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Fandango
11-20-2010, 10:25 PM
If at all? :confused:

Since we have topics like this already here - and, please, feel free to specify to name different likes between Canadian- and US-fans! Personally I'd assume Gordeeva/Grinkov, because of their entire story, but I'd like to know your opinions! :)

luvsasha2
11-20-2010, 10:33 PM
Do you mean what Russian skaters do NA fans like?

hmmm
I like the style of B/S-simply beautiful skating
Alexei Yagudin always seemed like a great skater to me as well

I respect the accomplishments of Plushenko and Slutskaya but I can't say that I really like their style of skating

caseyedwards
11-20-2010, 10:57 PM
Basically only Gordeeva

LadyNit
11-20-2010, 10:58 PM
Every one of these has my longstanding respect and admiration:

Yagudin. :swoon:

Ilia Kulik :swoon:

Artur Dmitriev :swoon: (not so swoony now, but he was an adorable wooly bear in his prime) and both his partners

Klimova/Ponomarenko

Krylova/Ovsiennakov

Ber/Sikh

Evgeny Platov

A few of the baby Russians are intriguing. We shall see how they develop.

Rex
11-20-2010, 11:01 PM
NONE! :lol:

I loved Klimkin, mainly because he was so different to my eyes, even if I didn't always like his music and costume choices.

Willowway
11-20-2010, 11:10 PM
This NA fan and lot of her friends think Kulik!

Gordeeva of course.

museksk8r
11-20-2010, 11:10 PM
Oh goodness, my list is so long, I'm afraid I may overlook someone.

Let's see:
Yagudin
Kulik
Urmanov
Abt
Klimkin
Griazev
Lutai
Dobrin
Uspenski
Grigoriev

Butyrskaya
Slutskaya
Volchkova
Makarova
Leonova

Gordeeva + Grinkov
Mishkutenok + Dmitriev
Bechke + Petrov
Shishkova + Naumov
Eltsova + Bushkov
Kazakova + Dmitriev
Berezhnaya + Sikharulidze
Kavaguti + Smirnov
Mukhortova + Trankov
Iliushechkina + Maisuradze
Bazarova + Larionov
Gerboldt + Enbert
Stolbova + Klimov

Klimova + Ponomarenko
Usova + Zhulin
Evgeny Platov
Krylova + Ovsyannikov
Navka + Kostomarov
Maxim Shabalin
Jana Khokhlova
Bobrova + Soloviev
Ilinykh + Katsalapov

parasolka
11-21-2010, 12:09 AM
Those who live/used to live in NA (mostly in USA). The same goes to Russian coaches.

dinakt
11-21-2010, 03:36 AM
Those who live/used to live in NA (mostly in USA). The same goes to Russian coaches.
?
Nah. Rather, I think, a lot of Russian elite skaters used to train in the US, and Russian coaches- coach in the US, so there is some overlap.

PEKINGMOO
11-21-2010, 03:53 AM
Gordeeva & Grinkov and all old pairs skaters from the Moscow school - they seriously taught the best pairs technique in throws, lifts...pairs partnering in general.

Truly Diva Russian female ice dancers - any thing with long legs that could point a toe in skates and keep a straight back. GORGEOUS.

I've never been a fan of Russian singles skaters - for as gorgeous as the pairs skaters and dancers are with their balletic training, I've found this sort of line seriously lacking in their singles skaters. It's like they took all the rough and tumble boys and girls who didn't have the pretty body lines for pairs or dance and shucked them into the singles pool.

Squibble
11-21-2010, 04:18 AM
From my experience (and not based on my personal preferences), I would say that the following Russian (or, in the first case below, Soviet) skaters have been popular in the United States:

The Protopovs: They had the combination of athleticism and artistry that Americans love in figure skating, plus their back story of being disfavored by the Soviet sports authorities struck a chord with Americans (cf. Olga Korbut).

Slutskaya: Especially in the early years, when she was cute and bubbly. She also gained admiration for battling back from being left of the national team in 1999 and from her illness in the following decade. (This was somewhat undercut by her snarky comments about Sarah Hughes and her lack of graciousness when she finished third at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games).

Butyrskaya: Pretty woman, pretty skating, and respect for her achievements after her federation put her on the back burner when she failed to qualify for the short program at Worlds.

Yagudin: An athletic and artistic master. Enough said.

Does Oksana Baiul count as a quasi-Russian? She was very popular too.

Cloudy_Gumdrops
11-21-2010, 04:32 AM
I'm American, and I like a lot of Russian skaters.

Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Mishkutenok & Dimitriev
Obertas & Sokolov
Bazarova & Larionov
Stolbova & Klimov

Alexei Urmanov
Alexander Abt
Evgeny Plushenko
Ilia Kulik
Ilia Klimkin
Alexei Yagudin
Alexander Uspenski

Maria Butyrskaya
Viktoria Volchkova
Adelina Sotnikova

Klimova & Ponomarenko
Ilinykh & Katsalapov
Stepanova & Bukin
Romaniuta & Barantsev

Those aren't even all of them, I just didn't want to have an uber long post.

AliasJohnDoe
11-21-2010, 06:03 AM
USA here:

Ladies: Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva, Makarova, Markova and Butyrskaya.

Men: Yagudin, Kulik and Klimkin.

Dance: Klimova/Ponomarenko, Usova/Zhulin and Navka/Kostomarov

Pairs: Mishkutenok/Dimitriev, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze, Bechke/Petrov, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Iliushechkina/Maisuradze

Coach: Moskvina

There are more, but that's off the top of my head as favorites.

IceAlisa
11-21-2010, 06:16 AM
Yagudin, early Plushenko, Berezhnaya/Sikuralidze, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Ukrainian Oksana Bauil.

ChelleC
11-21-2010, 06:35 AM
Yagudin, Kulik, Abt

Gordeeva/Grinkov
Kazakova/Dmitriev
Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze
Iliushechkina/Maisuradze
Bazarova/Larionov


Klimova/Ponomarenko
Usova/Zhulin
Grishuk/Platov
Krylova/Ovsyannikov
Bobrova/Soloviev
Ilinykh /Katsalapov