Favorite skaters of everyone here
Hi, I'm new and want to post in the middle of conversations and just jump right on in, as Mathman suggested to me, but I would like to know a little more about who-likes-which-skaters and find out a little more about you all out there. So, I started this to introduce myself and let you all know which skaters I like watching.
My absolute favorite skater ever, even though she did not always do to well, is Oksana Baiul. I have loved her skating since I saw her live at a Champions On Ice show years ago. What I love is how she is able to absolutely fly around the rink with tremendous speed and flow.
I also love Denise Biellmann of Switzerland for her creativity, flow and powerful stroking and speed. Her jumps are huge and you never expect her to miss them. Her spins are magnificent to see live. Once she hits her spin, there is no movement or travelling. It seems she can drill for oil while she is spinning.
I love Michelle Kwan because her programs are programs where it seems that the details of whether jumps are made cleanly or not, or spins are "slow" or not don't seem to matter when considering her performance abilities. I love the way she performs her programs and presents the whole 4 minutes, and not just the elements.
I like Sasha Cohen because you never know when she will do a move or something that is unique and flexible. Her gliding manuvers like spirals and Ina Bowers (sic?) are so wonderful to me, it is like she paints a picture for the audience to see and admire.
My favorite male skaters are Ryan Janke, Alexei Yagudin, Alexei Urmanov, Ilia Kulik and Todd Eldridge. All of them have flow and power and skate programs that are interesting beyond the jumping and spinning. Although I think Todd has some of the best spins of any man I have seen live, as they are so fast, centered and beautiful positions.
My favorite Pairs teams are Mishkutenok and Dmitriev and Berezhnaya and Sikarulidze because they have elegant power that seems hidden by flow. I love Shen and Zao a lot more over the last 2 seasons because they have a new confidence in their presentation and programs beyond their huge throw jumps.
My favorite Dance teams ever are the Dushenays (some programs) and Klimova and Ponomorenko (some programs) and Judy Blumberg and Michael Siebert (some programs) and Torville and Dean (love it all!). Currently, I like Navka and Kostamorov because of their wonderful presentation. It seems like they are skating for the audience. I like Denkova and Staviski also because they try new, unique ideas on the ice, like skating an old fashioned "court" dance on the ice last year.
So, that's a little bit about me and my tastes in skating to introduce myself. Who all will introduce themselves to me by writing about who they like? Thanks!!!
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
I like almost all the same skaters as you do. I won't list all of my favs, as the list would just go on and on and on, but I will summerize.
Mens: All time favorite is Paul Wylie. Don't have a favorite among current eligables.
Pairs: A tie between G&G and the Protopopovs. Current favs are S&Z.
Dance: Exactly what you mentioned.
Ladies: A sort of 3 way tie:
1. Peggy because I was mesmerized by her as a child and have nastalgia, plus she is a doll to meet.
2. Chen Lu because I became a big skating fan after Tonya/Nancy and Lulu just captivated me always from Lillehammer to Nagano.
3. MK: was mixed the first few years, but she won me over with so many years of excellence. Fav of current eligables.
Welcome to the board.
I just started posting myself about a month ago. I enjoy many different types of skaters, but I'll list a few of my favourites for you.
Here are my favourites who are currently eligible:
Shen & Zhao, mostly for their awesome power and speed. They have also come a long way in the other aspects of their skating.
Langlois & Archetto, for their personality and musical interpretation.
My favourite men today are Emanuel Sandhu and Takeshi Honda. I think they're both very artistic, and Sandhu also has amazing energy when he skates.
I haven't followed dance as much as the other four disciplines. I lost interest in it for awhile after the judging scandals around 1998 and I'm just becoming interested in it again now. My favourite eligible dance teams today include Navka & Kostomarov, Grushina and Goncharov and Belbin & Agosto.
My favourite female singles skater is definitely Michelle Kwan for her presence on the ice and musical expression. I also love to watch Sasha Cohen, Joannie Rochette and Fumie Suguri. Overall, I'm very drawn to musical, expressive skaters.
Some of my favourite retired/pro skaters are:
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Sale & Pelletier
I enjoy watching so many skaters that it would be impossible to list them all, but my favourites include:
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Abitbol & Bernadis
Shen & Zhao
Torvill & Dean
Bourne & Kraatz
That's a concise list
Welcome! I'll list some of my favs in no particular order - the ones that come to mind off the top of my head, anyway and I'll include some of my favorite current Canadians since I'm from Canada...
Ladies: Yuka Sato, Michelle Kwan, Angela Nikodinov, Sasha Cohen, Lu Chen, Oksana Baiul, Fumie Suguri, Lucinda Ruh - currently in Canada I'm impressed with Joannie Rochette and new Canadian champ Cynthia Pheneuf.
