View Poll Results: Best ice dance team ever

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  • Torvill & Dean

    115 28.26%
  • Klimova & Ponomarenko

    74 18.18%
  • Gritschuk & Platov

    28 6.88%
  • Usova & Zhulin

    4 0.98%
  • Krylova & Ovsiannikov

    5 1.23%
  • Bestiamanova & Bukin

    4 0.98%
  • Pahkomova & Gorshkov

    3 0.74%
  • Bourne & Kraatz

    2 0.49%
  • Anissina & Peizerat

    9 2.21%
  • Virtue & Moir

    109 26.78%
  • Davis & White

    53 13.02%
  • other

    1 0.25%
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    I always find these polls informative, somewhat entertaining and a bit ridiculous the way people are so adamant that their choice is right and that anyone who says otherwise is uneducated, biased, or they haven't seen the skaters THEY are sure Re the only answer.

    The issue for me is that on top of being a great deal about taste and preference, the word best is too vague. When there is no criteria different posters will use their own based on their own ideas and, therefore come up with very different answers.

    Still - it is interesting.

    What I most love about it though is being reminded of all these unbelievable skaters and going back and watching their programs.

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    Wow I had no idea Grischuk & Platov were so little valued in skating history despite their achievements. Can anyone shed some light on why this is. Is it:

    1. their wins are considered controversial or not all deserved.
    2. people believe they dominated a weak era apart from the 94 Olympics where they won over tough competition.
    3. their wins were deserved but they just didnt bring anything revolutionary enough to the sport, make enough of a difference, or they just werent as enjoyable.

    I didnt think they would win a poll like this but they even have less votes than Davis & White and about 20% the votes of the top 3 dance teams in history. I wouldnt have even thought Virtue & Moir and Klimova & Ponomarenko would be considered over them in history neccessarily even, let alone way ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuzytalent View Post
    Wow I had no idea Grischuk & Platov were so little valued in skating history despite their achievements. Can anyone shed some light on why this is. Is it:

    1. their wins are considered controversial or not all deserved.
    2. people believe they dominated a weak era apart from the 94 Olympics where they won over tough competition.
    3. their wins were deserved but they just didnt bring anything revolutionary enough to the sport, make enough of a difference, or they just werent as enjoyable.

    I didn't think they would win a poll like this but they even have less votes than Davis & White and about 20% the votes of the top 3 dance teams in history. I wouldnt have even thought Virtue & Moir and Klimova & Ponomarenko would be considered over them in history neccessarily even, let alone way ahead.
    If I may I will give it a go. From my perspective, and first off I will say I despised them when they competed but time has made me appreciate them. I would go with a little bit of #1 and the fact that at the time they competed there was a lot of scandal and judging controversy. It was the beginning of the end of the 6.0 system. Grischuk was just not a likable person and the stunts they pulled, the nasty comments about ohter teams etc. etc. were all a turn off. While I've some what gotten past it I can see how others can not, but to be behind D/W in voting is a bit , but then again maybe not

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    I think it's Grishuk's personality that turns a lot of people off. Now I kind of wish I had voted for G&P (my all time favorite dance team). To have less votes than D&W is really ridiculous. P&G (6 time world champions!) are rated too low as well, with only 3 votes, but that's more understandable since their body of work is hardly on youtube.

    Even if V&M were to win next year, G&P would still have more world titles and IMO would still be the most decorated.

    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Anyone who thinks that T&D should not be the automatic winners of this poll needs to go over to YouTube and watch T&D's compulsory dances in competition. Free dances, short dances, and OPs are not the only determinant of "best".
    Except the ones from 1994, I guess. That might lead people to believe U&Z or G&P were better.

