Which RUSSIAN skater(s) do admire NA fans most?

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  1. Fandango

    Fandango New Member

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    If at all? :confused:

    Since we have topics like this already here - and, please, feel free to specify to name different likes between Canadian- and US-fans! Personally I'd assume Gordeeva/Grinkov, because of their entire story, but I'd like to know your opinions! :)
     
  2. luvsasha2

    luvsasha2 Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean what Russian skaters do NA fans like?

    hmmm
    I like the style of B/S-simply beautiful skating
    Alexei Yagudin always seemed like a great skater to me as well

    I respect the accomplishments of Plushenko and Slutskaya but I can't say that I really like their style of skating
     
  3. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    Basically only Gordeeva
     
  4. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    Every one of these has my longstanding respect and admiration:

    Yagudin. :swoon:

    Ilia Kulik :swoon:

    Artur Dmitriev :swoon: (not so swoony now, but he was an adorable wooly bear in his prime) and both his partners

    Klimova/Ponomarenko

    Krylova/Ovsiennakov

    Ber/Sikh

    Evgeny Platov

    A few of the baby Russians are intriguing. We shall see how they develop.
     
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  5. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    NONE! :lol:

    I loved Klimkin, mainly because he was so different to my eyes, even if I didn't always like his music and costume choices.
     
  6. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

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    This NA fan and lot of her friends think Kulik!

    Gordeeva of course.
     
  7. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

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    Oh goodness, my list is so long, I'm afraid I may overlook someone.

    Let's see:
    Yagudin
    Kulik
    Urmanov
    Abt
    Klimkin
    Griazev
    Lutai
    Dobrin
    Uspenski
    Grigoriev

    Butyrskaya
    Slutskaya
    Volchkova
    Makarova
    Leonova

    Gordeeva + Grinkov
    Mishkutenok + Dmitriev
    Bechke + Petrov
    Shishkova + Naumov
    Eltsova + Bushkov
    Kazakova + Dmitriev
    Berezhnaya + Sikharulidze
    Kavaguti + Smirnov
    Mukhortova + Trankov
    Iliushechkina + Maisuradze
    Bazarova + Larionov
    Gerboldt + Enbert
    Stolbova + Klimov

    Klimova + Ponomarenko
    Usova + Zhulin
    Evgeny Platov
    Krylova + Ovsyannikov
    Navka + Kostomarov
    Maxim Shabalin
    Jana Khokhlova
    Bobrova + Soloviev
    Ilinykh + Katsalapov
     
  8. parasolka

    parasolka Member

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    Those who live/used to live in NA (mostly in USA). The same goes to Russian coaches.
     
  9. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

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    Nah. Rather, I think, a lot of Russian elite skaters used to train in the US, and Russian coaches- coach in the US, so there is some overlap.
     
  10. PEKINGMOO

    PEKINGMOO New Member

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    Gordeeva & Grinkov and all old pairs skaters from the Moscow school - they seriously taught the best pairs technique in throws, lifts...pairs partnering in general.

    Truly Diva Russian female ice dancers - any thing with long legs that could point a toe in skates and keep a straight back. GORGEOUS.

    I've never been a fan of Russian singles skaters - for as gorgeous as the pairs skaters and dancers are with their balletic training, I've found this sort of line seriously lacking in their singles skaters. It's like they took all the rough and tumble boys and girls who didn't have the pretty body lines for pairs or dance and shucked them into the singles pool.
     
  11. Squibble

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    From my experience (and not based on my personal preferences), I would say that the following Russian (or, in the first case below, Soviet) skaters have been popular in the United States:

    The Protopovs: They had the combination of athleticism and artistry that Americans love in figure skating, plus their back story of being disfavored by the Soviet sports authorities struck a chord with Americans (cf. Olga Korbut).

    Slutskaya: Especially in the early years, when she was cute and bubbly. She also gained admiration for battling back from being left of the national team in 1999 and from her illness in the following decade. (This was somewhat undercut by her snarky comments about Sarah Hughes and her lack of graciousness when she finished third at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games).

    Butyrskaya: Pretty woman, pretty skating, and respect for her achievements after her federation put her on the back burner when she failed to qualify for the short program at Worlds.

    Yagudin: An athletic and artistic master. Enough said.

    Does Oksana Baiul count as a quasi-Russian? She was very popular too.
     
  12. Cloudy_Gumdrops

    Cloudy_Gumdrops New Member

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    I'm American, and I like a lot of Russian skaters.

    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
    Mishkutenok & Dimitriev
    Obertas & Sokolov
    Bazarova & Larionov
    Stolbova & Klimov

    Alexei Urmanov
    Alexander Abt
    Evgeny Plushenko
    Ilia Kulik
    Ilia Klimkin
    Alexei Yagudin
    Alexander Uspenski

    Maria Butyrskaya
    Viktoria Volchkova
    Adelina Sotnikova

    Klimova & Ponomarenko
    Ilinykh & Katsalapov
    Stepanova & Bukin
    Romaniuta & Barantsev

    Those aren't even all of them, I just didn't want to have an uber long post.
     
  13. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Dornbush 2015!!!

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    USA here:

    Ladies: Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva, Makarova, Markova and Butyrskaya.

    Men: Yagudin, Kulik and Klimkin.

    Dance: Klimova/Ponomarenko, Usova/Zhulin and Navka/Kostomarov

    Pairs: Mishkutenok/Dimitriev, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze, Bechke/Petrov, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Iliushechkina/Maisuradze

    Coach: Moskvina

    There are more, but that's off the top of my head as favorites.
     
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  14. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Yagudin, early Plushenko, Berezhnaya/Sikuralidze, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Ukrainian Oksana Bauil.
     
