View Poll Results: The most interesting rivalry in figure skating

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  • Yu Na Kim and Mao Asada

    18 7.56%
  • Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

    18 7.56%
  • Brian Boitano and Brian Orser

    42 17.65%
  • Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas

    7 2.94%
  • Alexei Yagudin and Evgeni Plushenko

    131 55.04%
  • Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski

    8 3.36%
  • Scott Hamilton and Scott Cramer

    0 0%
  • Jamie Sale and David Pelletier vs. Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze

    6 2.52%
  • Linda Fratianne and Anett Poetzsch

    3 1.26%
  • Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel

    0 0%
  • Other

    5 2.10%
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    greatest rivalry ever

    I just found a poll launched by Time Magazine about the greatest rivalry in figure skating. I've shown their list, but I can think of a lot of other great rivalries as well. Anyway, Yagudin and Plushenko are by far my choice, regardless of what other options I have. what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladiesnow View Post
    I just found a poll launched by Time Magazine about the greatest rivalry in figure skating. I've shown their list, but I can think of a lot of other great rivalries as well. Anyway, Yagudin and Plushenko are by far my choice, regardless of what other options I have. what do you think?
    Wasn't Kulik in the mix as well, and weren't they all training under Mishin in the beginning?

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    Yagudin and Plushenko all the way! No other pair even comes close.

    Eldredge and Goebel had a rivalry?

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    Has to be Yags and Plushy. Just remember the clips of Yags backstage when Plush stuffed up.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Yags Plush.
    No question.

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    I voted for Yags/Plush.

    I think Michelle should be matched up with Slutskaya. They had a longer rivalry than Michelle/Tara did.

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    Cecilia Colledge and Megan Taylor*
    Tenley and Carol*
    The Jenkins Brothers
    Maria and Irina

    Of those listed, Linda vs Annett was probably the greatest. Unlike Michelle and Tara, they actually did rematches for multiple seasons.

    Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan should be called "The Able with Inconsistent training" vs "The Trained with Inconsistent ability", the silver medal goes to the hard worker when they both, on average, underperform.

    I would have liked to have seen Fassi vs Mueller, but that was more like an oligopoly in the end although a rivalry at first.

    * Colledge vs Taylor and Tenley vs Carol make Yag vs Plushy look like a silly tiff.
    Last edited by bardtoob; 01-16-2011 at 02:12 AM.

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    IMO the most interesting rivalry had to be Kerrigan vs. Harding.

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    who the hell is Scott Cramer?

    And I guess Johnny vs. Evan is not that interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggonzo View Post
    who the hell is Scott Cramer?

    And I guess Johnny vs. Evan is not that interesting...

    No. It is Johnny vs. Johnny that has been interesting. He is his own biggest rival.

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    What about Elvis vs. Kurt? I know that didn't last very many years, because Kurt went pro, but it was still interesting.

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    I voted for the Brian's just because their Olympics was decided during the free skate. Yags/Plushy was my second choice only because of Plushy's fall in the Olympic Short program really decided the winner.

    BTW one of my fav moments in Fig skating has to be Plushy's fall in the 2002 Olympic SP! I cheared so loudly!

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    Umm wouldnt Ito vs Yamaguchi, Kwan vs Slutskaya, and Browning vs Petrenko all been better options than Hamilton vs Cramer, Eldredge vs Goebel, or Kerrigan vs Harding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggonzo View Post
    I voted for Yags/Plush.

    I think Michelle should be matched up with Slutskaya. They had a longer rivalry than Michelle/Tara did.
    Same here...for all of it.
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    I really feel that Kwan v. Slute was a manufactured rivalry. At the time I was all for it and a huge Slutskaya fan, but in retrospect, Kwan really had it all over Irina and it should never have been as close as it was. I think their rivalry was more the result of Russian politics and the void left by Lipinski's departure.

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    Boitano vs Orser or Witt vs Thomas IMO

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    It didn't last more than 2 years but the Kwan/Lipinski rivalry always had me on the edge of my seat. Even at small GP events.

    Yags/Plush rivalry lasted longer, but I prefer the above two's skating as a combo compared to them too so they get my vote.

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    Yags/Plush, by far.

    Mostly because it brought us gems like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08R7-C2KyQ. Oh, and this as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A96cVuOSeI

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    Thanks for posting those vodkashot! I had not seen the 2nd one before now. Is Plushenko actually suggesting that Yagudin's hypnosis made Plushenko fall?

    (Not to start more Plushenko bashing - I am just wondering if that translation is accurate?)

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    Well, I didn't want to vote for Yagudin vs Plushenko since many people already did it
    My second option was Boitano vs Orser, the difference is that it was a friendly rivalry.

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