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    Favorite skaters {revised}

    ok here. now im not 'biased' who is your favorite skater? and why. and what is your favorite routine that they have performed. thanx. (im very bored as you may probably already know, im in algebra class and i hate the teacher, he is confusing, boring, etc.)

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    How come you get to go on the computer during algebra class??

    Anyroad, to answer your questions:

    My favourite skaters include Plushenko, Lambiel, Kwan, Cohen, Suguri, Shen & Zhao, Kerrs, Baiul, Torvill & Dean, Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze, Slutskaya, etc etc etc. This could take a while...

    Plushenko - I love his unique style. I love the way he is himself and can do whatever he wants and gets away with it (e.g. Sex Bomb), whereas a lot of others probably would never try it. I think he's the best mens skater in the world. I think he's cute. And I love what I've seen/read of his personality. Favourite programmes - Sex Bomb (01 EX), and St Petersburg 300 (03 LP).

    Lambiel - I think he's an amazing skater. I love the fact that his programmes are always so full of choreography and inbetweens, when a lot of skaters tend to leave them all out. I love his spins and footwork. I think he's one of the best all-around skaters in the world. Favourite programmes - Cirque de Soleil (02 LP), flamenco LP (04 Worlds).

    Kwan - I think she's got a beautiful style. Some of the programmes she's done in the past have been totally spellbinding. She's got a lovely presence on the ice and seems like a very nice person. Favourite programmes - Salome (96 LP), Red Violin (00 LP), Fields of Gold (02-03 EX), The Feeling Begins (03-04 SP).

    Cohen - I think she's also got a beautiful style. She always has great positions, and I like the fact that she always does variations on moves rather than doing the same move the same way in every routine. When she's on form, she can be totally dynamic. Favourite programmes - Malaguena (03-04 SP), My Sweet & Tender Beast (02 SP).

    Suguri - I enjoy her style of skating. She always has fast and difficult footwork, and I think her style is quite underappreciated. She has the best blur spin in the business. She also always seems genuinly happy when she does well (especially when she found out she'd got the bronze medal at Worlds last year). Favourite programmes - Moonlight Sonata (02 LP), Mozart (04 LP).

    Shen & Zhao - They have improved so much in recent years. They've been giving incredible performances since at least 98, and their throw, twist and jump elements are wonderful. Their artistic side has really developed too. Favourite programmes - Nutcracker (04 LP), Come What May (04 EX). I also enjoyed their LPs in 98 and 99.

    Kerrs - They kick [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color]! They totally lived up to the hype. I hadn't seen them before Euros this year, but had heard a lot about them. Their Matrix FD rocked (and IIRC got a standing O). Lovely people, by all accounts, too. Favourite programmes - Matrix (04 FD).

    Baiul - Possibly the most naturally artistic skater ever, IMO. Wonderful dance ability, great speed and beautiful elements. Favourite programmes - Swan (94 EX), Meditation, Bach.

    Torvill & Dean - Probably fave skaters ever. Love their programmes and choreography (that they always did themselves). Extremely versatile, incredibly talented, very innovative and original. Favourite programmes - if I had to choose one, it would probably be Bolero (84 FD), but I love so many of them.

    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze - Gorgeous style. Beautiful elements. Great choreography. Also seem like genuinly nice people. Favourite programmes - Dark Eyes (98 LP), City Lights (01 LP), Meditation (02 LP), the Kid (02 EX).

    Slutskaya - Another genuinly nice, sweet person. Gets a lot of criticism for her style, but she's a superb skater with great technique. Tries out lots of different styles. Good all-round skater. Favourite programmes - Don Quioxte (01 LP), Timeless (01 EX).

    Plus I like a lot more other skaters too.

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    Peggy, Paul, G&G and T&D

    I would litterally sit there and watch them like Awestruck. Just stupified. The grace, the flow, the musicality, but also the feeling that I was seeing something new and different and special. They are the yard sticks with which I judge all others.

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    First off, I must go into teacher mode. I teach 9th grade English. TURN OFF THE COMPUTER AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR TEACHER. That way, algebra will be less confusing since you will actually be following the lesson. Boring or not, if you don't get algebra now, you are going to be overwhelmed next year in Geometry, and the year after in Algebra II.

    Okay, teacher mode off.

    My favorite skater is Evgeni Plushenko, for many of the reasons icenut listed. He's gorgeous. He has charisma. He has flair. I love watching him do his 4/3/3 and his 3A half loop 3 flip. He has gorgeous blue eyes. I've also met him, and he is really very sweet.

    I also like Kevin Van Der Perren a great deal.

    Laura

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    Originally posted by PrincessLeppard
    My favorite skater is Evgeni Plushenko, for many of the reasons icenut listed. He's gorgeous. He has charisma. He has flair. I love watching him do his 4/3/3 and his 3A half loop 3 flip. He has gorgeous blue eyes. I've also met him, and he is really very sweet.

    I also like Kevin Van Der Perren a great deal.
    ITA with all of that. I love his flair and extrovert skating and charisma on the ice. And I agree he's gorgeous. He always gives 200%, and is always doing new things and trying to improve his skating.

    I also like Kevin van der Perren too.

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    Sonia Henie and Dick Button. Are there any others? Not really.

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    Originally posted by PrincessLeppard
    First off, I must go into teacher mode. I teach 9th grade English. TURN OFF THE COMPUTER AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR TEACHER. That way, algebra will be less confusing since you will actually be following the lesson. Boring or not, if you don't get algebra now, you are going to be overwhelmed next year in Geometry, and the year after in Algebra II.

