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Biggest Skating Busts (USA Ladies Singles)

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Philly2034, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Philly2034

    Philly2034 Banned Member

    I always think that is is interesting how some skaters are billed as the nest Michelle Kwan, and then turn out to nothing.

    Ann-Patrice McDonough, Bebe Liang, Naomi Nari Nam.

    Ann-Patrice McDonough kinda reached her apex after she won Junior Worlds in 2002 (after winning a silver the year before). Everone thought that she would suceed Michelle Kwan (especially since Michelle was not supposed to be competing in the fall 2002 GP series).

    Bebe Liang had her biggest hype at the 2003 Nationals. She was so young and so promising. Yet, she never finished higher than fourth at US nationals.

    Naomi Nari Nam was thoight by many to be the next champion. Everybody was like "watch her." If you were a casual skating fan who watched in 1999 and came back in 2004, you might have tuned in and expect NNN to be the top US Ladies skater. Not so.

    Any other examples of busts in American Ladies singles?
  2. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    I wasn't sure what this thread was going to be about.
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  3. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    None of these skaters turned out to be "nothing" :mad:
  4. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    lol, I also expected a different content :p.
  5. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I can only think of one: Tonya Harding who forgot the value of competition and tried to win by cheating. Everyone else is a winner to me.
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  6. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    "Nothing" is a harsh word. The U.S. has many ladies whose career didn't meet expectations, but they still accomplished a lot in their career. Having said that, I think the biggest letdown for me was Tiffany Chin's career after 84.
  7. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    Elene G, Viktoria Volchkova, Katarina Witt...
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  8. DaiKozOda

    DaiKozOda Active Member

    Not to be rude but when I read the thread title my reaction was the same as Marco's :p
  9. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Between this and the "Plan B" thread, what I have truly learned is I need to get my mind out of the gutter.
  10. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    That German dentistry student who skated at 2007 Euros had some knockers, but poths was a fan. :saint:
  11. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

    Immediately, I thought of Gedevanishvelli.
  12. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

    Show some love for Nora Hoffman!
  13. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    As a fan of figure skating, each of these three ladies brought enormous joy to me as a spectator. To refer to them as nothing simply shines the light back on the empty stage where you reside.

    Do you have links to back up this accusation? It is my understanding that Harding never cheated. Harding did however, associate with the wrong people (major understatement).
  14. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    In the US, Katy Taylor and Danielle Kahle
  15. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    In what world does winning Junior Worlds equate to "nothing"?
  16. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I remember Anna Semanovich (not sure if that is spelt right) from 98 Worlds which were held in the US. I think she had the biggest bust I have ever seen on a skater in the US.
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  17. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    ^^ :rofl:
  18. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I honestly never thought Patrice McDonough, Liang, or Nari Nam were future superstars. Maybe they could have done more, especialy Ann Patrice McDonough who burnt out and retired way too young IMO, but none was ever going to be a World medalist or U.S Champion ever IMO.

    Some skaters who did not become what I thought they would are:

    -Angela Nikidinov. After I first saw her in 1997 I thought she was a future superstar.
    -Tiffany Chin. This is the obvious one. I saw a future muti World Champion and the 88 Olympic Champion when I saw her in 84. Many others did too.
    -Caryn Kadavy. This is on a smaller scale as she did have a very good amateur career, and an outstanding professional career, but I saw a future multi U.S and possible World winner in 85 and 86.

    I thought Jill Trenary might go on to have a greater career after she burst through to win that U.S title in 87 almost out of nowhere, but in hindsight she if anything did better than she should have. She was kind of caught between two eras, maybe born a bit earlier or a bit later (more likely a bit earlier) her timing would have worked out better.

    Oh another one is Cindy Bortz. I thought she was a big star in the making when she won the World Juniors in 87. Yet someone like Holly Cook who she easily beat at that competition even went on to a much better career.
  19. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    Agreed with most names.

    Diana Poth is another skater I expected more from.

    What happened to Lautowa? She medaled and then disappeared.

    Szewszenko was bothered by so many injuries and illnesses, I wonder what would have happened if she could have stayed healthy and trained and competed as planned.

    I think about Eva Maria Fitze and wonder the same. If she wouldn't have had an eating disaorder and stayed healthy and normal, what would her results have been? Luckily everyhting turned out allright, she seemed very happy switching to pairs with decent results. Pairs skating really seemed to make her more happy than ladies skating, even if the results were less than what she achieved in the ladies event if I remember well.

