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    ladies skaters with excellent basic skating skills

    In pairs skating, Gordeeva & Berezhnaya have been deservedly admired for their basic skating: edging, flow, speed and mastery of the blade. Among single skaters which female skaters have/had the best basic skating skills?

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    Yuka, Carolina, and Shizuka are often mentioned on here as having the best basic skating skills among the ladies.

    I had a rank the skating skills of these ladies thread once... Can't find it right now, but someone else might able to.

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    Yuka Sato -- watch the perfect alignment and positioning between her body and blades. Perfect control and positioning

    Carolina Kostner/Shizuka Arakawa -- magnificent edge quality and power in their stroking

    Others: Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepisto, Kimmie Meissner, Mao Asada, Yu-Na Kim, Yukari Nakano, Michelle Kwan, Angela Nikodinov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Exactly. Dorothy Hamill too.

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    Growing up doing figures makes a big difference.

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    Early Tonya Harding . . . try to just watch her feet and ignore the jumps. It is quite impressive.

    Tonya Harding - 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival, Figure Skating SP . . . I love how she demonstrates a very secure edge by kicking forward and backward with her free leg while continuing to move forward on her LFO.

    Tonya Harding (USA) - 1986 Skate America LP . . . Of course, the deep leaning pivot . . .

    Of course, all these things seemed to not be quite the same after 1990.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Siouxs View Post
    Yuka Sato -- watch the perfect alignment and positioning between her body and blades. Perfect control and positioning

    Carolina Kostner/Shizuka Arakawa -- magnificent edge quality and power in their stroking

    Others: Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepisto, Kimmie Meissner, Mao Asada, Yu-Na Kim, Yukari Nakano, Michelle Kwan, Angela Nikodinov
    I enjoy this post. I always thought Rochette had good basic skills too. Oh and Susanna Poykio.

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    Obviously Sotnikova who scored higher than Kostner in SS in Sochi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Obviously Sotnikova who scored higher than Kostner in SS in Sochi.
    Thanks for bringing up Adelina. Yes, she has great skating skills. Her steps were intricate and fast and showed good control with flowing edges.

    Try to remember the following bullets:

    * Whenever a Lady skater lands 7 triples all of her components rise.

    *If she does it on home ice they rise again.

    *If all of this happens on Olympic ice they receive yet another boost.

    So yes, Adelina should have received higher marks than Carolina as she checked off these three key requirements while Carolina only checked off two of them.

    The COP makes this so much easier to understand than 6.0 ever did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLucky View Post
    Thanks for bringing up Adelina. Yes, she has great skating skills. Her steps were intricate and fast and showed good control with flowing edges.
    Of course, and the fact that she often starts with flat to go to an edge, and rarely puts her foot on the edge is a sign of very good skating skills. Well...

    Anyway, this is not the debate, Adelina is far from being a ladies skaters with EXCELLENT basic skating skills.

    I agree with those already mentioned. My favorite is Yuka Sato.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    Of course, and the fact that she often starts with flat to go to an edge, and rarely puts her foot on the edge is a sign of very good skating skills. Well...

    Anyway, this is not the debate, Adelina is far from being a ladies skaters with EXCELLENT basic skating skills.

    Where does Adelina's speed come from? Off her flat edges ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLucky View Post
    Thanks for bringing up Adelina. Yes, she has great skating skills. Her steps were intricate and fast and showed good control with flowing edges.


    On her steps in particular there was a clear lack of speed and flow. In comparison to most top skaters, she 'walked through' her step sequences.

    And her edges all around are a bit flat.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrLucky View Post
    Where does Adelina's speed come from? Off her flat edges ?
    Cross-overs, progressives and toe-pushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operagirl View Post
    Growing up doing figures makes a big difference.
    i generally agree with this, then i remind myself surya bonaly grew up doing school figures
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    i generally agree with this, then i remind myself surya bonaly grew up doing school figures
    She grew up having to figures in competition but not actually doing them. Her mother was her coach and she:
    - didn't know anything about figure skating
    - didn't care about figures

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    if she competed them, what did she do during that segment?
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    if she competed them, what did she do during that segment?
    I remember Surya competing at 1990 world jr when there was still compulsory figure. Of course, Yuka won the compulsory figure.. Surya placed 12th in compulsory figure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caaJWLvyB_s
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    if she competed them, what did she do during that segment?
    Cause a stir, what else?

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    For current skaters, I'd like to give a nod to Polina Edmunds. Watch her feet - she always steps on a clean and correct edge and moves wonderfully from step to step.
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

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    Quote Originally Posted by BittyBug View Post
    For current skaters, I'd like to give a nod to Polina Edmunds. Watch her feet - she always steps on a clean and correct edge and moves wonderfully from step to step.
    Are her skating skills really that good? Her stroking seems so choppy to me. If anything, I think Ashley Cain has some of the best edges right now.

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