View Poll Results: Best spread eagles by a man -Pick Two- (singles skater)

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  • Brian Boitano

    58 39.73%
  • Jeffrey Buttle

    18 12.33%
  • John Curry

    20 13.70%
  • Paul Wylie

    46 31.51%
  • Kurt Browning

    6 4.11%
  • Ilia Kulik

    3 2.05%
  • Emanuel Sandhu

    9 6.16%
  • Rudy Galindo

    5 3.42%
  • Other

    42 28.77%
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    Best spread eagles by a man (singles skater)

    One of the moves I miss in the COP programs is a sustained spread eagles by male skaters. Their bodies allow better lines than womens (I am generalizing, of course). For some men the spread eagles were like highlights of their programs.

    Who had the best spread eagles in your opinion?

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    Last edited by BreakfastClub; 06-03-2012 at 08:34 AM.

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    John Curry and Sandhu! You just know they're so good when you see them do it.

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    There was a US skater named Aaron whose last name I cannot remember. I saw him have a skate of his life at the 1993 Skate America in Dallas. He had very good spread eagles, modeled after Boitano's.

    Anyone remembers this skater?

    ETA: It's Aren (not Aaron) Nielsen, it seems.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJ5D7hFmgc

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    John Curry without a doubt followed by Wylie and then Boitano. John was so well turned out that he could assume the perfect position.

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    Great poll. I love seeing guys doing fabulous spreadeagles. I voted for Wylie. His were beautiful.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    There was a US skater named Aaron whose last name I cannot remember. I saw him have a skate of his life at the 1993 Skate America in Dallas. He had very good spread eagles, modeled after Boitano's.

    Anyone remembers this skater?

    ETA: It's Aren (not Aaron) Nielsen, it seems.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJ5D7hFmgc
    I had never heard of Aren Nielsen before, but that was a truly awesome skate. Thanks for posting it!

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    I voted for Brian B. & Paul. Of the current men, Jonathan Cassar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    John Curry without a doubt followed by Wylie and then Boitano. John was so well turned out that he could assume the perfect position.
    John was a ballet dancer who also happened to skate.

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    Taka Kozuka has got great edges too

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...zpAYUcU#t=188s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Fever View Post
    John was a ballet dancer who also happened to skate.
    He wasn't allowed to take up ballet or dancing because his family didn't approve. Skating was more acceptable to his family because it was viewed as a sport.

    You might be thinking of Katherine Healy who Curry mentored.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Paul's always came at the perfect highlight in his programs with such emotion! (Sadly, I cannot perform this move without major posterior sticking out). Honorable mention - Rudy has an incredible Ina Bauer with the layback position. Good thread!
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    I voted for Boitano because he always (still does) showcased them in his programs. I'm sure others did them well (Curry never did anything that wasn't perfect), but Brian's are the ones that stick out in my mind.

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    Another vote for Jonathan Cassar. His spread eagles are spectacular. After him I choose Paul Wylie.

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    All the men listed have great spread eagles. Todd Eldredge also has a magnificent spread eagle - begins 3:26 into the program.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBh1bnld8bg
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    Thanks

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    I was going to type this once i didnt see his name on the list but you beat me to it.

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    Cassar, not having him on the list is blasphemous! Those should be worth so many more points.

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    Another vote for Jonathan Cassar.

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    How is Jonathan Cassar not on this list? His spread eagles are incredible; it's bad enough he doesn't get rewarded for them on the ice, but not even on FSU? Shameful!

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    Probably because Jonathan Cassar isn't well-known enough (at least to the person who started this thread) -- he's competed in 2 Senior B internationals and his highest finish at US Nationals to date is 11th in 2011 & 2012. Here's a photo of Cassar's famous inside edge spread eagle from his "Cinema Paradiso" FS at 2009 Nationals from his official site: http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...ancassar01.jpg
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-03-2012 at 05:57 PM.
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