Yes it is officially the off season, and it is time for one of the 'best of lists' that help keep us occupied during the off season
What are some of the biggest/best contributions skaters have made to FS?
John Curry: incredible skating and combined musicality with jumping
Toller Cranston: Originality
Igor Bobrin: May not be very remembered as a skater, but an awesome choreographer.
Rodnina: The Protopopovs brought ballet to the ice, Rodnina/Ulanov Rodnina/Zaitsev brought athleticism. Incredible speed, great lifts.
V&V: First pairs to do sbs triples. Started to incorporate ballet moves into skating.
Tonya H/Nancy: The "whack" that got me hooked on skating.
Tonya was also an incredible jumper
Midori: Uped the ladies technical content into the stratesphere
G&G: Katia was the skating version of Olga Koburt. Combined technical excellence with a very subtle romantic style of skating. Will probably always be remembered more for their "story" than their skating by many people. Which is too bad.
Dmitriev and Partners: Revolutionized pairs skating with unique choreography. He also contributed to male pair skaters being more equal in the presentation side of skating.
G&P: Well not only did Grishuk take create a memorable night for the patrons at the Spago Resteraunt, but G&P were the first dance team to incorporate incredible speed into their programs.
Scott Hamilton: Besides bad commentary he did contribute to skaters having something to do after turning pros back in the 80s.
T&D: Revolutionized ice dance, in many ways still the 'public face' of ice dancing.
B&S: Despite their inconsistancies, they combined the technique of the "Moscow school" with artistry of the "St. Petersburg" school.
Yagudin: A great influence on Brian Joubert . Populized Morozov's footwork.
S&Z: Put China on the map in pairs.