  15. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Yagudin, Kulik, Abt

    Gordeeva/Grinkov
    Kazakova/Dmitriev
    Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze
    Iliushechkina/Maisuradze
    Bazarova/Larionov


    Klimova/Ponomarenko
    Usova/Zhulin
    Grishuk/Platov
    Krylova/Ovsyannikov
    Bobrova/Soloviev
    Ilinykh /Katsalapov
     
  16. missflick

    missflick New Member

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    Alexei Yagudin was a rock star in Canada. :rockstar:

    G&G were also popular.
     
  17. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Asking if North Americans like Russian skaters is like asking Europeans if they like any American entertainers. :D

    Haven't had time to read everyone's answers, but I remember loving Olga Markova. Loving, loving, LOVING her!!! :D I see others have posted Artur Dmietriev and Ilia Klimkin. If I had more time on my hands I would make a much larger list. So many to choose from! :)
     
  18. paskatefan

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    These are the ones I like:

    Ilia Kulik
    Alexander Abt
    (early) Plushenko

    The Protopopovs
    Rodnina/Zaitsev
    Gordeeva/Grinkov
    Mishketunok (sp?)/Dmietriev
    Kazakova/Dmitriev
    Bechke/Petrov (especially as pros)
    Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze
    Bazarova/Larionov


    Klimova/Ponomarenko
    Usova/Zhulin
    Krylova/Ovsyannikov
    Navka/Kostomorov

    Katia Gordeeva as a singles skater
    Irina S. for her bubbly nature
    Alena Leonova
    Ksenia Marakova
     
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  19. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness Happy Russian Hunger Games!

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    This list sounds about right for me. Most NA are watching on TV only, so these are the skaters that have earned fans.

    Ksenia Makarova also has a following in New York near where she lives there.
     
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  20. Ituriel

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    Without partners :p :lol:
     
  21. canbelto

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    I think G&G, M&D, and B&S really earned a big following among North American fans, simply because they were *so* superior to the rest of the field that it was like, hard not to like them.

    I also think a lot of fans liked Elena and Katia because of their cute, doll-like appearance. They never really looked like Russian divas.
     
  22. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

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    You know, I never cared too much for their partners, but I always wanted Maxim and Jana to skate together. I think they would have been lovely together! It's really too bad what happened to Shabalin's knee. :wuzrobbed
     
  23. CynicElle

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    I lurrrve Alexei Yagudin. I also like Ilia Kulik, Artur Dmitriev (with both partners), Navka & Kostmarov, Ilia Klimkin, Krylova & Ovsiannikov, and Petrova & Tikhonov.
     
  24. vmfan89

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    Retired skaters:

    -Alexei Yagudin (I think he is up to this point the best male skater of all time)
    -Goordeeva/Grinkov
    -Bereznhaya/Sikhularidze
    -Irina Slutskaya (I always liked her better than Kwan)
    -Marina Klimova/Sergei Ponomarenko

    Current skaters:
    (I'm actually liking the new generation of young skaters more than the one from the last years and I think they will fare very well in 2014)

    -Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
    -Adelina Sotnikova
    -Bazarova/Larionov
    -Iliushechkina/Maisuradze
    -Gerboldt/Enbert (I soooo want these two to become champions some day)
    -Bobrova/Soloviev
    -Ilinykh/Katsalpov
    -Monko/Khaliavin
     
  25. paulee

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    I always rooted for Anna Kondrashova back in the day - I loved her free skating. Also, Krylova/ Ovsiannikov - they were my favourite Ice Dancers of their day. Can I count Margarita Drobiazko? She is Russian? No? I loved her and Vanagas as well, and they seemed to be fan favourites where ever they skated. (if crowd boos re. their lower than expected marks/ ordinals are an indication).
     
  26. geoskate

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    From Canada here is my list:

    Ladies:
    - Maria Butryskaya (she was a fighter, and her world championship programs were beautiful) and Irina Slutskaya (as a joyful 15-year-old, and then later when she showed she had the perserverance to work through difficulties). Elena Solokova almost made the list, but that's just because she was very cute. Present-day, no Russian lady really stands out for me, although I enjoy watching Ksenia Makarova. I haven't seen the promising ladies on the JGP, so no comments on them.

    Men: Alexei Yagudin! (I personally would tie him with Kurt Browning as the best male skater of all time), Alexander Abt at his best (so much speed and power), Ilia Kulik (ambitious programs that were wonderful when he was on). Present-day, well . . .

    Ice dance: Krylova/Ovsyannikov (for their precision, elegance and power; my all-time favourite team before Virtue/Moir arrived on the scene), Gritschuk/Platov (but they weren't as precise as Krylova/Ovsyannikov, so they're in second place for me), Khokhlova/Novistski (especially her). Present-day, I like Ilinykh/Katsalapov, and will follow them with interest to see if they develop as I think they should.

    Pairs: I didn't start watching figure skating until the early 1990's, but I got to see some of the programs of the wonderful Gordeeva/Grinkov. I also liked Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze for the speed and fluidity, and Leonova/Khvalko as professionals. Present-day, I love what I saw of Iliushechkina/Maisuradze at Skate Canada, and I also like Bazarova/Larionov, especially her.
     
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    After Sarajevo, I was just sure that Anna Kondrashova and Tiffany Chin were going to dominate everything through Calgary (and was really looking foward to a quadrennial of really beautiful skating)...You don't want to ask me to predict anything about skating...:wall:
     
  28. olympic

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    The first skaters that come to my mind are G/G and Alexei Yagudin
     
  29. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    It seems like almost everybody likes Yagudin, regardless of their nationality.
     
  30. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    :lol: What's not to like? The best male singles skater ever, IMO.