View Poll Results: Best 2A by a lady: Pick 3.

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  • Mao Asada

    29 20.00%
  • Oksana Baiul

    13 8.97%
  • Tonya Harding

    51 35.17%
  • Sarah Hughes

    13 8.97%
  • Midori Ito

    63 43.45%
  • Kim Yu-Na

    52 35.86%
  • Anna Rechnio

    9 6.21%
  • Gabriele Seyfert

    5 3.45%
  • Irina Slutskaya

    28 19.31%
  • Elena Vodorezova

    8 5.52%
  • Elaine Zayak

    3 2.07%
  • Other

    39 26.90%
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    Ito for the pure fact she could do them out of anything and they were gargantuan!! After that Seyfert and Vodorezova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Sasha Cohen had a very strong double axel too. She was very consistent with it, and she always fully rotated it, and landed it with a beautiful landing position.
    Most of the time that was true. She had a big step-up into the jump which gave it good height and coverage, though sometimes it was almost too big. At times she'd almost over-jump it...

    Also, Sasha is the only skater I can recall who managed to land her double axel on an inside edge (again here). Look at the angle of the blade when she lands! She'd land on the inside edge and manage to control it enough to get on an outside edge or at least stay upright. That's pretty impressive...

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    Very difficult. But Oksana Baiul, YuNa Kim and Tonya Harding got my vote !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    Most of the time that was true. She had a big step-up into the jump which gave it good height and coverage, though sometimes it was almost too big. At times she'd almost over-jump it...

    Also, Sasha is the only skater I can recall who managed to land her double axel on an inside edge (again here). Look at the angle of the blade when she lands! She'd land on the inside edge and manage to control it enough to get on an outside edge or at least stay upright. That's pretty impressive...
    Indeed. The first one I thought she was bobbling on landing but to see the second clip convinced me that she's got really good control on edge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by l'etoile View Post
    Indeed. The first one I thought she was bobbling on landing but to see the second clip convinced me that she's got really good control on edge!
    On the first one she had to step out otherwise she'd have fallen. On the second example, she managed to get herself over the blade and adjust the landing on the ground. I used to cringe when she did that... It just looked painful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    Ito for the pure fact she could do them out of anything and they were gargantuan!! After that Seyfert and Vodorezova.
    And the take off of this one is so impressive : http://youtu.be/LIzYlQhiBRo?t=1m46s

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyBut View Post
    I think Roz Sumners had the best 2A, perhaps because it was her most important jump, she really had it so huge and perfect. Even many years after turning pro, she was doing better 2As in shows than eligible skaters did in competitions.
    Yes! Roz Sumners did have a spectacular 2 axel. I loved her attack into it...great technique.

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    I don't know if she qualifies but the Australian pair skater, Danielle Carr, had a terrific double axel.

    The clips here don't completely do the jump justice, but in person, it was huge and carried a lot of distance. Of all the pairs I saw at the 1996 World Championships, hers was the best in person.

    What is even more impressive, is that the coach, Ron Luddington, said he thought she would never get this jump, and it wasn't until her early 20s that Danielle actually got one.

    1994 Olympic Games SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7fgGMSzyLE

    1992 Olympic Games SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Tqd...eature=related

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    Juliana Cannarozzo aka Zoe Bloc

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

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    I always liked Holly Cook's. Here's another one from 1991 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...Oz3-C3zg#t=46s Great speed and flow into and out of it.

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    I have to admit Vodorezova's and Cook's 2As were pretty impressive.

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    Yuna's..

    * 2A slow motion (at 2011 Worlds SP) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44713dveee8&t=4m10s
    * 2A-3T (at 2011 Worlds LP warm-up) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThNnkgDq6g
    * I really liked this ConductingBauer-2A move. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0eThPaLALc&t=2m23s
    Last edited by EricRohmer; 06-07-2012 at 12:04 PM.

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    Although she belonged to another generation, Peggy Fleming had a very nice double axel from a spread eagle entrance in her LP in 1968.

    At the 2:40 mark, she does SE, 2A, back into SE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdPKgg8SGys

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    Basically most of the top ladies in the 1970s-1980s had surprisingly good double axels, it was the money jump then.

    But Vodorezova and Ito...

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    Vanessa Gusmeroli had a nice one too : http://youtu.be/J0DxW_qe7Ps?t=2m24s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    I forgot about Holly Cook, but she definitely had one of the best double axels ever.
    ^^This^^

    I voted Tiffany Chin, Elena Vodorezova and Tonya Harding, but I also admired Midori Ito's and Holly Cook's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Although she belonged to another generation, Peggy Fleming had a very nice double axel from a spread eagle entrance in her LP in 1968.

    At the 2:40 mark, she does SE, 2A, back into SE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdPKgg8SGys
    That skate is exquisite in any frame of era.

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    The Japanese World Junior Champion, Kumiko Kowai, had a monster double axel.

    She lands one at the 2:40 mark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icDxk...B1630966BD5773

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    Holly Cook's 2 axel was amazing. I'd never seen Kowai's before -- she gets more height than any I've seen. (Perhaps the camera angle?)

    From the time when the double axel was a required jump in the SP (not sure when that was) it was such an important jump that skaters just didn't get very far without it. I can remember some with bad technique, but competitive senior ladies seemed to fall on the double axel quite rarely, and I don't think that there were (or are) edge issues. Very different than the lutz or the flip or even the loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    I'd never seen Kowai's before -- she gets more height than any I've seen. (Perhaps the camera angle?)
    I would have said the same thing, except that I was fortunate enough to see Kowai skate in person at the 1992 World Junior Championships in Hull, Quebec.

    Her double axel was indeed very high.

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