Yes, a string of women had it all. Henie-her spins, speed, incredible. Peggy wa balletic and strong. Dorothy made the basics an art form along with Janet. Kristi was the most exquisite pro. Michelle at 17 was pure delight. Jumpers like Ito inspired Tonya, Miki, Mao, YuNa.
It makes no sense to think anyone was perfect. Yuka Sato had no weaknesses. Has she been discussed? A rare talent indeed. Oh, such lucky people to see the great ladies in OLY. So jeaous
Michelle's performance. Melon I am sure you remember Yuna's performance so there's probably no need to link it . But here it is anyway - a 7 triple performance that broke the LP record at the time. Very different music cuts, performances, and choreography so I think this one's a coincidence.
Since I wasn't aware, thanks for the link! I'll forgive Michelle for that very "early 90's junior-not really tasteful" music cut, including a 30 second part that has nothing to do with Miss Saigon and sounds a bit like something out of Vangelis' Conquest of Paradise, but that can't be it since it only came out in 1994.
Maybe Michelle was inspired by Patricia Neske's Miss Saigon LP from the year before, since Neske originated from LA and trained alongside Michelle from time to time...
* search for "Patricia Neske LP 1992 World Figure Skating Championships" in regular youtube and you'll have a much better quality. I live in Germany aka Geoblock Hell, so I can't!
1992 Junior Nationals LP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42l8lZ7m9qY
I'm amazed how similar the music cuts are for all these programs . And I do see glimpse and poses and Yuna took from Michelle, but I think it makes it more similar because of the music cuts and dress. That Piano Concerto was a surprise!!! Never thought anyone would've skated that piece
Another fun fact is to look at all of the skaters who finished above Michelle at that competition (Michelle came in 8th, I think). None ever achieved anything at the senior level. And they had no clue at the time that they had beaten a future figure skating legend!
it's not possible, which is what makes the sport so interesting. But sometimes when I like to play a game in my head and pick three figure skating ladies to combine into the perfect skater. I.E. take their best attributes and subtract their weaknesses.
What if we combined: Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen.
Then we'd have a ladies skater with. Speed, huge jumps and great technique. Terrific musicality. (from Yuna) Solid skating skills, passion and artistry and ice presence (from Kwan), Perfect positions, extensions, great flair (Sasha)
What more could you want???
Well... what if we were to throw in Ito's triple axel? Or Alyssa's perfectly centered spins? Lu Chen's otherworldliness? Someone like Mathman should do a spread sheet.