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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Thanks! Is there an introductory board to post on in here?
    Not really, but the Le Cafe section is a good place if you want to introduce yourself

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    Welcome, Coppertop. Ingenious screen name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamForeman View Post
    Yeah, especially when Sasha bombed big time. But there was no way the team that year was not going to include her, Kwan, and the OGM.

    I was a huge HUGE fan of APM. Loved her over the top costumes!
    You must be a huge fan because it is very risky to use initials for a third tier skater and assume we are all going to know who in the world you are talking about Seriously I do remember Patrice macdonald or whatever her name is. I believe she was of mixed heritage and a gorgous but unfulfilled skater who I believe may have had a meddlingmom but I can't remember fully

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    Not sure if already mentioned but Yukina Ota definitely.
    ....adding Jenni Vahamaa as well.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Huh?! Last I heard he was going to compete at sectionals. I knew he was injured, but I felt he could have healed up for sectionals/nationals.

    I though he had a great break through last year winning silver at nationals and being part of the US sweep at junior worlds with Josh and Jason.
    To answer my own question: Shotoro Omori has WD from sectionals due to injury. However, I still don't see any indication that he's retired....

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodlepal View Post
    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.
    Yeah Elene makes me She truly is one of the loveliest skaters I have ever seen, but she could never pull it together and I realize/know now she never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    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.
    I loved her-she was always underscored.

    also Elene G. aint gonna happen, hope I'm wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    I loved her-she was always underscored.

    also Elene G. aint gonna happen, hope I'm wrong
    Yeah, she was. I remember at the World Championships in 1998, she skated one of the best SPs of the night but was ranked seventh behind Irina Slutskaya and Maria Butyrskaya, both who had mistakes. Politics of judging. I don't miss it.
    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    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!
    Yeah, she had potential but never really developed it to its fullest, she seemed to plateau. I agree she didn't have Irina's spark or charisma. She seemed to fizzle after 2003. Yup, she's coaching now. Like Elena Sokolova who never seemed to match her silver medal in 2003, partly from injury and partly because she didn't seem to adjust to the judging system.

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    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. :(

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