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    Thanks to Floskate for making this video which also includes informative notes about the exciting and influential skater John Misha Petkevich.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwUfx-fLg1s

    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    Another skater I remember liking as a pro was Scott Davis, but he wasn't on TV much... I think he coaches now?
    Yes, I really enjoyed Scott Davis. He's been coaching in Calgary, Alberta for quite some time. (He was the coach of Canadian silver medalist & 2010 Olympian Vaughn Chipeur.)

    ETA: He was a great spinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Thanks to Floskate for making this video which also includes informative notes about the exciting and influential skater John Misha Petkevich.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwUfx-fLg1s

    "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.
    He was divine and I was madly in love with him. I was too young though....tsk tsk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n_halifax View Post
    Oh my goodness... the 90's! Who can forget Olga Markova, Tanja Szewczenko, Eric Millot, Woetzel & Steuer, Rakhamo & Kokko, Laetitia Hubert, Marie-Pierre Leray, Vanessa Gusmeroli, Sandra Garde, Hartshorn & Sweiding, Urbanski & Marval, Sebastien Britten, Rory Burghart, Lisa-Marie Allen, McDonald & Smith... those are just a FEW of the lesser known stars that are among my all time favourites. I'd trade any CoP competition or even one of today's better shows for a CBS cheesefest with 1000 unknown and fabulous skaters ANYDAY.
    Here are some links to some of the skaters I mentioned:

    Sandra Garde: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iMdQIzswlM
    McDonald & Smith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzNdouLkUWU
    Sebastien Britten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyzLc0lRq7A
    Rory Burghart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RmyhpEJzUI
    Hartshorn & Sweiding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iLk4kngm7E
    Laetitia Hubert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o10YMZ11NOY
    Marie Pierre Leray: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWnVT6ZM7IY
    Vanessa Gusmeroli: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FLgexOEvvs

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    Selezneva & Makarov (Olympic Bronze Medalists, two-time world medalists, but lesser known than their contemporaries)
    1986 LP: http://youtu.be/yUjzoFjbETg
    1990 SP: http://youtu.be/ZWocoMOYu4I
    1990 LP: http://youtu.be/pdae_JNL51w

    Abitbol & Bernadis
    1998 LP: http://youtu.be/2DhjjfjJ8SY

    Zaggy and for the record, I love his tiara.
    1995 European Championships http://youtu.be/4FYa2yTQE4Q

    Dmitri Dmitrenko
    1997 http://youtu.be/eLa1t20T1hI

    Norbert Schramm
    1983 Europeans http://youtu.be/xu3hKkAj8i0

    Igor Borbin (exhibition)
    http://youtu.be/i4Qg31eD3Rc

    Olga Markova
    1994 European Championships http://youtu.be/mT57QERvqa0

    Krisztina Czako
    1997 Worlds http://youtu.be/OJ4FhzvSmvY

    Laetitia Hubert
    1998 Worlds http://youtu.be/K_DGHA6mPa4

    Vanessa Gusmeroli
    1997 Worlds: http://youtu.be/ORx6hsuuwBM

    Alice Sue Claeys:
    http://youtu.be/dx-ORXTLg-A
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    Also,

    Zuzanna Szwed - 1997 LP "The Teacher" JUST BRILLIANT!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIGgg7_OIsI

    Lenka Kulovana - Always Artistic 1997 SP "Romance For Lenka" (arranged for her) - BEAUTIFUL - Triple + Triple combo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw5Hr-UDFEw

    Mila Kajas - 1994 Olympics Free to Swan Lake "She was the first of the flying Finn brigade, but better Finns would follow and medal - but her best skate was here and a good place to do it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiFSOi0p66E

    Michael Tyllesen - 1997 LP "The Rocketeer" JUST BEAUTIFUL his Worlds 1997 skate was much better but cannot find that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qEcZpW_wKw

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    This thread exemplifies one of the best aspects of skating. On any day, an obscure skater might throw down an absolutely exquisite program, one that viewers will remember for years afterward. This is why it isn't always meaningful to rank skaters, by point scores, number of medals won, or any other yardstick. Skating is both sport and art, and you never know where some unexpected gem will come from.

    If one takes classical music as a parallel, there's no disputing that certain composers are generally the titans, with works that reach the height of beauty and that expand the human spirit. But sometimes an otherwise obscure composer can show up with a beautiful little piece that can move you to tears or induce shivers of wonder. One example is this haunting little beginning section of a pastoral suite by the French composer Emanuel Chabrier.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJW9...eature=related

    Likewise, every now and then a skater you don't think about much suddenly gives you this wonderful gift, which makes you see life in a different way. Thanks for all the links, so we can see these moments for ourselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    This thread exemplifies one of the best aspects of skating. On any day, an obscure skater might throw down an absolutely exquisite program, one that viewers will remember for years afterward. This is why it isn't always meaningful to rank skaters, by point scores, number of medals won, or any other yardstick. Skating is both sport and art, and you never know where some unexpected gem will come from.

    If one takes classical music as a parallel, there's no disputing that certain composers are generally the titans, with works that reach the height of beauty and that expand the human spirit. But sometimes an otherwise obscure composer can show up with a beautiful little piece that can move you to tears or induce shivers of wonder. One example is this haunting little beginning section of a pastoral suite by the French composer Emanuel Chabrier.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJW9...eature=related

    Likewise, every now and then a skater you don't think about much suddenly gives you this wonderful gift, which makes you see life in a different way. Thanks for all the links, so we can see these moments for ourselves.
    Wonderfully put!

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    My 2 favorite Russian skaters were Vladimir Kotin & Oleg Tataurov(?). German competitor Rudi Cerne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    He was divine and I was madly in love with him. I was too young though....tsk tsk.
    Or rather he was too old for you !

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    Vladmir Kotin was such an innovator. DId he do the horizontal axel?? I have seen old videos and his command of the ice and interesting tricks. You can learn so much from history!

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    The best spinner in the world ever - Lucinda Ruh.

    1999 worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0fvU4wnp34

    World Pro
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ_ou...eature=related

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    Perhaps:

    No one has mentioned Nathalie Krieg of Switzerland, who preceded Lucinda Ruh as the queen of spinning.
    1992 Skate Canada
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCFJR2mBdKA

    Best spin combination ever Olympics 1994
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-PSD9yFcQ

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    Krieg is impressive, but nobody beats Ruh in my mind. Her spins are so inventive, and her graceful arms and carriage, plus the beauty of moves such as her spreadeagle, are really unparalleled. That Gliere harp concerto program is just gorgeous. (It helps that I love-love-love the Gliere harp concerto.) I'm sorry Ruh didn't have the jumps to propel her into the top level of skaters, but thank goodness she turned pro during the golden age of TV competitions so we could all see her at her best.

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    Adiago pair team, Anita Hartshorn & Frank Sweiding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVxkS...EpwyxNF_DRa5VA and http://youtu.be/2ve9T_7RJ7E

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