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01-21-2013, 10:49 PM
Here is another fan! I really liked her. :) She showed so much potential, but sadly she became a member of the tragic club of “bad luck” skaters with injury and illness and she also very often seemed to be at wrong place in wrong time. As it was mentioned she crashed the boards in her SPs, I also remember she crashed with Oksana Baiul at the 1994 OG in practice or warm up? :confused:

Her skate at the Champions series final was marvellous. :cheer:

And I also very much liked her SP that season:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQZ2u9h1FDc (NHK '97, SP)

01-22-2013, 07:11 AM
Thank you for that link, I hadn't seen that performance yet. One of my favourite Szewczenko programs is her 1998 Euros exhibition. Unfortunately there isn't a YouTube video of that program, but someone did upload that program from NHK exhibition:


01-22-2013, 08:44 AM
Inspired by this thread I just linked her first appearances at Euros and Worlds at the "The way they were" thread and I think I should add them here as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCqmzk3R5l4 (EC 1993, LP)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbB86JhYTo (WC 1993, LP)

Interestingly that time she didn't have a triple flip or lutz jump ready for competition yet, though both looked great when landed well later on in her career. However, Tanja's double axel always looked a bit scary to me - very much jumped from the "flat", still she managed to land it most times . :)

01-22-2013, 08:44 AM
Tanja :cheer:

She was in Alles was zählt - a German soap - as a figure skater (I think she wins Euros and Worlds in it) and Norman Jeschke is in it too, as a potential pairs partner for one of Tanja's bitchy rivals IIRC. It's AWFUL (I notice it gets 3.5/10 on imdb :lol: ) but for me, compulsive viewing :o

01-22-2013, 12:43 PM
Whenever, I watch reruns of the movie 'Speed', I get super-distracted because I keep thinking of Tanja and her '97 CSF performance.

BTW, this has been bothering me for years - who were the American commentators at the CSF? I'm pretty sure it was Peter Carruthers, but I can't ID the woman ...

01-23-2013, 04:22 AM
Dorothy Hamill. :)

It's always depressing to listen to the commentary during many of Tanja's skates. Many times, they refer to her as the "next Katarina Witt," Germany's star, etc. Even Dick Button said something to the effect of "perhaps this is her chance to break through" during her 1996 Worlds SP after mentioning that she was always lingering around 5th-6th. Yet, in spite of two clean programs, she ended up 6th.

She was a skater who would have been much more successful had had she reached her peak about 4 years sooner- her 1993, 1994 and 1996 Worlds skates (and 1998 GPF, of course) would've been competitive at any meet prior to 1992, IMO, assuming her figures were on par. Ladies skating in 1996 was just packed, and she had yet to reach her peak in 1993, was injured in 1995 and 1997 during weaker years, and then missed out on her biggest opportunity- an Olympic medal in 1998- because of illness. I do think there is a case for saying she was robbed in 1996, though. Bonaly in Slutskaya weren't extraordinary in Edmonton, IMO.

01-23-2013, 04:36 AM
She was my favorite skater along with Michelle Kwan when I got into skating in 1994. I was rooting so hard for her to win a medal in 1998 and it was so sad that she got sick and had to withdraw. That was just horrible luck.