I'll be responsible for linking to Rahkamo and Kokko. They were among the most appealing ice dancers ever. Their style was innovative, narrative, emotionally connected to each other and the audience, always meticulous. Here is their La Strada. Look at their beautiful costumes--imaginative without being glitzy.
I also love Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur. He was trained in the Soviet Union and came the the States and found Renee Roca. They had a brief amateur career and a sizable pro career. They always conveyed warmth and simplicity, with a pure style that I think grew out of Sur's classic Soviet training.
And I remember Olga Markova. Here she is:
I thought I'd already linked to Lisa Marie Allen, but that was on another thread. I've lost my mind while watching Olympic swimming. Here's what's considered one of Allen's best performances, the 1978 Worlds LP:
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Definitely Josee Chouinard. I actually think she had the potential for a world or Olympic medal and even placed high enough in the short programs for a medal even with smistakes ie solid jumps but an error on a spin etc. She had the most amazing powerful jumps when on and amazing style and personality - just charming. Karen Preston was meh - nice smile and fairly consistent but not the style or flare of Josee. She was Lisa Sargent - blah but had potential to be in top six. The last lady of the era 90's (not counting Jennifer Robinson who was the most boring and slow skater I have seen to win a national title) was Susan Humphreys. Known for her triple flip she two was femnie and decent but not special. She though will stand out in my mind more than any of these other Canadian skaters. This is is a rather unfortunate story. But I met or saw Susan at church. I went to get a tissue and opened the door to the bathroom and low and behold there was the ice princess sitting on the "throne". I was so embarassed. I slammed the door shut and ran back to my spot on a pew. People use the lock on the door for goodness sake. lol One other skater who I thought had so much joy and potential but was ruined I hear by Skate Canada (this is way before my time) a girl who was 12 when she came on the senior seen - Tracey Wainman - such charm but she never fully developed the jumps.
Laurent Tobel. There was some additional weirdness to his skating, when a fire alarm went off during his program.
From the 70s I must mention Gerti Schanderl. There's no footage of her in You Tube, but her 1974 Worlds FS was quite legendary. Dorothy Hamill talks about the home crowd's reaction to her marks here.
Gotta Have Music
Thank goodness Roca & Sur got to do a few seasons with SOI!
Re: Hartshorn & Sweiding - Their "1492" was unforgettable!
Calla Urbanski and Rocky Marvall, exciting US champs and big risk takers for their time.
1991 Nats LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n26Mo-Yml5E
1992 Nats LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scBsfNl9Z4
1993 Nats LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWWWPqMkLp0
From the 80s, Robert Wagenhoffer. US pairs and singles medalist with gloriously smooth basic skating skills, buttery edges, wonderful spins, soaring jumps, great positions, another John Nicks gift to skating.
1982 Nats LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw3thtysFm8
1982 Nats SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFPU0ScvP9k
1979 Worlds LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu5k8EU5OcQ
Wicked Yankee Girl
Robert Wagenhoffer, who was Men's Professional champion, is one of my all time favorites!
I don't think most people would consider r and k's outfits elegant by any stretch of the imagination. Looks like use whatever leftover fabric you have. They didn't even complement each other
Originally Posted by Olympia
Wicked Yankee Girl
Didn't she try to skate pairs, eventually was injured, and retired?
I have no idea, but I liked her style.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
A. Y. & E. P.: Tzars Of The Ice, Lords Of The Rink
I still look very, very fondly on the performances Alexander Abt had given through the years he competed. He was definitely a dying breed. Smooth, creative, innovative in his own way, just a joy to watch.
His crowning moment was definitely the 2002 Europeans. Not sure if that's anywhere on youtube but you should definitely try to find it if you can.
And even though he's Olympic Champion, it seems like Ilia Kulik has been overlooked too, but he always was, and forever will be, a treasure out there. Now that is a skater who has it all. Charisma, true musicality, incredible jumps and spins, and always innovative footwork and choreography. No two programs of his are exactly alike, and that's a testimony to the kind of skater he is. I can't even name one single performance like I did with Abt, because so many of his performances are great and different. I say anything you can find of Ilia is worth watching. If you're bored, he'll definitely liven up the party!
Gotta Have Music
^ your whole post!
Robert Wagenhoffer. That's all I'm going to say.
Thanks to Floskate for making this video which also includes informative notes about the exciting and influential skater John Misha Petkevich.
"Misha was a huge influence on mens skating and started the trend towards true artistry, paving the way for the likes of Toller Cranston and John Curry. His skating was musical and athletic in the extreme and he was famous for the prodigous height of all his jumps."
Misha was one of Button's favorite skaters and for me the start of my golden era of skating along with Peggy, Janet, Dorothy, Toller and John Curry.
A more innovative era in skating never existed and this group led the way as they developed free skating into an art.
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