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    T&D's Starlight Waltz in Lillehammer was quite ordinary and should have placed 4th or 5th but since they were T&D were placed 3rd. Their Blues was quite good and a bit undermarked IMO. Still I dont think you can judge a team who has been out of amateur competition for 10 years and only practiced compulsories again for like 3 months doing compulsories. Compulsories take tons of practice and repetition. It would have been embarassing for World class Champions like U&Z and G&P to not be better at compulsories at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequins View Post
    If I may I will give it a go. From my perspective, and first off I will say I despised them when they competed but time has made me appreciate them. I would go with a little bit of #1 and the fact that at the time they competed there was a lot of scandal and judging controversy. It was the beginning of the end of the 6.0 system. Grischuk was just not a likable person and the stunts they pulled, the nasty comments about ohter teams etc. etc. were all a turn off. While I've some what gotten past it I can see how others can not, but to be behind D/W in voting is a bit , but then again maybe not
    There's just something about them that prevents me from loving them. I don't know what it is. I wanted to say that their programs weren't that good, but I look back and I actually liked their 1994-1995 OD and FD. I thought their Paso Doble was good, their Libertango was a masterpiece and their Peter Gabriel was probably their best FD ever. I even thought they should have won the bronze above the Duschenays in 1992. However, their 1998 routines were underwhelming. I know Memorial is considered to be classic in many circles but I thought it was sort of reductive and was like a stereotypical Tarasova DRAMATIKKK routine even if overall I did enjoy that routine. I thought their OD was god-awful that year though.

    Maybe I just think their routines were good enough to win gold, but for the most part, they just weren't memorable outside a few exceptions.

    I also think their look just didn't appeal to me. I know it's petty, but they seemed mismatched and didn't have the most appealing line. I also thought her skinny legs were distracting. However, when I saw her pro routine with Zhulin, I just thought they were perfect together. I know she and Platov had incredible success together and brought in a new era of speed and athleticism to Ice Dance, but watching her and Zhulin made me wish they would have gotten together in amateur skating and see what sort of steamy/hot routines they would have came up with. They seemed much more complimentary to me, and both were capable of more difficulty than what their partners provided.

    Oh well, we have Anissina/Peizerat for the steamy stuff and Klimova/Ponomarenko for the perfect unison and connection, and Torvil/Dean (and Duschenays) for the creativity. Maybe Grishuk/Platov suffered a bit from coming in dominance at a time where the rules were much more restrictive and traditional compared to the two quads before them. However, I also think they came into prominence during the best time period for Original Dances. I still prefer the Original Step Pattern, but I do think the SD/OD should just have one rhythm throughout. 2:40+/- just isn't enough time to have two rhythms with a drastic change of tempo to have a great impact for me, other than say Anissina/Peizerat's 2002 OD among other examples.
    Last edited by VIETgrlTerifa; 07-19-2013 at 06:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Still I dont think you can judge a team who has been out of amateur competition for 10 years and only practiced compulsories again for like 3 months doing compulsories. Compulsories take tons of practice and repetition.
    Um, they were practicing compulsories for that competition for quite a bit longer than that. And during their retirement prior to reinstatement, they were giving seminars to other skaters on how to do compulsory dances.
    We live in an ageist society where everything is based on youth, but I hated being 18. I don't like teenagers any more now than I did then. I'm 49 now and there is no way that I'd go back to my teens and 20s - even if I knew what I know now, I don't want to go through all that again. I found it a very difficult time. - Buzz Osborne of the Melvins

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    There's just something about them that prevents me from loving them. I don't know what it is. I wanted to say that their programs weren't that good, but I look back and I actually liked their 1994-1995 OD and FD. I thought their Paso Doble was good, their Libertango was a masterpiece and their Peter Gabriel was probably their best FD ever. I even thought they should have won the bronze above the Duschenays in 1992. However, their 1998 routines were underwhelming. I know Memorial is considered to be classic in many circles but I thought it was sort of reductive and was like a stereotypical Tarasova DRAMATIKKK routine even if overall I did enjoy that routine. I thought their OD was god-awful that year though.
    Thanks for sharing your perspective. As a huge G&P fan, it is nice to talk to somebody who does not necessarily consider them a favorite but at least the reasons have nothing to do with personal or politikal issues.

