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    Erin Pearl.....

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    David Santee. Always skated to Rocky.

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    Simone Lang

    I don't like the 80s holdover East German styling even ca. 1992, but I do like that this program has a theme and uses the music quite often:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTUjPo6hPWw

    By mid-90s, her stroking and presentation look much more confident and mature, she's still musical and still has a huge double axel, but without the harder triples she wasn't going to contend:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyGH1otirbM

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    I've always enjoyed Aren Nielsen's brief time at the top ranks in Nationals. His best year, 1994, he won bronze with a lovely program. What spreadeagles! The fact that he skated to one of my favorite sound tracks, James Horner's for The Rocketeer, didn't hurt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA52eMDg6NA

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    Stephanie Rosenthal! Not sure what happened to her...

    SP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-2J_d9XksU
    LP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMwXYdkSK4g

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    I remember Pliuta from Skate Canada in 1998. He tried the quad lutz, but took a nasty fall!

    Anyone else remember Julia Lautowa of Austria?
    Yes... she was ex-Mrs Kostomarov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Anyone else remember Julia Lautowa of Austria?
    Yes! She had a fall @ the end of her 2003 Worlds' free skate , but laughed it off, and was as charming as could be.

    At those same Worlds, I remember Alissa Drei - met her, wished her well & did a double take - she looked like Irina S.!

    Olympia, I liked Aren Nielsen, too. He skated with such joy!

    Katrina Hacker - 2009 US Nationals in Cleveland

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    Andrea Gardiner - She's the first person I saw do a double-triple combo, way back in 1998. She was at Nationals for several years and I enjoyed watching her.

    Erin Pearl - Fun to watch at '99 Nationals, had a warp that Dick and Peggy harped on

    Amber Corwin - Was at Nationals year after year, was close to making the world team but never did

    Britteny McConn - Skated to Les Mis in 1998, nice smile, memorable dress

    Elena Liashenko - a major telegrapher (and Dick let us know it). She was around for a long time.

    Tatiana Malinina - nice jumps, skated her 1998 LP to Aladidn, good SP at 1998 Worlds, always got so excited when she skated well

    Tonia Kwiatkowski - always well-packaged, older and mature skater, so happy for her when she did so well at '98 Worlds

    Yukari Nakano - had a wrap, had nice moments, in many ways the forgotten Japanese skater of the early 2000s

    I still remember the glory days when the early groups at U.S. Nationals were actually televised. Well, the coverage in general for all figure skating events was more extensive back then. That's how I got most of this list. Sadly, that doesn't happen anymore.

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    Evelyn Grossman

    She was coached by Katerina Witts coach. She was suppose to be the next big star for Germany. She was a pretty skater like Witt, but she did not have Witts competitive spirit. She was at the 1989 Worlds, but I never saw her after that.

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    One of my favourite skaters in the 70s was Gerti Schanderl (4th at the 1974 Worlds). The only footage I know of her skating is in the beginning of this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9rrzDDPTFs

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    Oh, and Juliana Cannarozzo and Kirsten Olson of Ice Princess fame. Juliana skated at 2007 U.S. Nationals. Not sure what level Kirsten got to, but she's not skating anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    Andrea Gardiner - She's the first person I saw do a double-triple combo, way back in 1998. She was at Nationals for several years and I enjoyed watching her.

    I was a big fan of Andrea's. Sometimes we shared the same ice. She sometimes came across as clunky on tv, but in person she was stirkingly beautiful and elegant, and a really nice young woman.

    Erin Pearl - Fun to watch at '99 Nationals, had a warp that Dick and Peggy harped on

    That was the wrap to end all wraps. It seemed her free leg was over her knee! That 3loop of hers could have passed for a weed whacker. No extended legs with pointed feet there!

    Amber Corwin - Was at Nationals year after year, was close to making the world team but never did

    Her one serious chance at Worlds was 1999, I think she was even in 2nd place after the short. Then she went out and doubled almost everything wearing her blue knock off Nancy Kerrigan Vera from 1992. Her jumps belong in the pre-rotated Hall of Fame. She is figure skating royalty though, as her tiara would indicate.


