(Disclaimer- Pardon me if this post doesn't make sense; I just took Nyquil, in an attempt to get rid of this bad cold)
With the new pairing of Volosozhar and Trankov, someone mentioned that it's amazing Ukraine is able to produce such amazing female pairs skaters (Savchenko, Volosozhar), but no sufficient males in that country. With that being said...
What, to you, embodies the best type of female pairs skater?
I've always thought that what differentiated dance girls and pairs girls (and, for that matter, singles girls) was that women in ice dance were to be "showed off" by their partner (women in ice dance are the picture, the partner is their frame, so to speak), and women in pairs are to attain a quality of one-ness with their partner. While this is certainly true in some partnerships (the latter years of G and G, and the last few years of Shen/Zhao), there were some pairs where the male was obviously trying to show the female off (Michkoutienok and Kazakova/Dmitriev; Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze; Savchenko/Szolkowy), and there are some pairs where it seems like the man was the highlight (Sale/Pelletier; Ina/Zimmerman; to some degree, Shen/Zhao in the beginning).