To those who brought up Alexander Abt, I totally forgot about him! He was fabulous!
This is what I love about this board...someone still remembers Alexander Abt! He was the hotness, sorely underrated, but just divine nonetheless.
Originally Posted by BlackPack
I also loved Shiskova and Naumov (they had a secret sense of humor about them but were also underrated in the time of G&G and M&D).
Aschiutza mentioned the Finns, Rahkhamo and Kokko, who were way ahead of their time.
Loved Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas, another underrated ice dance team.
All Italian and French ice dance teams who haven't medaled in the Olympics (Faiella and Scali, Capellini and Lanotte, Delobel and Schoenfelder)
And right now, my broken heart bleeds for Pechalat and Bourzat. They were really innovative storytellers on the ice. Will miss them so much.
Stephane Lambiel. Who can resist - and such a lyrical, emotional skater who had the technicals to match. >.<
On the same note - though not as universally likable perhaps - Yagudin. I had such a girl-crush on Yagudin. And it never went away.
You're a fan after my own heart! All the skaters you mentioned are special but largely unrecognized.
Originally Posted by Raatkirani
Yes... everything he does is incredible. Flamenco 2007 Worlds LP Just wow...
Originally Posted by bmelanie
This thread makes me want a bag of chips....but the store is now closed.
I think I will miss Jeffrey Buttle for years and years to come. I really miss his style and his funny, lopsided/puppyish grin.
My Family size bag of chips: Todd Eldredge - if I could trade every stupid snowboarding and curling OGM for just 1 OGM for him I would
Regular bag of chips: Sasha Cohen - so she fell a lot, but even when she fell she was beautiful to watch
Lunch-box/fun-size bag of chips: Julia Lipnitskaia; I've watched her for 2 years and her skating never bores me and she's the skater that excites me for this next cycle to watch - she reminds me of Cohen early on in her career and I hope she develops a little more musicality with age in her skating like Cohen did, but keeps her consistency
Well, Patrick is right at this point in time. Yuzuru does not have as much success as him RIGHT NOW, but you can't guarantee that in the next few years since Yuzuru plans to stick around :P But I guess it's nice to give yourself some pep talk and reassurance :P Yuzuru will never ever be a 6X Canadian National Champion - no one can take that away from PChiddy :P
Originally Posted by Seruleane
Kurt Browning and first runner up would be Scott Hamilton
Ladies: Slutskaya (and this is how I started watching figure skating)
Mao and Yuna (really no preference, they are both incredibly beautiful skaters)
Gracie (new entry in my top)
Originally Posted by lilahozi
I took a liking to Misha from the first moment I saw him - Charlie Chaplin FS at Finlandia Trophy. I'd never even heard of him before that. So cheerful, upbeat, funny, and enthusiastic. Larger-than-life personality. And he's been like that at every performance I've seen since. He's a born entertainer. I don't care what scores he gets - he is just so much FUN to watch!
Akio Sasaki is similar... and I don't know if he's always that way, but Paul Bonifacio Parkinson skated with the same kind of infectious joy and enthusiasm at this Olympics...
My bag of chips is that the Japanese skaters seem to learn and practice humility as part of their skating culture. They are gracious in defeat and honorable in victory.