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    Katarina Witt espnW documentary coming in Summer 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Herma Szabo also has five world championships in singles, and two in pairs.
    Whatever happened to the Austrian's in skating? (Szabo was Austrian.) Austria used to be as important in figure skating as they now are in skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    Don't get me wrong. Witt rarely on the list, because it's a North-Am forum.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ho4G-h5evw#t=38m20s

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    Whatever happened to the Austrian's in skating? (Szabo was Austrian.) Austria used to be as important in figure skating as they now are in skiing.
    Welcome, skating mon. Thanks for posting!

    I think the biggest factor was that World War II came along and knocked the whole European figure skating program for a loop. Especially in men's. In the 18 years between the two world wars Austrian men won a total of 31 World medals. When skating resumed after the war, from 1948 to 1959 U.S. men won 12 straight world championships, facing little competition from Europe.

    Beatrix Schuba was a great champion, though. Probably the greatest figure skater of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
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    Katarina also won a World silver in 1982 behind Elaine Zayak. It was the beginning of quite an impressive run!
    Thank you, Silver. I will go back and correct my correction of espnW's original mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    Don't get me wrong. Witt rarely on the list, because it's a North-Am forum.
    I agree -also, she was skating before the age of 6 triples and combo triples. We see her as antiquated, the last of the women built like women. Katarina was a true glam ice princess. A fully developed woman-the last gold medalist to be built with major curves. 92, 94, 98, little thin bodies-girls. 2002, sarah skinny, flat, just taller than most. skinny tall shizuka, skinny flt kim. All were lovely and tiny, but the triple jumps changed who could rotate and win. It is sad. Makes it tough for so many ladies from certain backgrounds, as their bodies change.

    It is great when we see a woman in her 20's even the tiny ones, prevail. Katt was a great beauty. The last European to win two golds in ladies? Only Yuna has a chance I feel. She is built for FS version 2013.

    But I love Kat. She was awesome and funny. Skating was everything to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    I agree -also, she was skating before the age of 6 triples and combo triples. We see her as antiquated, the last of the women built like women. Katarina was a true glam ice princess. A fully developed woman-the last gold medalist to be built with major curves. 92, 94, 98, little thin bodies-girls. 2002, sarah skinny, flat, just taller than most. skinny tall shizuka, skinny flt kim. All were lovely and tiny, but the triple jumps changed who could rotate and win. It is sad. Makes it tough for so many ladies from certain backgrounds, as their bodies change.

    It is great when we see a woman in her 20's even the tiny ones, prevail. Katt was a great beauty. The last European to win two golds in ladies? Only Yuna has a chance I feel. She is built for FS version 2013.

    But I love Kat. She was awesome and funny. Skating was everything to her.
    I remember to 1988. The men went crazy for her! She was a diva on ice. Alberto Tomba the Italian ski star and an Arabic sah (or something like that) wanted to marry her..

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    I recall Tomba and the ladies going crazy for him. Witt seemed taken with him. Witt is someone who always loved center ice. She seemed to have the best of times and skated a long time. She was a diva but a sweet one it seemed. Has Germany produced a bigger sports star than Witt? The Yuna Kim of her era seems to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    I recall Tomba and the ladies going crazy for him. Witt seemed taken with him. Witt is someone who always loved center ice. She seemed to have the best of times and skated a long time. She was a diva but a sweet one it seemed. Has Germany produced a bigger sports star than Witt? The Yuna Kim of her era seems to me.
    Yes, Germany has produced bigger sport stars... in soccer !!! Fanz Beckembauer, Gerd Müller, Lothar Matthäus, Oliver Kahn, etc. The Germans always have very good teams and very good players. But you are right, Yuna is like Kat in her era.

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    I didn't mean to sound anti-European by saying that Kat wasn't on a lot of greatest-skater lists. I suppose that's a factor over here, but a lot of us Americans (me certainly included) have Japanese skaters all over our lists of greatest skaters. I just don't think Kat's skating was unusually spectacular for its time.

    Obviously I can't compare Witt to what skaters do today. I take that into consideration when thinking about her. What I'm saying is that few people say that Witt is great because of, say, her amazing spins or the way she made other people have to do lutzes as good as hers, or her speed across the ice. I've only ever heard her complimented on her competitive cool when all others faltered. This was her edge.

    By contrast, YuNa, for example, has those huge, textbook triple-triples. Mao at her best could execute at least one triple axel in every competition, which is more than even Tonya Harding ever could do, plus she has such smoothness and musicality. Lucinda Ruh spun in a way that no one else had ever envisioned.

    I don't have the technical knowledge to make my point with any greater depth than that. On paper, Witt is one of the most accomplished skaters ever. But in terms of technique or musical creativity, was she a giant of her time? I'm not sure. Of course, she made wonderful contributions to skating, both as an amateur and as a pro. I enjoyed her career and her personality. As Skateluvr points out, she looked like a mature person, not a preteen sprite, and that in itself is a contribution.

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    I think the whole package was very good, enough to win. She was very good in generally, not in one thing. Plus is a very good and smart competitor.

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