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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
I have to say that men's is my favorite. There seems to be a very deep field in the men right now, but I've always liked the Men's better than the Ladies', and I'm not sure why. I think it has something to do with the men's skating being more powerful and therefore exciting (IMO).
Pairs is my second favorite to watch. I didn't used to watch it that much, but I really love it now. There's just so much excitement with pairs skating, you're always on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next, because as someone already said, it is so difficult and dangerous. I like pairs because it is kind of unpredictable. Ice dance kind of is though, and that's why I don't like it as much. Don't get me wrong, I like ice dance, and the programs are beautiful and the footwork is amazing, but it just doesn't have that excitement factor that makes it as interesting to me. Others will obviously disagree, but that's my preference.
So, 1. Mens
Pairs - the most difficult discipline and the most beautiful to watch, I started loving figure skating because of it
Ice Dance - although I am a bit familiar with it now, its still by far the easiest and requires the least effort
( and the easiest to predict the podium/winners )
The discipline I follow the most is surely Ladies: I actually started watching figure skating because of Carolina Kostner so I first tried to learn about her competitors, and then approached to Men, Pairs and Ice Dance.
My chart is:
2) Ice Dance
I love the artistry that you can admire in Ice dancing, and the hard jumps in Men, but I just like the top of the pairs, I find really boring watching the ones between 10-20 in the World...
My favorite would be Men. I like the Quads and Triple Axels and how competitive it is with the jumps.
Then ladies, then pairs.
My least favorite is ice dance. I'll watch it but it's like a 4 minute step sequence to me.
I love them all but I'd have to say in order of favorite:
I also love them all, but find pairs to be fascinating. The unison, and also I have been on the ice when a pair travels towards each other at high velocity....and doesn't crash, but does a beautiful pairs spin. Really impressive.
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For me, I love dance.
It would be like this:
5. compulsory figures
6. barrel jumping
8. short track speed skating
9. long track speed skating
10. theatre on ice
I love your list!
Originally Posted by blue dog