Joannie Rochette-- I don't know how she competed after losing her mother. She earned a gold medal in my mind.
Yelena Berezhnaya-- How she competed after an injury like that, and how she found the way to trust a new partner...
Totmianina & Marinin
Joannie Rochette has to be my choice by far!
I'm not sure that I agree about Patrick Chan. How can you not be mentally tough when you know going into a competition that your skills are superior to your competitors?
Shen and Zhao
I would think Katarina Witt is one of the toughest competitors. She always got the job done and she also managed to influence and intimidate other skaters - Poor Kira Ivanova died so tragically and was always stared down by Witt. Other than the Olympics Michelle Kwan and Kurt Browing were solid. Plushenko has to be up there as well as Totmiana and Marinin, Sadly in a way Jennifer RObinson was mentally tough. She never seemed to get it that the judges thought she was slow but she skated out there like she was the champion even when the judges and her nation were ready to throw her under a bus. Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi were hardcore. IMHO Kim, Rochette, Chan, Takahashi, Suzuki and definitely Wagner have not shown consistency in respect to toughness. Although he was the Susan Lucci of figure skating, Brian Orser showed a cerain amount of mental toughness always being so consistently up in first or second. Artur Demetrieve and his partners but especially him were mentally tough even when he was out of physical shape. G and G were tough cookies too usually getting the job done. Irina Rodina now she was mentally tough even after giving birth - to come out and fight year in and year out with the young ones. Kudos to her.
Alissa Czisny. Anyone else would just give up if they fell five times in a row. Alissa never backs off the next attempt no matter what.
Some folks thought she should have withdrawn before the long program at worlds, having suffered one disaster after another in her previous outings. Nope. Somehow she found the grit to push herself though in a situation that, psychologically, would have crushed the will of a less determined fighter.
From lady skaters Katerina Witt and from pairs skaters Irina Rodnina.
Last edited by Jaana; 05-13-2012 at 06:16 AM.
Miki Ando for me
Irina Slutskaya- In every sense of the term
Last edited by Irishflip; 06-04-2012 at 04:43 PM.
I think Caroline Zhang has been the most mentally tough US female skater for a while (as of late, I'll give it to Ashley Wager). She's the definition of showing in competition what she shows in practice-- which is why I'm so excited to see what this upcoming year will bring! When is champs camp again?
i'm surprised no one mentioned rachael flatt. she's been the most consistent skater in recent years for the US. of course last season she wasn't "reliable Rachael" but in all years before that she was so dependable and never let any pressure get to her. she's incredibly mentally tough for being able to put out clean skate after clean skate when it mattered.