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Thread: Greatest Pairs Skaters of all time? and best competitive amateur pairs programs?

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    The best SP ever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enegcJGB4NY Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze Lady Caliph

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    elle_e:

    Please tell us more about yourself... protecting your anonymity, of course.

    I think it's great we have an active skater coached by a World Champion, and I'm interested in learning more about what it's like to train with him.
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    Agreed!

    I'm glad to hear that Shakrai is such a good coach and a nice person. You could see from the clips that he was a really strong skater, and it must be such an advantage to learn from a man with his understanding of the sport. I think somewhere I read that his coach was Zhuk? You're practically learning from skating royalty!
    I'm a figure skater from Australia - though you could have figured that out from Wiki, since Sergei coaches in Sydney. And with a little googling my rink and club. The internet is so revealing these days. He's been my part-time coach since mid-last year, my current coach is actually one of Sergei's former students. I started skating two years ago for leisure, and I don't compete because I'm too old for the normal stream, but not old enough for adult. It's 2:30am and I can't think of anything interesting. Sergei is a very encouraging coach - I've improved exponentially since being taught by him. But as I'm sure is a characteristic amongst many coaches, they laugh at me when I fall, after making sure I'm alright of course.

    I think it says Zhuk was his coach on Wiki.

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    That sounds like so much fun.

    I think it would be great to learn to skate well, just for leisure and exercise... and to not be troubled by not being an active competitor.

    It's what I do with golf. I love to play, and I'm reasonably good, but any suspicion that I'm on the prowl for a tour card is laughable.

    Good on ya for investing in something that's just for you.

    ETA: I've done a bit of travel, and Sydney is one of my favorite cities I've visited. Your post seems as open and authentic as the people I met during my visits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elle_e View Post
    I'm a figure skater from Australia - though you could have figured that out from Wiki, since Sergei coaches in Sydney. And with a little googling my rink and club. The internet is so revealing these days. He's been my part-time coach since mid-last year, my current coach is actually one of Sergei's former students. I started skating two years ago for leisure, and I don't compete because I'm too old for the normal stream, but not old enough for adult. It's 2:30am and I can't think of anything interesting. Sergei is a very encouraging coach - I've improved exponentially since being taught by him. But as I'm sure is a characteristic amongst many coaches, they laugh at me when I fall, after making sure I'm alright of course.

    I think it says Zhuk was his coach on Wiki.
    How lovely that you're able to work on your skating on a regular basis. It must feel like heaven when you perfect something new and get to skate it to music.

    I've been very excited to read of Australia's growing presence in skating, and I hope that soon you will see someone bring home a world or Olympic medal. One day I'd love to get to Oz. It's been a favorite place of mine since seeing a movie set there when I was a child. I'd love to see all the Australian cities, though I gather that will involve a lot of flying since they're all on the outer edges of the continent and quite far apart from one another.

    Since I'm a children's literature geek and don't get to talk to Australians much, I'll go off-topic and ask you if you ever read one of my favorite authors, Patricia Wrightson. Some of her books were published here in the U.S. She made it a goal to write fantasies based on Australian folklore rather than using European motifs such as unicorns and elves. I especially loved The Nargun and the Stars and the trilogy that started with The Ice Is Coming.

    Back on topic, to Plushyfan, I agree that B/S had some of the best short programs ever. And isn't their Chaplin long program wonderful? They were a truly elegant pair, and a wonderful testament to Moskvina's coaching skills.

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    Yes, plushyfan, my link as the Best ever SP also was the Lady Caliph from Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze performed in thy OG in Salt Lake City,

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    Damn that was gorgeous! Thanks for posting. I had forgotten how absolutely beautiful they were. Brought tears to my eyes ... again. Cried the first time I saw it too.

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    The Lady Caliph is a pure beauty, I no wonder you like it, too.

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