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overedge
01-26-2013, 10:11 PM
Claudia Leistner from Germany was 5'9" without her skates.

TheIronLady
01-26-2013, 11:21 PM
Claudia Leistner from Germany was 5'9" without her skates.

I like how Claudia towers over Midori on the second platform of the 1989 Worlds Podium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X1YnKHADDA). So does Jill Trenary for that matter, but Leistner vs. Ito is most amusing.

Vagabond
01-27-2013, 05:58 PM
Jo Jo Starbuck and Sandra Bezic were as tall as their partners as well

Which partners? :confused:

According to www.sports-reference.com, Sandra Bezic (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/be/sandra-bezic-1.html) is 5'4", and her brother, Val (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/be/val-bezic-1.html), is 6'1".

According to the same source, Jo Jo Starbuck (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/st/jojo-starbuck-1.html) is 5'5". Kenneth Shelley (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/sh/kenneth-shelley-1.html) isn't much taller than she is, but he is 5'7".

If you watch these videos, you can clearly see that the man in each of these pairs is taller than his partner:

Sandra & Val Bezic, 1982 Stars on Ice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq3uie7kI2E)
Starbuck & Shelley, 1972 U.S. Nationals Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eadd_apEaD4)

I think actual height difference between Sandra and Val Bezic is somewhat less than nine inches, but there is still a significant difference. Two inches between Starbuck and Shelley looks about right to me.

victoriaheidi
01-27-2013, 06:22 PM
I don't know how tall she really is, but Ashley Cain seemed pretty tall on TV last night. Taller than I remembered her, anyway.

TheIronLady
01-27-2013, 08:06 PM
Which partners? :confused:

According to www.sports-reference.com, Sandra Bezic (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/be/sandra-bezic-1.html) is 5'4", and her brother, Val (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/be/val-bezic-1.html), is 6'1".

According to the same source, Jo Jo Starbuck (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/st/jojo-starbuck-1.html) is 5'5". Kenneth Shelley (http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/sh/kenneth-shelley-1.html) isn't much taller than she is, but he is 5'7".

If you watch these videos, you can clearly see that the man in each of these pairs is taller than his partner:

Sandra & Val Bezic, 1982 Stars on Ice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq3uie7kI2E)
Starbuck & Shelley, 1972 U.S. Nationals Free Skate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eadd_apEaD4)

I think actual height difference between Sandra and Val Bezic is somewhat less than nine inches, but there is still a significant difference. Two inches between Starbuck and Shelley looks about right to me.

To the original poster, I was going to say, her brother would have to be a midgit if shorter! Sandra is short. She looks in the commentary booth like she would be a model, but she is not model height.