Top 10 Ice Dance Teams 1989 to present

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  1. annie_mg

    annie_mg New Member

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    Great topic! My list:

    1. Anissina & Peizerat
    2. Klimova & Ponomarenko
    3. Virtue & Moir
    4. Grishuk & Platov
    5. Krylova & Ovsiannikov
    6. Usova & Zhulin
    7. Denkova & Staviyski
    8. Delobel & Schoenfelder
    9. Rahkamo & Kokko
    10. Drobiazko & Vanagas

    I put A/P into first, because they had it all:technique, chemistry, musicality, great programs, and just a beautiful couple, noone will ever top them on my list.

    I really think that all the above couples had unique qualities and that the current couples have a long way ahead of them if they are going to reach that level. Only Virtue/Moir deserve to be on my list, and not because they move me as much as the others do, but because of their amazing skills. (trying to be objective).

    NOT on my list: F-P/M ( I will never get over them winning 2001 gold), Navka/Kostomarov (Weak couple technically compared to other champions), Davis/White (yes, they are a very good team, but I would like to see them connect more with each other for me to appreciate them).
  2. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    I only posted the # of world titles for those who were world champions. I did not list all of the world medals won by G&P, K&P, et al either.

    Yes, they are now World champs. My post is dated 4/9/11, before the Worlds took place. :)
  3. Proustable

    Proustable New Member

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    Man, what might have been if DomShabs stayed injury free.
  4. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

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    I started by looking and World & Olympic medalists from 1989 - present and culled these names as teams I though were most special. Arranged sort of chronologically, the candidates for my Top 10 were:

    Klimova-Ponomarenko
    Duchesnays
    Usova-Zhulin
    Grishuk-Platov
    Rahkamo-Kokko
    Krilova-Ovsiannikov
    Anisina Peizerat
    Fusar-Poli-Margaglio
    Bourne-Kraatz
    Lobacheva-Averbukh
    Navka-Kostamarov
    Delobel-Schoenfelder
    Belbin-Agosto
    Denkova-Staviski
    Virtue-Moir
    Davis-White

    From that pool of well regarded, highly accomplished skaters, I looked at teams that were not just great but had qualities that set them apart from other great skaters, making them especially memorable - teams that defined an era, had a special performance quality, or brought the sport to a different place. So here is my list of great, memorable, and/or impactful dance teams since 1989:

    1. Klimova-Ponomarenko
    2. Grishuk-Platov
    3. Duchesnays
    4. Anisina-Peizerat
    5. Usova-Zhulin
    6. Davis-White
    7. Rahkamo-Kokko
    8. Navka-Kostamarov
    9. Virtue-Moir
    10. Denkova-Staviski

    If I was ranking strictly in terms of how much I enjoyed watching them, Navka-K and Virtue-M would drop off this list as too generic, replaced by Lobacheva-Averbukh and the young team Silverstein-Pekarek, who made a brief appearance in the senior level then disappeared, but were astonishingly good and a joy to watch.
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  5. longingfornia

    longingfornia New Member

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  6. PashaFan

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    My top ten
    1-Grishuk/Platov
    2-Usova/Zhulin
    3-Virtue/Moir
    4-Anissina/Peizerat
    5-Klimova/Ponamerenko
    6-Fusar-Poli/Margaglio
    7-Navka/Kostamarov
    8-Dubreil/Lauzon
    9-Pechalat/Borzat
    10-Belbin/Agosto
    I've based my top ten on pure enjoyment for me.
    But I have to say that Maya Usova was the best female ice dancer I have ever seen.
  7. AYS

    AYS Cruder than you thought

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    I didn't even notice this was a revived old thread. :lol:
  8. Proustable

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    You didn't include Domnina/Shabalin, “Primavera Portena”?!?!?!?! Probably my favourite of their dances, actually. I don't think they were underscored in those competitions for thoses dances, but I would've had this tango second or third in the OD for sure.

