Iconic moves in skating

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  1. shady82

    shady82 New Member

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    What are some of the truly iconic moves in skating? The moves that demonstrate absolute command, control and skill, and the pure essence of skating?

    For me, I would say Kwan's COE spiral and Boitano's spreadeagle.

    Many other skaters do elements gorgeously (i.e. Arakawa's ina bauer, Nagasu or Nikodinov's layback, or Lambiel/Ruh's spins), but I'm not sure I'd call these elemnts iconic.
     
  2. sap5

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    G&G's Forward-Inside Death Spiral

    I think Arakawa's ina bauer, Nagasu or Nikodinov's layback, or Lambiel/Ruh's spins are all iconic, because all of them "demonstrate absolute command, control and skill, and the pure essence of skating." They wouldn't be gorgeous otherwise.
     
  3. shady82

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    Yes, you're right. But somehow Kwan and Boitano's moves for me just have a lasting impact in their simplicity and ability to stand the test of time. Just my opinion.
     
  4. gkelly

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    I think of "iconic" as referring to an image that is visually representative of the skater.

    Often it's a move of high quality, but not necessarily demonstrating absolute command, control and skill, and the pure essence of skating.

    And often skaters who do execute one or more skills with that level of command are still not strongly enough associated with the image of a single move for it to be considered iconic.

    Now, this was plastered throughout the media at the time, so I think of it as iconic, but not necessarily meeting your definition:
    http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=ytff1-yff19&p=nancy kerrigan spiral&type=
     
  5. DarrellH

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    Beilmann
     
  6. shady82

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    Ok. Maybe my definition wasn't most fitting for an iconic move. I think gkelly's is closer.

    Another one, to some extent, is the Natalia spin (or M/D's death spiral).
     
  7. Vash01

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

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    I believe it's Biellmann. I would say yes, even though Tamara Moskvina had performed it before Denise Biellmann.

    I would pick B&S's spiral-spread eagle, used in Citylights and Meditation as an iconic move.

    M&D had many iconic moves- 1) Natasha spin (even though another pair had performed it before), 2)their move where she is in a split position (static) on the ice and he pulls her out of it, into a DS, 3) Their DS where she holds her blade throughout and is completely 'folded'.
     
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  8. sadya

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    Agreed. Perhaps back flips, quad jumps as some skaters were known as 'quad kings', triple axel jumps as we had the Mr Triple axel and of course the few ladies doing it too, hydroblading, the Charlotte.

    Does being over dramatic and screaming count?
     
  9. Vash01

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

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    I consider Sasha's spiral an iconic move- a different one from Michelle's.
     
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    One of Sarah Hughes' best moves, her gorgeous layback.
     
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    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Sasha

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    John Curry's camel spin in both directions
     
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    Brian Boitano's triple lutz with the arm above his head.
     
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    Doughnut spin by Oksana or Ykari
     
  14. Vash01

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

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    Midori Ito's smile after landing each triple. :)
     
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    :respec:
     
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    Paul Wylie's split jump
    Nancy Kerrigan's spiral not as good as Kwan's or Cohen's but she made it her own
    Oksana's donut spin
    Irina's Beilman
     
  18. Vash01

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    G&G's pairs spiral- they do it the best. Even when Katia skated without Sergei at his memorial, we could visualize him doing it with her.
     
  19. rosewood

    rosewood Wheeee! Wonder babies!

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    Zhang's "pearl spin", Buttle's spreadeagle and Janet Lynn's smile after a fall at Sapporo in 1972.:)