Maybe France isn't obskure enough, but I nominate Marie Pierre Leray:
I'm not exactly sure why, but I love to watch that program! Two consecutive years in the lower top 10 (7th in 94, 8th in 95) and then she basically never left a mark again in Singles. Her only other showing was 17th in 1998.
Actually, hard to believe now that France had three ladies in the top ten at 1995 Worlds (Bonaly-Hubert-Leray), and this was even before Gusmeroli appeared!
Bumping this thread....particularly for poths because I know he loves Lautowa...
Julia Lautowa is doing quite well as a coach...her student Dalia Rivkin won the Juvenile ladies gold medal at the US Junior Nationals.
[QUOTE=briancoogaert;2980718 I remember this competition so well. That was amazing !
I was really disappointed to see that Alisa Drei was unable to do suc a good performance again ![/QUOTE]
Yeah I know, such a pity. Also, her career ended in 2007 with an injury. And she had such a gorgeous SP that season http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4iYg...eature=related By far the best overall program choreo for her and then she only got to skate it once in Skate Canada, where it all ended
"If I agree well it's just to appease you 'cause I don't remember what were fighting for..." - Sarah McLachlan
for really obscure, a couple ladies from the Soviet Union days were
Natalia Gorbenko - 3 times World Participant (best was 1989 after being 4th in compulsory figures, dropping to 8th overall)
Tatiana Rachkova - beat Maria Butyrskaya for the 2nd Soviet ladies spot at the 1992 Olympics
She was awesome in 1994! We lost her to modelling in 1996 and 1997 (she was also injured), in the meantime Gusmeroli came along and she missed the Olympic team..but had a decent skate at 98 worlds (blatantly under practiced and hyper nervous) to finish her career.
Does anyone remember a Norwegian skater named Kaja Hanevold? I think she came close to making the cut for the LP in '00 Worlds. I bring her up because Norway NEVER is brought up in the context of figure skating post Sonja Henie. But with current Finnish success and the advent of some good Swedish skaters, maybe it will 'cross the border'
Someone else I remember, very different from Kaja, was Marta Andrade from Spain. Her career went on for ages, and as she matured she learned the more difficult jumps, eventually including the flip and lutz at the age of 29! Well, I'm not sure they were quite rotated, but she landed them. And I'll always remember the look of pure delight on her face at 1994 Olympics when she saw that she'd been given a 5.0 in presentation - I don't think she'd ever been out of the 4s before. Yay for Marta!
"Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
Irony being that she was actually 2nd in the short at 1998 worlds, and had she just beaten HUBERT (who, yes, landed 4 triples in the FP as opposed to Rechnio's 3 - but she was slow, cautious, flutzed, had shite spins and moaned throughout) she'd have gotten bronze ahead of Butyrskaya -----who was so fcking gifted on the short and only wound up in the final group thanks to the fcked up ordinals of Hubert, up until her skate, Maria was in 7th behind Liashenko and Malinina....ah, I'm going round in circles.
Bottom Line. RECHNIO should have a world medal.
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Anyone remember the uber 3/3 rockin (and not much else technically )
Poths - I couldn't agree more about how Rechnio got robbed. Even if it's her nerves that mostly robbed her, what she's shown at 1998 and 1999 Worlds should have been enough for at least one medal.
Marta Andrade was a legend!
I think she's quit skating to focus on modelling, the following season.
There were a lot of girls from Norway at Warsaw Cup. Jumps are not quite there yet but the one who won (nothing above 2a) had lovely basics and there was another one who was attempting 3loop.
Now the spins, there I agree.
Kaja Hanevold is now coaching in Asker, outside Oslo, her old club, and also doing some choreographing, if I'm informed correctly. She skated so well at Euros 1999, I think she was 16th, I was in utter shock, and so happy for her!
Marta Andrade was really around for ages, I loved her. and she was soooo tiny, when you walked past her, it was like passing a small child. good for her learning flip and lutz, me too was over the roof for her when she landed the lutz for the first time!
Lenka Kulovana...awwww, bless her!! it seemed she had an endless wardrobe of yellow dresses. The year they allowed ladies to do 3,3 in the sp she placed really high after that first phase of competition, 5th maybe, don't remember excactly, but then she couldn't hold it together in the free, with only toe-loops and salchows... but her 3t3t was lovely!
my fave OES is also Mikkeline Kirkgaard, Tamara Dorofejev, Sanna Maija Wiksteen, Anna Lundström, Susanne Stadlmüller (was she OES?) (she was so long-limbded and elegant), Sabina Wojtala - if only she could land those triples when it counted!
don't even get me started about Anna Rechnio <3
in men, my all time favourite will forever be Juraj Sviatko of Slovak Republic, he stole my heart with his black and yellow striped bumble bee costume