Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Seerek, Jan 5, 2011.
What would be the best example of a "whatever happened to....?" former Junior World Ladies Champion?
"Best example" = case of most unfulfilled potential? If that's the case, I vote for Yukina because she one of the most talented skaters to ever come out of Japan but her career was sadly cut short by injuries.
I recognize most of the names on this list, but not Koiwai and Gorbenko.
Ota and Kirk are both are 4CC champions, at least, if that counts for much.
She was a Frank Carroll skater, but she skated just like Tara Lipinski
ETA: . . . Well actually, there are a lot more similarities to Lipinski than just the skating.
Cindy Bortz (USA) - 1987 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Cindy coaches at my rink. I've never seen this vid, thanks!
It's gotta be Ann-Patrice McDonough for me...a lot of talent, a lot of crazy mama drama.
I voted for Anne Patrice. She was so talented.
Foxy lady Kristina Oblasova. Huge talent, sexy, and partying diva. Would have been fun to have her around past 2000.
Ann Patrice and Yukina for me. Sadly, Caroline Zhang is heading on this path.
Seriously though, what DID happen to Timoshenko? And Irina Nikolaeva? And Tatiana Basova?
Timoshenko skated for Azerbaijan until 2005.
Interesting to hear Toller Cranston's commentary on junior skaters in general...I'm relieved he cut them some slack on presentation (kind of).
From a purely technical perspective - the difficulty of Cindy's program actually stacks up very well with the ladies at senior Worlds (in 1987)
Ota and AP for me too. Yukina was one of the best to come out of Japan, even with the shaky jumps. AP's skating was achingly beautiful at times, with good flow, jumps and spins. Such a cruel sport. So many bite the dust with puberty or injuries.
Koiwai competed at 1995 senior Worlds. In the FS, she misjudged the take-off of a double axel quite horribly, fell badly against the boards and her left skate cut her right leg. After a short while, she picked herself up, carried on and finished the programme with blood streaming from the wound, and the audience cheering everything she did. She was then taken to hospital and her leg stitched up. I never saw her again.
As for Gorbenko, I'm pretty sure I remember her competing in Europeans for Russia back in 1993 (may have the date wrong). And greatly to my surprise, when I went to British nationals the next year, there she was competing for Great Britain. She had married a British guy and was entitled to skate for GBR, though she didn't win the championships, being beaten by Charlene Von Sayer. As with Koiwai, I never saw her again.
She was coached by Machiko Yamada. I remember people were calling her the next Midori Ito.. I believe she was practicing 3 axel and landing them in practice.
Surprisingly, this girl had good basic skating skills and jumping techniques. Most of Yamada's students have odd techniques and lacking in good skating skills.
AP McDonough was really talented. I miss her skating, especially her spins.
I remember Koiwai for her appearance at 1995 worlds. She had a horrific waxel in the..Short? Smacked into the boards and took an age to get back up. Was kind of rocking in the LP. IIRC she retired the following year.
She did a Triple Toe Walley. On the second to the last jump, she is clearly on the inside edge when she picks.
and the most horrific jumps on the planet. After she grew, her tiny jumps were constantly under rotated. I was always lead to believe that was married to liukinin in the early stages of her career.
Mind you, I also heard that Ovsianikov and Sokolova were married in 1998, which can't have been....
Wow, I'm impressed!
Yeah, that was definitely on the inside edge.
Only one other (than me) voted for jessica mills?
I remember Jessica Mills. Too bad her senior career never really went anywhere. I really liked her style.
Anne Patrice McDonough was just in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. She and another skater did a pairs skate in one number and she was the angel in the nativity scene finale of the show. It was on TV if anyone else caught it.
wow that is the weirdest thing! thanks for pointing that out. i've only seen that before from a guy named konstantin kostin but never saw him try it in competition. btw komiko reminds me exactly of a young yuka sato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDhVzhxMCDs
Which means it'll probably stack up very well with the ladies at senior Worlds (in 2011).
Yup,Daria Timoshenko was married to Igor Lukanin;-)don t know when they split... Timoshenko was really a very boring skater,as I remember her from euros. No spark or attack... I still had a soft spot for her,somehow...
She competed at 2004 Euros. I remember it because she took a gulp of water before one of her programmes and spat it out on to the ice before she started.
...and for good reasons too, I believe
Whatever did happen to Jenny Kirk, I know that she retired and went back to school, but she used to have a popular blog and twitter stream, yet, I have not heard anything from her in over a year?
After Michelle, Jenny was always my favorite American lady, I loved her Chicago programs.