Which Skaters From Which Country (Other Than Your Own) Are You MOST Drawn To?

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Which Skaters From Which Country (Other Than Your Own) Are You MOST Drawn To?

  1. Canada

    38 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. China

    17 vote(s)
    7.5%
  3. Finland

    13 vote(s)
    5.7%
  4. France

    36 vote(s)
    15.8%
  5. Germany

    16 vote(s)
    7.0%
  6. Great Britain

    8 vote(s)
    3.5%
  7. Italy

    17 vote(s)
    7.5%
  8. Japan

    110 vote(s)
    48.2%
  9. Russia

    108 vote(s)
    47.4%
  10. Switzerland

    23 vote(s)
    10.1%
  11. U.S.A.

    30 vote(s)
    13.2%
  12. Other

    12 vote(s)
    5.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    I think about this topic every now and then, and while I have favourite skaters from pretty much every country that has figure skaters, I think I've liked pretty much every skater or team from France that's had any international success. I started thinking about the various French skaters and realized, "I have never found any French skater or team to be boring". I know the song is about the U.S.A., but the thought that just went through my head was, "God Bless The French" (says the devout atheist!). :lol:

    So which country, other than your own, has the skaters that you just looooove? :D

    P.S. I made the poll multiple choice, so you can pick as many countries as you like (love). :)
  2. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    For me:

    Russia- G&G, B&S, M&D, Protopopovs, T&M, S&N, V&T, K&S, Plushenko, Yagudin, Kulik, Urmanov, Abt, Slutskaya, Butyrskaya, Tuktamysheva, Radianova, Lipnitskaya, K&P, B&B, K&O, U&Z, A&S, N&K

    Japan- Ito, Asada, Arakawa, Takahashi, Sato, Hanyu, Nakano

    Ukraine- Petrenko, Baiul, Volosozhar

    Canada- Orser, Browning
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  3. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

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    from the current and new crops

    Russia - women/girls, pairs, some ice dancers
    USA - men/boys, women/girls
    China - men/boys, pairs
    Japan - men/boys, women/girls ( especially to Hanyu the Prince of FS )
    Canada - maybe ice dance ? but I don't watch much ice dancing
  4. spikydurian

    spikydurian New Member

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    My country is not listed so it is easy to make ticks without feeling like a traitor! Peter G, I assume 'skaters' include CURRENT Seniors and Juniors. I like to be specific. :D
  5. skateboy

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    I loooooove the Japanese skaters!
  6. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    Russia - Plushenko, Gachinski, Yagudin, Kulik, Abt, Tuktamysheva

    USA - Brown and Farris, with a small fondness for Abbott
  7. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

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    Michelle Kwan! B Boitano! Peggy Flemming! Jeremy Abbot! A Yagudin! Evgeny Plushenko! Irina Slutskaya! K/O! oh, and I forgot to vote for Canada which has produced V/M, Chan, Kurt Browning, B Orser, B/K:D
  8. Loves_Shizuka

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    I don't care where a skater is from. If i like them I like them. I'm a Brit - I can't say I'm "drawn" to British skaters anymore than I am anyone else. At all.

    That being said I do have a thing for Finns (Korpi, Lepisto, R/K :D ) and Japanese ladies.

    I also love the Frenchies - Bonaly, Hubert, Gusmeroli, A/P, Duchesnays, Joubert, Amodio, Dambier, Abitbol/Bernadis :smokin: :glamor:

    Finally, I do pretty much love ALL the Russians :cheer: :40beers:
  9. flipforsynchro

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    Russia and Canada.