Mens: Kurt Browning, Ilia Kulik (wasn't all that thrilled with him until he turned pro - now I just wish we'd see some more pro competitions so I could see more of him), Alexei Yagudin, Elvis Stojko, Cousins (became a fan with Belfast Child), enjoyed Candelloro before he started going way over the top - I'm a big fan of the current Canadian crop Emanuel Sandhu and Jeff Buttle
Pairs: Sale/Pelletier, Mishkutounik/Dimitriev, Kazakova/Dimitriev, Berezhnia/Sikhurlidze, Gordieva/Grinkov, Underhill/Martini, lots of the current Canadians including Putnam/Wirtz, Langlois/Archetto, Marcoux/Buntin
Dance: Bourne/Kraatz, Torvil/Dean, Drobiazko/Vanagas, Annissina/Peizerat - In Canada I'm really excited by the potential of Lefebrve/Markov.
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first favorite: Sergei Davydov
second favorite: Sasha Abt
others I like a lot: Sergei Dobrin, Ilia Klimkin, Stanick Jeannette, Frederic Dambier, Alexander Shubin, Ilia Kulik, Alexei Yagudin
men and pairs are my fave disiplines, in pairs I love Lena & Anton, but unfortunately they turned pro, and I'll never see them skate in Europe again...
others: Arthur Dmitrev, with both partners, Gordieva & Grinkov, Berankova & Dlabola, Ina & Zimmerman
Ladies: Galina Maniachenko, Sasha Cohen, Elena Liashenko,
Dance: Denkova & Stavisky, Klimova & Ponomarenko, Anissina & Peizerat
Bona Fide Member
Hi again. My fav of all is MK, but I will just list a few of my other personal favorites that no one has mentioned yet.
Ladies: Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenny Kirk, Shizuka Arakawa, Mao Asada.
Men: Vahktang Murvanidze, Johnnie Weir, Matt Savoie, Jeffrey Buttle.
Pairs: Tai and Randy, the Protopoppovs.
Dance: Watanabe and Kido, Fusar-Poli and Margaglio, Punsalan and Swallow.
Hi there, and welcome...
Hmm, well, first, I am not and have never really been a dance fan. Bourne and Kraatz were the only ones to really capture my attention, although I have liked Roca and Sur when I've seen them in COI/SOI shows live. I can watch some other teams, and appreciate the strength and talent that it takes, but just don't really get excited about it.
Pairs is also not a big interest to me, although more than dance (Yep, I'm a single skater fan!) I loved G&G though, wow! And Misketenuk and Dmitriev were beautiful to watch...Bereshnaya and Sikharulidze are very similar (to me) to watching G&G. I also liked Brasseur and Eisler, Ina and Zimmerman, and right now, the Chinese pair whose names escape me! (World Champs last year?) As you can tell, I'm not great with spelling some of these last names!
Women's....I think Kristi Yamaguchi and Caryn Kadavy will always be beautiful to watch...class, grace, flow. I think Katia has turned into a beautiful single skater, just in her artistry and again, class, grace and flow. On the other hand (:wink, I loved Tonya Harding's excitement and power, until she proved her true colors! Of the current eligibles, Michelle Kwan, Shizuka Arakawa and Fumie Seguri are my faves. Beautiful, artistic, and all seemingly "nice"! (I know, I know, that shouldn't matter, but it's something that will draw me to a skater). All time fave female skater...Yuka Sato, for every single reason listed here, as well as the fact of her exquisite face: She always looks SO happy to be on the ice.
Mens....Ahhh, my fave discipline! Still love a lot of the pro skaters. Joe Sabovcik, power and height! Paul Wylie, well, impossible to explain why, just WOW. He steals my heart each time he's on the ice. Kurt Browning, great humor, character and FEET! Scott Hamilton...ditto of Kurt! Rudy Galindo, for his strength of body and character. Todd Eldredge, I was never a huge fan while he was eligible, although I wouldn't up and leave the room while he was skating! But seeing him open up more expressively in his programs, as well as his work ethic, his determination, his mental strength and those SPINS!!! WOW! I feel about the same of Kulik....am a bigger fan of him now than I was when he was eligible. Current eligibles, I like Weiss (and I am not even sure WHY! LOL! There is just something about his skating and him personally that I find appealing), Joubert, Sandhu (great personality and style on the ice!), Buttle (great edges, spread eagles, nice original spin positions).....heck, most of them! All time fave male skater would be Alexei Yagudin though....I think that for ME, in MY opinion, what I enjoy to watch and feel in skating, he is the full package.
Oh yeah, and "up and comers" I will enjoy watching mature....Griazev, Lysacek, Bradley, Yukina Ota, and Jenny Kirk!
Hmmm...I think generally, I kind of like skating!