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paulee
12-30-2011, 10:12 PM
For mens, I like Viktor Pfeiffer of Austria, and in the past Michael Tyllesen and Sebastien Britten. Their musicality and artistry was very good.

For ladies, I liked Yan Liu and always hoped she had a breakthrough performance to elevate her into the top 10 (came close with 11th at Olympics). Also liked Beatrice Gelmini ('No Business Like Show Business" SP in Calgary was quite good) and Katrien Pauwels of Belgium. Her SP at Calgary set to Spanish music was very musical. (can you tell I just finished watching an old tape of the Ladies event in Calgary). A skater I was happy see make a comeback in the 90s was Yulia Vorobieva. I thought she had good jumps - not sure what happened at the end of her career, as she petered out in the 40th's of rankings.

For pairs, I liked Berankova/ Dlabola and thought they could have made a breakthrough. Same with James/ Bonheur, and I hope they do well with their new partners. I like the current #2 German team, Hausch/ Wende as well.

For ice dance, most of the teams I really liked eventually made it into the top 5; however, when Copely/ Stagniunas did not compete at Vancouver I was disappointed because I really liked what I saw from those 2. Tobias/ Stagniunas hopefully will continue climbing in the ranks. I also like the Czech dance team of Myslivecova/ Novak.

alchemy void
12-30-2011, 11:08 PM
17 posts and no mention of Gizmo yet?! :drama: Although she might kick my ass to learn she's considered a ''lower ranked" skater. ;) Loved her facial expressions after she skates (usually disgust). She also had a good lutz, great footwork, and is the only skater to void out to "From a Distance"! :inavoid:

Kristina Oblasova, back in the day, had it all. Good skating skills, great jumps, gorgeous, good expression, and slutty. To this day one of my favorite skating interviews is where she went on and on about how much she wanted Joubert. :rofl: Unfortunately, the patrying and injuries derailed her career quickly, which is too bad because I thought she really had it all and could have been a real star.

Sanna Maija Wiksten of Finland skated to Basic Instinct and had a voidy 3sal-3sal sequence.

Courtney Hicks rocks. Hope she recovers because she has a really attractive recklessness to her skating, which is a quality I love.

Vagabond
12-31-2011, 12:36 AM
Aww, c'mon folks! No videos of any programs? :fragile:

Here are a few:

Anastasia Gimazetdinova 2008 4CC SP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R77ajWqJzeM) (Not really "lower-ranked" ;), but her voidiness demands her inclusion here. :inavoid:)

Ana´s Ventard 2011 French Nationals FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROvyr0A7KdY)

Jorik Hendrickx 2011 Europeans FS "Spanish Mix" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5uyqdILp14&feature=related)

Jorik Hendrickx 2011 Europeans SP "Feeling Good" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ww8UnFwkCo)

Misha Ge 2011 Asian Trophy SP "The Dying Swan" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDbBQkY5yGo)

Misha Ge 2011 4CC FS "Requiem for a Tower" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2rNPpqFFJE)

PashaFan
12-31-2011, 10:40 AM
So glad Spassova & Todorov were mentioned. I really liked them.
Anyone remember Kulikova/Novikov (I think that's the spelling) they competed at Euro's & World's in 04 & 05. I loved their 05 Free dance.
Agree about Josee Chouinard, she was so amazing. Check out her free skate at the 95 Trophee de France on youtube. I know she made errors but it's one of those programes that has stayed in my memory.
Also Annabelle Langlois was a real talent. A shame she never won a World medal in pairs. Her free skate at the 03 World's, short from the 04 Worlds & short from the Vancouver Olympics were lovely.
Others; Jennifer Kirk, Ilia Klimkin & in ice dance Lang & Tchernyshev.

sadya
12-31-2011, 12:55 PM
Some are already mentioned. I'll add Lenko Kulovana who was always lovely to watch as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw5Hr-UDFEw

I liked Gates/Shalom too. Winkler/Lohse weren't bad either, I can't remember if they ever won a medal at Euros and Worlds or not.

PashaFan
12-31-2011, 03:55 PM
Some are already mentioned. I'll add Lenko Kulovana who was always lovely to watch as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw5Hr-UDFEw

I liked Gates/Shalom too. Winkler/Lohse weren't bad either, I can't remember if they ever won a medal at Euros and Worlds or not.

