Where would you rank S/Z among the best pair skaters of all time?
I am just so impressed with S/Z after all these years...skating together for 18 years is not easy to do. IMO, their overall contribution to skating and accomplishment far surpass that of their rivals S/P & B/S from ’98 to ’02, T/M ’02 to ’06 & recently S/S. They have brought power, excitement, elegance, and consistency...not just for one Olympic cycle, but 4!!!! Along the way, they have gotten fair criticisms from fans and judges...and instead of giving up, they persevered by improving on all aspects of their skating…choreography, basic skating skills, transitions, musicality, and even those darn sbs spins!!! At the end, they have captured two Olympic bronze medals, one Olympic gold medal, and the hearts of a billion people.
So what do you think…in your eyes, can they now be considered the best pair skaters of all time…if not one of the best?
As a side note: have they ever beaten S/P or B/S?
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They are certainly up there. In the past few years their unison, chemistry and skating skills rival the greats. They have proved themselves versatile with the new system and have developed into amazing show skaters. Her consistancy on the throws is unparalelled and they belong to the very elite quad throw club.
To answer you question:
Yes, S/Z got the silver medal at the World Championships in 2000 in Nice while S/P got 4th. S/P were expected to win it all but made some major mistakes at the LP. (In fact Sale made reference to this World's competition in the Figure Skating show in reference to the fact that there was an "aura" in the air that caused most of the pairs in the LP here to make mistakes like she sale in 2000.)
S/Z also beat B/S in the Grand Prix Final in 1999 and 2000.
And I think they are one of the best pairs skaters of all time and appeal to a different group of folks. You got to admire the Russians for their long history of grace and artistry, but I like S/Z because they have a more geniune feeling when they skate. Even if you didn't know their story, you could feel that there's something about them.
I would have them 3rd on my all-time list!
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