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

    If at all?

    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!

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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

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    Basically only Gordeeva

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    Every one of these has my longstanding respect and admiration:

    Yagudin.

    Ilia Kulik

    Artur Dmitriev (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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    NONE!

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

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    This NA fan and lot of her friends think Kulik!

    Gordeeva of course.

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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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by parasolka View Post
    Those who live/used to live in NA (mostly in USA). The same goes to Russian coaches.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Yagudin, early Plushenko, Berezhnaya/Sikuralidze, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Ukrainian Oksana Bauil.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

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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

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    Alexei Yagudin was a rock star in Canada.

    G&G were also popular.

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

    Haven't had time to read everyone's answers, but I remember loving Olga Markova. Loving, loving, LOVING her!!! 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!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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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
    Last edited by paskatefan; 11-21-2010 at 02:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Yagudin, early Plushenko, Berezhnaya/Sikuralidze, Gordeeva/Grinkov and Ukrainian Oksana Bauil.
    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.
    Last edited by HisWeirness; 11-21-2010 at 08:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Maxim Shabalin
    Jana Khokhlova
    Without partners

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