I have to go with Maria Butyrskaya.
She deserved her World title, and both her European titles. She skated a brilliant SP at 2000 Worlds. But she was so stiff. I didn't like her abrupt moves and stiffed legs.
Had to go with Tara; I've always been a steady promoter for women on the ice over little girls and we never saw Lipinski compete on the ice as a woman. I appreciate a mature performer and often found Tara's sense of musicality and choreography to be completely childish and forgettable.
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Kostner is still here ?
Everyone can have there opinion but if you just vote on had has the most passion then we might as well vote michelle to win right now. You have to think about technical.
My vote goes for Maria as she is my least memorable and i never thought her to be a world champion. Maria should go now, then Kostner
Please don‘t waste your votes picking Kwan.
Carolina, who has never skated a clean LP in her life.
Maria clearly gets my vote. I already am surprised she outlasted Miki (and I say that as someone who cant stand Miki Ando and does not like Maria). The reasons:
-She was only a gold contender 2 years of her career- 1999 and 2000. All other years she was either an outside bronze contender (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001) or not a contender at all (all years before 1996, 2002).
-She was overshadowed in her era by Kwan, Chen, Lipinski, Slutskaya, Hughes, and at the very end and many of the early years by Baiul, Bonaly, and Cohen. Translation she was the Fumie Suguri of that generation, which is still a very fine skater, but she is in a class of superstars here.
-Her records vs the best of her generation are terrible. Only 2 wins over Michelle Kwan who she started competing with when Maria was 23 and Michelle 13, and for another 8 years. Owned by Slutskaya totally, even failing to beat Irina once in her first major slump year of 96-1997 when Maria had one of her most consistent years of skating, and losing to an even more badly slumping Slutskaya at the 98 Worlds. Lost the Olympic bronze to a way past her prime Lu Chen, and began losing almost every meeting to a 15 year old Hughes starting in fall 2000. The fact even in the abysmal 96-1997 season of skating where through default a 14 year old Lipinski sprung from 15th to 1st in the World while nearly everyone from the top 10 at Worlds the previous year was either slumping, injured, or retiring, she couldnt once beat either badly slumping Kwan or badly slumping Slutskaya, and was pushed out of a World medal by then unknown Gusermoli, says it all.
-No standout qualities other than her mature look on the ice. Not a great jumper, spinner, definitely not great at footwork or spirals. Her artistry was not considered top class due to her stiffness and coldness on the ice. Also an inconsistent competitor who suffered from nerves.
-No Olympic medal, no win at the GP final. Couldnt even beat Malinina to win the GP final in her World title. Only 1 top 2 finish at Worlds.
The people voting that the weakest skaters were Kwan, Slutskaya, Kim, or Chen...really? You can't put aside your hate to honestly look at accomplishments and be objective?
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