If we're looking for beauty - I think most of the teams mentioned have one beautiful component and the partner is just so-so. If we're looking for beauty on the ice I don't think anyone ever, IMO, could beat Katia and Sergei. The chemistry between them was almost palpable. I also think there are certain aspects of people that make them attractive; for example, if Charlie White got his hair cut short I think he would lose alot of that magnetism. Adam Rippon's curls were beautimous. Now he's just sort of average-looking. Meryl, to me, (and I don't mean this to be mean) looks like the blue lady in Avatar. I think her actions and her skating is beautiful but don't think she's particularly a beautiful woman. Scott Moir seems plastic to me. I thought Kurt Browning was very handsome when he was younger and before his hair started to recede. Now he's just cute! It's hard to separate the skating from the looks of the person. Great skaters kind of transcend physical beauty.
I also agree with the person who posted about Katia's overly light hair and somewhat weather-beaten look these days. Why she has lightened her hair so much is beyond me when she has such a gorgeous natural chestnut color.
Objectively, I can see why G&G are hailed as the most beautiful, but they do absolutely nothing for me.
I think the dueling divas and the sparring of words Johnny Weir and Evan Lycaek made or would make a great couple to be politically correct. Evan is dark and Johnny is fair and they have such different personalities when they were sparring with words it was like Ebony and Ivory -in perfect harmony (disharmony) but they have a good look about them.
and of course Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin
there my list is complete, I knew I missed 1 more couple
I don't think that beauty fades; it merely changes. If you look at someone like Georgia O'Keeffe in her late years, you see what I mean. (And she was as weathered as they get, living in the sun in New Mexico for decades doing those magnificent paintings.) We have the perfection of each age of Katia's beauty on YouTube and in photographs, and this is just another stage. Heaven forbid Katia goes in for that awful girlish embalming that many people do. Cher would have aged magnificently, with that aquiline bone structure, and she's frozen herself, as has Peggy Fleming. Maybe they have to for their professions, but Katia doesn't.
And how wonderful that she's kept up her meticulous skating technique. Her jumps haven't been strong for a long time (since before her solo career started), but they're as good as she can keep them, and all the other aspects are lovely, from the footwork to the spins. She respects her audience and doesn't phone in her performance. Remember that amazing James Bond duo she did with Valeri Bure a few years ago, where she let him lift her so precariously and just went for it. Yeah, hockey players are strong, but he could have lost his balance, and she seemed ready for the challenge--plus they must have trained like demons for hours--both aspects evidence of her commitment to a program.
Old age and decaying bodies/looks are a terrible thing. Senility, body odor, arthritis, Alzheimer's, deteriorating cognitive function, etc. Aging isn't really a great thing, no matter how people spin it.
Cosmetic technology hasn't reached the point where its work is invisible. As soon as it's unnoticeable, people will do it en masse.
You and I will have to agree to disagree on that. I had a relative who was a hundred years old, and my experience of beauty does not match your description.