Kevin van der Perren (Belguim) - His programs did nothing for me artistically but, wow, what a powerful jumper! His last skate (Worlds 2012) shows this. What is he doing now?
As you probably know, Kevin is married to Jenna McCorkell. They are currently coaching quite a few young skaters in Belgium, where they live.
If you look at this thread that I started in October, and click on the link in Trewyn's reply, you will see that Kevin's name features very frequently in the coach's column.
Also, last January, he and Charissa van Dipte won the 2012/13 series of “Sterren op de Dansvloer”, the Belgian version of "Strictly Come Dancing".
Here is a photo of them holding the trophy.
Hope this helps
What about Stephanie Rosanthol? I'll always remember this bizarre SP, sorry the quality of the video is awful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgphETWcMNM
I don't know what it is but all the Swiss skaters are amazing spinners: Denise Biellman, Nathalie Krieg, Lucinda, Sarah Meier, Stephane Lambiel. All of them. Lucinda is the best, IMO. I think it's her height she can use her long limbs to create all sorts of beautiful and difficult spins. Lucinda never finished in the top ten, but she was great to watch, such joy and appeal. Her height made jumping difficult, but I could watch her do nothing but spin all day. She holds the world record.
She placed behind gold medallist Daniela Silivas of Romania and Yelena Shushunova of the former Soviet Union.
My sort of 'obscure' skater that I remember never went elite but she was memorable - Katherine Healy! She went professional at just 11 and also went on to a successful career in ballet as a prima ballerina. I used to have the book "A Very Young Skater" by Jill Krementz featuring Katherine. I'm a huge fan of hers to this day.
Here's Katherine in a ballet performance of - her version of the "Black Swan" coda
Earlier in the year, some members were criticising me for starting a thread about an "obscure skater" getting married. The thing is, Karla Quinn is the best known Ladies skater in Northern Ireland after Jenna McCorkell. So, although she might be "obscure" to skating fans in North America, she is a household name to skating fans here in Ireland.
So, obscurity is totally subjective.
Unfortunately for me, Lucinda retired around the time I started watching skating, so I didn't see her in action at the time. But, I too enjoy watching old videos of her, in total amazement! (If I tried to spin at even a 10th of the speed she does, I would fall in a heap... and that's not even trying to do it on ice! )
About a year-and-a-half ago, Lucinda had twin daughters. She is forever posting photos and videos of the twins on Facebook (and even some on YouTube). And I don't blame her one bit - they are absolutely adorable!!!
Mind you, Lucinda and her husband will have their hands full with 2 girls growing up at the same time! So, I wouldn't trade places with either of them!
Thanks for letting us know what she's doing. She is going to be busy!
I agree about obscure being subjective. We all have skaters we remember well who we love, and some that we consider more obscure.
I remember Dick mentioned how Lucinda's spinning ability actually hindered her jumping ability. She had an ability to spin on the ground but it's too much for the air.
Thanks for the update on Lucinda, CaroLiza_fan. I remember her with great delight. Fortunately she had a bit of a pro career while the well-televised Landover competition was still ongoing, and so home audiences in the U.S. got to watch her at her best without worrying whether she needed to make a particular jump. Yes, even Alissa can't match what this lady could do. Sidenote: because Lucinda's father traveled all over for business, she lived in many countries and became fluent in several languages. At one point she trained alongside Yuka Sato under Yuka's parents. Yuka said in a televised feature that Lucinda was fluent enough in Japanese so they could converse in the language.
Sasha'sSpins: Katherine Healy is a fave of mine as well, and I too have the book that features her, A Very Young Skater.
You may already be aware of this, Coppertop, but just in case, keep in mind that Ruh's book has a certain amount of sad stuff in it. She didn't have an easy time of it earlier on, apparently--another reason I'm glad to hear that her current life, including kids, is so happy. I'd suggest reading a review of it on Amazon or somewhere before searching it out.