Figure Skating Sisters

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Which pair of figure skating sisters was the most talented?

  1. Karen and Michelle Kwan

    40 vote(s)
    38.8%
  2. Mai and Mao Asada

    27 vote(s)
    26.2%
  3. Emily and Sarah Hughes

    20 vote(s)
    19.4%
  4. Viktoria and Yoshie Helgesson

    9 vote(s)
    8.7%
  5. Amber and Alissa Czisny

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  6. Other

    6 vote(s)
    5.8%
  1. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    Which pair of figure skating sisters was the most talented?

    The Kwans - Karen and Michelle

    The Asadas - Mai and Mao

    The Hughes - Emily and Sarah

    The Czisnys - Amber and Alissa

    The Helgessons - Viktoria and Yoshie
     
  2. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    I voted Karen and Michelle. Mostly because I was a fan of Michelle Kwan, and loved the elegance of Karen.
     
  3. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

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    It's Joshi, not Yoshie, Helgesson.

    I didn't vote, as I've only seen some of the lesser known siblings skate.
     
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  4. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    I've never seen Amber Czisny skate, but everyone else is widely available on YouTube!
     
  5. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

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    I definitely prefer Michelle and Karen. Michelle is widely known of course but I don't think most people know how lovely a skater Karen was. She only competed for 3 seasons so she wasn't around very long...but her skating was very soft and lyrical.

    1996 nats SP: Close Without Touching (Christina Gao's music from last season :)): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ0xJoshfkw

    In terms of success I suppose you could say Sarah and Emily. Sarah was a world competitor and medalist and of course the OGM...Emily was an Olympian and won silver and bronze nationally. I wasn't a fan of either but both of them did have a decent amount of success at the elite level.
     
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  6. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    For sisters It is the Hughes sisters
     
  7. Vash01

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

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    Since we are talking of talent, and not placements at world level, I have to go with the Kwans. IMO both Hughes sisters benefitted from extraordinarily lucky breaks very early in their careers Emily went to the Olympics because of Kwan's injury. Sarah won the Olympics due to extraordinary set of circumstances (skating in the USA after a 'scandal' in pairs, both favorites not skating as well as they could, Kwan dumping her coach of many years during the Olympic years, the rules not penalizing Sarah's ur jumps, and so on).

    Karen did not have the international success that Emily had, but she was a lovely skater.
     
  8. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    You forgot Carol and Nancy Heiss.

    http://www.corbisimages.com/images/...e=67&uid=43e5677e-6ef4-4b4b-aa42-c6f88c984812
    http://cache3.asset-cache.net/gc/50...dXkCdML+uAxm2U+uTrkSwvR2cysm7ov/Lnr1MjzgLQA==

    Nancy was the US Senior/Championship Silver Medalist in 1959.

    She was the 1955 U.S. junior champion.
    At the senior level she placed 4th at the United States Figure Skating Championships in 1957 and 1958,
    In those three years she also qualified to skate at the World Figure Skating Championships, where she placed 8th, 6th, and 8th, respectively
     
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  9. Ageless

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    We can't leave out Laurence and Maribel Owen. Who knows what they could have accomplished had their lives not been cut so short.
     
  10. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    ^^^
    Absolutely!
     
  11. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

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    Gracie Gold has a twin who competes at either junior or senior level.
     
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  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Carly Gold placed 5th in Senior Ladies at 2013 Midwestern Sectionals this past November (Mids 1st alternate to Nationals).
     
  13. Vash01

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

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    There are two sisters that compete in pairs (Cadee Denny and ? Denny). Cadee won the US nationals in 2012, and I think her sister still competes in the junior ranks.
     
  14. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    It's Caydee Denney. Her younger sister, Haven Denney, placed 5th in Senior Pairs (with Brandon Frazier) at 2013 U.S. Nationals and then they won the 2013 Junior World title. Denney/Frazier will make their Senior Grand Prix debut this fall.

    Re-posting from the U.S. Ladies thread:
    I thought Amber was more of athletic "power" skater when I watched her in 2001-2003 -- I liked her skating. She rotated her jumps counter-clockwise and could spin very well in both directions. I hope an old competition video or two of Amber's might make it to YouTube someday.
     
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  15. figuresk8302

    figuresk8302 New Member

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    Gracie and Carly for the WIN!
     
  16. aliceanne

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    Karen Kwan looks like she is quite tall for a skater, but I enjoyed watching her. Emily Hughes looks chubby in photos, but is surprisingly petite when you see her in person.
     
  17. Vagabond

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    The Crapova Sisters, hands down.

    So to speak. :p
     
  18. TheIronLady

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    Caydee and Haven, huh? Their mother selected interesting names.
     
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  19. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I love the skating style of both Viktoria and Joshi Helgesson. I feel bad when one of them has to miss out on a competition because there's only one spot.
     
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  20. Skater91

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    Helgesson sisters all the way!
     
  21. Nours

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    Veronika and Annette Dytrt.
     
  22. Vash01

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

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    Thanks for the corrections and the information. Somehow I just could not remember their names. They do have unusual names, but not difficult ones.
     
  23. TheIronLady

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    Who are the Crapovas?
     
  24. Dr.Siouxs

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    Were the Didiers related? :confused:

    And didn't Chika Suguri skate in juniors at some point?
     
  25. rosewood

    rosewood Whoa! Samurai battles!

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    Mai Asada was one of my fav. So sad she retired from her competitive careers. she tried 3A-2T at Junior Worlds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PcNa89WPaQ and she was a so graceful and balletic skater. One of the reasons she retired from competitions was her mother was in serious condition. Reportedly there were some possibilities of a kidney transplant and she increased her weight for the preparation, though her mom refused the transplant from her daughter after all. Mai took care of her mom and also supported Mao. The family helped each other experiencing a very hard time. So sad Mai skates rarely these day. I love Asada sisters very much. When I watch the girls group number of THE ICE 2012, I'm always moved by them. Mai is still a very beautiful skater even her skills are not her top level. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa00T_k_N0I&list=SPFF45B04ED3B971A4
     
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  26. briancoogaert

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    Not as far as they know; they just happen to have the same surname. Kind of like the Zhangs -- Stephanie, Caroline, Dan, and Kexin.

    Alexandra Ievleva and Ksenia Doronina.
     
  28. Sparks

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    I'm waiting for the Oppegard sisters.
     
  29. Susan M

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    As brief as their careers were, they still should win this poll. Both sisters were US National champions and top 10 Olympians. Most the other duos are one high achiever and one who also skated.

    Maribel was a US Nationals had 4 podium finishes at US Nationals in pairs.

    Laurence was seen as having more promise and won the 59 US junior ladies title, then was 2nd in 1960, and 1961 US National champion. In 1961, between Nationals and her death, she won the North American Championships (US & Canada).

    I found a lot of inconsistencies in results, with their wikipedia bios giving different results from the wikipedia worlds & Olympics articles. This page says Laurence was 6th at the 1960 Olympics in ladies, while Maribel and partner were 10th in pairs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_skating_at_the_1960_Winter_Olympics
     
  30. blue_idealist

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    I never realized that's why Mai was heavier. I always thought it was strange that she was so much heavier than Mao.