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  • Witt 1984-1988

    5 1.72%
  • Fleming 1966-1968

    0 0%
  • Hamill 1974-1976

    1 0.34%
  • Fratianne 1977-1979

    0 0%
  • Kwan 1996-2003

    133 45.86%
  • Slutskaya 2000-2005

    18 6.21%
  • Kim 2007-to date

    103 35.52%
  • Asada 2007-2010

    16 5.52%
  • Yamaguchi 1991-1992 (or 1991-1997 extended to pros)

    5 1.72%
  • Ito 1989-1992

    4 1.38%
  • Lipinski 1997-1998

    2 0.69%
  • other

    3 1.03%
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    Which dominant lady singles skater had the most competition while on top

    Which of these dominant female skaters do you feel had the toughest competition of anyone while they reigned or were fighting for the top.

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    Kwan because of how long she was competing at the top level.

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    Slutskaya, with Ito close second. Irina had to duke it out with Kwan and Butyrskaya in the early 2000s, and add to the mix Cohen and Arakawa (and dare I say Suguri and Sokolova to lesser extent?).

    Ito should've had minimal competition, but she was either snubbed, or failed to deliver.

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    I would probably pick Kim or Asada.

    I definitely wouldnt pick Kwan. Slutskaya would have been a 5 time World Champion if Kwan hadnt existed which already says enough about that era (with all due respect to Irina). Slutskaya had tougher competition than Kwan only since she faced Kwan who is obviously better than Slutskaya who Kwan faced, LOL!

    I wouldnt pick Ito or Yamaguchi either. The great Ito was held back by the overemphasis on figures and politics early on, then by injuries and bad luck later. Yamaguchi faced Ito in her twilight years when she ran into problems, a great Harding once in a blue moon, then went pro and mostly faced easily manageable competition again.

    Witt I might consider too I suppose. The mid to late 80s was pretty competitive and diverse group, taking into account figures.

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    I don't see how Kim and Asada have had more competition than each other, really. Let's be honest, if they skate to their potential the only ones who could ever beat them were each other. Rochette wasn't coming close, Ando was always going to be a distant 3rd. The US ladies had no one to scare them and Russia has been non existent. Kostner can't stay on her feet until this season. That is a silly pick, IMO.
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    What you said about Slute/Kwan, doesn't it apply to Kim/Asada as well? Kim didn't have any legitimate threat besides Asada, and neither did Asada until she wasn't her usual dominant self.

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    When someone so decidedly wins competitions and is consistent like Kwan or Kim, it's hard to say they had a lot of competition, when they were rarely beat. I'm sort of not sure how to even answer the question lol.

    I chose Witt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    I don't see how Kim and Asada have had more competition than each other, really. Let's be honest, if they skate to their potential the only ones who could ever beat them were each other. Rochette wasn't coming close, Ando was always going to be a distant 3rd. The US ladies had no one to scare them and Russia has been non existent. Kostner can't stay on her feet until this season. That is a silly pick, IMO.
    The same is true of all the others.

    Who was going to eat Kwan or Slutskaya if they skated close to their potential? Nobody. Hughes? LOL! Butyrskaya? even bigger LOL! Cohen? Yeah right. Arakawa? Again definitely no. I guess Tara Lipinski is the only one but she retired at 15 so hardly was there.

    Yamaguchi or Ito if they skated close to their potential? Maybe Harding once in a blue moon, that is it.

    Witt or Thomas if they skated close to their potential? Given the restriction with figures and politiks again nobody.


    I consider Ando (who I dont even like much) and Rochette to be better skaters than Butyrskaya, Hughes, Cohen, Kerrigan, the usual Harding. That is why I picked one of Kim or Asada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Who was going to eat Kwan or Slutskaya if they skated close to their potential? Nobody. Hughes? LOL! Butyrskaya? even bigger LOL!
    I wonder what the 1999 World podium would've been like if MK had two perfect skates vs. Butyrskaya, who had two perferct skates of her own at won that year. Would the judges have awarded the gold to Maria anyway just to get a new face on top of the podium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    I wonder what the 1999 World podium would've been like if MK had two perfect skates vs. Butyrskaya, who had two perferct skates of her own at won that year. Would the judges have awarded the gold to Maria anyway just to get a new face on top of the podium?
    I think the only year Butyrskaya could have beaten a clean Kwan was the 2000 Worlds, and that is only since she was the defending Champion and had her best short program ever there. Maybe in 2001 she would have had a chance too if she hadnt bombed badly at the GP final but after that she wasnt going to be a gold threat ever again.

    1999 I guess it is all speculation but I would say not a chance. She wasnt that big a name yet although she became Kwan's closest competitor in the depleted field that year. Kwan had a more difficult long program planned with 2 triple lutzes and a triple-triple. And of course Kwan was just the better skater, even if her programs that year werent the greatest she has had.

    I always looked at Maria as a bronze medal contender, I never really thought of her as a big title threat, a champion caliber skater, or part of a big rivalry at the top. Her World title was a big surprise for me and something I never imagined happening for her, although she certainly deserved it as she definitely skated the best of anyone at those Worlds.

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    Michelle Kwan.

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    Michelle Kwan, of course. She managed to be World champion 5-times against so many different generations of skaters. Unbelievable !

