View Poll Results: Most "charismatic" skater?

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  • Oksana Baiul

    13 3.60%
  • Kurt Browning

    76 21.05%
  • Jeffrey Buttle

    24 6.65%
  • Sasha Cohen

    20 5.54%
  • Rudy Galindo

    8 2.22%
  • Ekaterina Gordeeva

    9 2.49%
  • Jamie Sale

    14 3.88%
  • Katarina Witt

    19 5.26%
  • Alexei Yagudin

    100 27.70%
  • YOUR suggestions?

    78 21.61%
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Thread: Which skater has the most charisma?

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    Which skater has the most charisma?

    I realize this section is desperately in need for a new poll, although I'm almost sure this one is neither really new (somehow I sense something like this has been posted here before) nor especially original. Here's MY "charisma"-selection, but all of your suggestions are welcome!
    Last edited by All that Jazz; 11-23-2003 at 08:02 AM.

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    All that jazz - Well, at least we're not grabbing at the "best", but the "most" is close.

    Charisma is really a tough word to define. It's kind of 'special' but in what way is it 'special'? For me it has more theological meaning than non sectarian worldliness.

    However, if we think of it as being a special winning charm (which I think it the popular version), then how well do we know the listed skaters other than their skating skills and a few interviews? What is it about those listed that makes them so charismatic?

    And, further, if we're voting for our favorites? Why the omission of MK?

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    Scott Hamilton?

    Sonja Henie?

    Philippe Candeloro?

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    Stephane Lambiel

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    Hey!!! The guys are in the lead by lightyears!
    No real "charismatic" girls out there?

    Anke
    Last edited by Germanice; 11-24-2003 at 05:50 PM.

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    Awww...

    I voted for Jeffrey Buttle, I love his smile!

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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    All that jazz - Well, at least we're not grabbing at the "best", but the "most" is close.

    Charisma is really a tough word to define. It's kind of 'special' but in what way is it 'special'? For me it has more theological meaning than non sectarian worldliness.

    However, if we think of it as being a special winning charm (which I think it the popular version), then how well do we know the listed skaters other than their skating skills and a few interviews? What is it about those listed that makes them so charismatic?

    And, further, if we're voting for our favorites? Why the omission of MK?

    Joe
    Uhhmmm, charisma, dunno. A natural given presence? A certain "Wow"-factor? Real, interesting personality? Sex appeal, more or less? Hard to describe. Michelle? She may have a lot of qualities, but IMO charisma is not one of them. Please, don't kill me!

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    Ok All That Jazz. The omission of MK is ok. She is special and should not be listed with a group of paeons.

    Joe

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    Sorry, since English is not my native language, I have to ask to get the joke: What is a "paeon"? Hopefully nothing dirty!
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    All that Jazz - Close but not quite. Attention English majors: would 'low class person' be the same as a paeon?

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    Well, I'm not an English major, but I'll give it a shot.

    "Paeon" is a term in poetry for a metric foot containing one long and three short syllables (huckleberry, huckleberry, huckleberry pie.)

    Not to be confused with "paean" -- a song of praise. "I will now offer a paean to Michelle's charisma."

    But here Joe is giving the Latinized spelling of the Spanish-derived word "peon," a lowly field hand or day laborer.

    According to my research this spelling in middle English was dropped in about the 10th or 11th centuries. But Joe, being a Druid (not to be confused with a pagan naturally uses the archaic (oops, I mean archaeic) form.

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    It was a tough choice - many of the skaters listed all have tons of charisma. I had to go with Kurt Browning though. For sheer ability to reach out into the audience and perform I don't think there's anyone better.

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    Mathman - The folks at Stonhenge were never good spellers, and Granny knows that.

    I always thought the paeon was a hymn of praise but I was told, and had no reason to disbelieve that it is exactly how it sounds phonetically:o

    So in using it, I put a hymn of praised to MK and those others listed were well, you know.

    Joe

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    Of course, my vote is with Kurt. The chemistry he has with a skating audience is amazing. He "sets the place on fire."

    I also want to cast my vote for Jeff B., he is up and coming, but I have a feeling he too has that electricity that connects with the audience. He got a standing ovation at Skate Canada.

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    Kurt Browning, hands down... he can be a clown, a stud, or just a very serious and professional kinda dude... Sonia's a lucky lady...

    (and he's not in the same league as Michelle... he's 20,000 leagues above her... at least )

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