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Maofan7
02-21-2012, 07:45 PM
Following on from the North American version, who was the greatest European ladies singles skater of all time?

Vash01
02-21-2012, 07:52 PM
If we consider medals alone, it's Sonia Henie (sp?) hands down, but the sport was very different back then. I have a hard enough time comparing Katarina with Irina. So it's very hard to pick just one from this entire list. I went with Irina only because I am thinking of the ones I actually saw skating. That is not to take anything away from Henie or other great European ladies.

PashaFan
02-21-2012, 07:58 PM
I missed the Witt years because I was too young but I have watched them since on Youtube.
I was never a fan of Slutskaya when she was skated but have grown to like watching her programes since she retired.
Bonaly was dominating Europe when I first started watching skating.
I REALLY can't choose between these three as they are so different.
I think this is the first time I can't choose !
From a personal point of view Butyrskaya was my favourite.
Yes she was very inconsistent & did not have the natural ability of some but she always held my interest right through the years.
But I do understand that she was not dominant like others.
Help !. I can't choose !.

icellist
02-21-2012, 09:37 PM
darn, i didn't see Denise Biellmann when I was voting and clicked other. But she's got my vote

fenway2
02-22-2012, 03:17 AM
I voted Slutskaya for her jumps and spins, but I honestly don't know much about 6 of the ladies on this poll. If it was a poll for best competitor then I'd have picked Witt.

os168
02-22-2012, 04:55 AM
Dame/Countessa Katerina Witt!!! No one does a European program like her.
She defines 'own it' on ice.

She owned the ice, owned carmen, owned the audience, owned the judges, and owned anyone who's ever compete against her in one way or the other.

Sasha'sSpins
02-22-2012, 05:06 AM
Sonja Henie.

Nomad
02-22-2012, 05:06 AM
Witt may have owned it all, but Bonaly had the best toe pushes in the business and she's not even on the list. :wuzrobbed (((Surya)))

Rob
02-22-2012, 05:14 AM
darn, i didn't see Denise Biellmann when I was voting and clicked other. But she's got my vote

Same here so 2 move from other to Biellmann

Sasha'sSpins
02-22-2012, 05:16 AM
Witt may have owned it all, but Bonaly had the best toe pushes in the business and she's not even on the list. :wuzrobbed (((Surya)))

Surya could jump and I loved watching her live in exhibition. But she could not skate. She could barely spin. She looked stiff and telegraphed her jumps. To borrow from a reporter commenting on Bonaly back in her day 'between the jumps she looks as if she's skating on double runners.'

Surya could not find an edge to save her life.

victoriaheidi
02-22-2012, 07:45 AM
I picked Colledge because she was such an innovator.

briancoogaert
02-22-2012, 08:37 AM
Sonja Henie, even if I've never seen her.
Carolina Kostner is not an option, too bad.

RumbleFish
02-22-2012, 08:47 AM
Denise Biellmann would have won multiple world titles had she not retired from amateur competitions so early.

Excidra
02-22-2012, 08:51 AM
Slutskaya

love_skate2011
02-22-2012, 08:59 AM
Irina Slutskaya