    It's such a YMMV situation because 1998 is one of my favorite G&P seasons, along with 1992, 1993, and 1997. TFB used to be my favorite, but now I think it's awfully empty, and Memorial is a good mix of that newfound drama, the complex transitions and use of levels in their 92 FD, and their increased speed and power after 94.

    Maybe I just think their routines were good enough to win gold, but for the most part, they just weren't memorable outside a few exceptions.
    But how many truly memorable programs does any great team really have? To be honest, I only like a very small handful of T&D and K&P's competitive programs (T&D's paso and Bolero, and K&P's Air plus their waltz, charleston, and blues OSP/ODs). This says nothing about their quality of skating and everything about my subjective taste. I am not taking away from their technical skills or innovation while competing, and I love the pro work of both teams. IMO, a team like the Duschenays, while less skilled, had many more memorable programs.

    I promise, I am not trying to convince anyone to vote for G&P, just offering my thoughts. I think G&P's versatility is underrated. They definitely performed a variety of different dances in their FDs, and IMO, they were all done well (though YMMV). Other teams tended to have a distinctive style, usually something dramatic or romantic, or in T&D's case more Broadway/Fred & Ginger stuff (except for Bolero). For example, I love A&P's 98-02 FDs, I would call most of them masterpieces, but they were definitely drawing on a certain aesthetic that worked for them: dramatic music, voidy themes, bold colors, use of the reverse lift. They found that formula and they stuck to it, so of course they made some really great programs in that style. I consider them innovative within their style, but all of their successful programs were within that genre. K&P had their traditional dances until 1991, V&M had their first love FDs before they started experimenting, etc.

    In G&P's case, they never stuck to one thing for long. The G&P of 1994 and 1998 really are like two completely different teams, and that's rare in ice dance, IMO. I find that fascinating. They did have what is considered a lull from 94-96 but they had really interesting stuff before and after. I think the argument for them cuts both ways: by varying their style every other year or so, they never really developed an identifiable signature style where they're undeniably the best; but they also deserve some credit for changing it up yet still having the skating skills to maintain wins even when their programs were not considered classic and for being creative enough to pull off all those styles. When I watch them I see a little T&D, a little B&B, a little A&P, etc.

    I also think their look just didn't appeal to me. I know it's petty, but they seemed mismatched and didn't have the most appealing line. I also thought her skinny legs were distracting.
    I don't think that's petty; line is important. I agree her thinness is 94-96 was distracting, fair or not. Their lines are probably the one thing which makes it hard for me to call them the best team of all time technically. Don't get me wrong, their lines were very good, but not when compared to other all time greats. I just prefer watching a team like K&P or V&M who execute everything so beautifully (and who share the stable edging of G&P).

    However, when I saw her pro routine with Zhulin, I just thought they were perfect together. I know she and Platov had incredible success together and brought in a new era of speed and athleticism to Ice Dance, but watching her and Zhulin made me wish they would have gotten together in amateur skating and see what sort of steamy/hot routines they would have came up with. They seemed much more complimentary to me, and both were capable of more difficulty than what their partners provided.
    Yes! I don't know what she could've done technically with an aging Zhulin, but she really matured after 1998. On a purely aesthetic level she looked great... she had softened up a lot, she had a more womanly figure, her hairstyle was not as severe. Her skating also seemed a lot more elegant, the movements and lifts flowed into each other better, and yes the chemistry was there. This is impressive because he was already coaching IIRC and she was apparently living in Hollywood. I know he complained that she wasn't that committed to training and was flying back and forth... so wow. That was them phoning it in. Imagine what they could've done with more time and with medals on the line.

    However, I also think they came into prominence during the best time period for Original Dances.
    Agreed. Unlike you, I didn't care much for the OSP, and I really don't care for straightline step sequences (wtf does it have to do with dancing?), so that era was just great for ODs. One rhythm with time and freedom to really express it, and G&P did that very well. Also keep in mind that back then, it was more or less expected you skated to something like Espani Cani. It was really rare to experiment in the OD. You couldn't even use vocals. It's not like today where the dancers can use cirque du soleil for a waltz and stuff, and some degree of voidiness and boundary-pushing is accepted.

