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Rob
02-22-2012, 11:23 PM
When you saw these skates (or even earlier ones), which one did you think would be the next great US lady skater?

(Left out current skaters & skaters who became national champions or Olympians. Also had to leave out some notable like Sara Wheat, Christine Zukowski, Katy Taylor, Sydne Vogel etc. because I couldn't find good junior level clips. Please share if you have any!).

Liang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2f9IjHNCBI&feature=related

NNN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S7EEHAM6nU

Mok: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daa-BFbr0IU

AP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVNxEWDmJSA

Kirk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5sNlYf1fhI

Stellato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj6yxC3rLfo

Ervin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7ql6E94dw

Donovan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYYxc3bwGDQ

Bortz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNnyindwb1M&feature=related

Mills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4NTWZ3G-os

Jenna
02-22-2012, 11:32 PM
Liang and NNN were very promising. Sigh, what could have been....:drama:

Cheylana
02-22-2012, 11:39 PM
NNN - she really stole the show at 1999 Nationals!! :cheer2:

And maybe also AP McDonough. I was so impressed watching her at 2001 Nationals, lots of elegance.

Sylvia
02-22-2012, 11:40 PM
Mok: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daa-BFbr0IU
FYI, this was Yebin Mok's Intermediate level winning FS (it was called "Junior Olympics" back then). She won consecutive Juvenile and Intermediate titles in 1997-98 (ETA: She then skipped the Novice level and placed 5th in Junior at 1999 Nationals). I really enjoyed watching her skate despite her inconsistent jumps in competition. Her triple Lutz was a thing of beauty when she hit it!

Thanks for posting all these video links!

Jessica
02-22-2012, 11:53 PM
Liang and NNN were very promising. Sigh, what could have been....:drama:

These are the two I would have picked also. Liang was always breaking my heart and NNN's injury ended that promise.

What great videos. Thank you.

ioana
02-22-2012, 11:56 PM
Baby Ye Bin :cheer2:. She got some impressive air time on her 2axel. Too many young skaters whip their axels around at that age, but hers are massive. I didn't follow skating that closely when she won her Jr Nationals titles, but really enjoyed her programs from 2003 Nationals (or was it 2002?) when she finished 6th overall.

fenway2
02-23-2012, 12:04 AM
After 97 nationals I thought Angela Nikodinov would become a major contender. In hindsight, even before her string of tragedies and bad luck, I don't think she ever wanted it badly enough.

Of those listed, I thought Kirk would win some big medals but her consistency seemed to abandon her after 2001.

genevieve
02-23-2012, 12:08 AM
Ye Bin Mok finished either last or close to last at the 05 US Nats, but she was one of the most enjoyable skaters in the comp. *sigh*

Vash01
02-23-2012, 12:09 AM
Definitely NNN, and Bebe to some extent.

kwanette
02-23-2012, 12:18 AM
NNN, she was so wonderfully charismatic in 99. Seeing, two 13 yr olds in the interview that yr, along with Angela and MK, no one could have convinced me then that it would be Sarah who would go on to win OG and not Naomi.

carriemarie
02-23-2012, 12:59 AM
Deanna Stellato. Her technique was spot on. Bebe's was as well. I always though Naomi, Jenni Kirk, and AP were iffy with their technique. YeBin was never very consistent and Ervin always look like she was going to get big. Too bad about Deanna's problems, I think she had a solid future. I was always a big fan of Katy Taylor's as well. What happened to her?

chipso1
02-23-2012, 01:10 AM
AP McDonough. After the 2002 Jr. World title and strong showings at Skate America and the 2003 U.S. Nationals, I really thought she'd be a legitimate threat to Sasha by the time Torino rolled around. *sigh*

Stylistically, Yebin Mok is probably my favorite of those ladies mentioned. But Deanna Stellato and NNN were gorgeous too, so it's hard to pick!

Sylvia
02-23-2012, 01:11 AM
I was always a big fan of Katy Taylor's as well. What happened to her?
A combination of injury and puberty derailed her after 2007 Nationals, unfortunately.

I couldn't find her 2004 US Nationals or Junior Worlds programs on youtube (she won silver and bronze, respectively), but here is her FS from her last junior international competition in December 2005 at the JGP Final (4th place): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6CTR5GlnM
I loved her smile and energy on the ice. :)

Matryeshka
02-23-2012, 01:13 AM
Deanna Stellato and BeBe Liang all the way :wuzrobbed

Triple Butz
02-23-2012, 01:15 AM
Bebe. She had such a strong work ethic that I thought it would take her right to the top. Unfortunate hip problems did her consistency in :(. It really is a shame because she developed such a fiery personality on the ice that was all her own.