    And the Czech Republic. Verner and Brezina:swoon: are so sexy and talented. And that dance team was full of voids.
  10. centerpt1

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    Japan for sure. So much talent.
    Second: tie Canada and Russia
    Hon Mention- love the Italian Ladies (used to love their dance teams- but not so much lately)
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  11. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Japan and Russia.
  12. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

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    Always been drawn to the Russian skaters and the French :)
  13. skfan

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    i saw hwi choi at JGP courchevel, and youtube linked up a lot of suggested vids of korean skaters. i must say i like the attention to beautiful arm and hand movements from many of the korean ladies in these videos--thank you ms. kim for your legacy. :)

    it's not just the korean ladies though--ziquan zhao and zijun li have near lu chen level arm movements, too :)

    OTOH i will always favor the US ladies because they have the nicest layback spins the world over and some of the nicest spirals.

    i like many of the japanese ladies, too--mao asada, haruna suzuki, shion kokubun, haruka imai. daisuke takahashi is my favorite among the men (kozuka is second).

    and i like ms. viljanen from finland--i prefer her to korpi, maybe even lepisto. back in the day i loved baiul and swevcenko and M&D. so i guess the country doesn't matter after all, unless you're talking about layback spins :)
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  14. zilam98

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    i tend to immediately look for russian skaters for their classical styling and sometimes voidiness
  15. Zokko!

    Zokko! Comansnala?

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    In this order: Russia - Japan - China - France - Johnny Weir! :swoon:
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  16. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie New Member

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    Yes. :respec:

    The ones who I feel drawn to are from a lot of different countries:
    Russia/Soviet Union: Rodnina/Zaitsev, Klimova/Ponomarenko,
    Canada: Cranston, Orser
    Great Britain: Cousins, the Kerrs
    Switzerland: Biellmann, Lambiel
    France: the Duchesnays, Bonaly, Anissina/Peizerat, Candeloro
    Italy: Fusar-Poli/Margaglio, Faiella/Scali
    Bulgaria: Denkova/Staviski (who else?)
    Finland: Rahkamo/Kokko and the fabulous synchro teams from Finland
    Japan: Ito, Oda
  17. os168

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    I see the skater and don't see the nationality. They could be martian for all I care :p (Actually I do wonder sometimes, some of them seems unreal.)

    Given the size of the market in Korea that financially benefit the sport, I do think it deserve to be listed properly and not discounted as some 'other'.

    Not to mention the amount of times the flag or the anthem showed up these past 5 years except the last year relative to many countries on that list. :)
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  18. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

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    I too adore skaters from many countries outside Canada!

    like
    Finland Rahkomo and Koko
    France Annisina Peizerat
    Switzerland Stephane Lambiel
    China Chen Lu and Shen and Zhao
    Great Britain Torvill and Dean, Robin Cousins
    USA Michelle Kwan, Paul Wylie, Old school Johnny Weir, Davis and White and many more
    etc. etc.



    But I have LOVED THE MOST from
    Japan --- Ito, Honda, Oda, Arakawa, Suzuki, Takahashi, Hanyu to name a few
    and Russia ---- too many to mention them all but here are a few Yagudin, Usova Zhulin, Slutskaya, Gordeeva Grinkov, Fadeev, Petrenko and Baiul who I know are from the Ukraine but represented USSR
  19. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Same here! I'm glad we could choose multiples this time. I chose all the countries listed. The list of skaters I like would probably take up a whole page in this thread. :lol:
  20. AndyWarhol

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    USA, Russian and Japan.

    I have a joke with a friend that I think of US Nationals like my own nationals haha.
  21. aftershocks

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    It truly depends, because country affiliation has nothing to do with who I like -- it's all based on who moves me. I picked Germany in this instance because I am a huge fan of Savchenko/ Szolkowy. Obviously, Japan and Russia are winning in the poll due to the sheer numbers of skaters from those countries who possess amazing talent. Perhaps the numbers are down for USA due to many participating in the poll being from USA (or Canada).
  22. briancoogaert

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    I like North american's basics more than russian's basics (especially canadians). But about skaters, it depends. For example, I love Polina Korobeynikova, who is not a north american skater.
    About the style, canadians again, and german pairs (from Schwarz&Muller, Woetzel&Steuer... to Savchenko&Szolkowy)
  23. invierno

