View Poll Results: Who is your favorite junior ladies world champion who had less senior success?

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  • Elena Ivanova

    2 1.98%
  • Sydne Vogel

    2 1.98%
  • Daria Timoshenko

    1 0.99%
  • Jennifer Kirk

    24 23.76%
  • Kristina Oblasova

    1 0.99%
  • Ann Patrice McDonough

    7 6.93%
  • Yukina Ota

    38 37.62%
  • Caroline Zhang

    17 16.83%
  • Rachael Flatt

    9 8.91%
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    Favorite Junior Ladies World Champ with Less Senior Success

    Several junior ladies world champions have failed to make similar impact in seniors. Puberty and other physical and psychological factors, including injuries and conflicting life obligations, can make seniors a different game. In some cases winning junior worlds is not an indicator of future competitive potential for other reasons, such as if rivals in the junior field have not made breakthroughs in consistency or style to the degree they soon will. Which of these champions is your favorite?

    I left off 1993 champ Kumiko Koiwai of Japan because nobody has heard of her. She qualifies based on her senior record, but no one voting will know her unless they go to YouTube.


    1996 Elena Ivanova
    Never went to senior worlds or Euros

    1997 Sydne Vogel
    Never went to senior worlds

    1999 Daria Timoshenko
    Best senior worlds: 29th (2004)
    Best Euros: 8th (2005)

    2000 Jennifer Kirk
    Best senior worlds: 17th (2005)
    Best 4CC: Gold (2002)

    2001 Kristina Oblasova
    Never went to senior worlds
    Best Euros: 16th (2004)

    2002 Ann Patrice McDonough
    Never went to senior worlds
    Best 4CC: 4th (2003)

    2003 Yukina Ota
    Never went to senior worlds
    Best 4CC: Gold (2004)

    2007 Caroline Zhang
    Never went to senior worlds
    Best 4CC: Bronze (2010 & 2012)

    2008 Rachael Flat
    Best senior worlds: 5th (2009)
    Olympics 7th (2010)
    Best 4CC: 4th (2011)
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    Daria Timoshenko did compete at Senior Euors and Worlds for Azerbaijan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daria_Timoshenko

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFOS View Post
    Daria Timoshenko did compete at Senior Euors and Worlds for Azerbaijan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daria_Timoshenko
    Thanks for the correction.
    Last edited by TheIronLady; 06-08-2013 at 07:05 AM.

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    Donno about them! Why not link them to their you-tube JWC skates (if any).
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    Does anyone have videos from 2008 Junior Worlds?????
    Last edited by TheIronLady; 06-08-2013 at 07:13 AM.

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    It's strange that the most successful juniors often aren't the most successful seniors. You'd think more junior world champions would actually be able to ATTEND senior worlds. I guess they peak too early? Anyway, voted for Jennifer Kirk. I miss her.

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    I luuuuuv Yukina Ota. So sorry for her injury. Her performance at Kings on Ice is really beautiful and elegant.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0xzyybMDFw

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    I luuuuuv Yukina Ota. So sorry for her injury. Her performance at Kings on Ice is really beautiful and elegant.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0xzyybMDFw
    I agree about Ota, but her jumps were impossible obstacles in the current era. She needed some muscle, and she had none. She was not blessed with that gift, but the art of her actual skating was wonderful.

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    I've always been a huge fan of Caroline Zhang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    You'd think more junior world champions would actually be able to ATTEND senior worlds. I guess they peak too early?
    Caroline Zhang might have had more opportunities (perhaps in 2009 or 2012?) if other USA ladies hadn't thrown away the federation's potential spots at worlds.
    Last edited by TheIronLady; 06-08-2013 at 08:40 AM.

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    Last edited by TheIronLady; 06-08-2013 at 08:38 AM.

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    Yukina Ota ((((

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    Yukina Ota was a gem. The crossovers, the ss, the fluidity of all her moooves, the musicality.. who cares about her underrotated jumps? Her layback was amazing as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinhood View Post
    Yukina Ota was a gem. The crossovers, the ss, the fluidity of all her moooves, the musicality.. who cares about her underrotated jumps? Her layback was amazing as well
    I loved her skating! Her Daphis et Chloe is one of my favorite long programs of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIronLady View Post
    I left off 1993 champ Kumiko Koiwai of Japan because nobody has heard of her. She qualifies based on her senior record, but no one voting will know her unless they go to YouTube.
    A lot of people have heard of her. She competed at Senior Worlds in 1995, finishing 16th. Her FS was especially memorable because she had a bad fall when attempting a double axel, and one of her blades cut her other leg quite deeply. She remained on the ice for a few seconds, then got up and completed her programme, by which time she was bleeding quite badly. She got a huge round of applause from the audience, and was then taken to hospital and had her wound stitched up.
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    Lol flatt doesn't belong here

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    McDonough.

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    McDonough.

    But Oblasova, by far, had the best off-ice antics and boy-crazy interviews

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    I loved Cindy Bortz. What a firecracker.

    Apart from Ito, her 1987 winning free skate had better jump content than the top thee in the senior worlds division that year.

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    From the list : Rachael Flatt. I don't know why, because I'm not particularly fond of her skating. But I was always touched by her dedication, positive energy...

    Laetitia Hubert was probably my favorite Junior World Champion to enver win a World medal.

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