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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvtodd View Post
    Katrina Hacker - 2009 US Nationals in Cleveland
    Oh, I used to see her practicing sometimes at the Princeton University rink a few years back. I know she was involved in the figure skating club and did some coaching for Special Olympics. She's probably graduated by now though.

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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.

    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


    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.


    It was a pleasure to see Amber skate @ 2003 Skate America in Reading, PA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Victura View Post
    Oh, I used to see her practicing sometimes at the Princeton University rink a few years back. I know she was involved in the figure skating club and did some coaching for Special Olympics. She's probably graduated by now though.
    Good for her. I hope she's doing well.

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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 LiamForeman View Post
    Thank you Blue Dog for posting Jessica Mills!!! I was GYMN and SKAT at that point. I loved Jessica Mills. (And Phoebe!!)
    You're welcome! I loved Jessica Mills. I never saw her sister, however.

    Here are some more!

    Holly Cook- http://youtu.be/FRCGNGVXnQs
    Landry/Johnston- http://youtu.be/YAPoRJmMRTw
    McGrath/Carr- http://youtu.be/1sp5NgnIffI
    Asanakis/Mckeever- http://youtu.be/Nv3E-LnkXSM
    Sydne Vogel- http://youtu.be/QTdTltu8Ns8
    Lyons/Wells- http://youtu.be/aZ8o1fGdT7E
    Stephanie Rosenthal- http://youtu.be/ZMwXYdkSK4g
    Alisa Drei- http://youtu.be/rWYNAULzExA
    Elina Kettunen- http://youtu.be/EKxdhPdCE1A
    Binshu Xu- http://youtu.be/kTXiWXrrzOw
    Last edited by blue dog; 12-04-2013 at 03:48 PM.

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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 BlackPack View Post
    Gary Beacom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcQWCca5i8

    I discovered him during the 90s pro circuit. I learned more about him later on the forums. He wasn't a strong amateur competitor. He was so strange. He liked to stand on his head and didn't pay his taxes.
    Always loved Gary! There is a really interesting interview on Skate guard (N_Halifax is the interviewer) with him and it's recent. Have a look!

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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 blue dog View Post
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    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
    Aren't Selezneva/Makarov the parents of Ksenia Makarov?
    I remember Etlsova/Bushkov and Shishkova Naumov!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Aren't Selezneva/Makarov the parents of Ksenia Makarov?
    I remember Etlsova/Bushkov and Shishkova Naumov!
    Yep! Those are Ksenia Makarova's parents. E/B and S/N, while technically sound pairs, kind of lacked the magic of the top Russian pairs. But boy were they amazing!

    Matthew Hall - http://youtu.be/iQZvonuzel4

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    Shishkova and Naumov teach in Simbury and have for years. Their son, Maxim, competes in men's singles (USFSA) at I think the Juvenile level now - he's 12.

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    I remember in Vancouver, Rod Black said that S/M were Ksenia's parents and coaches.

    I would say the same about Petrova/Tikonov. Shows you how good the Russian pairs were in the 90s, when two great teams like that are "Footnotes" anywhere else they'd be stars in their country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandenburg View Post
    Shishkova and Naumov teach in Simbury and have for years. Their son, Maxim, competes in men's singles (USFSA) at I think the Juvenile level now - he's 12.
    I didn't realize that Shishkova and Naumov were married with child/ren. How sweet. I always liked them.

    It is hard to believe the depth of Russian pairs back then. Shish/Naum, Elts/Bush, Pet/Tikh to name a few of the somewhat forgotten pairs, and they all won World championship titles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamForeman View Post
    I didn't realize that Shishkova and Naumov were married with child/ren. How sweet. I always liked them.

    It is hard to believe the depth of Russian pairs back then. Shish/Naum, Elts/Bush, Pet/Tikh to name a few of the somewhat forgotten pairs, and they all won World championship titles!
    Shishkova/Naoumov married several years ago. I liked them too.

    I know, it's crazy the depth Russia had in pairs. It's like the only one world title and no Olympic medals and that's a footnote!

    Who remembers Karen Kwan? A lovely skater, just not a strong jumper.

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