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SamuraiK
06-26-2012, 06:45 AM
Half the skaters that began the fight are gone now.. We move on the second half of the game. Only the really strong skaters reaming. But first we have to say goodbye to the youngest champion of all..

7th PLACE: TARA LIPINSKI (http://www.drenobor.com/celebrities/thumbs/tara.lipinski.001.jpg) (37.15% of votes)

The remaining contenders are:

Some Grand Prix Final Links (except for Lulu) this time.
01. Lu Chen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0iTLBYJ6eY)- CHN - 1995 World Champion.
02. Michelle Kwan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20JF_KVXYyc) - USA - 1996,1998,2000,2001 and 2003 World Champion.
03. Irina Slutskaya (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SXO6s3MCDw)- RUS - 2002 and 2005 World Champion.
04. Shizuka Arakawa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY8U_9mOfI4) - JPN - 2004 World and 2006 Olympic Champion.
05. Mao Asada (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84MSxpxO7CE) - JPN - 2008 and 2010 World Champion.
06. Yuna Kim (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCuwyo2jjqI) - KOR - 2009 World and 2010 Olympic Champion.

Already eliminated:
08th Place - Carolina Kostner (41.39% votes)
09th Place - Maria Butyrskaya (32.67% votes)
10th Place - Miki Ando (24.90% votes)
11th place - Sarah Hughes (53.06% votes)
12th place - Kimmie Meissner (50.26% votes)

Vote and discuss..;)

SamuraiK
06-26-2012, 06:51 AM
Torn between Lulu and Shiz. But voted for Chen. They're both preety equal but Arakawa has the OGM edge and really paved the way for skating boom in Japan while its been almost 20 years since a good chinese lady.

Marco
06-26-2012, 07:06 AM
Torn between Lulu and Shiz. But voted for Chen. They're both preety equal but Arakawa has the OGM edge and really paved the way for skating boom in Japan while its been almost 20 years since a good chinese lady.

Li Zijun and Zhang Kexin are coming! :cheer:

I definitely admit bias but I am open to consider voting for Slutskaya or even Asada before Chen. I just remember more memorable performances from Chen than from Slutskaya and Asada.

judgejudy27
06-26-2012, 07:10 AM
Chen and Arakawa both should not have outsurvived Lipinski, and neither are in the league of the other 4 women on this list.

RumbleFish
06-26-2012, 07:18 AM
I would pick Arakawa or Asada.
They both were very inconsistent, and made livings off of big tricks they rarely delivered cleanly, i.e. triple-triple for Arakawa and 3A for Asada.
Another thing they had in common was getting inflated 2nd mark through their Tarasova choreographed shit programs despite being seriously lacking in artistry.

gingercrush
06-26-2012, 07:29 AM
Lu Chen to go. Asada has two World Championships, same for Slutskaya. Kim and Arakawa have World Championship and Olympic Gold and no matter how much I dislike her, Kwan isn't going anywhere. Chen is the odd one out even if she was fab.

And Asada has pulled off Triple Axels numerous times and in combination. She has also performed Triple-triple combinations and have had them ratified under the tougher rule changes. And she has done numerous good choreographed and memorable performances. For me I loved Chopin's Nocturne No.2. I only wish she could have been clean in the SP at worlds. Claire De Lune at WTT was really good too. She always seemed to be a better SP skater than a LP skater. I really liked Fantasie Impromptu. The Nutcracker was good too. I've been really out of the loop post Olympics though.

And o.o she is the only skater to have beaten Kim in Kim's peak years of 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.

RumbleFish
06-26-2012, 08:07 AM
And Asada has pulled off Triple Axels numerous times and in combination. She has also performed Triple-triple combinations and have had them ratified under the tougher rule changes. And she has done numerous good choreographed and memorable performances. For me I loved Chopin's Nocturne No.2. I only wish she could have been clean in the SP at worlds. Claire De Lune at WTT was really good too. She always seemed to be a better SP skater than a LP skater. I really liked Fantasie Impromptu. The Nutcracker was good too. I've been really out of the loop post Olympics though.

You've got to be kidding. If she had been such a superb short program skater, why don't I remeber her being 1st after SP at the worlds?

As for 3A, I don't remember her landing a clean one these several years. Sure, she had some of them ratified, but for me at least, rotations were questionable at best. Only clean attempts that I remeber are those done when she was a little girl circa 2005-2006. Miss Asada has been living off her past junior performances for too long. She shouldn't talk about or attempt 3A she just can't land.

Lastly, when was the last time she landed a clean triple-triple? After 2007 Worlds, ISU got tough on underrotations and that was pretty much end of receiving free points with underrotated jumps for her.

