03-06-2011, 03:51 AM
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The Japanese ladies have fairly good speed, along with Kim, Lepisto Kostner. Of the American ladies currently I would have to say only Nagasu and Wagner...
Angela Maxwell was another fast skater too, that I'd mention.
03-06-2011, 05:05 AM
NBC commentators kept mentioning how Christina Gao skates with a lot of speed at nationals this year. She certainly seems fast to me, not Kostner or Kim level but I'd give her a 7, maybe an 8 now that she's taller.
Originally Posted by Fallcolor
03-10-2011, 01:59 AM
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i'm not sure if Laetitia Hubert was already mentioned, but I think she's the fastest one I've ever seen.
03-10-2011, 05:35 AM
yes she was.
Originally Posted by Screenie
03-10-2011, 06:12 AM
Yulia Lavrenchuk was very fast!
Miss her skating ...
03-10-2011, 07:06 AM
This. It's tough judging speed on video or TV because you can't see the ice coverage. The skaters that skate with ease of movement, such as Shizuka and Kwan, look like they're skating slower sometimes on TV or video, but it is deceiving because in person you can blink your eye and they're on the other side of the ice.
Originally Posted by Triple Butz
Skaters who pump their backs and lean forward oftentimes look like they're skating faster on TV and video when in person it's clear that they're just not getting as much run on their blade and not going nearly as fast.
I always thought Suguri, Kostner, Hubert, Arakawa, Kim, and Nagasu were/are very fast. Slutskaya could be very fast at times as well, but she didn't have the best carriage. A slow skater for you who was as cute as a button, but scratched and plowed across the ice was "cupcake" aka Elena Sokolova. Some wondered why she didn't get the scores she "deserved." After seeing her compete in person, I easily realized why. Her ice coverage was dreadful and her mastery of the blade left a lot to be desired.
Another fast skater = Katia Gordeeva. Incredible run of the blade, incredibly deep and sure edges. Yuka Sato has that same mastery though I always thought where she excelled was her speed control, not sheer speed across the ice.
03-10-2011, 09:46 PM
03-10-2011, 10:01 PM
I thought she was really fast.
Originally Posted by Loves_Shizuka
03-10-2011, 10:08 PM
I'm surprised Ito hasn't been mentioned here actually because she was very fast. The speed she carried into and out of her jumps is pretty much second to none. Plus she could build up speed in the blink of an eye.
03-18-2011, 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by Taso
One of my biggest impressions from attending 1998 Worlds was that Hubert and Rechnio were probably the two fastest ladies singles skaters in Minneapolis. I thought they were a lot faster even than Slutskaya, who had a reputation as a fast skater. So Hubert definitely didn't slow down much after she went over to Racle.
Originally Posted by briancoogaert
Unfortunately, it seems she didn't calm down much either.
I remember some commentators saying around 94 and 95 that some skaters were afraid to practice with Hubert because she was so fast and out of control that they thought she might injure them as well as herself.
Her speed was definitely out of control, but it also allowed her to get some of the biggest jumps I've ever seen. She and Rechnio were spectacular when they landed the jumps, I really wanted them to get the silver and bronze medals in Minneapolis.