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    Skaters and Their Signature Moves, Elements & Programs

    when we think of most figure skaters, there are certain trademark or signature elements/moves even programs
    that they would be associated with here's some

    Carolina Kostner - speed
    Yuna Kim - 3Lz-3T
    Mao Asada - 3A
    Evgeny Plushenko - quad combinations, biellman spin
    Yuzuru Hanyu - effortless 3A, quad Salchow
    Gracie Gold - jumps, 3Lz, hollywood look
    Julia Lipnitskaya - fast spins

    Davis /White - difficult and effortless lifts, speed
    Volosozhar / Trankov - speed, huge 3 twist, huge 3 Loop/Flip
    Shizuka Arakawa - Ina Bauer
    Michelle Kwan - beautiful spirals
    Irina Slutskaya - 3Lutz-3Loop, double handed beillman spins
    Midoria Ito - 3A
    Virtue / Moir - goose lift

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    Yuzuru Hanyu-- 3A with difficult entry, R&J 1.0, PW
    Adam Rippon -- Rippon Lutz

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    Virtue/Moir - Goose lift, deep edges, romance.
    Gordeeva & Grinkov - Quad twist, unison
    Midori Ito - 3A, of course, but also her 3-3 combinations
    Julia Lipnitskaya - I-spin and hyper-extended Biellmann
    Sasha Cohen - I-spin, great extension on spirals
    Viktor Petrenko - huge 3A
    Brian Boitano - same as above, + 'tano lutz
    Timothy Goebel - quads
    Shen/Zhao - back-to-back throws, speed
    Pang/Tong - throws
    Elvis Stojko - 4-2, 4-3 combos, pushing quads in general
    Brian Orser - 3A. As with Stojko, I'd argue many people surpassed him in the execution of the element, but he was a forerunner in making it a part of men's FS
    Daisuke Takahashi - layback spin?

    I... really wouldn't include Yuzu's quad salchow at this point unless you mean his habit of falling on it is his "signature." Yes to his wonderful 3A though! I'd argue his Ina Bauer as well.

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    When I picture a TRUE signature move, I picture something that nobody else or few people do. I know people will disagree, but I don't consider it about the quality so much as the actual maneuver being attempted. Yes, V/T's twist is superior, but it's not a "signature" move. Same with things like Gold's/Kim's jumps or Kostner/Suzuki's footwork which are a quality thing more than a signature thing.

    Bonaly - backflip on one foot
    S/Z - forward outside death spiral with variation
    M-T/M's lift from lunge and then in both directions
    D/R - SBS 3Z
    Hanyu - triple axel entry
    Osmond - that little Biellman over the head thing she incorporates
    Sotnikova - flying camel two-handed biellmann
    Lipnitskaia - Biellmann/spirals/I-spin
    Hanyu - axel entry
    S/H and P/Z - quad twist
    Goebel/Fernandez/Reynolds - 3 quad programs
    Rippon - Rippon lutz
    Sahkhanovich - tano 3T on her combos
    Slutskaya - Biellmann on both legs
    Cohen - full-split spirals
    Ito/Asada - 3A
    Asada - layback Y-spin
    Hicks - that one spin she does transitioning from camel to sit
    Zhang - pearl spin
    Sawyer - side split spin
    Klimkin - 3S out of a spin
    B/K - hydroblading
    Brown - back layback catchfoot
    Plushenko - rare jump combos like 3A-3F and 4-3-2/4-3-3, gratuitous hip thrusts

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post

    M-T/M's lift from lunge and then in both directions
    Osmond - that little Biellman over the head thing she incorporates
    S/H and P/Z - quad twist
    based on your definition of true signature if that's what you call it
    none of this would qualify

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    In the past, I'd say Charlie's butterfly jump was a very signature move for D/W

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    based on your definition of true signature if that's what you call it
    none of this would qualify

    How so? I said it's not based on quality so much as if they're one of the only few doing it. Based on a definition of "signature", Gold doesn't have any signature moves since there are tons of skaters who have strong jumps, tons who can do 3-3, and several who have a Hollywood look -- and many of these skaters have won competitions no less. I guess you could say she's got a signature "lip" since most skaters with edge problems "flutz".

