After that heartbreak I stopped predicting "great things" for young ones. Better to just appreciate them at the time and stop worrying about the future.
Yup.After that heartbreak I stopped predicting "great things" for young ones. Better to just appreciate them at the time and stop worrying about the future.
Last edited by Sylvia; 02-24-2012 at 06:32 PM.
Tiffany doesn't really belong in the same category as the ladies already mentioned though. US Champion, 2 time World bronze medalist, World Junior Champion, and 4th place at Olympics (robbed of a medal) are way more impressive than anything NNN, AP, Stellato, etc accomplished. OTOH, she had the goods to become Olympic and World Champion so I agree she did not reach her full potential.
Yeah she did have it all.
What about Angela Nikodinov?
How many times did she skate a gorgeous opening and then double out on everything in the second half? It's a true shame because she developed into a gorgeous skater. She worked with so many famous coaches, it's bizarre that none of them were able to fix her mental issues in the second half of the FP. Whenever I saw her practice she hit every jump, every time.
Oh, and she was robbed of silver at 2001 US Nationals BIG TIME. :p
I'd like to add two to the list, Katherine Adams (who skated at the 1984 World Junior Championships) and Joanna Ng (who skated at the 1992 World Junior Championships).
Ng skated a fantastic short there placing second to Lisa Ervin, but fell badly in the free skating warm - up and dropped to about 14th or 15th.
Here is her free program from the 1991 US Olympic Festival:
Adams was a firecracker and you can see a lot of Kristi Yamaguchi in her skating. Not surprising, as her coach was Christy Ness.
Last edited by essence_of_soy; 02-25-2012 at 12:19 AM.
What about Elizabeth Kwon? Wasn't she rumored to be landing triple Axels in practice at one point?
I hoped it would be Mok.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I remember she was even on Letterman or Jay Leno after those performance, and even the non-skating crowds loved her! She was a total star.
Back to Deanna, thinking back to the 03-06 seasons I really do think she would've been the 3rd US lady (at least) that entire time and been right on par with Michelle and Sasha. Jenny Kirk and Kimmie Meissner (love them both) would've had a really hard time keeping up with her. Her posture, presence, and line with a few more years development could've had her right on par with Michelle and Sasha those years too. What is she up to these days? I think she would make for a beautiful choreographer, she was so good at understanding the music with her body language and tension.
I tho't Ann Patrice McDonough, Deanna Stellato & Jenny Kirk would/could have been stars.