Aussie Willy
06-26-2012, 09:16 AM
Been waiting for the next round. It is getting exciting now.

sk8ingcoach
06-26-2012, 09:25 AM
Goodbye Lulu... about time

briancoogaert
06-26-2012, 09:27 AM
Really too difficult.
I like Lu Chen and Shizuka Arakawa's skating.
I don't like Irina Slutskaya's style, nor Mao's technique.
But if I try to be objective, Shizuka is probably the weakest in competition. Even 2004 Worlds, her jumps were under-rotated.

spikydurian
06-26-2012, 09:30 AM
I haven't voted here yet. I will toss in my vote with the last two standing. I will vote fairly ;) but interesting to see which lady have more ubers and hatezzz dominating FSU. :P

robinhood
06-26-2012, 09:50 AM
from that list, the one I enjoyed the least is Kwan. She had wonderful choreography up to 98-99 but then she played it very safely IMO...every program looked kind-of the same, I feel. Anyway she's the most decorated skater, so I'll understand she wins this game. For me, even though she was very musical I never felt truly connected with her skating, and I can't point out what it was
Anyway, probably it's between Chen and Arakawa if I'm objective. Arakawa is totally my fave skater, but her accomplishments and consistency are lacking in comparison. Chen was a gorgeous sublime skater, somewhat underscored in the beginning of her career and probably the most artistic skater left here.
I'll have to wait and ponder this one...it's tough

galaxy
06-26-2012, 10:15 AM
The remaining contenders are:


01. Lu Chen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0iTLBYJ6eY)- CHN - 1995 World Champion.
02. Michelle Kwan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20JF_KVXYyc) - USA - 1996,1998,2000,2001 and 2003 World Champion.
03. Irina Slutskaya (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SXO6s3MCDw)- RUS - 2002 and 2005 World Champion.
04. Shizuka Arakawa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY8U_9mOfI4) - JPN - 2004 World and 2006 Olympic Champion.

05. Mao Asada (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84MSxpxO7CE) - JPN - 2008 and 2010 World Champion.
06. Yuna Kim (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCuwyo2jjqI) - KOR - 2009 World and 2010 Olympic Champion.



So some people want to make Arakawa go before anyone else.:rolleyes:
This is quite a poll, indeed.

Maybe these people have personal bias against her (each in their own different ways) picking her on details , ignoring her great qualities and abilities that deserved her World title and OGM, and her great presence and magnificence on the ice as a champion. Is it because she is one of the two who have OGM among the list ? Or maybe I should refrain myself from saying this, but maybe because she is the first skater from Asia who won OGM?
And I must add that I think people who say Arakawa is boring and not so great are ones who have had almost no opportunities to see her skating live or ones who only saw her when she was in a very bad shape.
Remember in Dortmund, where she won her World title (It was under 6.0), the audience gave her enthusiasitic standing ovasion already in the preliminary round. No need to say about the free skate, from the moment she started skating and as she continued, the heat and excitement of the arena grew up, up and up, and it nearly blew off the roof. The moment she finished, everyone jumped up on his feet from joy and applause. The people gave her the hugest and most enthusiasitic standing ovasion of the day.

gingercrush
06-26-2012, 10:28 AM
maybe because she is the first lady from Asia who won OGM?

o.o

I haven't been the most active on the figure skating board as I have previously but I have never seen such a reference to Arakawa whatsoever. In fact I don't ever recall racism being displayed here. At the most we've had a bit too much patriotism. Mostly explained due to the history between Japan and Korea. But even then it boils down to ubering.

We're down to six skaters all of which have legitimate claims to staying around. Someone has to go.

RumbleFish
06-26-2012, 10:33 AM
So some people want to make Arakawa go before anyone else.:rolleyes:
This is quite a poll, indeed.

Maybe these people have personal bias against her (each in their own different ways) picking her on details , ignoring her great qualities and abilities that deserved her World title and OGM, and her great presence and magnificence on the ice as a champion. Is it because she is one of the two who have OGM among the list ? Or maybe I should refrain myself from saying this, but maybe because she is the first lady from Asia who won OGM?
And I must add that I think people who say Arakawa is boring and not so great are ones who have had almost no opportunities to see her skating live or ones who only saw her when she was in a very bad shape.
Remember in Dortmund, where she won her World title, the audience gave her enthusiasitic standing ovasion already in the preliminary round. No need to say about the free skate, from the moment she started skating and as she continued, the heat and excitement of the arena grew up, up and up, and it nearly blew off the roof. The moment she finished, everyone jumped up on his feet from joy and applause. The people gave her the hugest and most enthusiasitic standing ovasion of the day.

Are you serious in writing this stuff? :lol:
So, people who vote for Arakawa to be booted out are crooked racists and ones who vote for any other Asian lady is not?
Please, get real.

BTW, Arakawa had her moment in Dortmund. But so did all other ladies when they won their own world title or two. Even Kimmie Meissner, who were voted out the first, had her wonderful moment in Calgary.