Best spirals in pairs skating

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  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Sasha

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    Since we have threads on spirals by ladies and men, I am adding pairs. It looks very good when both skaters have excellent stretch, lines, positions, and they are skating very close (unless it's a spiral sequence).

    A spiral sequence is more common these days, but in the old days two pairs had the most beautiful pairs spirals- simple but perfect.

    The Protopopovs: eligible and pro (the one that stood out for me was the one in Ave Maria- at 3:10)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg5r7Xi5RpM

    Gordeeva-Grinkov: eligible and pro (the one etched in my memory is from Moonlight Sonata, at 2:25)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY7HFPSmx8M

    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: Not as perfect/close position as the other two, but I loved it that they followed it by a throw triple loop (at 0:40).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB2lyUWrEcE

    They had a spiral sequence in their Happy Valley SP (at 2:21) which was good, but it was somewhat criticized by Dick Button.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qzy7VRWwE4
     
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  2. hippychick

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    Of the current American teams Donlan and Speroff have beautiful spirals which are highlighted at the end of their long program.
     
  3. reese

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    Yup. I was just going to say that. They have breathtaking spirals, and never get high enough GOE for it, IMO. :shuffle:
     
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    a bit OT, but that gave me the opportunity to review katia and ludmila on how they express with their arms. while ludmila is undeniably graceful, she doesnt move or express from her core the way katia does, thus making ludmila look stiffer than katia. i yet have to see another female pairsskater who completely and gracefully expresses her arms from her core as much as katia does. i wish katia could train liza that way.
     
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    i think between the current top two pairs, v/t have more classic lines in their spirals, while s/s tend to do more creative positions.
     
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    K/S have the best spiral this season with S/S a close second. V/T have got the lowest scores for their spirals out of the three.

    I agree with D/S.
     
  7. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Sasha

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    Smirnov has a very good spiral position- nice stretch for a man. I never cared for the catch foot spiral (singles or pairs). I like the classic spiral position.
     
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    Who was the Canadian pair in which the lady was Japanese? They had amazing spirals.
     
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    I don't know of a Canadian pair with a Japanese lady, but I do know of a Japanese pair with a Canadian man, who have very nice spirals! Are you thinking of Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran?
     
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    No, I was thinking of a pair that skated about 10 years ago. I think he had a French name (I know that doesn't narrow it down in Canada).
     
  11. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Sasha

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    Takahashi-Tran are very recent. I think I know who the poster is referring to.

    ETA:

    It was Wakamatsu & Fecteau. Here is the info on Wakamatsu.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utako_Wakamatsu

    Here is a link of their skating (2005 LP)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxfPOgEHOYA
     
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    Knierem & Poapst. Simon & Marissa. John and Caydee.

    LOLOLOLOL jk!
     
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    eh, im so spoiled with g/g that that spiral is probably among the ones with most stretch in the NA teams. the mail partner needs to bring his leg more to the back, not just slightly to the side.
     
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    They're beautiful. How fast and how much ice coverage do they get - maybe that's why the GOE isn't as high?
     
  23. zilam98

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    thank you!!!!! my two fav teams of all time in their respective disciplines!

    by any chance, has anyone found the eurosport video of a/p's 1998 fd, with the british commentators? i love their commentary, but im not sure which event it was that they commentated on. i have been looking for it on youtube but i have yet to find it.
     
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    im curious as to what the people's standards/views are with regard to what they describe as best spirals.
     
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    Piezerat and Dean's leg lines are the best, Platov's in second. :)