Trixie Schuba the show skater aka Extreme makeover!!

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by floskate, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. floskate

    floskate Vacant

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    There's always been interest in Trixie's skating; mainly because there's hardly any around so when I came across this, I thought it would make for a good retrospective thread. :)

    This popped up on my subscriptions feed on youtube this week and I was absolutely staggered at the 'transformation'!!! :eek: You can barely recognise her.

    Trixie Schuba 1974 Holiday on Ice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxS9hgkj8js

    Watch that and then compare to the same skater just two years before winning her 2nd European title!

    Trixie Schuba - 1972 Europeans LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTwv03_sufg
     
  2. KatieC

    KatieC Going in circles

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    Extreme makeover for sure! Most peculiar outfit for the Holiday on Ice performance though. But the hair is the best - I wonder how she felt about that? :)
     
  3. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

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    Holy Beyonce Hair Extension! :lol:

    I also like the uber-perky muzak version of one of the most depressing pop songs ever, 'Alone Again, Naturally'.
     
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  4. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Oh my gosh, what climbed onto her head and died??
     
  5. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    The Trixi we know is still there; figures are incorporated into the program!
     
  6. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

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    she looks like a drag queen! :glamor:
     
  7. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    Well, and the difference between 2002 Sarah Hughes and 2003 Sarah Hughes ? :p
    The most surprinsing for me in the video of Trixie is that I don't find her spectacular in figures in the 1974 video. :confused:
     
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  8. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I was going to say "Nice Cher wig!" - which is essentially the same thing :p
     
  9. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

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    And for all those who complained about the loss of the figure component and how it would lead to weaker skating, I just have two words: Trixie Schuba. Even at the ice show, the announcer showed more verve than she did.
     
  10. skateboy

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    She really is a lot slimmer! Her camels are better in 1974.
     
  11. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    Holy butt cheeks, Batman! That costume! :scream:
     
  12. floskate

    floskate Vacant

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    Erm it's not a wig it's a feathered head dress. Isn't that kind of obvious? :shuffle:

    Anyway, while the make over is somewhat hysterical, her skating clearly improved after '72. Whoever was responsible for getting her to skate with better line, extension and flow - not to mention her improved presentation - deserved a medal!!
     
  13. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    It just shows the different the whole "look" and packaging of a skater also makes though. While her skating improved her sleaker figure, her costuming, even the wig which gives an illsuion of a very feminine hairdo, all make her just look more appealing to watch rather than with the dowdy costumes, hair, and chubbiness she had as an amateur skater.
     
  14. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    Everyone in the ice shows back then had to meet a strict weight requirement, regardless if you're a gold medatlist or not. Trixie looked too thin in the 74 utube video; It must have been difficult for her to wittle down to that weight and kind of sad to see.
     
  15. skateboy

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    I disagree, I think Trixie looks great and her free skating doesn't look clumsy for once. She has so much more pizzazz!

    And she turned out just fine--I believe she's president of the Austrian Skating Association.
     
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  16. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    RuTrixie :slinkaway

    Her figures look impressive, but this Gershwin thing is :yawn:
     
  17. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

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    I had no idea that Gershwin wrote "All By Myself."
     
  18. RobinA

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    I'm with you, orbitz. She's too thin in '74 and generally kind of...ugh in that tricked out costume.
     
  19. bardtoob

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  20. John 3 17

    John 3 17 Well-Known Member

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    I watched her Oly LP for 2:55 and couldn't take the boringness of it anymore. It started off with me thinking "This isn't so awful" to :scream: The sidebar was Janet Lynn and since I have never watched her entire LP (seen lots of clips though, of course) I clicked it. I thought they had put her on fast-forward she was so much faster than Schuba! Yikes! It's amazing to put these two skaters in context by watching both LPs back to back.

    Anyway, back to topic, Trixxi was greatly improved by '74. Thanks for the link if only to prove to me just how :yawn: she was in '72 and to inspire me to watch Janet's entire LP. :)

    -Bridget
     
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  21. matti

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    :swoon:

    Trixi was ahead of her time!
     
  22. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, if she skated today, we'd call her "Ambien". :EVILLE:
     
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  23. bardtoob

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    It appears that she was more of a Toe jumper than an Edge jumper as it appears her 2S was the most tentative in comparison to her other jumps, the 2T and 2F.
     
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  24. Wyliefan

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    It actually took me a minute to figure that out. The dark feathers against the dark background made it hard to tell exactly what it was.
     
  25. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    What I disliked the most about Trixie's skating from the few clips I've seen in the past was her spins, particularly her camel. I never understood why someone of her pedigree and who's obviously a very hard worker (You don't become one of the greatest compulsory figures skater of all time without so much work) wouldn't spend some time on her flying spins and her camel and sit spins. So it's such a pleasant surprise that her camel spin is that much better in 74. And so much more personality too!

    Maybe getting to be so good in figures really a lot of time, and once she stopped training them she had time to improve the rest of her skating
     
  26. skateboy

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    :respec: Figures ain't easy! Trixie was unbelievable in that portion. Even Toller Cranston said she was UNDERMARKED in figures.
     
  27. Mafke

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    The feather headdress (not a wig) was pretty routine for show skating back then.
     
  28. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Well in her amateur days she was overmarked in free skating so it probably balanced out. ;) Although her placings in free skating werent too far off, the scoring (very important until cummulative scoring) was just ridiculously high for the field back then. And so many judges tieing so many skaters in free skating programs. :huh:
     
  29. orbitz

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    I know. She got a 5.7 for technical merit in the World utube clip. The hardest jump she did in that program was a 2lutz. I'm sure skaters ranked below her were doing 2Axels.
     
  30. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    But she did three 2Lz's in the clip in floskate's first post.

    I thought she had very nice glide in '72, but by '74, she was bending her knees a lot more.