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Which male skaters(retired & current) have the best speed?
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Kim and Nagasu, who by all accounts skate with good speed are capable of keeping the rest of their body in cohesion with their lower body. Kostner and Hubert do (did) not seem capable of maintaining that same type of control over their upper body giving them the appearance of "flailing" and overall insecurity, whenever they were required to do something outside the realm of stroking. Asada and Kwan, on the other hand, while not slow by any measure, both sacrifice speed due to the priority they place on carriage and posture.
^^ some of that may have to do with the build of Kim and Nagasu, who are more compact with broader shoulders than Kostner, whose very long limbs and narrower shoulders and hips seem to hurt her balance.
Mmm if i have to rate them out of 10:
Ando 7-8 (depends on how she fireup)
Zhang 1 (Joking)!!
Kostner - 10
Suguri (in her prime) - 10
Kim - 9
Nagasu - 8
Lepisto - 8
Murakami - 8
Rochette - 7
Wagner - 7
Leonova - 7
Asada - 6
Ando - 6
Korpi - 6
Zawadzki - 5
Czisny - 4
Flatt - 4
Zhang - 3
Suguri the fastest? In her prime she was very fast but not the fastest. Sandra Bezic even said after her Olympic free skate she lacks the power and skating skills of Arakawa.
I think it's funny that there are so many different opinions here! You'd think judging speed would be more objective.
Here are some of my impressions after watching lots of competitions over the last 10-12 years:
I never found Arakawa to be super fast. The last time I saw her skate was at the cheesefest in Detroit just before she won her world crown in 2004 where she lost to Kwan. I remember at the time thinking that she and Kwan had similar speed (quite good, but not exceptional) but what was most impressive was the ease of movement/liquid crossovers and ice coverage in general.
Sasha Cohen's basic speed and edging had a big improvement somewhere between 2002 and 2003. She was a little slower than some of the others, but post SLC, I never felt that she was crawling across the ice as I have often felt watching Rachael Flatt or Caroline Zhang. With Flatt, I think Tracey Wilson said it best this year: "It almost looks like she's walking instead of skating." Or something to that effect.
I read somewhere in this thread that someone put Agnes in their "fast" category
I haven't seen Alissa live this year, but to me it looks like she has made a noticeable improvement in the speed dept.
Meissner really impressed me with her speed, though her posture could have been better. Emily Hughes would start out with decent speed and slow down considerably about a minute into the program.
Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek, and Nobunari Oda can be anywhere from quite fast to moderately slow depending on their moods.
Jeremy Abbott has better speed than both of them.
I didn't think Chan was particularly fast when I saw him in 09, but he looks faster now.
I think the skater with blinding speed that really sticks out to me is Yannick Ponsero!
Kimmie Meissner surprised me with her exceptional speed.
I like Peter Carruthers's comment for Kim speed.
"The greatest thing for me about Yuna Kim skating is the fact that she skates at such a great speed. It's very fast. It's like a ballerina that's a speed skater." (after 2007-11 COR ends)
Mirai seemed to be slower this year but i wonder if it's because her nerves get the best of her and she doesn't skate with as much freedom and attack. At 4CC though in her LP she was flying across the ice but of course she wasn't leading and she just went out and skated.
Stupid question, but how exactly do you tell if a skater is faster than the others? Of course I can see when a lower level skater is noticably slow. But how to see the difference between, say, Kim and Kostner? What are we looking for, what are the things to pay attention to? Maybe it is easier to see the speed differences live, but on TV I find it quite difficult.
I think another distinction to be made is the number of strokes required to get to the top speed and how it's maintained without further strokes. I have rather limited experience of watching skaters live, but what impressed me most about Shizuka is how quickly she gets to the top speed after merely a few strokes - one and two strokes leading to a spiral, then she was on the other side of the rink within a blink! Well, almost. It was like watching men skate.
I saw some younger skaters skate round the rink pretty fast, but I noticed they were busy stroking non-stop.
From what I've seen in competitions Suguri is very fast, although she does do a lot more work to get that speed.