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    Obscure figure skaters you remember even if no one else does

    One of the interesting things on the "Poised to break through" thread is some names of skaters who disappeared, some of which some skating fans may not remember. We all seem to have skaters we remember even if they just disappeared.

    Who are some skaters you remember?

    For me:
    In 1996, the Canadian Junior Figures skating medalist in men were: Colin Thompson, Jayson Denomme, and Ben Ferreira. I think most Canadian figure skating fans do remember Denomme and Ferreira, they made the national team several times, and Ferreira went to Worlds a few times. Thompson just disappeared after 1998

    Hanae Yokoya of Japan. I mentioned her in the "Poised to break through" thread. She retired in 1999.

    Keyla Ohs, a Canadian ladies skater in the mid 90s. She had nice presentation, but no confidence in competition. Our ladies at that time all had that problem. She disappeared after 1999 when she had to withdraw from Canadians at mono.

    Nicole Watt-- another young Canadian, she had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which forced her to retire.

    Netty Kim: Canadian Champion in 1995, though she did not qualify for the World Championships that year. She said she quit because she lost the joy in skating. She also had an eating disorder

    Marcus Christensen: A Canadian man who was part of the World team in the early 90s. Never mastered his 3A, so never did make it very far.

    I know, I know. I'm such a figure skating nerd!

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    Vakhtang Murvanidze! He always took the ice like he was the master of ceremonies introducing the other skaters.

    Andrea Best and Trevor Young They made it to nationals a couple of times, but they were superstars at local shows in the Detroit area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Vakhtang Murvanidze! He always took the ice like he was the master of ceremonies introducing the other skaters.
    Like Liashenko, he had a cult following. People rooted for him. He competed for ages and was a wonderful skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    I know, I know. I'm such a figure skating nerd!
    don't worry.

    I have an example of a skater I fondly remember, who quickly disappeared. She skated at the beginning of 2000 and I came to think of her again this autumn when I saw her name in a technical panel. Immediately when I saw her name I saw her in front of me, skating with joy in her dark green costume.

    I think she stuck in my mind because she had lots of energy and was fun to watch. Maybe also because she used the not so common dark green color. I saw her first time at 2000 Europeans where she was in 9th place. She never did better and stopped competing after a few years.

    Here she is at junior worlds 2000 in Oberstdorf ; Tamara Dorofejev Hungary, competing against Jennifer Kirk(gold?), Sarah Meier and Sasha Cohen. Tamara was 4th.

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    She was fun I like the commentators, too. They're positive and impartial not overly nit-picky like Dick and Peggy. Who are they?

    I think we're all skating nerds here. It's how some skaters you remember even if they do disappear.

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    Scott Davis, but I think GS members remember him fondly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    Scott Davis, but I think GS members remember him fondly.
    Yes! Especially since he had the skate of his life in the SP in Lillehammer! - http://youtu.be/IOeHbHZ6_2M

    I'd like to add Nathalie Krieg, who looks to be the inventor of the beautiful a-frame spin! http://youtu.be/qnoRJ8gZpZU

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    One of the interesting things on the "Poised to break through" thread is some names of skaters who disappeared, some of which some skating fans may not remember. We all seem to have skaters we remember even if they just disappeared.

    Who are some skaters you remember?

    For me:
    In 1996, the Canadian Junior Figures skating medalist in men were: Colin Thompson, Jayson Denomme, and Ben Ferreira. I think most Canadian figure skating fans do remember Denomme and Ferreira, they made the national team several times, and Ferreira went to Worlds a few times. Thompson just disappeared after 1998

    Hanae Yokoya of Japan. I mentioned her in the "Poised to break through" thread. She retired in 1999.

    Keyla Ohs, a Canadian ladies skater in the mid 90s. She had nice presentation, but no confidence in competition. Our ladies at that time all had that problem. She disappeared after 1999 when she had to withdraw from Canadians at mono.

    Nicole Watt-- another young Canadian, she had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which forced her to retire.

    Netty Kim: Canadian Champion in 1995, though she did not qualify for the World Championships that year. She said she quit because she lost the joy in skating. She also had an eating disorder

    Marcus Christensen: A Canadian man who was part of the World team in the early 90s. Never mastered his 3A, so never did make it very far.

    I know, I know. I'm such a figure skating nerd!
    Hi Coppertop! I remember some "obscure" Canadians. Some guy named Lyndon Johnston who went to skate in paris and even won a silver medal I think. Tracey Wainman was a huge hope for Canada but never materialized. Cynthia Coull had success both as a pairs and singles skater. Lisa Marie Allen was from the States and such an elegant skater; I found her by accident on youtube. Sydne Vogel had so much hope for the US but then I think she realized it was too tough and tried to skate for Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    Hi Coppertop! I remember some "obscure" Canadians. Some guy named Lyndon Johnston who went to skate in paris and even won a silver medal I think. Tracey Wainman was a huge hope for Canada but never materialized. Cynthia Coull had success both as a pairs and singles skater. Lisa Marie Allen was from the States and such an elegant skater; I found her by accident on youtube. Sydne Vogel had so much hope for the US but then I think she realized it was too tough and tried to skate for Germany.
    Tracey was limited by injury. She was a teenage sensation. Often used to argue in favour of an age limit, but she points out she was at her peak as a teen and had she had to wait she wouldn't ahve likely made it as far as she did. Tracey is now coaching in Toronto. Lyndon Johnston I think now coaches teams in the US. I remember Sydney, I didn't know she tried to switch to Germany.

    I must say there's quite a variety on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Tracey was limited by injury. She was a teenage sensation. Often used to argue in favour of an age limit, but she points out she was at her peak as a teen and had she had to wait she wouldn't ahve likely made it as far as she did. Tracey is now coaching in Toronto. Lyndon Johnston I think now coaches teams in the US. I remember Sydney, I didn't know she tried to switch to Germany.

    I must say there's quite a variety on this forum.
    My favorite skate of Tracey's was actually her comeback skate at age 18! She was no longer the little tween, but this sassy young lady skating to jazz music.

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    Jeri Campbell, mostly known as a good spinner during her competitive career (late 80s/early 90s), really came into her own artistically as a pro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwNnTuZUyxI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvbyTfvLJQ

    Scott Williams was another 80s competitor I really enjoyed as a 90s pro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeUoiP-py0A

    Alizah Allen, made it to TV once at US Nationals:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zud9TGXO_yU

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post

    Alizah Allen, made it to TV once at US Nationals:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zud9TGXO_yU
    In the same group at nationals with Alizah Allen, was Lisa Bell, who reminded me a lot of Jill Trenary:
    http://youtu.be/vOIsJQ3YQT0

    I know these pair aren't as forgotten as the other skaters we've listed, but compared to most Russian pairs, they seem to be afterthoughts:

    Selezneva/Makarov- http://youtu.be/z-6QpMoMugg
    Cherkasova/Shakrai- http://youtu.be/MTNSwcK5ElE
    Eltsova/Bushkov- http://youtu.be/bKi-QIiQ8Kw
    Shishkova/Naumov- http://youtu.be/Cy3LAxV8XwM

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post

    Alizah Allen, made it to TV once at US Nationals:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zud9TGXO_yU
    I LURVE LURVE Alizah Allen. You do not have to starve yourself to be a beautiful artist. She is amazing in this program. Not one toe, foot, leg is out of place. My best friend named his daughter Alizah because I thought it was a beautiful name (Hebrew for Joyful). They trusted me on this! Yikes! The jumps weren't really there, but she embodied beautiful skating.

    Thank you gkelly.

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