Katie Winkler & Rene Lohse won a Bronze at the 2004 Worlds in Dortmund & then retired. They were a really exciting couple to watch but made a lot of errors at major championships. Their ying/yang free dance was a fave of mine.
If they had not fallen at the 2003 Euro's I would have had them with a Bronze medal.

skatak
01-01-2012, 01:21 AM
Some are already mentioned. I'll add Lenko Kulovana who was always lovely to watch as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw5Hr-UDFEw


+1 !

didn't know 'Amazing Grace' before her program (must have been the Lillehammer SP, right ?). loved it.
4th at Euros in Paris after the SP, thanks to her 3T-3T. saw a slo-mo of an attemp of 3Lo once, just when the skating airing started.
she was 'the other skater with Surya that could do a 2A from scracth'.

UDelpairs2012
01-01-2012, 07:50 PM
I'm so glad you said Vanessa Giuinchi. She was a great personality.
I loved her at the 2003 Europeans.
Anyone remember Tatiana Malinina?. I really liked her.
In Ice Dance Wing/Lowe.
Jennifer Robinson?. I thought she was fantastic at the World's in 02,03 & 04.
Her 2002 World's free skate was a fave of mine. A great pro skater too.
Also I was sad to see the Zaretski's retire so soon. They were getting better.

She is a great coach in the Northern VA area now with her husband Roman :)

Diyoris
01-02-2012, 08:08 PM
Great thread, because they also make me love skating.


YAN LIU (CHN)
She has a wonderful skating quality and I love both of her programs at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino: SP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_yDyvL1zn8) & FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQl0uFCZMmE)

TUGBA KARADEMIR (TUR)
Always musical and joyful. Her 2006 and 2007 SP (http://youtu.be/dPNVEzm0pIA) comes to my mind as well as her 2010 SP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9fdR8NRVls).

IDORA HEGEL (CRO)
I enjoyed watching her because she was determined. I remember her doing a Zorro program, but I can't recall when it was.

But also Michelle Cantu, Binshu Xu, Yea-Ji Shin (1988), Shoko Ishikawa, Yukari Nakano or Risa Shoji (I hope she will not be a lower ranked skater in the future)...


ADRIAN SCHULTHEISS (SWE)
A different skating. I'll always remember his 2010 FS (http://youtu.be/133MhhbZ4K4).

ZOLTAN KELEMEN (ROU)
Seems a nice skater, great technique but not that powerful and not that consistent.

VAKHTANG MURVANIDZE (GEO)
Great show-man, yeah !


VOLSOZHAR & MOROZOV (UKR)
Powerful pair, huge lifts. Too bad they didn't capture anything. I remember their 2005 FS, but also most of their recent programs like: 2007 FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqJhJw4GJig), 2008 FS (http://youtu.be/X54vC9dMKrA), 2009 SP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUFZHVJR_no) 2010 SP (http://youtu.be/AxOsB-N3fGo), 2009 and 2010 FS (http://youtu.be/He6jLMjW7ek).

BERANKOVA & DLABOLA (CZE)
They made progress, and were finally a great couple.

SHKLOVER & MINTALS (EST)
I don't know why I remember them, but I liked them.


HUANG & ZHENG (CHN)
They look smooth on the ice.

NAVARRO & BOMMENTRE (USA)
I like their 2010 OD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxnqvbYGv1I).


JINGU ICE MESSENGERS GRACE (JPN)
Always a pleasure to watch, you can't get bored watching them: 2010 FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTilsbQJMrI).

TEAM BERLIN (GER)
Great team too with good energy: 2007 FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuvmEw7Qevo).

HOT SHIVERS (ITA)
The way they skated reminds me skaters like Giunchi or Berton: 2009 SP (http://youtu.be/gyWF6kXcp5s). They changed their way of skating last year, it looks more like Nexxice of Canada now.

PashaFan
01-02-2012, 08:18 PM
I too loved Vakhtang Murvanidze. He had a great personality.
I think Idora Hegel's Zorro programe was in 03/04. One of her best.
Anyone else liked Rennik & Sakhs from Estonia?. Yes they were slow & had easier programes but her throw jumps were very good. I felt so sorry for her at the 2004 Worlds in the Free skate.

Diyoris
01-02-2012, 08:25 PM
I remember Rennik & Sakhs!!! Yes their throws were pretty good, but the rest was not that good, especially lifts.

briancoogaert
01-02-2012, 08:45 PM
THIS. I just blogged about her yesterday. Her musicality was :swoon:
So were her arms :swoon:

PashaFan
01-03-2012, 11:59 AM
I don't think Diane Rennik had a lot of trust in herself. I also think that with a stronger partner she could have placed higher than she did.
I still liked her though.
Anyone know why they quit?. I thought they would carry on until the Euro's were in tallin in 2010.