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
1983 Europeans http://youtu.be/xu3hKkAj8i0
Igor Borbin (exhibition)
1994 European Championships http://youtu.be/mT57QERvqa0
1997 Worlds http://youtu.be/OJ4FhzvSmvY
1998 Worlds http://youtu.be/K_DGHA6mPa4
1997 Worlds: http://youtu.be/ORx6hsuuwBM
Alice Sue Claeys:
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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.
My 2 favorite Russian skaters were Vladimir Kotin & Oleg Tataurov(?). German competitor Rudi Cerne.
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!
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.
Loved Matt's skating - he wuzrobbed in Torino!