Torvill & Dean
Klimova & Ponomarenko
Gritschuk & Platov
Usova & Zhulin
Krylova & Ovsiannikov
Bestiamanova & Bukin
Pahkomova & Gorshkov
Bourne & Kraatz
Anissina & Peizerat
Virtue & Moir
Davis & White
Whilst '94 could have gone either way, I do not accept that G&P's Memorial free dance could have lost them the Gold in '98, even though their nerves showed in the compulsories.
Maybe the greatest shame in ice dance pairings is that Platov and Krylova were never partnered. I think they could have been absolutely magical together! <3
I didn't think G&P's win in 1998 was controversial. I could see them losing to K&O if Platov fell again, so I was holding my breath when they skated, but surprisingly he held it together. You could see the pressure on G&P - they aged 10 years since Lillehammer. I think I was almost as relieved as they were when they completed their free skate fall-free.
There is no case for K&O winning in 1998. There is a case for them to win the first compulsory and original dance, but there Carmen FD was awful and should have been lower than 2nd in that phase.
As for their golden waltz, I thought Anjelika's odd back posture was super-pronounced in that dance and she struck an extremely ugly and unattractive position during that part where the woman is dipped and lies parallel to the ice. Even though Grishuk had that toe-pick error, they had a much more attractive looking waltz that didn't look like it was worked at so much like you saw with K&O. For the OD, I'm ok with G&P being first. Choreographically, their jive OD was a lot more challenging than K&O's (although not as much as A&P's - A&P had too many errors to challenge for first place there). And K&O's OD expression made me want to vomit. It's hard to make a jive tasteless but they somehow managed to do so.
I haven't watched enough of T&D to say, but of all the others, V&M are the best to me, by far. I think they were so robbed at these Olympics, the quality of D&W's skating is not even close.
2 people think Bourne & Kraatz are the best dance team ever. Umm ok.
Dean's choregraphy for D/D was wonderful and they should be forever grateful for it. But after 1992, they did some exhibition pieces, not choreographed by Dean (which didn't surprise as Chris and Isabelle's marriage ended). I like this routine very muchI like to brag that I "discovered" the Duchesnays at the 87 Worlds in Cincinnati. They were the only dance team that made a lasting impression on me, and Dean was not doing their choreography yet.
I think for some people "best" is synonymous to "favourite".2 people think Bourne & Kraatz are the best dance team ever. Umm ok.
Both V/M and D/W are great teams. But I think some of their fans, especially younger ones, don't remember older teams. So their choice can also bring some doubts. But it is usually so, that we are not excited with the events, that happened before we could see them. Of course we should be grateful for sites like YT, but watching sth live is not the same as watching from the retrospective.
Grischuk & Platov might be underrated in this poll, but their style of dancing is not most peoples cup of tea, so I am not surprised at their low vote count. Given a multitude of reasonable options, most wont pick someone that doesnt excite them on a personal level as best ever. Plus many just dont like Pasha on a personal level so wouldnt pick them as best in any positive based poll unless they were a huge level above the rest in their view, which they probably are not.
Pakhomova & Gorshkov are probably the most underrated but considering most of the posters here (myself included) werent even born when they were dominating, how can one really judge or accurately assess if they have much claim as best ever or not.
Why are Bourne & Kraatz even on the poll. Putting them on the poll implies they are a top 12 dance team of all time and they certainly are not. I would have put a team like Moiseeva & Minenkov on the poll before them. Even Torvill & Dean spoke very highly of M&M and their impact on dancing, and once predicted them to be unbeatable forever and ever when at their peak, even if an increasing overemphasis on non technical dancing and politics soon after those statements brought them down. Even teams like Linichuk & Karpanasov, Recogzy & Sallay, Duchensays, Navka & Kostomarov, Denkova & Stayviski, Delobel & Schoenfelder, despite all being very poor choices as the best ever I would have on a poll before Bourne & Kraatz. I would even put Drobiazko & Vanagas and Rahkammo & Kokko before Bourne & Kraatz as doing what they did and winning the medals they did from a small country with no federation power at all is much harder than what Bourne & Kraatz achieved skating for one of the most powerful, influential, largest, and corrupt federations there is (despite that Canadians potray themselves as little innocent lambs and victims in the skating world, what a joke).
I also consider Belbin & Agosto a better dance team than Bourne & Kraatz.
You see, that's what I meant. I also couldn't see P/G live and I can't properly assess their abilities. And of course I didn't vote for them. And I think this applies to some young fans of current teams. They don't remember teams from the 80s or 90s. Having said this I just want to point out that I don't want to take anything from greatness of V/M or D/W.Pakhomova & Gorshkov are probably the most underrated but considering most of the posters here (myself included) werent even born when they were dominating, how can one really judge or accurately assess if they have much claim as best ever or not.