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

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  • Michelle Kwan

    63 15.67%
  • Irina Slutskaya

    205 51.00%
  • Yuna Kim

    134 33.33%
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    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post
    I figured there would be a bunch of excuses made.

    Kim skated in an easier time when all she merely had to do was beat a woman throwing down record breaking 3axels! It wasn't hard for her to compete against losers like two time WC Ando, or current WC Kostner. No, poor poor Irina had to skate against super heros like Surya Bonaly who had 0 basic skating skills and tons of URed triples, or Chen Lu and her completely powerless politically impotent federation.
    Surya Bonaly the multiple world medalist and technically strong skater and Chen the world champion and twice Olympic medalist. Whether her basics sucked or Chinese federation lacked influence doesn't deter from the fact that both ladies were world gold contenders during their days.

    And as fars as Ando and Kostner go, yes they are wc, but they were never a competition for Yuna when all skater clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excidra View Post
    Surya Bonaly the multiple world medalist and technically strong skater and Chen the world champion and twice Olympic medalist. Whether her basics sucked or Chinese federation lacked influence doesn't deter from the fact that both ladies were world gold contenders during their days.

    And as fars as Ando and Kostner go, yes they are wc, but they were never a competition for Yuna when all skater clean.
    I don't think we should be comparing Slutskaya to Bonaly and Chen. During the period these three were competing together, Slutskaya wasn't competing for gold because she wasn't a top-level skater yet. Only from 99-00 on was Slutskaya in top shape and could contend for gold.

    Irina really only had to compete against one skater at a time when she was contending at the top. From 2000-2002, Kwan was the only major skater she had to worry about. Butyrskaya, a bit, but she was like an Ando or Kostner for Kim. Then for two seasons Irina had various hardships, and came back in top shape for 04-05 and 05-06. During this period, Irina's only main rival was Sasha, if even. Shizuka was a factor one time only because Irina skated unusually poorly in Torino.

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    Voted for Slutskaya but I was tempted to vote for Kim. I'm swayed in large part by the fact that Kim got OGM on her first try, and under crushing pressure from the entire South Korean population at that, whereas Irina underperformed and came up short in three tries. Irina's extra World gold doesn't make up for that.

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    This is stupid..... Yuna should win this easy, but there are too many kwan fans even though her technical ability is crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8ingcoach View Post
    This is stupid..... Yuna should win this easy, but there are too many kwan fans even though her technical ability is crap
    You should totally BOYCOTT!!!
    Team Peeps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badams View Post
    You should totally BOYCOTT!!!

    Nah, I suggest a jump-off between the 2 Ks. Whoever landed the most 3Rs in competition wins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post

    Nah, I suggest a jump-off between the 2 Ks. Whoever landed the most 3Rs in competition wins!
    Whoever landed the most triple-triples in competition wins! And we don't even have to consider their difficulty! And the fact that one of them landed one 3T-3T per year and the other one 6 3F-3T or 3Lz+3T per year with superior height and flow

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartek View Post
    Whoever landed the most triple-triples in competition wins! And we don't even have to consider their difficulty! And the fact that one of them landed one 3T-3T per year and the other one 6 3F-3T or 3Lz+3T per year with superior height and flow
    so true

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    This is a popularity contest, not a jumping contest!

    If it were the former, then Midori would win no question about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnolia View Post
    This is a popularity contest, not a jumping contest!

    If it were the former, then Midori would win no question about it
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    Dont be too sure, on FSU I wouldnt be surprised if Kwan even won that.

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    I think Kim is the best overall technical skater ever in female skating history so far, and also very high on the artistic content side. I certainly don't buy the argument that she has competed against a weaker field that the skaters before her. (Mao is an incredible talent, certainly among the best female skaters ever, and as top-notch a champion and rival as ever existed in female figure skating.) As with every sport, in figure skating the skill levels and competitive depth gets better overall with each passing year. That is the way of things and records will continue to fall. Within ten years the women might be doing quads....
    Last edited by jatale; 07-14-2012 at 04:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady82 View Post
    I don't think we should be comparing Slutskaya to Bonaly and Chen. During the period these three were competing together, Slutskaya wasn't competing for gold because she wasn't a top-level skater yet. Only from 99-00 on was Slutskaya in top shape and could contend for gold.

