The one that I love the most is definitely ladies. Why? Ladies is in my opinion the most graceful discipline. I love to see inventive and really difficult spins. It's both hard and enjoyable to watch. I admire man for doing quads but is it really nice? Beautiful? Just look at the spins of Lucinda Ruh, Sasha Cohen, Caroline Zhang, Mao Asada, Yukari Nakano.
I like both man and pairs at the same level. Man becuase they perform the most difficult elements and pairs because of the variety in their programs. They have throws, side by side jumps, 2 kinds of spins, death spirals and lifts, so it never gets boring .
I really wanted to get into ice dancing but I simply can't After watching one full event it gets so boring. Ice dancing is also easily predictable. I also don't think of it as the real sport. Sure you have to train a lot, but judging here is soooooooo much more subjective.
So the list would go like
2. Man and Pairs
3. Ice dancing
Stephane Bernadis is 5'8 (his partner is 4'10) Vadim Naumov is 5'9 (his partner was also 4'10) Robin Szolkowy is also 5'9 (his partner is 5'0). All of these guys are "short" by male pairs skating standard, but have had success in the sport. Of course finding a female partner between 4'9 and 4'11 might be more difficult, but probably not impossible.
At any rate back to the original topic-- I love dance because I feel that the lack of jumps leads to a lot of creativity. My current annoyance with dance, though, is the proliferation of twizzles. They were used sparingly in the old system. Now...
Not that it's possible with today's more daring lifts and throws, but both Ken Shelley and Randy Gardner were around 5-8, and their partners, JoJo Starbuck and Tai Babilonia respectively, were only a few inches shorter than they. Rudy Galindo isn't very tall, though of course he was lucky enough to have Kristi Yamaguchi as his partner. She was really tiny at that point.
B&G used the lack of height difference between them to their advantage, it allowed them to perform their trademark pull Arabian cartwheels.
Last edited by lulu; 10-19-2012 at 08:37 PM.