    I still prefer the Original Step Pattern, but I do think the SD/OD should just have one rhythm throughout. 2:40+/- just isn't enough time to have two rhythms with a drastic change of tempo to have a great impact for me, other than say Anissina/Peizerat's 2002 OD among other examples.
    This is FSU blasphemy but I've come to realize I don't always hate multi-rhythm ODs. I think it works for Latin, because watching 20 rhumbas on ice in a row is just torturous; most ice dancers can't do Latin anyway, so the fast/slow/fast method most teams use keeps it fresh. Foxtrot and quickstep go together pretty well too (with a few opting for Charleston), and the mix is better than hearing Sing Sing Sing for every routine. Tango works really well either as part of the Spanish lineup in 2002 or on its own in 2007. So I favor mixing it up with some years being combinations and some years being all one dance.

    The 2011 SD was a total WTF though. Waltz plus waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, or tango? Erm... no. There needs to be some rhythmic or thematic reason for putting them together. I hated those SDs that were like "here's our compulsory pattern, waltz la la la, big pause, AND NOW WE TANGO!" Like I&K's SD. Even on the rare occasion it was actually a good waltz plus a good tango, the combination was jarring. I thought V&M were the only ones to make those two dances flow seamlessly, and Paul & Islam had a very interesting concept but not enough experience to pull it off. Otherwise, I liked the waltz-only dances, and I like that the ISU let them choose that option.

    I came to accept the multi-rhythm ODs because routines on DWTS and SYTYCD are shorter than ODs and the good ones to manage to capture the feeling of a dance in 90 seconds just fine. Plus in a ballroom competition they generally just do all 5 standard or Latin dances in a row with all couples on the floor. It also harkens back to the old days of ice dance when teams were actually supposed to show mastery of several different rhythms in one FD. I think the reason that the ice dancers struggle sometimes has more do with some dances being difficult to translate on ice and mainly the inclusion of the technical elements. And these days, the judges are not really comparing how well they dance each dance, but how well they perform elements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Still I dont think you can judge a team who has been out of amateur competition for 10 years and only practiced compulsories again for like 3 months doing compulsories. Compulsories take tons of practice and repetition. .
    Can't wait to see A/P SD then after twelve years away Did they ever do the Finnstep ?

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    Two thoughts

    a) Now tends to out-perform then as a rule. That two of the top three dancers haven't compete in ~20 years actually speaks to their brilliance even more strongly. But you've got only two dancers from the last ten years on this poll (compare that to the previous ten, which have five representatives) as well. So those newer fans simply have fewer selections (of course, ideally, those newer fans went back and youtubed the hell out of the earlier dancers, but they still feel fonder of the dancers now - that's how I feel about V/M vs K/P, for example.)

    b) I think G/P were ill-served by English language commentators, based specifically on youtube clips anyway. Those that didn't really know ice dancing never conveyed just what made them amazing (Sandra Bezic actually managed to a couple times) - the difficulty of what they were doing. Those that did (coughTracyWilsoncough) undersold them for reasons unknown.

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    I can identify with these thoughts, Proustable, quite well and couldn't have put it better.
    The question of the poll is who is the best team in history, which should consider teams of all ears, but of course, the ones from years ago have (maybe) a long history of their own to look back on - in case they continued perfoming as pros like T/D, and people are free to include these appearances into their vote or just focus on the competitive carreer of the respactive teams.

    Everyone's views are biased, firsty as you say by the very likely preference for your contemporary teams, secondly by the impression you have of the personalities of the skaters, although they shouldn't influence how to judge the quality of their skating (but the longer a skater is in the eye of the public, the more people know about them and can appreciate what they come to know or not). What you say about the commentators on G/P is telling: the more extravert a person is (Grichuk in this case), the more they are subject to judgement that may influence everyone's view on them regardless of their skating. She wasn't by far the only one in skating to experience that.

