Moskvina and Mishin in 1968. They were quite successful and at one point beat the Protopopovs. They were fast, had excellent unison, and had some very interesting moves. Moskvina had such flair. I definitely saw how the Protopopovs' elegance influenced their skating. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-c0RmNtfR4
Agreed! Tonya was such an energetic, exciting skater. I've always loved this performance from the 1991 Skate America competition:
She was on fire and that triple axel in the beginning was exquisite! She beat the reigning World Champion and looked like a contender for gold in Albertville, but the wheels came off within just a few months. She looked like a completely different skater by January of 1992.
Another one of my favorite blasts from the past will always be Tanja Szewczenko's silver medal winning LP at the 1997-1998 Champions' Series Final. She had struggled mightily with injuries and numerous issues, but this skate was so stirring and genuinely moving. I was so excited for her!
I love Yukari. She was so beautiful, every move so elegant. What happened with her career? Did injury end it? Such a shame if so. Japan has so many excellent skaters and I think Yukari was as beautiful a skater as any of my faves. So hard to even pick my favorite Japanese Lady...Yuka? Yukari? Mao? Akiko? Miki? Shizuka? They have it all, work ethic, body type. I am really enjoying this thread as I have not seen many of these skates. TY again.
Ooh, thanks, Math. I remember that program and didn't know how to look it up, I love that he did that. It just goes to show that a great skater can hold the audience in the palm of his or her hand without doing jumps.
And continuing on the Yukari train... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWlaI-o46g (yes the camera angle is a little weird, but...)