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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post

    Who remembers Karen Kwan? A lovely skater, just not a strong jumper.
    Of course! She now coaches Caroline Zhang.

    Elizabeth Kwon (this girl was hyped when she was a kid; sadly she never materialized) - http://youtu.be/Qu8G3OaINOs

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    Back to the 80's:

    Josef sabochuk (sp?) - I remember being fascinated by his jumps...
    Gregor filipowski -he did make his way back int the 80's, but you don't hear him spoken of much anymore. I believed he is married to Tracey Wainman and working in Ottawa...:-)

    And more recently, Joey Russell - wonderful skater, just never got control of that 3A...

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    Jumpin Joe! I enjoyed him as a pro! He won the bronze in 1984

    Joey also came from a country with a LOT of good men, I liked him. Too bad he never got the hang of that dang 3A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Jumpin Joe! I enjoyed him as a pro! He won the bronze in 1984

    Joey also came from a country with a LOT of good men, I liked him. Too bad he never got the hang of that dang 3A.
    Jumpin' Joe was once married to Tracey Wainman.

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    I remember most of the ones listed, but I'll add some Canadian ones people may or may not have heard of, depending on how big a fan you are:

    Jean-Francois Hebert
    Christopher Mabee
    Angela Derochie
    Michelle Currie
    Annie Bellemare
    Marie-Claude Savard-Gagnon/Luc Bradet (LOVED them!!)
    Jessica Miller/Ian Moram
    Jacynthe Lariviere/Lenny Faustino
    Elizabeth Putnam/Sean Wirtz
    Lauren Senft/Leif Gislason
    Chantal Lefebvre with Michel Brunet, Justin Lanning and Arseniy Markov (and, vaguely, Michel Brunet with Jennifer Boyce)
    Pascal Denis with Josee Piche and Martine Patenaude
    Brenda Key/Ryan Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    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.
    Thanks for reminding me about Cannarozzo! I used to be a fan, but all I can remember is one LP now.. and vaguely.

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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?
    That's the only competition I remember Pliuta at.. can't remember the fall though for some reason. Speaking of a fall in '99, I'm now recalling Dorota Zagorska-Siudek's major fall in the pairs competition at '99 Worlds.. or wait, that was 2000 I think. I just remembered that they medalled in 1999.. IIRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajjcanada View Post
    Back to the 80's:

    Josef sabochuk (sp?) - I remember being fascinated by his jumps...
    I was just looking at the Facebook profile of a certain Russian skater that now lives in Switzerland (mmmm, I wonder who that could be... ), and found this photo of the perfromers from the 2013 edition of "Music On Ice", held in May in Geneva:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...76377337_n.jpg

    Jozef Sabovčík is standing in between Samuel Contesti and Nathalie Péchalat. (Can't say I like Joe's shirt!)

    Unfortunately, I can't find a video of his 2013 routine on YouTube.

    HOWEVER, here is a video of Jozef's routine at the 2011 edition

    Quote Originally Posted by coppertop1 View Post
    Jumpin Joe! I enjoyed him as a pro! He won the bronze in 1984.
    If you want to re-live it, I just found his 1984 Olympic FS on YouTube! Although the quality of the video is awful at the start (that's the problem with digitising 25 year old tapes!), it fortunately does not stay like that.

    Hope this helps

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    Last edited by CaroLiza_fan; 12-06-2013 at 02:22 AM. Reason: Forgot to put in link to photo!!! Oops!!!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ajjcanada View Post
    Back to the 80's:

    Josef sabochuk (sp?) - I remember being fascinated by his jumps...
    Gregor filipowski -he did make his way back int the 80's, but you don't hear him spoken of much anymore. I believed he is married to Tracey Wainman and working in Ottawa...:-)

    And more recently, Joey Russell - wonderful skater, just never got control of that 3A...
    His signature as a pro was the delayed axel. He leaps into the air with total abandon.

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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 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 read an interview with S&N, but I can't find it anymore. It was very interesting. They were considered to be competent, but somewhat bland skaters, but their insights on skating were spot on. Basically, they said skating is not only a sport but an art where you have to convey emotion while performing difficult technical elements that require hundreds/thousands of repetitions to get right. They said the demands on skaters can be at times unfair, especially when perfection is expected.

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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!
    All underrated skaters. The most underrated out of that bunch were S&M. Their Michael Jackson SP one year was just awesome. They outskated everyone but didn't have the cachet to win or be rewarded properly. The Canadian audience gave them a standing ovation and that was towards the end of the Cold War.

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    "Jumpin' Joe" just celebrated his 50th b'day, according to his wife, Jennifer, on Facebook.

    I remember Chris Mabee very fondly from 2005 Skate America in Atlantic City, NJ. I enjoyed his skating, and got to meet him together with Kurt @ the end of the evening (of the men's competition). IIRC, Chris was/is skating on one of the cruise ship lines. I think we got to see Annie Bellemare skate @ Skate America in Reading, PA (2003). I waved my Canadian flag for her when she was in the K&C (our seats were in the section next to the K&C). She saw it, smiled back to us! I think she & her husband recently had a baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I remember most of the ones listed, but I'll add some Canadian ones people may or may not have heard of, depending on how big a fan you are:

    Jean-Francois Hebert
    Christopher Mabee
    Angela Derochie
    Michelle Currie
    Annie Bellemare
    Marie-Claude Savard-Gagnon/Luc Bradet (LOVED them!!)
    Jessica Miller/Ian Moram
    Jacynthe Lariviere/Lenny Faustino
    Elizabeth Putnam/Sean Wirtz
    Lauren Senft/Leif Gislason
    Chantal Lefebvre with Michel Brunet, Justin Lanning and Arseniy Markov (and, vaguely, Michel Brunet with Jennifer Boyce)
    Pascal Denis with Josee Piche and Martine Patenaude
    Brenda Key/Ryan Smith
    I remember all of them! Annie Bellemare had such talent but a hard time with her nerves (our women used to have a lot of trouble with that, something Jennifer Robinson and Joannie overcame. Kaetlyn doesn't seem to have a problem at all, I think always being in front of a crowd helps, plus she's a natural competitor and performer). Angelia went to Worlds in 1998, but had a hip injury and finished 20th. It was a bad time for women's skating in Canada. Chantal and Michel were good, I always felt they were undermarked. Interesting to note, Chantal was Patrice Lauzon's former partner until Patrice teamed with Marie France Dubreuil. I remember Boyce and Brunet's flintstone routine!
    Marie-Claude and Luc were good, I felt bad for them in Nagano when they had the Nagano flu. They really fought to keep their dream alive.
    From that same era, there was Ravi Walia. Again, never really broke through at nationals, but always seemed like a nice guy. He coaches Kaetlyn Osmond, of course.
    Stephane Yyvars, who looks just like Eric Millot

    Dorota had a nasty fall in 1998 Worlds, she fell into the boards. Yup, they medalled in 1999. There was a team that had a horrible fall in the 2000 Worlds on a lift. That was Julia Obertas and Dmitri Palamarchuk. They split after that, Julia has had other partners since but never broke through.

    Thanks for the pointer, CaroLiza. Yeah, old tapes aren't great quality.

    Some more lesser known Canadians (some before I started watching)
    Lisa Sargeant (Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz's older sister)
    Charlene Wong (I believe she is a former coach of Mirai Nagasu)
    Michael Slipchuk (of course, now the director of Skate Canada High Performance)

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