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    Your favorite skating discipline and...why

    What is your favorite figure skating discipline? How would you rank the disciplines in order from most favorite to least favorite?

    For me, it is very close between pairs & dance, and I tend to go back and forth between the two of them. Right now, I'm giving ice dance the edge. IMO, ice dance forces skaters to experiment with a greater variety of music and styles than the other three disciplines, and not just in the o.d./s.d,. but in the free dance as well. I love to watch a well done and intricate ice dance (and pairs) footwork sequence more than an intricate and well done footwork sequence in the singles disciplines. I like ice dance costumes as well.

    After ice dance and pairs, my next favorite discipline is mens and finally ladies.


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    Hmmmmmm it depends on my mood, top two are dance and men... then pairs... and finally ladies.

    I've always loved Men's Skating, and when I worked on Gregory & Petukhov's official website (many moons ago) I got to really love Ice Dance. Melissa's mom was my "coach" in 2005 explaining what it was I was seeing. Fell in love with Compulsaries even though it was Midnight Blues for Nationals that year (worst. music. ever.)

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    It depends on what the compulsary dance was, but I learned to appreciate and even enjoy the compulsaries, especially if skated by an excellent team.

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    1. Dance
    2. Mens
    3. Pairs
    4. Ladies

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    I have always loved Pairs the best. Probably dating back to the first Olympics with Grinkov and Gordeeva. I think pairs is incredibly hard - trying to stay in unison, the danger of the lifts, the chemistry between the two skaters. Next would be Mens. Next would be Ladies and finally Dance. I love watching the top dance teams but getting to the top is grueling to watch. Sit through a Nationals with Juniors and Novice...........gahhhhhhhhhh!

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    LOL, ITA that Pairs skating is the most difficult & most dangerous of the four disciplines. When you consider the size difference between the male & female partner, the ability to stay in unison is even more impressive.

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    What a great question! Not that I can answer it. I love all four, and it varies depending on whether anyone really phenomenal is active at the time I'm asked. I liked pairs a lot more in the past, when Moskvina's pairs were at their best, and G/G still skated, and Underhill/Martini were shaking up pro skating. Last Olympics, I seemed to be transfixed mainly by ladies, but in 2002 men's was pretty riveting, and now with Dai and Patrick it is riveting again. Ice dance has fascinated me on and off from Torvill/Dean to Klimova/Ponomarenko, and then with Annissina/Piezerat, Denkova/Staviskiy, and the current Canadian and American champs, V/M and D/W. So there it is: totally fragmented personality, and I can't imagine becoming any more decisive in the near or distant future. But I'll be thrilled to hear everyone else's opinions.

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