WTT All Stars
Please pick a country, and list who you think is that country's best in all four disciplines (i.e., what you think that country's "dream team" would be for a World Team Trophy-type event). Post links if possible For example, for the US, I think the "dream team" would be:
Pairs: Tai and Randy
Men: While I think Dick Button is the greatest men's skater the US ever produced, I think Brian Boitano would probably do better at the event.
Dance: Blumberg and Seibert
Ladies: HRH (Her Royal Highness; what else do you call a Kween?)
Ooh, what a great idea.
I support the Kween! I like your idea of Blumberg and Siebert as well, though I have such a soft spot for Davis and White. For men I always gravitate to Paul Wylie. His skating just does something for me. Boitano is marvelous, but I like Wylie's quickness and elegant lines, and his musicality.
For Canada, I would choose Kurt for men, Underhill/Martini for pairs, Virtue/Moir for ice, and...hmmm. Josee Chouinard for ladies. I like her style, though I realize that she's not always consistent. This is magic-land, and I decree that she will be at the top of her form.
Japan has become an agonizing choice! I'll choose Mao but am tempted to figure out a way to squeeze Shizuka in--disguised as a pairs skater or ice dancer, perhaps? For men, Takahashi, of course. Pairs and ice...I draw a blank, except to volunteer Shizuka as an ice dancer. Yuka Sato could be part of the pairs team, of course, being a pairs skater. Can Jason Dunjen skate for Japan? He's married into it, so to speak. (I know how hard it is to become a Japanese citizen, but again, this is magic-land.
France could be fun! Ice dance is for me Marina and Gwendal. Singles...ptui, I haven't kept up. I'll have to choose Surya as the lady, Brian Joubert as the man. Abitbol/Bernardis as the pair?
Last edited by Olympia; 08-27-2012 at 11:08 PM.
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Not Barbara Ann Scott?
Originally Posted by Olympia
I considered her, of course; she's their most accomplished lady. But Chouinard has such charm.
Off the ice
I would go with A/B, too - France had a very successful pair in Joly/Brunet, but that was way back in the 1920s and 30s, so not really relevant... for ladies, I liked Vanessa Gusmeroli better than Surya. Definitely Joubert and A/P in the other disciplines.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Russia - an embarrassment of riches for sure:
Men: Yagudin and Plushenko can each skate a program, I left Plushenko linkless so that Seniorita can tell me which performance is best.
Pairs: G/G and the Protopopovs can each skate a program with B/S in reserve, or R/Z.
Dance: K/P and G/P can each skate a program with U/Z in reserve.
* I included skaters who competed for the Soviet Union, but it's easy enough to find alternatives if that's a problem
Ladies: Cecillia Colledge, if it were the young Colledge then with training she could get up to the current standard
Men: John Curry
Pairs: I don't know. The Nicks siblings, maybe? If only to watch Mr. Nicks skate. I refuse to pick Kemp and King.
Dance: Torvill and Dean, duh.
Last edited by Buttercup; 08-28-2012 at 01:51 AM.
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