she didn't have to swear of liquor. She won the hearts of the casual American fans, and maybe the world.

    What more is there for a figure skater? Also as time goes by, there are new fans developing and their main interests seem to me to be the current batch of competitive figure skaters.

    On topic: I would go along with Urmanov because I did not see much of him after the Olys - just a few pro competitions. I presumed he was top feature in the Russia and Europe.

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    I agree with Fumie but would like to add Shizuka and Tim G.

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    Some underrated skaters are:

    Ryan Jahnke
    Shizuka Arakawa
    Emanuel Sandhu (only because of his inconsistencies)
    Ilia Klimkin
    Petrova&Tikhonov (they may be dull but they have great technique)

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    lets add Anabelle LAnglois & Patrice Archetto to the list LOL

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    I'll vote for Yebin Mok. Her lutz is a thing of beauty!

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    I've liked Fumie's skating but never really loved it until recently. She did an exhibition at the Viktory for Kids show that I thought was just beautiful. I got chills watching it (and that wasn't just from the on ice seats).

    I also Urmanov is underrated in the US. Because he didn't appear here a lot after the Olympics, he really isn't remembered too often except by more die hard fans.

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    I say Matt Savoie. He was ROBBED.

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    Do you mean that Urmanov was not shown on NA tv after the 1994 or 1998 Olympics? What ever, it wonders me, because he was among the top skaters in many events:

    1994 Worlds 4th
    1995 Europeans 2nd
    1995 Worlds 4th
    1996 Worlds 5th
    1997 Europeans 1st
    1997 Worlds 1st in SP
    1999 Europeans 3rd
    1999 Worlds 5th

    I don´t remember about his Grand Prix (Champions series) Finals placements, but in 1996 he won the Final. After he turned pro in 1999 he won World Pro that year.

    Marjaana

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