Yuna or Mao
(OMG just Russians..)
^Really good choices, Plushyfan. Even with the all-Russian ice dance.
yes, I liked the Russian skaters in my whole life.. i would add in my list Fadeev, Yagudin, Kovalyov, Bobrin, Moyseeva/Minenkov,..
Originally Posted by Sandpiper
honorable mention to Grace Gold and Julia L
Meryl and Charlie by far
Tanith and Ben
Jason BRowb have a good feeling about him
I enjoy the Russian "style" (if it can be called that) as well. I like Kulik--everyone remembers the giraffe performance (though the skate was great despite the costume), but I want to give a nod to his beautiful Olympics short program. I need to catch up on some of the older skaters like Fadeev (yeah, he's not "old" in the grand scheme of things. I'm probably just too young).
I also adore the Nijinisky program. This was the original program by Smekalov..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbjJufbHXpE
This is less-known version but even more beautiful in my opinion..
I also like that version of Nijinsky, though I prefer the Russian Nationals performance because it's more "perfect" (a few small mistakes here, though they didn't harm the program). And the footwork at the Russian Nationals had more attack, imo, though the footwork here is interesting in its own way. I actually really like the GPF version too (yes, the one he lost to Sandhu with thanks to the combination rules). The loop after the quad (vs. the usual toe loop) just looked so cool to me for some reason.
(Apologies to anyone else if we're taking over the thread with Russians and Plush.)
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I was always rather fond of Butyrskaya. She's like The Diva In Need Of Tranquilizers. You just never knew which Butyrskaya would show up--at any moment--on the rink. She could be Total Diva one moment and Total Nervous Wreck the next. Absolutely compelling to watch.
Originally Posted by plushyfan
Of course one could say the same about her hair. You just never knew what color would show up at the start of the season! Clairol should have hired her as a spokesmodel.
Mishkutenok and Dmitriev
Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze
Gordeeva and Grinkov
I haven't found any other pair to consider my favorite since B&S retired.
Klimova and Ponomarenko
Krylova and Ovsyannikov
Drobiazko and Vanagas
Bourne and Kratz
Annissina and Peizerat
Katia Gordeeva - we tend to forget that she became a great single skater after Sergei's death. She did not compete as single in any amateur competition but her skating is wonderful.
Ladies: (I couldn't pick which was my favorite, they all have been a favorite during their prime)
Kristi Yamaguchi - my first favorite skater
Oksana Baiul - loved her balletic style and i was compelled by her story
Michelle Kwan - kept me interested in ice skating during my college years, i loved her consistency and wanted the OGM for her so badly
Sasha Cohan - the most frustratingly talented yet inconsistent skater, i so wanted her to just hit when it matter most
Julia Lipnitskaya - i loved her haunting long program which caused her to become my new favorite.
Men: (these i was able to rank)
1. Evgeny Plushenko - I loved his arrogant attitude because he usually could back it up. I thought he was robbed in Vancouver.
2. Philippe Candeloro - The best showman of the olympic skates imo, I still love his '98 long program (d'Artagnan)
3. Ilia Kulik - Despite ugly costumes he had a ease and elegant style that I loved.
4. Scott Hamilton - I always enjoyed his professional programs, he knew how to entertain. I am over him as an announcer though.
5. Alexei Yagudin - I liked his programs and I enjoyed his rivalry with Plushenko.
1. Mishkutenok and Dmitriev - i loved their athletic style and i'll admit that when i first started watching figure skating I had a crush on Artur
2. Gordeeva and Grinkov - the ultimate love story, they made beautiful pictures on the ice.
3. Kazakova and Dmitriev - in the wake of Grinkov's death Dmitriev's comments made him seem like such a nice guy and made me root for them even more
4. Shen and Zhao - what can i say, i love a good love story
5. Wötzel and Steuer - they always had beautiful music which made me really like them.
Ice Dance (I knew my favorite right away but had to really think about 2-5)
1. Grishuk and Platov - they had so much speed and there was always drama, i am shocked by how few people have them listed, i loved them and still find today's ice dancing boring by comparison.
2. Anissina and Peizerat - passionate and unique.
3. Delobel and Schoenfelder - they had some really pretty and interesting programs
4. Usova and Zulin - I really liked them in 92 but later the details about his abusiveness and womanizing made me less of a fan of his.
5. Belbin and Agosto - Despite being from the US I have rarely been drawn to the US teams (i hesitate to admit this but i really am not a d/w fan either) but I did like this team.
My top 5 in no order, plus an up and comer with the potential to be one of my favourites:
Up and comer: Brown
Up and comer: Lipnitskaia
Up and comer: Sui/Han
Up and comer: Weaver/Poje
Wonderful post, Risa. I agree with a lot of your comments/picks, especially Baiul, Kwan (I'm still sad she never got that Olympic gold, but her career is worth far more than that), Plush (though I find him more blunt than arrogant), Kulik, and the pairs teams. I chuckled a bit at the "so over Scott Hamilton as an announcer" part. I sometimes find him entertaining in a lolwut way, but he's as inconsistent in his commentary as Sasha was in her skating.
A question to think it over and over again ... but never coming to an end ...
2. Rodnina/Saizew and Ulanow
4. Underhill/Martini (their title in 84 when they couldnt hear any music)
5. Shen/ Zhao
1. John Curry (the beginning of artistic impression!)
2. Robin Cousins (what a crowd pleaser at his time, the height of his jumps)
3. Alexej Jagudin
4. Brian Boitano (his SP of 1988) and Brian Orser
1. Yuna Kim (the perfect skater at all)
2. Katarina Witt (who else could win 2 Olympics and she could grap every audience with her emotions)
3. Dorothy Hamill
4. Kristie Yamaguchie (the next perfect one)
5. Denise Biellmann and Shizuka Arakawa
1. Davis/White (due to their impact technically) and Virtue/Moir (Mahler and their unique Carmen)
5. Denkova/Stavisky (what they did without taking advantages of height difference! And that is it what afford Cappellini/Lanotte today!)
There was a nice comment to be read here on Fusar-Poli/Margaglio. I couldnt agree more, her temper was unbelivible!
Browning (footwork and interpretation, first quad)
Plushenko (longevity, amazing jumps, lots of personality)
Daisuke (interpretation +++)
Hanyu (nice personality, crazy jumping)
Special mention to Chan for his skating skills
S/S (innovation, longevity)
S/K (good programs)
V/M (skating skills, interpretation, high level of difficulty)
up and comer: H/D (I love their SD a lot)