Chen Lu / MK
Todd Eldredge / Elvis Stojko
Todd Eldredge / Scott Davis
Emanuel Sandhu / Jeff Buttle
Midori Ito / Kristi Yamaguchi
Nobu / Dai
Kurt / Boitano
Weir / Lysac
Plush / Yags
Last edited by bibi24; 04-15-2010 at 01:35 AM.
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
You have some really interesting choices. I have never really considered Chen Lu and MK as rivals. Chen Lu had problems with consistency, esp. with her lutz, so her track record pales in comparison. Both were exquisite, but while I listed MK as the heavy favorite to win gold in Nagano, I didn't see Chen Lu even on the podium.
Originally Posted by bibi24
In 94-95, they met once and that was at Worlds where Chen Lu won gold and MK was 4th. In 95-96, MK won everything she entered, while Chen Lu was 2nd at WC, 4th at the final and 2nd at SA. In 96-97, MK and Chen Lu were 2nd vs. 25th (Worlds), with Chen Lu withdrawing from her Grand Prix assignments. In 97-98, MK won everything except the Olympics, where she came second to Lu Chen's 3rd. They have met six times with Chen Lu winning only once. Chen Lu was a great skater who had all the goodies, but couldn't keep on top of the game.
I was born in 1990 so the earliest rivalry I can remember was Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan
which had a lot of potential to be great but fizzled out too soon.
So from the ones I actually remember I'd go with:
Michelle Kwan vs. Sasha Cohen
Michelle Kwan vs. Irina Slutskaya
Alexei Yagudin vs. Evgeny Plushenko
Johnny Weir vs. Evan Lysacek
Yuna Kim vs. Mao Asada
Brian Joubert vs. Patrick Chan (love the talk and the quads vs. artisty)
Caroline Zhang vs. Mirai Nagasu during their junior days. They were just too cute!
I agree with you. As much as the media would like a rivalry, Johnny's own performances killed this rivalry. This year was Johnny's best since his last title win and his choreo, while lovely, did not have enough to win with COP without 'help' at the world level. The rivalry was probably valid from about 2004-2007. I think they pushed each other then, but now it's Jeremy that's pushing Evan at Nationals.
Originally Posted by Tinymavy15
It is not the fault of the judges, that Weir has not had decent CoP programmes while competing in CoP-competitions. In my opinion he has gotten the scores he deserves (e.g. in Vancouver).
Originally Posted by SweetPea21307
I think a top skater needs to aim to do his best = to peak in the most important competition of the season (Olympics or Worlds), the Nationals is not that competition. I remember how disappointed I was as in one Nationals Evan seemed to put his all to win that title, which he did. But he was not as great in the Worlds after that... I have been very happy for his silver and bronze medals in the Nationals, because they are all one needs to be able to compete in the major competition of a season.
Originally Posted by heyang
My favourite rivalry has been the battle of Brians.
Last edited by Jaana; 04-16-2010 at 04:44 AM.
Mao/Joannie- Very interesting to see them next season. So far, Joannie edges Mao 3v2 face to face for the last two years. If I include Japan Open 2009, then four wins for Jo over Mao two. In terms of avg scores, they are very close to each other.
Mirai/Laura- won't speculate for this two, but very exciting to see.
I totally agree and will be a bit disappointed if Mirai v. Caroline is only a memory. Granted, Mirai v. Rachael has some serious potential to be ooddles of fun to watch - the artist vs. the technician. Those are always fun!
Originally Posted by silverlake22
Yeah, well I have a feeling Rachael will go to college either this year or next year and make it her top priority, so I think more realistically we may see Mirai vs. Ashley, Christina, Agnes or (fingers-crossed she sorts out her technical issues) Kiri .
Originally Posted by Kwanford Wife
They were so cute and little. I think there's still the possibility that Caroline might have a comeback.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
Plushenko vs Yagudin
Kwan vs Slutskaya
Anissina & Peizerat vs Fusar-Poli & Margaglio
Would you say that kerrigan and yamaguchi were rivals? It seemed to me that Yama was always favored over Nancy and both were very polite, pc skating princesses.
Kerrigan never felt Tonya was in her league in terms of looks, costumes, acceptance from the small skating community. Does it take two to make a rivalty? Obviously Tonya thought Nancy stood between her and Olympic gold. I don't remember those years say 89-93, after Witt stopped competing and the medals were available then.
Where did Jill Trenary fit into the picture. I remember loving her skating and thinking how adorably cute she was. Where did she fit in with the ladies?
As I recall, Trenary retired when they eliminated school figures. She knew she couldn't compete against the powerful jumpers such as Ito, and she luckily got her World Championship the last year when school figures were part of the competition. The next year's champion, predictably, was Ito.
I believe Midori won her only WC in '89. Jill did win in '90 and Kristi won in '91 and '92.
Originally Posted by Olympia
didn't school figures end in 1992? Jill won her title, IIRC in 1990?
Originally Posted by Olympia