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.
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