    Okay, teacher mode off.
    coming from someone who is horrible at math... ITA!!! Algebra and Algebra 2 were great subjects for me... I am a linear thinker, I guess... I hated geometry...

    onto my favorites -- this will be long I'm sure LOL


    Scott Hamilton: He's my first skating favorite. I saw him when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I upstaged him. heh heh heh. If I ever meet him I'm going to ask him if he remembers my little comment in the middle of his routine. He's a great showman, and I think he's been an awesome role model for the sport.

    Kurt Browning: It took me a long time to really like Kurt. I fell in love with his skating in 1997/98 when he skated to "Serenade to Sonia" and "Antares"... since then I've gotten just about every one of his professional programs on tape, and he's only had a handful of bad programs over the years. He's still an artistic genious out there, IMHO... and is the ultimate quad king...

    Angela Nikodinov -- Not the most consistent, or the one with the most accolades, but she is so pretty out there. I think if I would have stuck it out in skating I'd skate like her(with probably even less success )

    Yuka Sato -- who DOESN'T love this girl? I saw her skating LIVE in 1999 and she is just so smooth... everything is so solid and fluid and strong... and quiet. Perfection.

    Josée Chouinard -- I saw her in 1999 too, and wow wow wow! The girl doesn't need to be "on" with her jumps to sell a program... and her smile reaches all around the arena! She is a great show skater, and so sweet! She throws a mean snowball too!

    Kristi Yamaguchi -- I don't think I was the only American Girl who wanted to be Kristi after 1992... she's so consistent as a pro too... and she's really grown from her Olympic medal till now!

    Jamie Salé / David Pelletier -- I love their choreography, their seamless flow... the N. American version of G&G, IMHO.

    Ekatarina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov -- There have been many times that I've wished Sergei was still around. I really miss their skating.

    Christine Hough / Doug Ladret -- I haven't seen anything from their elligible days, but they were great showmen in SOI!

    Anabelle Langlois / Patrice Archetto -- Okay, so he needs to lighten up a bit and have some fun... but their SP this year rocked... and their exhibitions are always nice!

    Jayne Torvill / Christopher Dean -- 6.0 ... need I say more?

    Renee Rocha / Gorsha Sur -- I first saw them skate in 99... and they were captivating... just really really good. *sigh* Gorsha *sigh*

    Shae-Lynn Bourne / Victor Kraatz -- pre-Tarasova, entertaining, energetic... and very much their own team... once they "conformed" to the "acceptable" dance look they were just like every other pair... bland

    Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov -- two of the finest people I've ever met... I love their skating... they seem so genuine! they're going places!

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    There are so many current skaters that I adore, so I will delve into the past and choose the ones that first sparked my interest and fandom.......
    1. Ladies- Janet Lynn, for the pure joy that shown through as she skated

    2. Men- Paul Wylie, for his extension, attention to details, fleet feet and mesmorizing programs

    3. Dance- Klimova and Ponomarenko- for their classical style and great drama

    4. Pairs- G and G.....two shall skate as one, their connection for each other...need I say more?...............42

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    There are so many skaters that I love...can't name them all.

    Mishkutenok & Dmitriev/Kazakova & Dmitriev:
    Innovative, unique, artistically brilliant, multi-versatile.

    Artur also racks up some bonus points from me-because after FS and Artstic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics is my favorite sport to watch and his wife was an incredibly talented and cool gymnast.

    Berezhnaya & Sikarulidze:
    G&G basics + Moskvina choreography, beautifully artistic.

    Klimkin:
    The male M&D in my eyes-which means I absolutely adore him. Great choreography and artistry.

    Plushenko:
    A showman, great jumping ability, tons of charisma

    Klimova & Ponomarenko:
    Great skills, romantic, gothic

    Usova & Zhulin:
    lines, edges and tons of tension in their skating.

    Anakawa;
    Great basics, awesome jumps.

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    Christine Hough / Doug Ladret -- I haven't seen anything from their elligible days,
    Then you'll have to find a copy of their Albertville SP. You'll love it!

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    How fun!

    Oh how fun! I love doing these!

    Ladies
    Michelle Kwan-Fields of Gold, Fallin'
    Sasha Cohen-Swan Lake, Hernando's Hideaway
    Ann Patrice McDonough-Madame Butterfly
    Beatrisa Liang-Signs
    Jenny Kirk-Chicago, Only Hope
    Katy Taylor-Patriotic Mix
    Kimmie Meissner-Long Program (don't remember the name!)
    Shizuka Arakawa-Violin Fantasy, Swan Lake Remix
    Fumie Suguri-Rolling Stones, Swan Lake, This year's long (again, I don't remember the name!)
    Yukina Ota-This year's long and short (don't remember the names! lol)
    Miki Ando-Firebird
    Binshu Xu-This year's long, don't remember the name!

    Men
    Johnny Weir-Dr. Zhivago (sp?)
    Michael Weiss-Exhibition
    Brian Joubert-Matrix

    Pairs
    Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhou-Nutcracker, Olympic Long

    Dance
    Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto-West Side Story, This year's swing dance, and Elvis Exhibition

    P.S. Look! I made a new siggy! :D

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    Hey LilIceSkater, great signature gif! Did you make it?

    Pete

    PS. Oh, I see your PS now. Cool!

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    I had to come back because I can't *believe* I left off Alexander Abt. Gorgeous edges, flow, and his speed across the ice and his absolute conviction to the program. No tentative moves for Sasha.

    Oh, yeah, and he's a babe.

    Laura

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    Originally posted by PrincessLeppard
    Oh, yeah, and he's a babe.
    That's my main criteria for picking favorite skaters.

    Ah, Sasha... *drools*

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    Well...as you have probably gessed I Denkova & Stavyiski, but I aslo enjoy the Kerrs and, as for pairs, my all times favorites are Gordeeva & Grinkov

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