View Poll Results: Your 3 most favorite US pairs from the past?

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  • Starbuck & Shelly (world bronze)

    18 12.86%
  • Babilonia- Gardner (world champs)

    86 61.43%
  • Watson-Oppegard (Olympic bronze)

    16 11.43%
  • Meno & Sand (world silver)

    55 39.29%
  • Kitty & Peter Carruther (Olympic silver)

    30 21.43%
  • Kuchiki & Sand (world bronze)

    4 2.86%
  • Ina-Zimmerman (world bronze)

    81 57.86%
  • Yamaguchi-Galindo (5th at worlds)

    30 21.43%
  • Inoue-Baldwin (top 10 at worlds)

    23 16.43%
  • Ina-Dungjen (4th at Olympics)

    21 15.00%
  • Urbanski-Marvel (top 10 at worlds)

    4 2.86%
  • Other

    12 8.57%
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    Corrected poll: Your 3 favorite PAST pairs from USA

    I did not list pairs before 1970 (Kennedys with world silver or Ludingtons with world bronze because I never even watched their tapes).

    So this poll begins at 1971 and does not include current pairs (or those who split and are skating with other partners).

    Who are your 3 most favorite US pairs from the past? I have tried to limit it to those with at least a top 10 finish, but you can pick any pair that you like, regardless of world/Olympic placement.

    I will remember to make it multiple choice this time.
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    My all time favorites = Tai and Randy

    My "other" vote is for Mark and Melissa Militano. They performed their 1972 short program to music from Psycho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    My all time favorites = Tai and Randy

    My "other" vote is for Mark and Melissa Militano. They performed their 1972 short program to music from Psycho.
    I agree with these 2.

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    I went with Starbuck & Shelley, Tai and Randy and the Carruthers. The first two were just gorgeous and while the Carruthers skating style isn't necessarily my cup of tea they were pretty consistent with the big tricks at Worlds and Olympics between 1980 and 84. My other would also be the Militano's. They were so ahead of their time artistically and technically - the first pair to do sbs 2x and throw 2x in the same program internationally (1972 Olympics) - yet they never got the recognition they deserved.

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    I went for I/Z for their fantastic choreography and lifts, and John being in general, Yamaguchi & Galindo as I just love them, such a sweet pair and I am still sad they split. Nearly went for B/G but decided on Inoue/Baldwin at the last minute - they acheived a lot and had some very exciting moments.
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    None. US pairs never were interesting to watch as the Europeans or Chinese.

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    Orscher & Lucash
    Kalesavich & Parchem
    Ina & Zimmerman

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    I always liked Meno and Sand

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    I went with Tai and Randy, the Carruthers (my all time fav prs team) and Kristi and Rudy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    I went with Tai and Randy, the Carruthers (my all time fav prs team) and Kristi and Rudy.
    That's exactly who I picked.

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    Love Tai and Randy. Also went with the Carruthers and Meno and Sand.
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    NNN & Themis had great potentials. They certainly had the best side-by-side 3toes of any U.S. pairs, and NNN was the only girl anywhere that did an actual split in the split-twist. Too bad about NNN's injuries and inconsistency in their throw jumps.

    I thought Jill Watson & Burt Lancon could've been something great if they had stuck together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudy_Gumdrops View Post
    Orscher & Lucash
    Kalesavich & Parchem
    Ina & Zimmerman
    My thoughts exactly

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    Inoue-Baldwin. For real.
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    Meno/Sand, Inoue/Baldwin, and Ina/Zimmerman. I didn't notice that you could have picked other until after lol - if so, I might have picked Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett as one of my three choices. I guess they're not really past though because Caydee is still competing.

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    Watson/Oppegard and Ina/Zimmerman for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    My "other" vote is for Mark and Melissa Militano. They performed their 1972 short program to music from Psycho.
    Hey, thanks for linking that - what a delight they are!
    (The music is mostly from "North by Northwest" though, with a sampling from "The Trouble with Harry" and a smidge of "Psycho" )
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    I wish Yamaguchi and Galindo had more time to develop.

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    Ina & Dungjen , I especially loved their throw 3 sal into sbs 3 toes and triple twist into a throw 3 loop.

    Ina & Zimmermann. Kyoko surely knew how to pick her partners and she was quite an athlete too. Again, I'm a big fan of transitions into throws, so how could I not like this?

    Other => Castile & Okolski, mainly for their big throws. And there's somehow a nice 6.0 flair in their programs that I like. They also looked hot, which never hurts
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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    I went with Starbuck & Shelley, Tai and Randy and the Carruthers. The first two were just gorgeous and while the Carruthers skating style isn't necessarily my cup of tea they were pretty consistent with the big tricks at Worlds and Olympics between 1980 and 84. My other would also be the Militano's. They were so ahead of their time artistically and technically - the first pair to do sbs 2x and throw 2x in the same program internationally (1972 Olympics) - yet they never got the recognition they deserved.
    I went with the same 3. We must be 'old school' Personally I loved the Lyon Free Skate for Starbuck and Shelley, 1979 Worlds for Tai and Randy, and actually one of my favorite exhibition programs was the "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" program that the Carruthers used when they first burst onto the (now) Grand Prix scene (Norton Skate) and with which they reprised if I recall correctly, during their final year performing as pros.

    I also loved when the John Nicks teams would do "Fours" Watching Tai/Randy/JoJo/Ken do a "four" Ina Bauer was a delight.

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