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lulu
10-20-2012, 04:35 AM
Let us now praise famous skaters. ;)
Why do you like your favorite skaters, is it because of their technical skills, artistry, overcoming personal obstacles or something you can't really define (but in as in the case with porn, you know it when you see it)? If you had to summarize why you like a particular skater, what would you say?

Ladies:
Midori Ito: This might sound cheesy, but no one exemplified the joy of skating like Midori Ito. Her 1988 skate in Calgary. Her triple-axel. Her long programs and Rose of Pain professional routine. Her unsurpassed status as a legendary athete.

Shizuka Arakawa: Voidy Swan routine. Her Ina Bauer and triple-triple-double combo. Her ability to seemlessly combine artistry, athleticism and strong basic skating.

Tonya Harding: Her excellent basics, speed and jumps, particularly the triple-axel and triple-lutz and her Ina Bauer. Her unusual music choices, the fact she skated to Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" as part of an LP:P

Surya Bonaly: Her 1994 SP. Her trademark backflip landed on one-foot. Her jumping ability and power on the ice. The fact that she worked hard on improving some of the less than stellar aspects of her skating. Her costumes. The fact that her programs always make me smile.

Irina Slutskaya: Her comeback from a serious heart condition. Her Cotton-Eye Joe exhibition. Her Biellmann spin, speed & triple jumps. Her charisma on ice.

Ekaterina Gordeeva: Her di Bolero routine with Kulik :swoon: Her coming into her own as a single skater after the loss of her husband & skating partner. Her tribute skate to Sergei Grinkov. Her excellent footwork & basic skating skills. Her Stella Errans routine.

Laetitia Huebert, Olga Markova, Vanessa Gusmeroli and Krisztina Czako: Their creativity on the ice. The fact that they proved that ladies skating didn't have to mean ladiezzz skating. ;)


Dance

Chait & Sakhnovski: Their improved skating skills over the years. The way they handled themselves after the absolutely ridiculous petition was created after the 2002 World Championships. 1492 Free Dance. The fact that they were able to take Bolero, one of the most iconic & "sacred" pieces of skating music and create a long program that I really enjoyed.

Grishuk & Platov: Their unsurpassed ability to perform complex footwork sequences at incredible speed. Their ability to skate to a wide range of music. Memorial Voids: "Pasha" with platinum blonde hair and purple boots. The fact that off the ice, she was never boring. ;)

Usova & Zhulin: Their knee-slides, lines and ability to create pretty pictures on the ice. Early 90s Zhulin :grope: Blues for Klook & 1991 Free Dance

B&B: Rasputin professional program. Their Free Dances. Their collaboration with Igor Borbin to create the ice theater. The intensity & drama of their skating

K&P: Their Bach free dance. Their incredible growth as artists after winning the 1992 OGM. The fact that as professionals they still maintained their excellent skating skills. Their Tchaikovsky, R&J, Dracula, Spartacus professional routines.

Duchesnay & Duchesnay: Missing Part I :swoon: Savage Rites, Mirror Image. Kerr & Kerr: The Matrix. The fact that both of these teams forced me to overcome my bias against brother-sister teams with their fabulous routines.

Delobel & Schonfelder: Frida & 2007 Free Dance. Their amazing technique and voidy skating. The fact that she skated at the Olympics just a few months after giving birth to her son

Denkova & Staviski: Voidy routines, such as Cirque de Soliel and Handel.

Anissina & Peizerat: The emotional quality of their skating, the reverse lift. R&J and Carmina Burana Free dances.

Navka & Kostomarov: Her headband, the fact that she's in an elite group along with Rodnina & Gordeeva of coming back to win the OGM after having a baby. The fact that Navka was skating in international competitions in 1991. Carmen Free Dance

T&D: Bolero, and even more so, Bolero in 1994-one of the most emotional skates in figure skating history. The fact that they changed ice dancing forever. Their Barnum free dance.

judiz
10-20-2012, 12:56 PM
Johnny Weir I can't really describe it, I had moved away from skating after Bowman/Wylie retired and hadn't watched any of the competitions, including the Olympics. Then in 2006, I was home sick and channel surfing when I decided to check out the skating at the Vancouver Olympics. I could not take my eyes off of Johnny. I don't know what it was but he drew me into skating like I had never been. He just had that connection with me. I started following his career, was lucky to see him skate live at COI and shows at his rink and had a chance to meet him at several meets and greets (he always remembered me and the conversations we had previously). I moved away from skating when Johnny took his two years off but now I'm back.