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    Quote Originally Posted by smarts1 View Post
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned this name yet: Jenny Kirk
    Was she a lot less developed as a junior skater than as a senior skater?

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    Some skaters that I think became transformed in a season are:
    Michele Kwan in 1996
    Brian Boitano in 1988
    Angela N the year she went to Elena T

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    Patrick Chan (got a quad, improved his hands last season)
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwizzlerS View Post
    Some skaters that I think became transformed in a season are:
    Michele Kwan in 1996
    And along those lines, I saw a big difference in ice coverage, depth of edge, just general confidence and presence on the ice for her between 1996 and 1997 season, even though she struggled with the jumps in 97.

    Same for Todd Eldredge and Punsalan/Swallow between 96 and 97.

    And Anissina/Peizerat between 1997 and 1998. Gwendal was like a new skater in starting with that R&J program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    And Anissina/Peizerat between 1997 and 1998. Gwendal was like a new skater in starting with that R&J program.
    i agree with that. they had a breakthrough that year, just in time for the olympics

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    Yuna Kim from 07-08 to 08-09. I think this was the key moment when she's become more of a complete skater with unforgettable charisma and has begun her reign at the level of her own. For skating skills, scale of her jumps, interpretation of music, and every aspect.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cheylana View Post
    Patrick Chan (got a quad, improved his hands last season)
    Calling Chan's last season "improvement" is not enough IMO. He just transcended to whole another skater!

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    Sarah Hughes between 1999 Nationals and Worlds amazes me (and Dick and Peggy too, according to their commentary.)

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    The skater who immediately comes to mind for me is Shizuka Arakawa.

    I remember seeing her for the first time on TV at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 where she finished 13th. Frankly, I didn't think she was anything special at all. If you would've told me this girl would go on to become Olympic champion 8 years later, I would've laughed right in your face.

    One of the best improvement stories IMO.

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    most improves skater ever: Yukari Nakano

    period

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    Quote Originally Posted by icellist View Post
    most improves skater ever: Yukari Nakano

    period
    Ok, but why? What did she actually manage to improve in her skating?

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    Johnny Weir from his withdrawal to his first National Championship win. Not Michelle was that transformed the year of her first WC title.

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