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centerstage01
01-08-2012, 03:46 AM
Inspired by the spirals thread, who do you consider the best spinners? Any discipline is up for discussion.

Looking for speed, centering, flexibility, and (seeming) ease.

Loved this program from Lucinda Ruh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0fvU4wnp34&feature=related). (And I think it would be perfect if Alissa Czisny would skate to this music. It seems tailor made for the two best ladies spinners in the sport.)

l'etoile
01-08-2012, 04:15 AM
Aside from Ruh, I can't think of anyone better than Czisny. Mirai's spins used to blow me away but lately I think she should find her mojo again.

Oh, oh, oh! You can't also rule out Stephan Lambiel and we all know why ;)

iarispiralllyof
01-08-2012, 04:17 AM
lucinda ruh, stephane lambiel, sasha cohen, mirai nagasu, caroline zhang and alissa czisny

mao asada has beautiful positions but isn't very fast

btw, that lucinda ruh program in the first post features at the end my favorite scratch spin ever. seriously! I wish COP would change so that scratch spins would be worthy of inclusion again, and they could still garner points as long as the skaters could execute them with amazing speed and centering. they have always been (imo) one of the most amazing elements of figure skating, especially as an ending move when the music swells toward the end.

and I love lucinda's freaky head move at the end of her scratch spin :P it almost brings to mind a sped up version of linda blair in the exorcist

l'etoile
01-08-2012, 04:36 AM
lucinda ruh, stephane lambiel, sasha cohen, mirai nagasu, caroline zhang and alissa czisny

mao asada has beautiful positions but isn't very fast

btw, that lucinda ruh program in the first post features at the end my favorite scratch spin ever. seriously! I wish COP would change so that scratch spins would be worthy of inclusion again, and they could still garner points as long as the skaters could execute them with amazing speed and centering. they have always been (imo) one of the most amazing elements of figure skating, especially as an ending move when the music swells toward the end.

and I love lucinda's freaky head move at the end of her scratch spin :P it almost brings to mind a sped up version of linda blair in the exorcist

I can't believe I left out Sasha :yikes:

Vagabond
01-08-2012, 05:31 AM
Looking for speed, centering, flexibility, and (seeming) ease.

In other words, Ronnie Robertson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RORo9PQaWJg#t=299s). :cool:

(If you aren't a North American of a certain age, I encourage you to watch the whole video. It is a fascinating glimpse into the past. ;) )

Until Lucinda Ruh established herself as the greatest spinner of all time, Scott Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KZRhzcpyQ98#t=28s) was considered by many the best since Robertson.

Others thought it was Nathalie Krieg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=B8_LxR4u0S4), shown here as a thirteen-year-old competing at Skate America.

Stéphane Lambiel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F893u_lTNVw) is probably the best since Ruh. Or maybe it's Alissa Czisny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GeFmxPmcno4#t=19s). (The spins start at about 2:15 on each of these videos.)

Here are three skaters who might not be quite on the same level as these five, but they could do some very memorable spins:

Denise Biellmann shows how it is done (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ucCMZffihRA#t=205s).

We must caution the viewers at home not to try to do what Shawn Sawyer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Dv2hBOJALYM#t=298s) does here. :wideeyes:

And an up-and-comer, Courtney Hicks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA0dBZnxfcs). :)

gkelly
01-08-2012, 05:33 AM
We can't omit Nathalie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCFJR2mBdKA) Krieg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jnxa_QcvBA)

Vash01
01-08-2012, 05:52 AM
Julia Lipnitskaya- still developing, but I like her spins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlQqRP6jZ4

Oksana Baiul was a very good spinner too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zKfZVurJY

Vash01
01-08-2012, 05:57 AM
Emanuel Sandhu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxqwVCOk0Uo

briancoogaert
01-08-2012, 09:30 AM
Alissa Czisny is actually the very best. This is impressive, the speed, the centering...
She was thie only one to get big applause from the crowd at last Trophee Bompard for each of her spins.

ks777
01-08-2012, 09:51 AM
Lucinda Ruh by far the best spinner.

Ares
01-08-2012, 10:03 AM
I'm not a huge fan of the super fast spinners like Lucinda and Alissa. A lot of the time they are going so fast it's hard to truly appreciate the position before they are on to the next one.

Sasha had the perfect combo of speed and wonderful positions.

love_skate2011
01-08-2012, 11:16 AM
does this include the fastest spinners ?
fastest hyperextended i spin would be Julia Lipnitskaya :D

also for me the best spinner today is Alissa Czisny

paskatefan
01-08-2012, 11:49 AM
Lucinda, Alissa

Todd, Stephane, Scott Davis

smarts1
01-08-2012, 03:57 PM
Come on guys... We need more votes for Natalie Krieg! Personally I think she's better than Lucinda...

~tapdancer~
01-08-2012, 04:01 PM
Paul Wylie.