Sebestyen, Liashenko, Meier, and Poykio are all strong, solid skaters with appealing styles and their own individual strengths. They all competed in at least three Olympic cycles and produced fairly consistent results. Even though they never medalled at Worlds (none of them placed higher than 6th), I enjoyed their performances very much. A couple of my favorites from each:
- Sebestyen's 2004 and 2005 SPs (a waltz, then Art on Ice)
- Liashenko's Frida in 2004 (especially at Europeans!)
- Poykio's Munich LP
- Meier's 2007 programs (Aranjuez and P&P)
Sebestyen and Meier both had a European title. Liashenko and Poykio both reached silver at Europeans, but alas not the title. Both skaters, unfortunately, also had less than ideal ends to their careers - Liashenko's low finish in Torino, and Poykio not making the team in 2010.
Would these skaters have ever medalled at Worlds if they skated to their full potential in both the SP and LP? Or would they not for perhaps these following reasons?
- Lack of a 3-3 or 7-triple layout
- The extra "something" or zing in their presentation or artistry
- Lack of standout elements
- Questionable technique or skating skills
- Inability to peak at the right time