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    What? You don't have Korea? :p

    For me it's Canada.
  24. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    South Korea, Belgium and Spain did not quality for the long program. :D
  25. SkateBlades17

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    I don't like a skater based on where they are from at all, I just like who I like. It's nice to hear some other people say the same thing. I've been called unpatriotic because I don't always root for the American skaters (I'm from the US) just because they are American. The country that the most skaters I like are from though is Russia or Ukraine, G&G, G&P, K&O, M&D, N&K, Yagudin, Baiul, Petrenko, etc.
  26. flipforsynchro

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    I think most of us don't like a skater based on their country either. We just happen to coincidentally like a lot of skaters from a certain country.

    ETA: Or we might happen to like a characteristic that a lot of a country's skaters have.
  27. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    Yeah, like IMO French skaters tend to be voidy, Italian skaters tend to be emotive, Japanese skaters tend to have pure skating skills, Canadians tend to have CoP ready programs, etc. So one's preferences could favor one country because one prefers a certain style that country has in abundance, while also appreciating a skater from another country who has those qualities (eg, Takahashi is voidy and emotive in addition to having great skating skills).
  28. sk8ingcoach

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    Russia, Japan and Italy
  29. Susan M

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    For me, I'd say Russia.

    For about my entire skate fan life until a few years ago, my favorite pairs have invariably been Russian. (For the last several years, I have had no favorite pair because they all suck by G&G/M&D standards.) Between 1984 and the end of the 1990s, it was also always the USSR/Russian ice dancers who were my favorites (though Klimova-Ponomarenko alone account for about 8 years of that). Russian/USSR men have also very often been my favorites (Petrenko, Kulik, Yagudin). Interestingly, I have never found any USSR or Russian lady to be much worth watching.
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  30. Jaana

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    I have not been drawn to skaters because they are from a specific country, the country has never mattered. My favourites are from

    Great Britain (Torvill & Dean, Curry, R. Cousins), USA, China, Japan, France, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Switzerland
  31. query5

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    i narrow it down to 3 mainly --japan, russia, canada ladies, men, dance,
    germany and china for pairs only for now
    sorry best i can do
  32. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    You're totally missing the point of this thread. :lol:
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    Japan - Their singles skaters usually have good to excellent basics, good speed, a bare minimum of acceptable tastefulness in the presentation aspects without bringing weird hangups about the meaning of artistry into everything, and as a whole there's definitely a culture of pushing the bar technically. I just like the way Japanese culture as a whole seems to approach the sport, plus many of my favorite skaters happen to be Japanese.
    Russia - Pairs. 'Nuff said.
    Canada - Skating skills. 'Nuff said.
  34. parasolka

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    It's really interesting. I mean if you still haven't seen these young russian girls

    Adelina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DGm_4prb0M
    Lisa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDxCumRppT8&feature=related
    Julia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCdBhfNtJFc&feature=related
    Lena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpQrgiMV3eM&list=PL865896ADDF7A2EF1&index=81&feature=plpp_video
    Evgeniya:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWriPD-MtCk&list=PL865896ADDF7A2EF1&index=10&feature=plpp_video

    I just wonder do you find them to be worth watching?
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  35. parasolka

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    Back to the topic: USA, Japan, Canada
  36. martyross

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    Russia for theatrical and balletic influence. i like Russian divas (on ice) and drama. it must be their special temper that make russian athlets approach skating with such intensity and passion. there have been even programs inspired by modern dance and ballet which to me is the direction ice dance should take.
    i noticed that russian artistic gymnastic takes from ballet. nothing's more sublime than watching these marvellous skaters and gymnastic hitting graceful positions and express emotions and beauty through their bodies. my current favorite Russian lady is Sotnikova, for these reasons, Bereznaya-Sikharulidze are my fav pair ever, Yagudin is the best ever and i wish Usova-Zhulin skated in eternity!
    end of gushing.
  37. kwanatic

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    I'm from the US and try to be supportive but, to be honest, it's been a little tough! :lol: Right now I'm really rooting for Ashley Wagner and Caroline Zhang this season. I admire how they have worked at improving themselves and have worked their way back to the top of the standings. I'd really love to see Agnes Zawadski take her skating to the next level and I'm always praying Mirai Nagasu will wake up and become great.