    Irina really only had to compete against one skater at a time when she was contending at the top. From 2000-2002, Kwan was the only major skater she had to worry about. Butyrskaya, a bit, but she was like an Ando or Kostner for Kim. Then for two seasons Irina had various hardships, and came back in top shape for 04-05 and 05-06. During this period, Irina's only main rival was Sasha, if even. Shizuka was a factor one time only because Irina skated unusually poorly in Torino.
    True, outta reps for U.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartek View Post
    Whoever landed the most triple-triples in competition wins! And we don't even have to consider their difficulty! And the fact that one of them landed one 3T-3T per year and the other one 6 3F-3T or 3Lz+3T per year with superior height and flow
    And when having actual transitions in her program, doing more difficult footwork and spins, skating faster, and having at least equally good skating skills. The only thing Kwan has skating-wise over Kim is the spiral sequence, IMO.

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    If Kim was so good, she should've been freakin able to be more than 1 time WC. everyone knows Kim has harder, better jumps, but Kwan was able take what she had and become 5 time WC and two time OM.

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    Kim hasn't even been old enough to go to two Olympics yet, you know. Kwan won 5 times out of 12 at the WCs. Kim has won, yes, only once, at 5 WCs, and I doubt she'll do another seven, but she's only 21 still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    Kim hasn't even been old enough to go to two Olympics yet, you know. Kwan won 5 times out of 12 at the WCs. Kim has won, yes, only once, at 5 WCs, and I doubt she'll do another seven, but she's only 21 still.
    yes, but we went over this.

    in 5 years:
    Kim: OGM, 1WC, 2 silver, 2 bronze
    Kwan: Oly Silver, 2 WC, 2 silver
    Irina: No Oly medal, no WC, 1 silver, 1 bronze

    Irina's clearly the weakest by far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipforsynchro View Post
    If Kim was so good, she should've been freakin able to be more than 1 time WC. everyone knows Kim has harder, better jumps, but Kwan was able take what she had and become 5 time WC and two time OM.
    Kim has more medals at this stage of her career than Kwan did. Contrary to what was posted above, Kwan did not medal in first two appearances at Worlds. In 5 years, she achieved one gold and two silvers at Worlds, and one silver at the Olympics. Kim won bronze her first two Worlds (better than Kwan's non-podium finishes), then a gold and two silvers, but she also won the OGM. So they both had two major titles by this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    Kim has more medals at this stage of her career than Kwan did. Contrary to what was posted above, Kwan did not medal in first two appearances at Worlds. In 5 years, she achieved one gold and two silvers at Worlds, and one silver at the Olympics. Kim won bronze her first two Worlds (better than Kwan's non-podium finishes), then a gold and two silvers, but she also won the OGM. So they both had two major titles by this point.
    Seriously, do we need to agree on parameters before making simple comparisons? Kwan's first two worlds were at 13 and 14, an age that Kim surely would have competed at had she been allowed to had the rules not changed. Would it make you feel better to make up finishes Kim would have probably made had she been allowed at 05 and 06 worlds? Or shoudl we just bring Mao back as the probably 06 OGM? Or, I know, let's pretend that Kwan was allowed to skate in Lillehammer and just say she came in 13th at her first Oly's while vastly more talented Kim won gold on her first.
    I also tried to even it out for fairness by starting the comparisons at the beginning of a Oly cycle. Or do you have some complicated formula for figuring out bonus points for finishing behind medalists about to retire, etc..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post
    yes, but we went over this.

    in 5 years:
    Kim: OGM, 1WC, 2 silver, 2 bronze
    Kwan: Oly Silver, 2 WC, 2 silver
    Irina: No Oly medal, no WC, 1 silver, 1 bronze

    Irina's clearly the weakest by far.
    Irina got her medals later in her career and it's actually very admirable that she won her second world title at the age of 26. She was dominating ladies figure skating while being 25, 26 and 27. This is much harder to do when you're that old than when you're still in your teens like Kim did. We will see the level of Yu-Na's skating now when she's older. It's not so sure she'll be as good as she was in the past when she won her titles.

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