Average Height of Male and Female Skaters
I used to think all figure skaters were small. INCLUDING men.
Lysacek's height. Is it normal? Seems most men are around 5'8-5'10''
Women around 5'3" (I always thought Rochette was taller than 5'2. She seems much taller).
Height doesn't make too much of a difference does it? Presence on the ice? Spins?
Reason I thought men were shorter was because I know Hamilton is like 5'4. Figured that was the norm since I don't watch men's really that carefully.
Last edited by MrBerkeley; 08-29-2010 at 12:39 AM.
Actually, height does make a difference. Taller skaters tend to have more trouble jumping--centre of gravity's different, plus there's more weight to heave up into the air. Lysacek is considered tall for a singles skater, and I've even heard some people attribute his jumping problems to his height. But then again, Ilia Kulik is quite tall (though not as tall as Lysacek) but he has some of the most beautiful jumps I've ever seen.
Originally Posted by MrBerkeley
Male pairs skaters tend to be taller, though--they need sufficient height and weight to lift and throw their female partners, who on average tend to be the smallest skaters across all disciplines (hence the 'gorilla and the flea' expression when it comes to pairs). Ice dancers (both male and female) also tend to be taller as well, as jumping isn't involved in their discipline.
Lysacek, like Boitano, is tall for a singles skater. Most seem to range in the 5'6 - 5'8 range
Ladies are lucky to be an inch or two over five foot.
Scott Hamilton isn't even five four, neither is Paul Wylie. They are dinky even by mens figure skaters standards.
expand your horizon and watch the other disiplines, you'll be presently surprised.
Yes, Ilia´s jumps looked very beautiful indeed... I especially loved his triple axel!!! He was though a very inconsistent jumper, although he was nearly 3 inches shorter than Lysacek. Mostly the men singles skaters are short, but most do not look quite as short as Japanese skaters like Takahashi and Kozuka. The most consitent jumpers Stojko and Yagudin were also on the short side.
Originally Posted by evangeline
From the Olympic champions also Robin Cousins and Alexei Urmanov were really tall. Being tall does not affect just jumping, it also affects the way the skater´s moving looks on the ice and perhaps spinning, I´d think?
Last edited by Jaana; 08-29-2010 at 03:07 AM.
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Maybe it is not only height but body mass and how it is distributed. By the way, Kozuka is not short, I dont know his height but maybe it is because he has long limps, he doesnt look as small comparing to Dai and Oda. Yagudin is not small either (from live) and Stoijko is rather small for skating or not skating standars and too compact, but Plush and Joub(Joub is little bigger) that are both tall also(not as Lysacek but still on the tall side) were consistent jumpers. Verner also regardless of this season..Urmanov seemed to me not tooooo tall, as tall as Plush or Joub.
Last edited by seniorita; 08-29-2010 at 04:36 AM.
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