A favorite of mine, Yebin Mok!!
A favorite of mine, Yebin Mok!!
It was the Obertas/Palamarchuk fall in 2000 that I was thinking of, I'm pretty sure, since I remember the girl falling almost on her head, not just into the boards. I also don't think I even watched the '98 Worlds since I only became a big fan from 1999 on. Btw, I remember that Obertas and Sergei Slavnov were doing decently and then they just kinda disappeared.
Lots of interesting skaters being brought up here!
I liked the Siudeks very much. They were able to convey their connection on the ice, which is the hallmark of a good pair or ice dance team, and his strength balanced her grace.
I agree that Karen Kwan was an interesting skater, very different from Michelle in style and affect. She didn't reach out to the audience but was more interior. I remember that one commentator at U.S. Nationals called her style "personal, almost private." I thought that was the perfect way to characterize her skating.
One of my first fave ice dance couples was the Canadian couple Barbara Berezowski and David Porter. I saw them live in Toller Cranston's ice show. I would hardly call them obscure, as they were repeat Canadian champs, but it was long enough ago (the '70s), and it was at a time when very few North American couples could break through to top world positions. (The exception being the USA's Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns, who won bronze at the 1976 Games.) Thanks to whoever put up the following videos! How great to see again skaters one has seen only in inaccurate memory for decades.
A competitive program
A theatrical program
Vera Hruba Ralston from Czechoslovakia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkYs-OVKf8E she appears at the 1:20 mark.
Kristian Alfonso http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUQHXW0_UNU
Belita from Great Britain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDvAFbi-ats
Katherine Healy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WumPvDo1lwg
Lynn-Holly Johnson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YccoahhUnWY
Definitely Katherine Healy! Love her style, though she never had the jumps needed to reach the top in competitive skating. She was a wonderful exhibition skater.
This SP is sublime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MbpNJxQutc
Notice how it's the same music as Christina Gao's SP from the past couple seasons. Karen's interpretation blows Gao's away.
Also, she was very undermarked for that performance. I would have given at least 5.8 for presentation. It's a joke how they placed Nicole Bobek's SP ahead at that competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5kpe_jqAjI
Wow that Katherine Healy video! I thought Sasha had the most awesome Charlotte spiral, but Katherine's ---incredible. what an artist.
That was a beautiful skate by Karen Kwan. It was disappointing that Julia Obertas retired so early but towards the end she had lost her ability to land the jumps. I think she skated with Slavnov as he was her then boyfriend.
I remember Stephanie's LP from the nationals. So different and fun!
Yeah, I remember Julia Obertas missing her jumps more and more. Why was that?
Some more I remember:
Yulia Lavrenchuk of Ukraine. Not really an elegant skater, but very powerful and athletic.
This is her performance at the 1998 Olympics, she was 11th.
I mentioned Julia Lautowa, here's her performances in 1997 and 1998
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3vumI4wo1A- 1997 Worlds LP, she finished 8th
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-s9cgY2veg- 1998 Olympics. she was 14th, after a disastrous SP had her way down in 21st.
I wonder why she fell off the map. Was it a growth spurt? Personal difficulties (like a failed marriage at a young age)