Kostner definitely wins in the speed department.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
She's going to win worlds this year if Mao doesn't stop her.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
positions and variety: Sasha. Her positions were incredible, and no one else can make that fan spiral look pretty like she can.
Edge control and emotional favorite: Michelle. Damn her joyous skating, it got me every time.
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It is not fast as it doesn't have to be. A spiral that ends a program. It really suits the choreography. An unique choreography. She has amazing extention and posture, that is simply exquisite, lovely and graceful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOn2kyXNlbc (about 4:30)
Really, I'm an MK fan, but the fact that she was foreced to be more and more flexible killed her beautiful spiral position.
When she first tried her COE spiral : http://youtu.be/mtveDWakMFQ?t=2m10s
A beautiful one, later : http://youtu.be/qlPvFn_vwBk?t=2m15s
Still very beautiful : http://youtu.be/YDTYqmcDFpM?t=2m21s
In 2005, IMO, not as beautiful as before : http://youtu.be/YSaV440TLHg?t=2m49s
Blame it to the more and more flexible. That's what happens when Figure skating is more and more gymnastics !
It's funny, when you mentioned the second one I immediately predicted it would be Czako, but thought of another instance, from her famous Addams Family FS
IMO, Sasha is without question the Queen of the Spirals.
debut at 2002 Skate America when she stepped in at the last minute for Sarah Hughes. Despite the tiny bobble near the end of the footwork, she really, really was hitting on all cylinders that night.