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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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.)
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
ETA: He was a great spinner.
He was divine and I was madly in love with him. I was too young though....tsk tsk.
Originally Posted by janetfan
Former figure skater and HUGE figure skating fan.
Zuzanna Szwed - 1997 LP "The Teacher" JUST BRILLIANT!!
Lenka Kulovana - Always Artistic 1997 SP "Romance For Lenka" (arranged for her) - BEAUTIFUL - Triple + Triple combo
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
Michael Tyllesen - 1997 LP "The Rocketeer" JUST BEAUTIFUL his Worlds 1997 skate was much better but cannot find that.
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Olympia
My 2 favorite Russian skaters were Vladimir Kotin & Oleg Tataurov(?). German competitor Rudi Cerne.
Or rather he was too old for you !
Originally Posted by skateluvr
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!
Wicked Yankee Girl
No one has mentioned Nathalie Krieg of Switzerland, who preceded Lucinda Ruh as the queen of spinning.
1992 Skate Canada
Best spin combination ever Olympics 1994
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.