View Poll Results: Best/Favourite "Bielmann Spin"

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  • Denise Bielmann

    25 55.56%
  • Oksana Baiul

    0 0%
  • Irina Slutskaya

    3 6.67%
  • Nicole Bobek

    5 11.11%
  • Evgeny Plushenko

    3 6.67%
  • Other (please name)

    9 20.00%
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Thread: Best/Favourite "Bielmann Spin"

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    Best/Favourite "Bielmann Spin"

    This is kind of a weird one, but in the years since Denise Bielmann yanked her foot over her head and introduced her now famous "Bielmann spin" who do you think had or has either the best Bielmann spin or your most favourite Bielmann spin or the skaters who have done one?

    NOTE: I'm referring to the full Bielmann spin done w/ both hands, not the "half Bielmann" spin that many skaters done w/ their opposite arm/leg
    Last edited by Matt; 07-31-2004 at 12:49 PM.

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    My vote went to Nicole Bobek. I have a clip of her LP from the '98 Nats on my computer. That girl has some serious flexibility. It's almost painful to watch

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    I voted for Denise Biellman. No one else did it as well as she did it, even in pro competitions.

    Oksana Baiul did not do the Biellman spin.

    Irina Slutskaya is the only one to do it on both feet, so I was tempted to vote for her, but hers are not as good as Denise's.

    Among others- another Swiss skater Nathalie (her last name escapes me) had a really good one. I think NNN did it, but can't be sure.

    Vash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01

    Oksana Baiul did not do the Biellman spin.

    I was pretty sure she did one in her Black Swan SP at the '94 Olys. I'll check my videos again; I might have imagined that one. If I'm wrong, I apologise for that one!

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    No, she did the donut spin in her 94 SP. That's not the Biellman. I am 100% sure, even without watching the tape.

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    oops!

    Just watched the tape...yeah...my bad, sorry 'bout that!

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    I picked "other". I always loved Naomi Nari Nam's Biellmann. So that's my choice.

    I think Lucinda Ruh should be on the list too. My favorite Biellmann spins are Naomi's, Lucinda's, Nicole's and Denise's.

    (edited: Can't believe I originally wrote "Diane" instead of "Denise"...must be getting old!)
    Last edited by purplecat; 07-31-2004 at 10:07 PM.

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    IMO the original is still the best -- Denise Biellmann. Maybe in part because the first time I ever saw her do it, my jaw hit the ground! :D Back then it was still a novelty; now it's become much more common so for me the move has kind of lost its initial thrill.

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    Best "Bielmann Spin" I guess it is only right to say Denise Bielmann who crowned it, but the best rendition of her original spin is most definitely Naomi Nari Nam. One of only a handful of skates that even does it correctly (two hands and head arched back). And honorable mentions also to Lucinda Ruh and Nathalie Krieg who can do just about any spins equally as well or even better as the originators.

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    Denise Biellman herself!

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    I voted for Denise Biellmann, because I have always seen hers, the original one, to be the best one.

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    My vote goes to Naomi Nari Nam. She had some major flexibility in that back. Between her layback and the bielmann. Such a shame we'll never know what could have been had she not been injured.

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    Denise..........no one does it better than the one who originated it.....although Lucinda's is awfully good.........42

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    Lucinda. No question about it!

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    A skater not mentioned here:

    Canada's Sean Sawyer!

    http://www.shawnsawyer.com/images/02...ans/shawn3.jpg

    Amazing!

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