Gotta Have Music
Make that sweet potato chips (delicious)
Originally Posted by Amei
Also, Kurt, Paul W., "Taka," Michal B., Brian O., Sasha Abt, Ilia Kulik, Katia, Javier, the Kerrs, Meryl & Charlie, Tanith & Ben, The Shibs, Misha Ge, Denis Ten, Nathalie & Fabian, Delobel & Schoenfelder, Faiella & Scali, Capellini & Lanotte, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moskovitch, Shen & Zhao, Akiko, Mao, Midori, Michelle, Yuka, Jeff Buttle, Alissa, Jason Brown, Max Aaron, Adam Rippon, Tomas V. ...
Japanese humility/graciousness in victory and defeat
Originally Posted by phaeljones
Present skaters at Olympics ( may have missed a few)
Tomas Verner : Beautiful basic skating, esp. power and depth of edge
Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze : Wonderful lines and basic skating.
Mao Asada : Very pure glide, great control, beautiful carriage, crazy in all the right ways.
Pechalat/Bourzat : Fun!
Michelle Kwan and Mao Asada: beautiful, harmonious skating
Lu Chen: beautiful skating and unique choreography
Daisuke Takahashi: Charisma and fantastic presentation
Alexei Yagudin: Drama on ice
G&G: most beautiful pair ever
I also really liked Yukina Ota. She had a very brief career but lovely programs and presentation.
Midori Ito, Lu Chen, Yuna Kim, Mao Asada, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Li Zijun!
I also agree on the Michelle, Kurt, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze, Lambiel, Dai, GG, Yagudin and Buttle picks.
I wish Tomas Verner with his beautiful skating skills knew that he was all that.
Endlessly Critiquing Costumes
From the way-back file:
Pairs team Yamaguchi and Galindo. I've reminded myself of them when I was complaining on the "not my cup of tea" thread.
They had so much promise as a young team. It's a shame she ended the partnership to focus on singles, but history will indicate she made the right call.
I would have loved to see them develop. They were the last American team I really liked a lot, although I admit to a very small fan-crush on Nate and Felicia.
Originally Posted by lavender
When Lori said to Carolina, "Now do you believe in yourself?", I wished so badly that that could have been Tomas. I loved her encouragement to him in the K&C last year at Worlds. He really is a wonderful skater.
Originally Posted by desertskates
Actually, both Czech boys are in so many different ways.
Originally Posted by moviechick
Mishketuniok & Dmetriev
Gordeeva & Grinkov
Bourne & Kraatz
Virtue & Moir
Torvill & Dean
Hough & Ladret
Blumberg & Seibert
Babilonia & Gardner
I kind of started my love of skating with S/Z, so I kind of just continued forward mostly with Chinese skaters, so, sorry for the extreme bias in this list:
Chen Lu - her skating was gorgeous in a very detailed way--she always had a position for each part of her body
Shen/Zhao - I loved them. They were my first real intro to figure skating. I loved that they fought for everything they got, I loved that they never stopped changing and evolving, I loved that they learned their artistry and then kicked butt. I loved their huge throws and their subtle transitions and the super creative little choreography bits they did later in their careers that added so much to a program. I loved their music. I loved that they started out poor and learning from videos, from a coach who had himself learned from newspaper photos, and went on to become one of the top teams of their era. I loved that they never gave up, even when Shen was competing with one leg completely numbed or Zhao tore his Achilles tendon. I loved their chemistry and the love they had for each other and skating.
Johnny Weir - I dunno, I think Johnny was never the best competitor, just because his technicals were inconsistent and his style tended toward the weird, but he was an amazing performer.
Zhang Kexin - I think I'm probably one of the few people who likes her, but it's mainly because I fell in love with her style in the COC in 2011 when I saw her "Amazing Grace" EX. It was a fairly simple program, but she had this sort of easy, mature grace--it wasn't cute or pretty or princessy, despite her being 16--and I adored it. She also did this amazingly quirky FS that year to uncommon music with an atypical costume, and it suited her really well. I think that maybe going back to that kind of style would be beneficial to her?
Song Nan - he may never ever be a highly decorated skater, but he's /adorable/. He has this very sweet quiet on-ice personality and when he does well he's actually fairly pretty to watch. I always love his jumps when he gets them right, especially his triple axels. Also he and Hanyu have the cutest bromance.
Huang/Zheng - okay, I know basically nothing about ice dance so I never really watch it, but I accidentally got linked to these two once and liked them because they're just kind of really cute? I know they don't do well and I can sometimes even see why (asynchronization, mainly) but they just have such cute programs. I loved their "Singin' in the Rain" FD and their Titanic and "If I Ain't Got You" EXs just for the cuteness factor.