    I mean, you're saying Kostner's signature move is "speed". That could be what she's known for, but she's not the first fast skater to ever exist.

    MT/M's lunge, reverse directions lift is one of the hardest and most breathtaking lifts in the world. Osmond's little Biellmann move is just a split-second move, but she puts it in her programs and I associate it with her. And the two Chinese pairs are the only ones doing the quad twist now, and they perform it more often than G/G (although I also associate it with them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    ... Gracie Gold - jumps, 3Lz, hollywood look ...
    Is "Hollywood look" a move, an element, or a program???

    s_f, why do you insist on diminishing Gracie Gold's true on-ice strengths by including such irrelevance?

    (And to save you the trouble: No, I am not threatened by GG's looks. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Is "Hollywood look" a move, an element, or a program???

    s_f, why do you insist on diminishing Gracie Gold's true on-ice strengths by including such irrelevance?

    (And to save you the trouble: No, I am not threatened by GG's looks. )
    LOL, it's totally relevant -- just like S/K's "signature" blue eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Yuzuru Hanyu - effortless 3A, quad Salchow
    Are you kidding me?! What's signature about it - the number of times he falls or pops it?

    Good lord, at least pick something like him doing 4T-3A sequences in exhibitions.

    Why would you call his major weakness as his signature?! That's insulting to Fernandez, Goebel, and all other guys who have mastered the 4S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    Are you kidding me?! What's signature about it - the number of times he falls or pops it?

    Good lord, at least pick something like him doing 4T-3A sequences in exhibitions.

    Why would you call his major weakness as his signature?! That's insulting to Fernandez, Goebel, and all other guys who have mastered the 4S.
    Yuzuru along with Javier are one of the only few current elites to execute clean 4S

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Yuzuru along with Javier are one of the only few current elites to execute clean 4S

    I have to agree with CSG.

    Yes, he can do beatifull 4S in practices, but still was struggling in competition so I don't see this as his signature, but definitely can see his 3A entry and his 4T, which for me me is the most beatifull and smoothest quad toe ever

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    Hmm, seems like we can talk about programs, in addition to moves. In that case:

    Michelle Kwan - SP: Rachmaninoff LP: Lyra Angelica
    Evgeni Plushenko - SP: Tosca, maybe? LP: Tribute to Nijinsky
    Alexei Yagudin - SP: Winter LP: Man in the Iron Mask or Gladiator
    Yuzuru Hanyu - SP: Parisian Walkways LP: R&J 1 for now
    Patrick Chan - Four Seasons
    Brian Boitano - Napoleon LP
    Kurt Browning - Casablanca
    Daisuke Takahashi - SP: Eye LP: Blues for Klook (Not sure about these)
    Yuna Kim - her SP + LP in Vancouver
    Yulia Lipnitskaya - Schindler's List is well on its way to becoming this
    Viktor Petrenko - that dratted LP he kept for four years

    (As the last entry shows, these "signature" programs aren't necessarily my favourites.)

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    Anissina/Piezerat's reverse lift is definitely their defining move

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Yuzuru along with Javier are one of the only few current elites to execute clean 4S
    Um, Hanyu did it exactly twice last year and fell/popped it every other time. The two times he did it, they were barely eked out, and not a strong clean jump with good flow like Fernandez.

    Among the men to cleanly execute 4S - and some of these have done 4S way more times than Hanyu ever has - Fernandez, Reynolds, Kovtun, Brezina, Amodio, Aaron, Miner, Joubert, Honda, Zhang, Klimkin, Goebel.

    Kovtun landed more than twice as many clean 4S in competition this season (7 clean ones) than Hanyu has ever (3 clean ones), and Kovtun only started competing the 4S this year.

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