Best spread eagles by a man (singles skater)

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Best spread eagles by a man -Pick Two- (singles skater)

Poll closed Sep 1, 2012.
  1. Brian Boitano

    58 vote(s)
    39.7%
  2. Jeffrey Buttle

    18 vote(s)
    12.3%
  3. John Curry

    20 vote(s)
    13.7%
  4. Paul Wylie

    46 vote(s)
    31.5%
  5. Kurt Browning

    6 vote(s)
    4.1%
  6. Ilia Kulik

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  7. Emanuel Sandhu

    9 vote(s)
    6.2%
  8. Rudy Galindo

    5 vote(s)
    3.4%
  9. Other

    42 vote(s)
    28.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    One of the moves I miss in the COP programs is a sustained spread eagles by male skaters. Their bodies allow better lines than womens (I am generalizing, of course). For some men the spread eagles were like highlights of their programs.

    Who had the best spread eagles in your opinion?
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  3. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

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    John Curry and Sandhu! You just know they're so good when you see them do it.
  4. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    There was a US skater named Aaron whose last name I cannot remember. I saw him have a skate of his life at the 1993 Skate America in Dallas. He had very good spread eagles, modeled after Boitano's.

    Anyone remembers this skater?

    ETA: It's Aren (not Aaron) Nielsen, it seems.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJ5D7hFmgc
  5. floskate

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    John Curry without a doubt followed by Wylie and then Boitano. John was so well turned out that he could assume the perfect position.
  6. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Great poll. I love seeing guys doing fabulous spreadeagles. I voted for Wylie. His were beautiful.
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    I had never heard of Aren Nielsen before, but that was a truly awesome skate. Thanks for posting it!
  8. paskatefan

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    I voted for Brian B. & Paul. Of the current men, Jonathan Cassar.
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    Johnny_Fever New Member

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    John was a ballet dancer who also happened to skate.
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  11. Aussie Willy

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    He wasn't allowed to take up ballet or dancing because his family didn't approve. Skating was more acceptable to his family because it was viewed as a sport.

    You might be thinking of Katherine Healy who Curry mentored.
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    Paul's always came at the perfect highlight in his programs with such emotion! (Sadly, I cannot perform this move without major posterior sticking out). Honorable mention - Rudy has an incredible Ina Bauer with the layback position. Good thread!
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    I voted for Boitano because he always (still does) showcased them in his programs. I'm sure others did them well (Curry never did anything that wasn't perfect), but Brian's are the ones that stick out in my mind.
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    Another vote for Jonathan Cassar. His spread eagles are spectacular. After him I choose Paul Wylie. :)
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    Cassar, not having him on the list is blasphemous! Those should be worth so many more points.
  18. shan

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    Another vote for Jonathan Cassar.
  19. Zemgirl

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    How is Jonathan Cassar not on this list? His spread eagles are incredible; it's bad enough he doesn't get rewarded for them on the ice, but not even on FSU? Shameful!
  20. Sylvia

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    But we're skating fans, we're supposed to treasure the obscure! ;) Not that Jonathan Cassar is particularly obscure.

    Cassar is screwed because he doesn't have the jumps, but I wish he'd be rewarded properly for what he does do well.
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    Jonathan Cassar!

    Also Joshua Farris and Evan Lysacek's are nice.
  23. briancoogaert

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    Brian Boitano is the best, by far.
    I also voted for John Curry because I love him :swoon:

    I agree about Jonathan Cassar's, very impressive.
  24. literaryfreak

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    Cassar, Cassar, Cassar.

    Even the mass audiences (and not just crazy figure skating fans :p) can tell his spread eagle is a showstopper moment.
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  25. Vash01

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    Great performance, but I did not see the spread eagles in it. He did have two great Russian splits at the point you mentioned.
  26. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    "Blasphenous"? "Shameful"? Aren't you two overreacting? You do have the 'Other' option on the poll. It's an opportunity to list whoever is missing.
  27. shan

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    That had me :huh: too.

    I can't resist posting another Cassar spread eagle. I loved this SP from 2009. Here's a clip of the spread eagle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUKZz2yzEhQ
  28. mtnskater

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    Brian Boitano....such a deep lean on the edge and straight body line and amazingly solid and strong edging both inside and outside....oh and speed. Breathtaking. Like Dick Button said, worth any triple jump.

    Paul Wylie a very close second. Gorgeous line and exciting. Also good speed and edging...not as much power as Boitano.
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  30. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    What I really liked about Boitano's spread eagles was the control and the power, and the way he used them to highlight specific parts of the music, and made that portion of his skate memorable.
  31. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/jonathancassar/

    For fun I just did a search in the FSU Archives to see if I could find the first reference to Cassar's famous spread eagle and I came up with this post by missing in July 2006:
    "In my opinion Jonathan Cassar has the best spread eagle since Brian Boitano."
  32. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    He has a greater lean on the spread eagles than Boitano, and a greater arch in his back, but as I said before, I like the way Boitano used them in his programs. I am thinking there must be more skaters with great spread eagles, but the COP may have taken away the long sustained SEs, because skaters seem to pack more moves throughout their programs. Looks like there is at least one skater that uses the SEs well.
  33. crzesk8dad

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    Delete, double post.
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  35. robinhood

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    I remember Wylie doing some spectacular spread eagles in that Shindler's list program...or was it another one? It was one of her pro performances and it had this dramatic militar drum music...(some help needed!):violin:
  36. shan

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    Was it JFK ?
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    Yet another vote for Jonathsn Cassar!!
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  39. robinhood

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    Ok, this is the music I had in my head! thanks, shan!

    But the program I was thinking about was this one. Somehow I got it mixed up in my brain. Thanks, literaryfreak:)

    BTW, I know he's been mentioned earlier, but how about this program of Kozuka's?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp4B5Nsfb6c&t=3m3s
    well, the whole program is orgasmic inducing:hat1:
  40. Moka-Ananas

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    Alexander Uspenski for me