Along the same lines, I wonder how Elena Valova would have fared as a singles skater? Unlike Katia, who began skating with Sergei at a young age (10-I believe), Elena was originally trained by Mishin, before eventually becoming a pairs skater. As a pair team, V&V, unique for the time, performed side-by-side triple jumps.
Originally Posted by zilam98
Originally Posted by antmanb
For skaters in the 1980s and before, they might have chosen (or been chosen for) pairs over singles because they were better at freestyle (including but not limited to jumps) than at school figures.
Also, as has already been pointed out, if pair skating was considered more glamourous or prestigous than singles, as seems to have been the case in the Soviet Union, then it wouldn't likely be a second choice.
Mark Mitchell's '93 US Nats LP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsbN2_RNNzg This is the first time I've heard of him, and I see why you picked him. He is sublime And it's the same music that John Curry skated to his OGM in Innsbruck. What an amazing coincidence!
Originally Posted by gkelly
Paul Wylie's '92 Olympics LP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nLhA7CVIok It was an extraordinary performance from him!I think Paul fits the most to the description of excellent skating skills but with technical problems.
John Curry's '76 Olympics LP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djadlQLK_ow He's really got a superb line and skating skills with such great control and command of jumps and edges.
Beautiful performances. Sometimes watching performances like these, especially that SP, I think figure skating doesn't always have to be evolving around jumps. There are so much more that skaters bring onto the ice than rotating the jumps and landing them.
Originally Posted by aftershocks
Is this him? It is from Albertville Olympics.
Originally Posted by SmallFairy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZUXUv7nV-g His artistic skating just shone through this performance. Also, Scott mentions that he had problems landing the jumps but other than that he was very artistic.
Of course that isnt the case, but only a pairs skater who can easily do triple toes, triple salchows, and double axels without missing them hardly ever has a hope to acquire the technical repertoire needed to be competitive in singles today.
Originally Posted by antmanb
Someone like David Pelletier was an extremely consistent jumper for a pairs skater and even he was a mediocre singles skater.
Mark had such great posture, line and musical interpretation! He definitely was unlucky in not making the Worlds team in favor of medical byes for Christopher Bowman and Todd Eldredge. I'm sure those experiences informed Mark's views about medical byes re 2006 Olympics. It's great seeing Mark and Peter J in the kiss 'n cry these days with their skaters.
Originally Posted by l'etoile
But if they weren't busy working on pairs skills (lifts, twists, throws) when they were young teens they would have had time to build a better arsenal.
Originally Posted by judgejudy27
I think the original poster meant if they weren't pairs skaters to begin with-not if they quit and started skating skingles now. If not, I mis-understood the question.