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    I picked Michelle. From 1996 - 2003, she faced the likes of Chen, Tara, Hughes, Cohen, Maria B, and Irina. That is some serious competition.

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    Kim and Asada

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    Let's break it down, then:

    Kwan competed as a dominant skater from 1996 to 2004. That took her from her first World title to her last World medal. In that time she was beaten by Slutskaya, Butyrskaya, Lipinski, Arakawa and Cohen (silver to her bronze) at Worlds. Outside of Worlds we can add Hughes at the Olympics. There are probably other times Kwan lost to people but I am not going to go through every individual competition. In addition to these skaters she had competition against Bobek, Chen, Gusmeroli, Sokolova, Suguri, Kostner, etc. All fine skaters whose names we would recognize and whom had successes of their own. Kwan even beat Ito in 1996! I know, I know, Ito was well past her prime but I thought that was neat, she placed a very respectable 7th.

    The same could be said of Slutskaya, as well, although she was not as dominant for as long as Kwan was.

    I fail to see how Kim and Asada compare. Kim only ever lost when she had a serious back injury it seems or she was beaten by Asada. Asada only ever lost to Kim who seemed to be favored when going clean. Anyone else who ever beat them had to hope for meltdowns of epic proportions. There really wasn't any competition for either of them outside of each other. They could only beat themselves, really, especially with COP. Now it is different with Asada struggling but I doubt many people would consider her to be having more competition this year, she is just struggling and therefore getting beaten by a lot of people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Now it is different with Asada struggling but I doubt many people would consider her to be having more competition this year, she is just struggling and therefore getting beaten by a lot of people.
    The only way for Kwan to lose to people like Butyrskaya or Hughes was to bomb as well. Do you really think Kwan ever had to worry about skating cleanly and losing to people like them. I dont know about you but I never considered skaters like Butyrskaya or Hughes "rivals" to Kwan. The only skaters who could even hope to beat a Kwan skating cleanly were Lipinski and Slutskaya if they skated lights out, but in Slutskaya's case this wasnt true until atleast two years after Tara had retired. Even Ando is closer to being a threat to Kim and Asada than those two are to Kwan, if Ando wins a 2nd World title this year which could happen, it would be pretty difficult to paint her as chasms behind Kim and Asada wouldnt it (and I personally cant stand Ando's skating but still). Never mind digging even deeper and the likes of Suguri, Gusmeroli, or Sokolova who probably couldnt even beat Kwan on her worst day, they are about as much competition to Kwan as say Laura Lepisto is to Kim and Asada. And Chen beat Kwan when she was a 14 year old cute little kid, and never again, their rivalry was limited to one special event at the 96 Worlds. Likewise Shizuka was a rival to Kwan at one event- the 2004 Worlds.

    I dont have any problem with your choice of Kwan btw, but since you are the one who referred to my choice as somehow ridiculous the fact is no dominant skater has a handful of people who can beat them skating cleanly which I could be wrong but seems to be what you are looking for. Kwan most certainly did not either. Events she entered were hers to win or lose, just like they are Yu Na Kim and Mao Asada's to win or lose. As well atleast Kim and Asada had each other who are roughly equal in ability too. Lets face it, despite her success we all know Slutskaya is an inferior skater to Kwan, Kim, and Asada. Kwan is really the only all time great skater of her era, or even multiple eras (not counting Ito and her abysmal 1 event amateur comeback obviously).
    Last edited by judgejudy27; 01-18-2011 at 10:14 PM.

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    But the question is "who had the most competition while on top." I still fail to see how Asada and Kim, in their very limited time on top, can be up there (yet). The question isn't "who had the HARDEST competition." Maybe just a different interpretation of the same question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    But the question is "who had the most competition while on top." I still fail to see how Asada and Kim, in their very limited time on top, can be up there (yet). The question isn't "who had the HARDEST competition." Maybe just a different interpretation of the same question.
    Well that is what I was thinking. Who had the hardest competition. I probably am the one who worded it wrong.

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    My methodology will be to compare
    who won silver behind them when they won
    who won bronze behind them (as highest finish)
    who beat them (gold only and only at and after their first wc or oc medal)
    Then I list how many world and olympic champions are in the names (here the same skater may be listed as both when applicable)

    I might have some wrong info, corrections welcome

    Witt 1984-1988
    Sumners, Kondrashova, Thomas, Ivanova, Manley
    Zayak, Chin, Cadavy, Christofics-Binder
    Zayak, Sumners, Thomas
    3 wc's, 0 oc's

    Fratianne 1977-1979
    Poetzsch
    Lurz, Driano, Watanabe
    Poetzsch
    1 wc, 1 oc

    Kwan 1996-2003
    Chen, Slutskaya, Sokolova
    Guesmeroli, Soldatova, Suguri
    Lipinski, Butyrskaya, Slutskaya, Hughes, Arakawa
    5 wc's, 3 oc's

    Slutskaya 2000-2005
    Kwan, Cohen
    Suguri, Kostner, Butyrskaya
    Kwan, Lipinski, Hughes, Arakawa
    3 wc's, 2 oc's

    Yamaguchi 1991-1992
    Harding, Kerrigan, Ito
    Chen
    -none-
    1 wc, 0 oc's

    I'd say Kwan has the most impressive set of rivals (nb Cohen isn't even on that list)

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