View Poll Results: Who is the weakest link among these past champions?

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  • Lu Chen

    144 38.61%
  • Michelle Kwan

    21 5.63%
  • Irina Slutskaya

    43 11.53%
  • Mao Asada

    120 32.17%
  • Yuna Kim

    45 12.06%
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    I'm voting out Lu Chen. I almost did last round, anyway. I could have voted Mao but I'll leave her in considering she has more world titles than Lu, a higher Olympic medal, and achieved some success with the triple axel. I think Mao's going to go next time for me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ainouta View Post
    I'm sorry, I think that's just rude. Every single one of the skaters on this list has overcome significant adversity at some point (like berthesghost said) and singling out Mao as the single most long-suffering saint of a skater is just disrespectful to everyone else.
    it was totally not my intention to be rude to any skater, i just wanted to make certain things clear since some poster have a certain tendency to fake ignorance!

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    Not a single doubt about this one: Lu Chen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    I voted Mao too; her recent string of inconsistent performances and outright meltdowns have sort of overshadowed her former glory, IMO. Placing 6th at 2012 Worlds, behind Ashley Wagner at 2012 4CC, 6th at 2011 Worlds, behind Miki Ando at 2011 4CC, failing to make the GPF in 2009 and 2010, and placing 4th at 2009 Worlds are all pretty disappointing outcomes for someone of her talent and reputation level. Her jump technique has always been problematic and suspect, particularly with the Lutz and Salchow jumps, and ever since the 2010 season even the famed 3Axel fails her on a regular basis. I so miss the great Mao of 2007; she seems so far removed from that skater now!

    Chen had technique problems on certain jumps too (especially in 1998) and her spins many times could use improvement, but at least her programs were never bad or forgettable like I find so many of Mao's to be (Mao's 2009-2012 programs with the exception of her '09 SP and '12 SP have been for me). Plus, IMO, Chen is the better artist of the two.
    ITA. I think Mao is a great skater, she has a beautiful line and position, but that's all. Her jump technique is poor, she's inconsistent, and I don't think she is an artistic skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by galaxy View Post

    This is why I feel this is one of the most unpleasant polls.
    I hope both of you are just kidding saying them.
    I know this is off season, and some people say they are doing it just for fun, but is this really funny? Is this poll really worth doing ? Some people even judge skaters without actually seeing their skating live and can say whatever they want by just seeing the skaters only on screens. I think it is not fair.
    If you read all the posts from ROUND 1, you wouldn't rag on them.


    About 130 votes in 9 Hrs? Amazing!!!!
    This too will pass away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnie View Post



    Haha, I know, at least now we know one person who voted Yuna Kim this round.
    I will not be ignored! -Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy03 View Post
    through some other skaters also have tried to lose a mother they never had to go through half of what Mao did, cause losing her mother is only one of the Many things she has been through..
    Yeah, skaters try to lose their mothers all the time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proustable View Post
    Yeah, skaters try to lose their mothers all the time.....
    Tiffany Chin, Mira Leung, Tonya Harding, Anne Patrice MacDonough, Gabriele Seyfert....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Tiffany Chin, Mira Leung, Tonya Harding, Anne Patrice MacDonough, Gabriele Seyfert....

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    Still voting for Irina. I think Kwan is going (and should) win this poll in the end.

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    Voted for Irina. Gave all my reasons in the last round.

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    Come on guys, be a bit more fair to Mao. After all, belittling Yuna's arch rival also disparages Yuna's achievement. Her victories would not be quite as great when the competition is considered so weak/inferior. Would a fairy tale prince be as heroic if he slays a helpless sheep or a fire-breathing dragon?

    Mao is a great skater and one of the best in the last two decades. She has beautiful lines, great edges, soft knees and a sense of musicality few skaters can match. At her best she is utterly engrossing and captivating to watch, unlike, say, Miki Ando.

    She is very inconsistent, true, and her technique has some flaws, but she is at least a fighter and a lovely skater. Besides, no skater is perfect, not even Michelle Kwan.

    I am, of course, a Yuna fan, but that doesn't mean I can't see the great qualities in other skaters.

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    ^ what are you on about?

    Plenty of "great rivals" are already gone. Would Kwan have been as great without Tara or Maria?

    Miki Ando? She was voted off long ago.

    Let's stick to who's still on the poll, shall we.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post
    ^ what are you on about?

    Plenty of "great rivals" are already gone. Would Kwan have been as great without Tara or Maria?

    Miki Ando? She was voted off long ago.

    Let's stick to who's still on the poll, shall we.
    My main subject was Mao, who is still on the poll if you care to actually look at the choices. Miki Ando was only mentioned as a comparison Mao.

    Tara and Maria were not Kwan's main rival. It was Irina. Since you just mentioned Tara and Maria, now who's not sticking to what's still on the poll?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleWallie View Post
    Come on guys, be a bit more fair to Mao.
    As if remaining up to this round doesn't mean anything.
    In my opinion, she has been treated overly generous.

    Mao is a great skater and one of the best in the last two decades. She has beautiful lines, great edges, soft knees and a sense of musicality few skaters can match. At her best she is utterly engrossing and captivating to watch, unlike, say, Miki Ando.
    Miss Ando has been eliminated a while ago. I give Miss Asada credit for being a little better than her compatriot. Satisfied?

    She just doesn't belong in the same league with wonderful skaters who are remaining on the list. It is simple as that.

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    From this point on, it's going to be tough to vote for anyone.I had to go with Chen Lu. Just one world title (although she was good enough to win two), never better than bronze at the Olympics, but lovely artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnie View Post
    All the Maobots are coming out in droves
    I'm not a Maobot...

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    So far, it's so close between Mao and Lulu and I can't decide who to vote off. Both deserve to stay for different reasons. Right now, I'm leaning towards Lu Chen though Mao's inconsistencies don't help her case much. I also greatly prefer them to Slutskaya but even I think it's too soon for Slutskaya to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy03 View Post
    and the one you call has terrible tech is the same one who has performed a dosin beautiful of 3A and several different 3-3 and had included all the kinds of jumps in the same program... it's the same Mao who has done 3A and several 3-3 in the same program... my god if she is a terrible tech who is a great tech lol
    Rotating the jumps is totally different to having a good technique.
    Younger, it was really easy for her to rotate those jumps even with her not so good technique, because she has a good air position and rotates fastly, that's why she was phenomenal.
    But now she is older, she doesn't rotate as quickly as before.
    And if you want to know someone with better jumping technique, then watch the other names on the list.

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    Chen LU is clearly not in the same league as the rest... My vote goes to Chen.

    Next is going to be kwan for me, then Asada

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