    Britteny McConn - Skated to Les Mis in 1998, nice smile, memorable dress

    She was cute. I don't remember her Les Mis dress, it was black, right? I'm not sure what is memorable about it. One of her more memorable dresses was at the Olympic Festival. She chose a bubble gum pink dress, which I found curious for a 15/16 y/o. She almost needed some frills and baby jane boot covers to complete it. It was so girly girly I could picture her skipping down the Boardwalk eating cotton candy singing "Good Ship Lollipop". She had an awesome axel technique, even Scottie thought she'd get a triple there.

    Elena Liashenko - a major telegrapher (and Dick let us know it). She was around for a long time.

    She had the most awesome and uncomfortable looking Freakin' Telegraphs! She really was around for a Freakin' long time!!!

    Tatiana Malinina - nice jumps, skated her 1998 LP to Aladidn, good SP at 1998 Worlds, always got so excited when she skated well

    I don't know how she slipped through the Russian system and had to skate for Uzbekibekistanstanstan. Her jumps were perfect. I was so happy when she won GPF in 98/99. She also probably should have medaled at 99 Worlds.


    Tonia Kwiatkowski - always well-packaged, older and mature skater, so happy for her when she did so well at '98 Worlds

    She was well presented, as Peggy would say "Not one hair is out of place." I was rooting for her to make Nagano, I really was. I always wished she would have gone for a different perspective, whether choreographically or coach-wise. When you are that old, and doing the same thing for an entire decade, try SOMETHING different. Obviously Campbells knew who were their bread and butter, and said to Tonia "NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!"

    Yukari Nakano - had a wrap, had nice moments, in many ways the forgotten Japanese skater of the early 2000s

    The wrap, the wrap.... If only she didn't have that wrap. Even with it, she was my favorite of all the Japenese ladies in the 2000s. I'll never forget that LP at Worlds where I thought she'd win the whole thing, but didn't even make the podium. Mao, Caro, and Yuna all stumbled, but the caller got his microscoptic protractor and dg'd all of her jumps. She and Yukina Ota were the two most beautiful skaters to come out of Japan ever.

    I still remember the glory days when the early groups at U.S. Nationals were actually televised. Well, the coverage in general for all figure skating events was more extensive back then. That's how I got most of this list. Sadly, that doesn't happen anymore.
    Sorry, I am too old and set in my ways to learn how to do this copy/paste thing. I'm in bold. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying camel View Post
    Evelyn Grossman

    She was coached by Katerina Witts coach. She was suppose to be the next big star for Germany. She was a pretty skater like Witt, but she did not have Witts competitive spirit. She was at the 1989 Worlds, but I never saw her after that.
    I liked Evelyn in 1989, but she grew, and while Katarina was built by GDR in the mould of Poetzsch, at least Katarina established her own identity. Evelyn was generic Poetzsch. I'll post her 89 Worlds, where OF COURSE she skated to Broadway Showtunes, favoring The Sound of Music iirc. I haven't checked but I think she even packed in The Lonely Goatherd......... Oh my.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0wi6I98kuI

    And as an aside. I will come out and say it. Frau Uta Muller is one beautiful woman. When she isn't walking around with those glasses and looking like she was casting for the James Bond role of "eville Communist villain", she has beautiful eyes, a very striking face, and good hair. She's a skater, so probably has a good body. Uta Muller is my new granny crush!! LOL

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    Patricia Neske- http://youtu.be/SHSf6cJLwLk
    Alice Sue Claeys- http://youtu.be/A19DoS2vXeM
    Kathleen Kelly Cutone- http://youtu.be/jANG8dgg8Q0
    Tricia Mansfield- http://youtu.be/W1LsqEZ3W3c
    Jessica Mills- http://youtu.be/eGOyFV0AdXY

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    Thank you Blue Dog for posting Jessica Mills!!! I was GYMN and SKAT at that point. I loved Jessica Mills. (And Phoebe!!)

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