Yu Na Kim and Mao Asada
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan
Brian Boitano and Brian Orser
Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas
Alexei Yagudin and Evgeni Plushenko
Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski
Scott Hamilton and Scott Cramer
Jamie Sale and David Pelletier vs. Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze
Linda Fratianne and Anett Poetzsch
Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel
I go for Plushy and Yagudin, too. That was the time I started watching fs for the first time and I remember hating Evgeny really bad...I cried the time Yagudin lost to him at euros with his Gladiator program
Anyway, now with the pass of time it was one of the best rivalries of the last decade and a half, sort of a Nadal/Federer rivalry with 2 all time greats going head to head almost in every competition (slam)
Having watched many performances now from the past I have to say Klim/Pon and the Duschenays was the very first thrilling rivalry in ice dance. Russia vs. France, classic vs. avant-garde...dance politicks at its best and it lead to the most amazing program of the history of ice dancing in my mind: K/P Bach's Aria
Looking back I can also see how the Italians won the 2001 Worlds. They clearly had the better OD. I would have given Marina & Gwendal the gold after the FD, but they still had some unision problems and sloppiness, and the Italians did some elements better that year.
The Brians. One/two in almost every comp where both were entered and it always stayed professional.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
For ex. you mentioned twizzles. Sure, F-P/M had much better unison, because thay did 2+2 and 2+2 twizzle sequences,both in the first half of the program and with practically zero movement accros the ice.
A/P had 5+2 and 2+3 sequences, both done on circle pattern and with big movement accros the ice and changing positions while doing them...how can you even compare it ?
No, for me, that years judging was one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen.
It's got to be Plushenko and Yagudin. You couldn't really have anyone else, could you? They drove the sport further in four years than it had been in ages. I mean, look at Nagano - Kulik did a single quad toe (no combo) in the LP and won, and that was the first time the winner had done a quad. And four years later in SLC, Yagudin and Plushenko both did two quads, in combination, and Goebel did three. That's a huge advance in just four years.
Plus, the drama. Oh the drama. It was incredible. About the only thing missing from their rivalry was a punch-up and I wouldn't be prepared to say that it didn't happen out of sight. They absolutely loathed each other.
Funny thing is, nowadays they're pretty friendly. Yagudin said nice things about his skating, Plushenko invited him to skate in his show. Goes to show what growing up does I guess