Who Is the Greatest Ice Dancer Ever

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  1. Gene

    Gene New Member

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    Who is the single greatest ice dancer ever, not a couple, but a single individual, either male or female? It may be an impossible question to answer. If so, express your opinion as such. But think long and hard. Your answer could change the face of ice dancing. Forgive me, as I may not be able to make another entry or reply to this thread.
     
  2. Artifice

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    Probably a real matter of taste since there have been so many great and different dancers.
    I like Oksana Grishuk a lot. Her technic, hability on the ice and her interpretation qualities as well as her particular feeling of the music, are what make me think of her as at least one of the greatest.
    Chris Dean also.
    Marina Klimova.
    Marina Anissina.

    But the first who came to my mind is Oksana Grishuk.
     
  3. hklboro

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    Well I suppose Christopher Dean if you have to pick one person, because of his skills and innovation. But this is a somewhat difficult question to answer as ice dance is surely about the couple together not one person in the partnership??? and even Dean wouldn't have been half as good without Torvill ;)
     
  4. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    Olivier Schoenfelder is perfect in term of skills. :swoon:
     
  5. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    :huh: Are you trying to create the perfect ice dancer clone from a secret location or something?
     
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  6. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    :rofl:

    I love the first post to this thread.

    Anyway, my answer is Christopher Dean... but I'm a little worried I may have picked wrong or not studied hard enough. I've never given an answer of such import before...
     
  7. Ziggy

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    Christopher Dean probably. But more because of his innovation and creativity and the impact it had on ice dance than his skating skills.
     
  8. snowbird

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    Oksana Grishuk by a mile. JHMO.
     
  9. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Oksana Gritschuk. Nobody could do those twizzles and steps quite like her.
     
  10. masofs

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    I agree with that. I could watch him skate all day. :swoon:
     
  11. casken

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    :lol:

    Anyway, I know you wanted one, but I love making lists so here's 20. :D

    1. Grishuk

    2. Dean
    3. Schoenfelder
    4. Klimova
    5. Krylova
    6. Fusar-Poli
    7. Bestemianova
    8. Platov
    9. Staviski
    10.Ovsiannikov
    11.Usova
    12.Averbuch
    13.Anissina
    14.Torvill
    15.Moir
    16.Navka
    17.Domnina
    18.Virtue
    19.Delobel
    20.Grushina
     
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  12. eurodance2001

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    I hope this was just a list of 20 "randoms" that quickly came to mind because there is no way that Fusar Poli belongs in the top 50 let alone top 20! LOL..
     
  13. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    In the context of the question, I think Christopher Dean as well because of the impact he had on the sport.

    But for skating skills and the perfect ice dancer Marina Klimova.

    Sorry but Gritshuk just had awful legs and body shape which for me was a detraction. Plus I never found there was any great refinement or polish in what she did - it was all a bit messy.
     
  14. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Fusar Poli was an excellent dancer. She had to be to carry that clod of a partner to so many important medals, regardless how much politiking they benefited from.
     
  15. casken

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    I'm sorry, but Babs was AMAZING. She would have been 4 time world champion and 2002 Olympic champ with an equal partner, and then could have went on to win Torino 4 years later and tie Grishuk. She could do anything you threw at her under both systems and could do both :D and :drama:

    And it's not a scientific list. :p I just realized I forgot Usova for example. (which I just changed) And I'll admit that Grishuk as #1 is a more personal choice; all the criticisms of her are valid. My list is pretty much 50% skating ability - 30% style/presentation/musicality - 20% personal preference. Dean or Klimova would probably win a totally non biased list, if there could ever be one.

    In terms of 100% personal preference though, I would have went with Schoenfelder.
     
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  16. LuckyCharm

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    PASHA!!!:glamor::drama:

    She's the first to come to my mind as well. Honestly, there are so many great ones, all with different qualities that I can't even begin to choose just one. Maybe I'll think on it a bit and post later, but for now I'm sticking Oksana.

    I'm glad someone mentioned Moir. It makes me throw up a little to admit it, but he really has some extraordinary skills.

    Does anyone else find Gene's post a little bit frightening?
     
  17. Aussie Willy

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    Actually now that you mention it and on re-reading it, it does come across as a little weird.
     
  18. blue_idealist

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    Why does Moir being extraordinary make you want to throw up? Just wondering!

    Btw, I can't choose a best. Virtue came to mind first but I dunno, I think I just don't remember the people before 2000 well enough.
     
  19. kwanfan1818

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    Maia Usova.
     
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  20. Simone411

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    Listing just one is sort of hard to do when there are so many outstanding ice dancers out there ... past and present. I'm afraid my list would include at least 20 or more because I'd have to include the partner, too. :)
     
  21. Finnice

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    Maxim Staviski:cool:
     
  22. MR-FAN

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    ummm...

    Maurizio Margaglio!!

    :watch:
     
  23. Gene

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    through #22

    Oksana 5
    Chris 3
    Olivier 2
    Maia 1
    Maxim 1
    Maurizio 1

    Willie, what's your choice, mate--Chris or Marina? It can be only one.

    Eurodance2001, Blue Idealist, Simone411, Wyliefan, I didn't get your choices. I assume you were unable to give one. If the tally is incorrect, I'm sure someone will let me know.
     
  24. PEKINGMOO

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    Chris Dean - great partnering and skating skills, but most importantly, the man changed ice dance through his own vision. Also, what other person could package the Duchenay's and sell that hot mess to a World panel?
     
  25. MR-FAN

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    Margaglio for the win!!! :cheer2:
     
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  26. Aussie Willy

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    If I have to pick one it would be Chris Dean, just because of the impact on the sport.
     
  27. DORISPULASKI

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    Male, Chris Dean, female Maia Usova, overall, Chris for the win.
    I agree with Aussie Willy-I couldn't stand Grishuk's legline-and when you're picking for the ages, that matters. Maia's every position was gorgeous, plus she had great expression and ability to convey the character of different dances. And utterly to die for CD's. Grishuk was faster-but if I was picking fast, I'd pick Charlie White, who is not on my top 5 list.

    As to why not Klimova, Klimova was a little lacking in that feature. She was at her best being Air (Bach) or Wind (Lawrence of Arabia) or Waltzing Girl or some such abstract concept where the viewer wasn't looking for the dance to have any real character at all, or for the dancer to portray anything but fluid movement. In retrospect, I wonder whether she does not have much imagination.
     
  28. casken

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    :lol: at good ol' Muarizio officially having a vote.

    Can I change my official vote to Schoenfelder then, since Grishuk is already so well represented? :)
     
  29. pani

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    Pakhomova from female dancers and Din from mail dancers.
    But i think, that Jamy Silverstein had femomenal talent too.
    And Scott Moir too
     
  30. longingfornia

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    Marina Klimova the best IMHO plus my fav