    As for other countries:

    Japan: I've been a fan of Mao Asada since 2005. She's an exquisite skater... I love Akiko Suzuki's perseverance and the joy and energy she brings to her skating...I've been watching Kanako Murakami since she was a junior and I love how she's grown and matured. I'm also crossing my fingers for Haruka Imai...she's lovely skater.

    Korea: Yu-Na Kim is incredible and I'm so excited she's coming back. I also hope to see good things from So Youn Park and Hae Jin Kim in the coming years. They are two talented skaters with that little something extra that could make them a real threat on the world stage.

    China: China has a number of up and comers. Kexin Zhang really made a splash internationally last year. Zijun Li is a gorgeous skater and I've been watching her on the JGP for the past two years. I love her lyrical and expressive style; she has the technical goods to compete as well.

    Russia: I've never been a fan of Russian skaters until these last two years. Most skaters from Russia were like Irina Slutskaya or Elena Sokolova...or more recently Alena Leonova. They have great jumps but fail miserably in terms of aesthetic appeal. I've fallen in love with Adelina Sotnikova's gorgeous lines, elegant style and huge jumps. I love Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's wonderful performance ability and her textbook jumps...I really think her new programs will help to push her artistically this season and I'm really excited about that. Those are my two favorite Russians right now.

    I love that I can cheer for so many skaters from so many countries...I used to be a one-woman skater...it was The Kween or no one! :D
  38. Susan M

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    Let me preface my reply by saying that it will be hard for any young skater today to appeal to me instantly the way Kristi & Baiul did at that age because they are having to labor under COP choreography.

    Adelina - potential, still too juniorish to tell
    Lisa - don't see any magic here
    Julia - she has no clue musically
    Lena - still skates really young
    Evgeniya - so young, but I think there is something there.

    First, in their current form, I didn't find any of them "worth watching" (literally, in that I got bored and stopped before the end of the program).

    It was almost painful to watch such young girls with all that ridiculous arm waving and fake emoting in their choreo. All of them look to still be in "I stuck out my arm because the choreographer said to stick out my arm" mode, with out really owning or feeling the choreo. I don't mean to criticize these young ladies unfairly. I can't really think of anyone else this young today who makes me feel the music is moving thru her. It will be interesting to see if one of them can become my first favorite Russian lady (unless you count Baiul, who did start out as a Soviet skater).

    What made a skater like Baiul stand out was that she totally moved to the music and used her whole body when she skated. You could see it even at 14 or 15. She made you feel like the movement was her own, not just something she was trained to do. This is the same quality that made me fall in love with Kulik at first sight. They also both had, and Russian skaters often have, another quality I love - the ability to skate with an ease and effortless power. The first lady you linked has that quality.
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  39. Jammers

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    I agree about Baiul that she had something special from the first time she skated at Worlds in 93. It almost didn't matter if she landed the jumps or not she could skate to the music and feel it in a way few skaters have ever skated. And she could skate to any kind of music. One minute she skating to Ave Maria then the next to Michael Jackson. That's unique and special.
  40. blue_idealist

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    I noticed for the ladies, it's often the Finns (Lepisto, Poykio, Korpi's pretty good too).

    I've liked a lot of the French men, even lesser-knowns - Joubert, Millot, Preaubert, Ponsero, Bessighier.

    I recently noticed I'm often into the German pairs - Woetzel/Steuer, Savchenko/Szolkowy, and Hausch/Wende specifically.

    For dance, I guess it's the French as well (Pechalat/Bourzat, Carron/Jones, Carron/Jost, Anissina/Peizerat, Duschesnays).