Welcome, Coppertop. Ingenious screen name!
Not sure if already mentioned but Yukina Ota definitely.
....adding Jenni Vahamaa as well.
Thanks again guys!
It's a good point about some quitting before they have a chance, and others definitely is a matter of headcasing. That was the problem with Sandhu. So often, he'd miss the first jump and give up. I wonder if coaching was part of the issue? Seeing what someone said about Joanne McLeod's coaching, and how her skaters struggle with the Axels, which Sandhu was always so cautious when he'd set up for it, and also she didn't believe in the psychological aspect of skating, and Sandhu definitely needed a sports psychologist (he did work with one in 2005-06, but he needed one before that).
I'd also add Alissa Czisny, 2011 looked like she'd be able to reach her full potential but she was hampered by injury after and as she's pulled from nationals I wouldn't be surprised if she retired.
Last edited by coppertop1; 11-20-2013 at 12:14 PM. Reason: adding Alissa Czisny
Why was Liza mentioned in here? She's still fairly young and new, isn't it a bit too soon to say she never broke through? Sheesh!
You know who else I just remembered? Actually, she's not hard to remember, she's still around.
Johnny Weir said Elene from Georgia would win the gold in 2010. She was in the top 6 after the short program in 2006 IIRC
She's still skating, but she's not winning an Olympic gold short of an incredible miracle.
Oh yes! I was thinking of her, she looks like she's heading that way. Growth spurt and injuries cost her.
Also, Tatiana Malinina of Uzkbekistan had her best season in 1998-99, and it looked like she was on her way to becoming a top skater, but she was plagued by injury in 99-00 and dropped to 18th, and her coach died suddenly, too. She was never able to regain the same status.
Then after her big year in 1998-99, she bad the worst luck, as I said. Injuries and the death of her coach. It's too bad.
How about Viktoria Volchkova who looked like she was poised to be another great Russian lady skater, but after her best finish in 2003 (5th) she just fell off the map, dropping to fifteenth in 2004, and I don't think she made the World Team in 2005, and had to withdraw from the Olympics in 2006.
I agree about Elene, it's too bad. She has great flare, but no consistency.
Well, I've seen Volchkova skate---for one thing, her flip was undistinguishable from her lutz. Her jumps were huge, but they stopped almost dead on the landing. It was pretty eerie. And she never did have Irina's spark, and contagious audience appeal When there's one or two skaters that are better than you in your own country, it's hard to stay training, I would think. It looks like she's a really good coach though!
Julia Soldotova seemed poised for big things when she won the world bronze medal in 1999 and European silver. But she never reached that level again.