Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by TheIronLady, Jan 25, 2013.
Claudia Leistner from Germany was 5'9" without her skates.
I like how Claudia towers over Midori on the second platform of the 1989 Worlds Podium. So does Jill Trenary for that matter, but Leistner vs. Ito is most amusing.
According to www.sports-reference.com, Sandra Bezic is 5'4", and her brother, Val, is 6'1".
According to the same source, Jo Jo Starbuck is 5'5". Kenneth Shelley isn't much taller than she is, but he is 5'7".
If you watch these videos, you can clearly see that the man in each of these pairs is taller than his partner:
Sandra & Val Bezic, 1982 Stars on Ice
Starbuck & Shelley, 1972 U.S. Nationals Free Skate
I think actual height difference between Sandra and Val Bezic is somewhat less than nine inches, but there is still a significant difference. Two inches between Starbuck and Shelley looks about right to me.
I don't know how tall she really is, but Ashley Cain seemed pretty tall on TV last night. Taller than I remembered her, anyway.
To the original poster, I was going to say, her brother would have to be a midgit if shorter! Sandra is short. She looks in the commentary booth like she would be a model, but she is not model height.
In case any of you are interested, there's a brand new interview with Lisa-Marie up at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2014/09/interview-with-lisa-marie-allen.html!
Yuna is around 164-165 cm at best, her long limb help a lot. She is quite petite in real life.
I feel like overall, top female skaters are generally trending taller than they were 10 or 20 years ago: Carolina, Yuna, Gracie, Polina, Mao, Shizuka all 5'4" or taller.
Meanwhile, top male skaters are, if anything, getting shorter: Chan, Takahashi, Ten, Hanyu, others, all less than 5'10".
So in many cases, the top men & women are increasingly close to the same height.
I believe the East German speed skater, Karin Enke, competed as a figure skater before she grew too tall.
A lot of the male skaters I met at Worlds in Saitama were my height or shorter, and I am 5'7".
I vaguely remember the average height of male single skaters is about 5'6" or 5'7", historically. But I may be wrong.
Three World champions and one Euro champion (photo by Danielle Earl).
Taller skaters can really cut a gorgeous line on the ice and can have a commanding presence. Arakawa, I believe, was around 5'7. Sandra Bezic described her as statuesque. Lenka Kulovana who was around 5'8. Lucindah Ruh was probably the tallest one I remember.
Many of the skaters probably look taller because they're slender.
Karen Kwan is reportedly 5'8." Trixi Schuba-5'7."
I thought she was around 5'2" or 5'3''.
She grew a little bit more even after Vancouver. So 5' 4" or 164 cm would be the right guess now.
ETA: Her father is very tall. She may be still growing.
I don't think Yuna is still growing at age 24. If she is, she should bottle up her genes and sell them for millions.
I was going to mention how tall Cynthia Phaneuf was, but already did in this thread (a year ago lol).
Andrea Gardiner was quite tall, if I recall.
I would say she is at least 5'4." She is noticeably taller than Michelle Kwan when the two are shown standing together and Michelle is probably 5'2" (or maybe a little less).
Anjelica Krylova was very tall, and her partner Ovssianikov was also very tall. They were well matched in height and created ice dances with beautiful long lines.
Marina Klimova seems quite tall, but I am not sure of her height.
Isn't Tiffany Hyden 5'9" or thereabouts?
Leah Keiser is listed as 172cm.
Yes, I think that's about right (that's what Wikipedia says, and links to her 2001/2002 ISU bio that lists her as 175 cm, or approximately 5'9").
There's a name I haven't heard in a dozen years....
Didn't her mom essentially rant on about how "FSU is sooooooo mean!" back in the day? Or am I thinking of someone else?
Also the origin of the FSU speak "tiffin it"?
Ice dancers should not be used since they all tend to be taller.
Wow hope Leah Keiser doesn't grow any taller or she'll grow right out of the sport.
How tall is Lucinda Ruh? She strikes me as being quite tall.
^ Thanks! That's pretty tall for a lady, I think!
Lisa Marie Allen (USA) of the late 1970s/early 80s.
Feel a bit like a broken record here.... Exactly how tall is too tall? What exactly would you like her to do about it? Why is it okay to make a comment like this about something the skater has no control over, but not okay to say a skater is fat (not that I am suggesting we should be calling skaters fat.)
Stating facts, eg. Susie Skater is 5'6" is one thing, making ill informed comments like yours is quite another.
If I were to venture a guess, I'd say because figure skating has had a history of eating disorders and body shaming (when it comes to weight). I guess a part of the shame stems from people thinking body size is something an individual can help so he/she's at fault for being at a certain weight. Since height is something that seemingly can't be helped no matter what the skater does, then people think there's no harm in pointing out that someone may grow out of the sport since we rarely see tall skaters continue in the sport or at least they're dominated by shorter skaters. I'm not saying I agree with this or that skaters won't feel bad if people are pointing out the possibility of out-growing the sport even if that's not the case or that there are ways for taller skaters to be competitive. I'm trying to just figure out the thinking behind the attitude differences.