Have you ever watched a skating event and were just bowled over by a skater (and in a good way! )? Maybe you've always liked that particular skater, but you also saw a definite improvement in their skating from past performances? I realize this thread sounds like it belongs in the front section of the high school yearbook, but what skaters, in your opinion, have improved the most over their careers?
Chait & Sakhnovski: Truth be told, I love their programs regardless, but while he always had excellent basic skating skills, I felt Galit really improved in this area, especially after moving to Platov.
Elena Bechke: B&P's gorgeous Nutcracker LP at the 1992 Olympics showed they were certainly capable of beautiful performances, but as professionals they really shined. Elena, known for battling nerves as an eligible skater, came into her own as a professional skater. B&P had one of the most consistant and high quality professional careers of the 1990s.
http://youtu.be/fYJviebbVY0 - one of my favorite B&P programs
Oksana Kazakova: The quintessential example, IMO, of the improved skater. I think winning that OGM did wonders for her confidence and she became so much more expressive and her skating improved so much just between 1997 and 1999-when K&D turned professional.