    2007 was a wierd year, thinking about it.
  9. bbkenn

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    Here are my top favorites not based on results, but on what I like:
    1.Klimova-Ponomarenko
    2.Virtue & Moir
    3.Krylova & Ovsiannikov
    4.Bourne & Kraatz
    5.Grishchuk-Platov
    6.Anissina-Peizerat
    7.Denkova-Staviski
    8.Navka-Kostomarov
    9.Belbin-Agosto
    10.Davis-White
  10. mia joy

    mia joy New Member

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    oh, can we play this game and name the best dancers istead of best teams? :)

    from the period when I've been watching skating, the male dancers that stood out most for me have been Peizerat, Vanagas, Averbukh and White. Also Massimo Scali, on his good day.

    as for female dancers, the case is harder here, gonna have to think it through.
  11. annie_mg

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    Can I add Christopher Dean? He did skate in 1994. I'm I just can't think of male ice dancers without him coming to my mind!
  12. PashaFan

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    Let's play my favourite game.
    Match any female ice dancer of the past 20 years with any male ice dancer of the past 20 years.
    Maya Usova & Scott Moir !
    Pasha Grishuk & Charlie White !
    Or Tanith Belbin & Massimo Scalli
  13. longingfornia

    longingfornia New Member

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  15. judgejudy27

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    Domnina & Shabalin only won Worlds in 2009 since Delobel & Schoenfelder had that fluke injury in the exhibition at the GP final and couldnt skate so it is a trade off basically. Each won the Worlds the other should have won. DelSchoes crushed DomShabs at the Grand Prix final that year, and DomShabs were really no better at Worlds.
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  18. Cherub721

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    They definitely could have. They beat DelSchoes at Euros and GPF with that program, both times pulling up from behind in the OD by scoring well enough with the Masquerade FD to win overall.

    I won't say they definitely would have, because you never know what can happen, like B&A falling in the CD at Worlds that year.
  19. Proustable

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    Mixing and Matching ice dancers..... hmmmmm.....

    Pasha Gritshuk and Gwendal Peizarat
    Angelika Krylova and (a healthy) Maxim Shabalin
    Jana Khoklova and Oksana Domnina
    Marina Anissina and Victor Kraatz (what would've happened if he got that letter?)
    Albena Denkova and Charlie White
    Meryl Davis and Maxim Staviski (while we're at it)
    Marina Anissina and Ilia Averbukh (yeah, I know)
    Tatiana Navka and Evgeny Platov
  20. PashaFan

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    Am I the only one who thinks Zhulin went & got a Maya Usova look-a-like in Tatiana Navka?!
    Dream teams- Tessa Virtue & Christopher Dean.
    Can you imagine the wonderful programes they could have put together?
    How about Sinead Kerr & Sergi Ponamerenko?
  21. pani

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    What about Moir-Khohlova team?
    Or Khohlova-Scalli?
    Dream-team Moir-Silvershtein ;)
    But honestly i think M-V and T-D are both "Dream teams"
  22. PashaFan

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    Do you mean Jana Khoklova?
    What happened to her?
    I would love to see her skate with Massimo Scalli !
  23. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

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    Yes ;) She will skate in new Averbukch show with Vitalii Novikov
  24. PashaFan

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    He skated with Svetlana Kulikova, didn't he?.
    I loved them. Pity they split up.
  25. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

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    Yes. After she skated with Arseniy Markov. And after Kulikova, Novikov skated with Olga Orlova.
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    No order

    Marina Klimova & Seegei Ponomarenko Russia
    Angelika Krylova & Oleg Ovsiannikov Russia
    Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat France
    Tessa VIRTUE & Scott MOIR Canada
    Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto US
    Punsalen & Swallow US
    Torville and Dean GB (competed 1994)

    Only seven for me.
  27. PashaFan

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    I loved Punsalen & Swallow's Olympic & World free in 1998. They were undermarked.
  28. allezfred

    allezfred Prick Admin Staff Member

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    No, they weren't. :p
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    I think they were. It was a really lovely programe. I liked it much more than Lob/Ave. I also liked Moniotte & Lavanchy's free that year.
  30. taf2002

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    If OP had included 1988, I could list Wilson & McCall who are IMO a clear #1 or 2 of all time (depending on where you place Torvill & Dean). I loved loved loved this team. If not for politics, it would be interesting to see what medals this team could have won.
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    I thought they were badly undermarked in 1998 which surprises me because I'm not a fan of them at all. But I would've had them 3rd in the golden waltz CD, 6th in the Argentine tango CD, 5th in the Jive OD, and 3rd in the FD. I'm not sure what the overall placement would've been though with my placements.
  32. PashaFan

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    I agree. I also was not a fan of theirs but when I first saw this at the Olympics I was really into it.
    It's strange when you watch skaters that you have never really liked before then they do a programe that you love & you look back at their other programes & start to warm to them.
  33. taf2002

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    (Re Punsalen/Swallow) I agree...I never saw them undermarked but I definitely saw them overmarked. They were not a top 10 at Worlds team. JMO of course.