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    Better career: Volchkova or Meier?

    I was wondering who had the better career between these two.

    Viktoria Volchkova

    -Had a quite nice junior career.(2 Jw bronze, 1GPF title)
    -4 consecutive European bronze medalist
    -Went to GPF twice and won the bronze in 2003
    -5th in 2003 was the highest finish ever at the worlds for her
    and was 6th in 2000,2001
    -Went to OG once and did a lackluster performances but got a very generous marks with 9th place finish
    -In later career , she really struggled with injuries and judges turned their back on her since 2003-2004


    Sarah Meier

    -Won a Jw bronze medal in 2000
    -Won the Europeans in 2011 when the other competitiors faltered
    and also had a 2 Europeans silver medals in a very weak field.
    -Went to GPF once and won the bronze in 2006
    -6th at the worlds in 2008 ,2006 and 7th in 2007
    -Went to OG three times 13th in 2002, 8th in 2006, 15th in 2010
    -Was a non-factor by 2005


    But I think that Viktoria had a much tougher European fields with Slutskaya,Butyrskaya,Sokolova,Soldatova,Gusmeroli, Liashenko,Sebestyen
    and even Hubert
    while Sarah's main contender was Kostner,Lepisto,Korpi and even old Sebestyen
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    Switzerland doesn’t have that many figure skating medals. So even her one medal worth more for Switzerland than all Victoria’s medals for Russia

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    I guess I would say Meier because a European title is a European title, even in a weak field, and she did finish 8th at an Olympics too. I would say they were quite close in achievement levels though.

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    Volchkova had a great triple Lutz.

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    If Volchkova and stayed with Vasiliev, she would have had a better career - he was making her improve so much

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    Whose youtube videos get more views?

    I somtimes enjoyed Volchkova and the hang time she got on some of her jumps, but besides that there wasn't that much there. Very uncommitted performances, you could almost see her counting in her head between 'choreographic' elements and when she did a spiral she managed to look like she was searching for a lost contact lens.

    Meier never truly excelled in any one area and had technique and nerve problems but she always had a charming, lovely presence that I really enjoyed (and either she or someone around her had a wonderful costume sense she was consistently one of the best dressed competitors). She was often one of the skaters I enjoyed watching far more than some of those finishing ahead of her.

    My vote goes for Meier.

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    Strange and random comparison, heh.

    I would definitely say Meier. She had a lot of really solid performances, whereas I can only remember Volchkova skating particularly well once. Meier should have won a medal at 2006 Worlds and she did win a European title.

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    I know this is indirect answer but when I saw the title I realized I only knew who Sarah Meier was. I saw her in Kurt Browning show!

    I mean, count my vote for Meier. I liked her Amelie routine and a skater who can bring down a routine to remember deserves it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Volchkova had a great triple Lutz.
    Who cares. Sarah Meier is an artist!

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    I always felt Meier was sadly just a lucky also ran, who won in weak fields. Victoria had more of animpact in a much stronger and more competitive time. She never seemed to really reach the top but at least she was considered a top skater wheras Sarah never was or could be considered in the top tier even with a fluke Euro win. winning euros doesn't mean you are a great skater and sadly meier was a second or third tier skater - at least one behind Victoria.

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    Sometimes, criteria for evaluation are so different that they make a discussion unnecessary

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    True. Volchkova seems to be doing well coaching. She may have more impact on the sport than Meier via her students. Her married name is Butsaeva, and she coaches in Moscow.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 05-10-2014 at 02:57 AM.

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    Vochkova by a slight margin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafke View Post
    I somtimes enjoyed Volchkova and the hang time she got on some of her jumps, but besides that there wasn't that much there. Very uncommitted performances, you could almost see her counting in her head between 'choreographic' elements and when she did a spiral she managed to look like she was searching for a lost contact lens.
    That's what I feel about her skating, too (even if some her jumps were really huge, I have to admit it)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Volchkova had a great triple Lutz.
    Meier's was not bad, too These two skaters were probably capable of producing some of the best 3Lzs ever, if we look at the take-off-edge technique and height/air position

    I feel, overall, that this discussion is quite pointless... What's the point of comparing two completely different skaters who competed in (slightly) different periods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSGMT View Post
    I feel, overall, that this discussion is quite pointless... What's the point of comparing two completely different skaters who competed in (slightly) different periods?
    Not much to talk I guess.

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