    In the end, very few people are able to exclude their own likes and dislikes in favour of a very technical approach to the skating, as to evaluate the "best", in terms of skating, and skating alone. It takes also a great deal of knowledge of the technical side of skating and maybe even of the way a routine is created to judge this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Of course they will not. G&P won two Olympics, and they are not even in the top 3 in the above poll If V&M lose the Olympics to D&W, would you automatically think V&M and D&W would suddenly be tied in the above poll? Of course not.
    Well, we have to see how they skate.

    I do think V&M are one of greats, though voted for K&P. But I wonder if politicking will give the next Olympic title to D&W, just as it may have set V&M up for gold in 2010 (don't get me wrong, both teams are great). I was really confused when D&W lost to V&M in 2012 as I thought their LP was a masterpiece. Last season I thought the judges sent a clear message that D&W were on the rise. V&M didn't skate their best at Worlds and I fear her injury may still be an issue. But it wasn't clear to me that D&W had improved since 2012.

    I do hope V&M go back to classical, which they do best IMO. Although their performance of Carmen was memorable, there was just something about that program that didn't click. And Funny Face - I didn't get it.

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    I chose Klimova and Ponomarenko. I love Torvill & Dean's Bolero but for me K&P's Olympic FD as well as Usova & Zhulin's fpr that matter were on another level by 1992.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Well, we have to see how they skate.

    I do think V&M are one of greats, though voted for K&P. But I wonder if politicking will give the next Olympic title to D&W, just as it may have set V&M up for gold in 2010 (don't get me wrong, both teams are great). I was really confused when D&W lost to V&M in 2012 as I thought their LP was a masterpiece. Last season I thought the judges sent a clear message that D&W were on the rise. V&M didn't skate their best at Worlds and I fear her injury may still be an issue. But it wasn't clear to me that D&W had improved since 2012.

    I do hope V&M go back to classical, which they do best IMO. Although their performance of Carmen was memorable, there was just something about that program that didn't click. And Funny Face - I didn't get it.
    Yeah I doubt that happened. As evidenced by 2013 worlds, hometown advantage does not exist for V/M And V/M were absolutely perfect in Vancouver they earned their title 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapluies View Post
    Yeah I doubt that happened. As evidenced by 2013 worlds, hometown advantage does not exist for V/M And V/M were absolutely perfect in Vancouver they earned their title 100%
    While I agree with you and thought they were brilliant, I also think that politics does play a role. IMO political maneuvering often does support skaters who are the best, but there are too many questionable results (under the new system, as well as the old) to discount the factor of politics.

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    I find it way too hard and frankly unfair to rank teams before COP and post COP.

    They were not even remotely being demanded of in the same way.

    T and D were trendsetters.

    K and P were gorgeous to watch.

    IMO G and P were over-rated and A and P were good but I didn't like them as much as the Duschenays.

    In the modern era no one holds a candle to V and M. D and W come close. But not close enough. To me V and M have the best of the old style of dance; emotion, passion, line, extension and connection and the best of COP, edges, difficulty, fluidity and speed that is clean and not frantic.

    I would love a Christopher Dean choreographed piece for V and M. But it ain't going to happen.

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    Best ice dance team in history

    G&P!!

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    How can Anissina & Peizerat have less votes than Davis & White? Davis & White are so overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Why is this even a poll? Although there are some great teams on this list, Torvill and Dean set the standard for ice dance for many years, and got marks for their competitive programs that will probably never be equalled. A more accurate poll would be: who are the best ice dance team in history other than Torvill and Dean.
    My answer, as well.
    The accomplishments of the others would not have been possible without the skill and innovations of Torvill and Dean.

    I'd like to add that the creativity and continuing "pushing of the envelope" in their Professional programs allowed the skaters who followed them to do the same.
    Torvill and Dean's influence has continued up to the present.
    Few skaters have, or will, equal that in the years to come
    Last edited by skatesindreams; 07-25-2013 at 07:05 PM. Reason: to add comment

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