In honor of Rudi's induction into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, a thread about the two-time U.S. Pairs Champions, Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudi Galindo. One of the big "what-ifs" in U.S. figure skating, is what sort of success Kristi & Rudi would have had on the international stage had they focused exclusively on pairs skating.
Although both obviously achieved greater success and acclaim as single skaters, and are best known for their single skating, I really enjoy watching videos of this pair. They were unique in so many ways. For one, unlike many (if not most ?) of the top pairs at the time, there wasn't that much of a height gap between Kristi & Rudi. Yet, that didn't (from what I could see) negatively impact their ability to perform complex lifts-in fact their U.S. Nationals LP features a lift with 4 different changes of position. They spun & jumped in opposite directions, making them one of the few "mirror pairs" out there. Finally, they were both superb single skaters, which allowed them to perform not just sbs triple toe loops, but the even more difficult sbs triple flips, and even a 3-3 jumping sequence in their routines.
In addition to their unique qualities as a pair team, outstanding jumping ability, good lifts, they also had excellent death spirals, featuring unique entries-such as Rudi changing edges during the death spiral entrance.
Kristi & Rudi won two titles as U.S. National Pairs Champions and the 1988 World Junior Pairs Champions.
1990 U.S. Nationals LP
1989 U.S. Nationals LP
1988 World Jrs. LP
1987 World Jrs. LP
1986 Skate America LP