Name your top five underrated skaters, past or present.

skateluvr

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Maybe 3 per discipline would be more fair.

You can also be honest and say who you felt were overrated
Maybe let’s start with ice dance where many a team couldn’t move up in the 6.0 system when the Russian Fed had a lock on ice dance. I absolutely loved Bourne and Kraatz and their Riverdance was a highlight of Nagano for me. I remember none else really. Pasha and partner were overrated for me and I didn’t enjoy her skating or look or programs. I just didn’t get the two golds but hey it was ice dance. This was the one team I felt had to overcome so much and skate like hell for their one world title.

Who do you think is underrated then or now in any discipline?
 

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I defo agree about Kevin Aymoz. He just broke out in the mainstream scene last year though, so I do hope and believe he will get the due respect in following seasons. As unfair as it is, it is a norm that it often takes a few seasons for a skater to start receiving the recognition he/she deserves.

While Ice Dancing in the 90s and the early 00s can't be compared with the current ice dancing, as it has completely evolved, in their days Drobiazko and Vanagas was the team which was the most underrated. They never achieved the status which their talent deserved throughout their long, amazing competitive career.
 

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Anna Tarusina, Ksenia Sinitsyna, Ting Cui, and Nana Araki for me :)

ETA: And Mai!
 

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I defo agree about Kevin Aymoz. He just broke out in the mainstream scene last year though, so I do hope and believe he will get the due respect in following seasons. As unfair as it is, it is a norm that it often takes a few seasons for a skater to start receiving the recognition he/she deserves.

While Ice Dancing in the 90s and the early 00s can't be compared with the current ice dancing, as it has completely evolved, in their days Drobiazko and Vanagas was the team which was the most underrated. They never achieved the status which their talent deserved throughout their long, amazing competitive career.

I agree totally.
 

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I'll have to think about this some more, but the ones who immediately come to mind are Elizabet Tursynbaeva (although that's getting better since the 4S), Dabin Choi, Yi Christy Leung, and Avonley Nguyen/Vadym Kolesnik.
 

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Li Zijun
Alexander Abt
Gilles/Poirier
Drobiazko/Vanagas
Kevin Aymoz
 

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Alexander Abt, Akiko Suzuki come to mind. Also G/P should be rewarded more for being one of the few truly creative dance teams.
 

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Young You, Ting Cui, Kevin Aymoz, Yuhana Yokoi, Tomoe Kawabata.

I watch Young You's and Kevin's programs multiple times a week that is how much I enjoy their skating:luv17:
 

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Young You, Ting Cui, Kevin Aymoz, Yuhana Yokoi, Tomoe Kawabata.

I watch Young You's and Kevin's programs multiple times a week that is how much I enjoy their skating:luv17:
I’ve watched Kevin aymoz’s Europeans sp at least 20 times!
I’m sorry but I would have put him in 3rd or maybe even 2nd after worlds short program just based on the severe mistakes everybody else made. I would have put him in the top 10 after the FP, maybe 9th or 10th.
 

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Anastasia Gubanova
Zijun Li
Anastasia Tarakanova
Sergei Voronov
Cappellini/Lanotte
 

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Alexander Abt, Akiko Suzuki come to mind. Also G/P should be rewarded more for being one of the few truly creative dance teams.
OMG yes Akiko I used to sing her praises and I never felt she got the marks she deserved. She was wonderful and a truly joyful skater. One of Japan’s all time top ladies IMO. But all the talk was always MAO who of course was a legend and had triple axel for so long. Akiko was very special I think. Wonderful programs.
 

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Maxim Kovtun and Sergei Voronov in general,
Nathan's performance skills are also underrated

And I'd also add that a skater can be "underrated" by skating fans but also by general public (journalists writing articles and people reading them or watching sports news) and in the latter meaning I'd say ALL Spanish skaters are underrated by general public in Spain and also sadly Michal Březina.

What can I say I have a soft spot for small fed skaters and the Spanish ones in particular. And it's sad to read how Javi remembered that only after he won the second WC people in Spain said: oh, so you are really good, we thought that it was just a fluke... (like really, he was 4-time European champion by that time).

I think the majority of skating fans at least acknowledged the Breznaissance ;) whereas in Czech newspapers in was like: hmm, Brezina advanced to GPF, but let's see what he does at Euros, he usually messes up... (of course, we know now that he didn't win a medal /though he had the biggest chance in many years/ but this mistrust and discouragement in advance :rolleye: )
 

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Alexander Abt, Akiko Suzuki come to mind. Also G/P should be rewarded more for being one of the few truly creative dance teams.
Who are those G/P?
Oksana Grischuck and Eugeny Platov?
They had some medals...
 

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Current Underrated Skaters

Gilles and Poirier
Mai Mihara
Weaver and Poje
Satoko Miyahara
Keegan Messing


Another time Underrated Skaters

Blumberg Sieberg
Lucinda Ruh
Bourne and Kraatz
Wilson McCall
Emmanual Sandu
Joannie Rochette/Kaetlyn Osmond/Josee Chouinard - I don't think people realize actually how good skaters they are/were. Edging, jumps and style when on. Maybe it is the Canadian curse?


Hmm, I just noticed there are a lot of Canadians on the list.
 

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Current Underrated Skaters

Gilles and Poirier
Mai Mihara
Weaver and Poje
Satoko Miyahara
Keegan Messing


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100% agree about Keegan Messing. He always has life in his performances.

As a sidenote though I’d like to see him perform something other than Charlie Chaplin
 

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Underrated GOE wise:
Mako Yamashita
Tomoe Kawabata
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

Underrated PCS wise:
Kevin Aymoz
Satoko Miyahara
Anastasiia Gubanova
Emmi Peltonen

Underrated in general:
Mai Mihara
Viveca Lindfors
Anastasia Tarakanova
 

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PCS wise Mao Asada was severely underrated in her two final seasons. Judges never gave her 70 pcs in the free.
Carolina Kostner though is severely overrated since her comeback in 2016. Getting 75 pcs even with a disaster free skate.

Mai Mihara is the most underrated current skater. She has a worlds top 5 material. Consistent, no big flaws, nice jumps and spins. She has just so much bad luck that she has never the chance to get a reputation.
 

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Keegan Messing and Sota Yamamoto are my top underrated skaters, as well as Ivett Toth on the Ladies side. I really dig her unabashed confident music choices

As far as overrated goes, I never really got Alexei Yagudin's style and Yuna bores me immensely. But I can still appreciate all that they've done for the sport and the incredible athletes that they are
 
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