Poised to breakthrough but didn't

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  1. coppertop1

    coppertop1 Active Member

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    This was on another forum, and I thought it would be interesting to discuss.

    Who are some skaters who looked like they were poised to break through to the top but never did, and why?

    Some examples for me:
    Emanuel Sandhu, believed to be "The Next One" after Elvis Stojko retired, but was notoriously inconsistent and ran hot and cold. He did finish as high as fifth in 2006 Worlds, then fell to sixteenth in 2007.
    Cynthia Phaneuf, looked like she'd be a major contender, but a growthspurt and injuries derailed her and she was never able to find that consistency.
    Yukari Nakano and Yukina Ota: Buried in a deep Japanese field.
     
  2. zigzig

    zigzig Active Member

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    Hm...kind of a grim topic but Caroline Zhang and Mirai Nagasu immediately come to mind. Both had trouble dealing with newly matured bodies, but I think issues of emotional/competitive grit and motivation played a large part as well.
     
  3. coppertop1

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    Yeah, a bit "grim". Zhang and Nagasu are both examples. Zhang's technique also was a problem.
     
  4. campbellka

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    What about Silverstein/Pekarek? They were touted as the best up and coming ice dancers, with so much potential, and then they split.
     
  5. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Yukina Ota had a career-ending injury IIRC.
     
  6. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

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    Sarshar Cohen :drama: :sasha1:
     
  7. watchthis!!

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    Chantal Lefebvre and Arseni Markov were an ice dance couple that I thought had been set up for ice dance dominance...but it just never seemed to work. I guess I didn't follow skating well enough to know why they never took off as a power couple. Wikipedia says that began careers in coaching and choreography after they retired as skaters. But I haven't heard a peep from either of them since then.
     
  8. coppertop1

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    Yeah, Silverstein/Pekarak just vanished, too bad. I don't know if I would have Sasha on here, she did win medals, just not any golds. Chantal and Arseni did show promise, I think largely they were overtaken by Virtue/Moir.

    Yeah, I think Yukina did have injury problems.
     
  9. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Yup. So much was expected of her. She delivered a lot but didn't begin to meet the Great Expectations.
     
  10. iarispiralllyof

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    Still an all time great (artistically), but should've at least won a world championship imo to cement her competitive legacy. But she has that Olympic silver so
     
  11. canbelto

    canbelto Well-Known Member

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    Nicole Bobek is probably the most heartbreaking.
     
  12. coppertop1

    coppertop1 Active Member

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    Nicole had so much talent but just lacked the discipline. It was too bad.
     
  13. tarotx

    tarotx Well-Known Member

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    Sasha didn't reach what some expected but she totally broke through. She has 3 world medals, a GPF win and won an Olympic silver medal. I totally don't think she belongs in this thread but one of these days people will learn to add how one competes into the equation to determine expectation. Sasha has a lot of short program wins but the LP was her weak link.
     
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  14. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Well, I was a greedy uber and wanted her to win everything! :drama:
     
  15. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Now ubering Machida's hair

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    Adam Rippon :(
     
  16. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Yes! Gorgeous programs this season that made me a fan.
     
  17. coppertop1

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    Had Adam retired now?

    Also Rachel Flatt (just fizzled it seems) and Alissa Czisny (nerves and injuries). Tomas Verner, Jeremy Abbott
     
  18. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

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    Julia Lautowa from Austria.
    Sydne Vogel from the USA.
    Naomi Nari Nam from the USA.
     
  19. coppertop1

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    Yeah. What exactly happened with Julia? Was she derailed by puberty? Injuries?
    Sydne I think just got lost in a deep field of American women. Naomi had injuries.
     
  20. essence_of_soy

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    Not sure. But she was certainly great in 1997, whipping through 6 triples at Worlds in Lausanne.
     
  21. coppertop1

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    Julia Soldatova looked like another great up-in-comer but after missing the World Team in 2000, she moved to Belarus and she seemed to struggle after that.
     
  22. essence_of_soy

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    I loved her Umbrellas of Cherbourg free skate from Junior Worlds in 1998. Such an expressive skater, too.
     
  23. princeton123

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    Mirai's a big one. She just went nowhere
     
  24. coppertop1

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    Soldatova had great promise. Her performance in 2001 Worlds was sad. No fire at all.

    Viktoria Volchkova
     
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    Krisztina Czako & Angela Nikodinov
     
  26. maatTheViking

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    I don't think so, but he came into seniors with two junior worlds wins, and then never really made it. At that point I had expected him to be within top 5 in world for several seasons.
     
  27. bruin4life

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    Alexander Abt - beautiful lines but a headcase
     
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    He was just so unlucky too. Skating in the same era as Yagudin and Plushenko. Injuries. The one opportunity he had to win Euros, he was totally robbed.
     
  29. Jammers

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    I wouldn't put Rachael on this list. She overachieved if anything and went as far as she could with her talent. She was never going to be a World champion.
     
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  30. Jasmar

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    This would be on the Junior level, but Michelle Cho was breathtaking, and easily outshone even Michelle Kwan way back when. I never heard the details of her home life, but know something serious went down with her mother and abuse. Heartbreaking.