    Bobek also puzzles me a bit. If she would have had less coaching changes and a better training discipline, who knows what she could have achieved. She was one of the only competitive skaters in her day with amazing stretch and flexibility in her spirals.

    Lovely Jennifer Kirk could have achieved more too if she wouldn't have had an eating disorder. Surely she would have at least medaled a few times at Worlds, if not won it at least once.

    With all that,we shouldn't forget it's not all about results only. No matter how nice those medals are, most important is still the joy and beauty of figure skating and the excitement when people have extraordinary jumps and performances you never forget. That's why we enjoy watching a Lucinda Ruh as much as a Mao Asada or a Carolina Kostner or a Yuna Kim.
  20. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    FS is so competitive that many talented skaters never make it to worlds. I don't necessarily see them as 'busts'. It just means tough competition, sort of Russian pairs in the USSR era. I am sure there were many really good pairs that probably never made it to worlds. In another country the same skaters or pairs would have been national champions many times.
  21. Bournekraatzfan

    Bournekraatzfan Well-Known Member

    Naomi Nari Nam and Nicole Bobek are the ones that come to mind. I especially loved Naomi....I really thought she was the next one. but yes, as others have said, I wouldn't say that any of the skaters named here amounted to nothing, but I imagine you didn't mean it that way.

    Also, in response to something else here: agree with PeterG, from what I know, there is no evidence that Tonya orchestrated that event. She admitted to knowing about it after the fact, but i would not call that cheating. and I am sympathetic when I consider the situation she was in.
  22. UGG

    UGG Well-Known Member

    I guess we are talking about skaters that did not live up to expectations? I would say at this point Mirai, and Caroline especially have kind of been busts. Don't get me wrong they have had some great career moments- Mirai especially being a national champion and Olympian. But back in 2008-2009 they were supposed to be the next Kwans of the USA yet Kimmie Meissner still has a more impressive resume even with her very short career.
  23. escaflowne9282

    escaflowne9282 Reformed Manspreader

    Ann-Patrice is a pretty frustrating story for me; in 2002-2003, she was giving consistent and beautifully skated performances. At the Nationals that year, she, IMHO, outskated both Hughes and Cohen by a country mile and should have been making Kwan look over her shoulder. She had had the only seven triple program of the bunch, had choreography filled with MITF and transitions, and really had wonderful flow and basics. Yet, sloppy performances by Sasha and Sarah were held up to make the world team, and they both turned in lackluster performances at that worlds, Sarah, embarassingly so. After that season, combined with her mother reportedly being the skate-parent from hell, it seemed she lost focus. In her case I really do see a lot of unrealized potential.

    Nari-Nam was a cute baby ballerina, but I don't think there was really that much expected from her.

    Bebe Liang was probably my favorite of the three; she had wonderful musicality and charisma, and chose terrific themes to her programs. That being said, it was a pleasure just to see her finally make the world team. I don't ever remember anyone predicting her to be the next dominant American star.

    As for Angela, I actually had the opposite impression of her the first time I saw her. She seemed like such a blah skater. Dick Button was overly cruel in calling her a 'fridge-break', but I didn't find her to be particularly engaging as a performer. It was circa-2001 that she re-invented herself and was showing herself to be of true caliber.
  24. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    Jenny Kirk and Katy Taylor each won 4CC -- they are ISU champions so I wouldn't call them a "bust."

    In this context, bust is a negative word. Ye Bin Mok was a very talented US ladies skater who didn't make it to many international competitions because she was plagued by injury. She has been skating professionally -Look at this gorgeous picture. Hardly a bust. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120605&content_id=32801402&vkey=ice_news Of note, her castmates have included Ann Patrice McDonough, Andrei Griazev, Chris Mabee.

    Like UGG says - "did not live up to expectations" is a nicer phrase.
  25. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    An "R-rated" thread?
  26. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    Gedevanishvelli and Witt. They have the biggest busts. Tonya Harding did some porn with ex husband Jeff Gillooly(Just like Paris Hilton's "One night in Paris") so she probably does have big busts.
  27. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    I just watched the Tonya's buts and they were small....
  28. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Rob, you must learn to stay abreast of these things :slinkaway.
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  29. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    Now, if you would only stretch the category to allow US men. Dan Hollander's Mrs. Doubtfire, now that's a rack!
  30. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    duplicate post
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013