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neptune
05-23-2010, 09:14 AM
And Neptune, Tonya should definitely release a single as her next career move. :D

Well, since that move didn't quite work in the past, maybe this time she should release a double. ;)

Ziggy
05-23-2010, 11:56 PM
She already tried that remember? It was called "Golden Blades" and she got booed off the stage.

It's not on You Tube. :(

Spinner
05-25-2010, 06:54 PM
Proof that Tonya could skate "pretty"-- her 1987 NHK exhibition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9K1W6w-Vw). Jo Jo Starbuck gives commentary. One of my fave programs to watch over and over. Her 2Axel right on the music gives chills!

Chris_E
05-25-2010, 07:07 PM
Proof that Tonya could skate "pretty"-- her 1987 NHK exhibition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9K1W6w-Vw). Jo Jo Starbuck gives commentary. One of my fave programs to watch over and over. Her 2Axel right on the music gives chills!

That was actually quite nice. Thanks for sharing!

skateboy
05-27-2010, 06:23 AM
Kristi Yamaguchi was actually a big fan of Tonya's skating (well, her jumps). In an interview she said that while she admired Midori's great jumping ability, Tonya's were even more beautiful.

Marco
05-27-2010, 09:23 AM
Kristi Yamaguchi was actually a big fan of Tonya's skating (well, her jumps). In an interview she said that while she admired Midori's great jumping ability, Tonya's were even more beautiful.

Was it before or after Tonya beat her at Nationals and then at Skate America? :P

Stylistically I prefer Yamaguchi, but Harding's skating quality and power deserved much much more than those tiny 3lutzes that Yamaguchi did.

skateboy
05-28-2010, 02:11 AM
Was it before or after Tonya beat her at Nationals and then at Skate America? :P


It was after, lol!

robinhood
05-28-2010, 03:57 AM
Tonya was a true pioneer, as Midori was for Japan. Look how many great jumpers has Japan produced since Ito
Harding was the truly first and outstanding american jumper. I dunno why with such depth and history in a skating country like the US, it hasn't produced so many great jumpers as other countries

gkelly
05-28-2010, 04:10 AM
Harding was the truly first and outstanding american jumper. I dunno why with such depth and history in a skating country like the US, it hasn't produced so many great jumpers as other countries

What, no respect for Elaine Zayak, Linda Fratianne, or even Carol Heiss each in their day?

essence_of_soy
05-28-2010, 05:00 AM
What, no respect for Elaine Zayak, Linda Fratianne, or even Carol Heiss each in their day?

Agreed. The American style for ladies from the 1960s onwards has been often defined by its athleticism. The list includes Julie Lynn Holmes, Dorothy Hamill, Fratianne, Zayak, Jill Frost, Debi Thomas, Cindy Bortz, Jeri Campbell, Holly Cook, and Tisha Walker.

Even skaters known for their artistry like Lisa Marie Allen, Rosalynn Sumners, Tiffany Chin, Caryn Kadavy, Jill Trenary and Nancy Kerrigan were excellent jumpers as well.

allyx82
05-28-2010, 07:04 AM
NO SHE COULD NEVER BE " The Greatest Skater Of All Time" .

*As the USFSA put it "a clear disregard for fairness, good sportsmanship and ethical behavior"

When you physically hurt someone that just wrong and even though she could skate very well it means nothing...

Triple Butz
05-28-2010, 08:51 AM
NO SHE COULD NEVER BE " The Greatest Skater Of All Time" .

*As the USFSA put it "a clear disregard for fairness, good sportsmanship and ethical behavior"

When you physically hurt someone that just wrong and even though she could skate very well it means nothing...

It means something to me. Whack or no whack, I still find myself watching videos of Tonya's performances time and time again...If I ever decide to watch Nancy, it's because I need a good laugh.

allyx82
05-28-2010, 09:49 AM
It means something to me. Whack or no whack, I still find myself watching videos of Tonya's performances time and time again...If I ever decide to watch Nancy, it's because I need a good laugh.

Physical violence is wrong..

plus her career was really short compared to other skaters and she even changed sport to boxing..

robinhood
05-28-2010, 12:01 PM
What, no respect for Elaine Zayak, Linda Fratianne, or even Carol Heiss each in their day?

Sure, you're right. I meant since Tonya there hasn't been a truly great jumper in the US. Perhaps Bobek had the potential, but if you think about it the US hasn't had the very best jumpers since Tonya Harding

DORISPULASKI
05-28-2010, 02:38 PM
Well, which little US skater would want to be known as "the next Tonya Harding."

Also, I'm wondering more and more whether extreme flexibility, which we have been emphasizing as goodness in the US since the days of Bobek & Kerrigan, doesn't mitigate somewhat against doing well with the toe jumps, resulting in mule kicks & such?