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Never Write Them Off!

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Squibble, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Squibble

    Squibble New Member

    Just a reminder for those of you who would write someone off when he or she still has the ability, physical condition, and wherewithal to keep skating and to do well:

    Konstantin Menshov won his first Russian National Championship this season at the age of 28. He had never finished higher than fourth at Russian Nationals.

    Sarah Meier just won her first European Championship at the age of 26. She finished in 26th place at Worlds last season.

    Ryan Bradley just won his first United States National Championship at the age of 27. He had not finished in the Top Three since 2007, when he won the silver medal.

    Alissa Czisny just won United States Nationals at the age of 23. She finished tenth last season.

    Shawn Sawyer won his first silver medal at Canadian Nationals this season at the age of 26. He had not finished in the Top Three since 2008.

  2. haribobo

    haribobo Well-Known Member

    :cheer: :respec: I love you for this thread! :) Congrats to all these recent amazing champions and inspirational stories!
  3. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Don't forget Cynthia Phanuef, winning the Canadian title this season after a 6 year hiatus! And she also was 5th at Worlds last season, and incredibly close points-wise to winning the bronze medal.
  4. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    ^THIS! All the "is so-and-so done?" threads make me laugh. If you've followed this sport for more than five minutes, you know how many of these comeback stories there are! Just look at the guy in my username . . . :)
  5. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

    Oh and Sarah Hughes :D
  6. neptune

    neptune Well-Known Member

    Is Ryan the oldest first-time U.S. men's champion ever, I wonder? Rudy was 26 when he won, but I can't think of an older champion who hadn't already won before.
  7. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

    Todd Eldredge was 31 in when he was crowned National Champion in 2002... so probably yes.
  8. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    Paul Wylie had one of the greatest Cinderella stories of all time.

    DickButtonFan, Sarah Hughes had not been out of the medals all during her senior career so she is not a very good example of this.
  9. neptune

    neptune Well-Known Member

    Wasn't he 30? I haven't bothered to look at how old the champions were decades ago, but it seems unlikely that someone over 27 would win for the very first time.

    ETA: Never mind. Apparently Chris Christenson won for the first time in 1926 at the age of 51. He started skating when he was 39. :D
  10. Squibble

    Squibble New Member

    Not by a long shot. ;)


  11. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    :eek: That's amazing! There ought to be a Christenson Trophy or something in his honor! :)
  12. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    ^ Wow. Very impressive!
  13. neptune

    neptune Well-Known Member

    Thanks to compulsory figures, I suppose. :)
  14. Choupette

    Choupette Well-Known Member

    Back in 2008-2009, I read many times here that Joannie Rochette would never manage to win a medal at Worlds or at the Olympics. She was 23 when she won the silver in 2009.
  15. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Oh great, another reason for Fumie to compete next year :lol:
  16. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

    I did 2002 - 1971 and I got 31. If his birthday is after January, then he was 30 :).
  17. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I was thinking this week! The revenge of the 'oldies', haha (not that I consider them that old. 28 is not OLD.) I hope Fumie wins Japanese Nationals next year!

    Don't forget Joubert too, who came from way behind to win the silver at the Euros.
  18. Chele615

    Chele615 Let's go Anacode!!!

    She was in the hunt for medals for many years, but Anabelle Langlois was 26 years old when she won her national title in 2008.
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  19. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    Fabian Bourzat is 30 and Nathalie Pechalat is 27, and they'd never won anything internationally or medalled at an ISU championship (junior or senior) before this season. Dance is a bit different, of course, but it's become pretty unusual for a team to compete for so long before achieving real success.
  20. SmallFairy

    SmallFairy #teamtrainwreck #vladmorosovsfreckles #teamjapan

    This thread is great!!! :cheer:

    Love all the skaters that are mentioned!!

    Christensen is my new hero - first victory at 51, started to skate at 39, love it!!

    Alexander Abt was struggling with injuries for so long, he couldn't even make the Russian team, except from 1998, when he won bronze at Euros.

    But Sasha kept fighting, and in 2002 at 26, he came back with a booom, landing the quad consistently, winning silver at Euros (he should have won!) and finishing 5 th at the Olympics.

    In 2003, he finally won his first (and only) national title, at 27!! Way to go:D
  21. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Galindo as a senior solo skater, when he won his memorable National title (96?). That was so unexpected.
  22. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Oh add Miki Ando to the list! She won Japanese nationals by a HUGE margin this year in a deep field and she hadn't won in like 4 years or so. Also if she manages to win Worlds this year, or even medal there, that would be a big deal, especially because so many people thought she was done after the 2006 olympics, and then she went on the win worlds the next year!
  23. aymkjb88

    aymkjb88 New Member

    Excellent post, this is a very inspiring year to see so many 'oldies' who had been written off by most of the people fought their way back to the top. That's a beautiful aspect of the sport. I'm so happy for them.
  24. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Maria Butyrskaya won World's at 26 and European's at 29.
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  25. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    Yuko Kavaguti was 28 last year when she won the Eurpoean gold and Robin Szolkowy is 31!

    I was so happy Rudi Galindo won nationals in 96. He was also a talented skater and I was glad he got to prove it as well. I was in tears by the time he was done skating.
  26. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

    So there's hope for me after all...
  27. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    I think Bradley was mocking Viktor Petrenko.
  28. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    :respec: And for these athletes, the victory must feel even sweeter and more special when it comes after such disappointment.
  29. senorita

    senorita New Member

    Flatt..everyone written her off , being out of place in GPF, and now she is going again to Worlds..(Mirai :fragile:)
  30. masofs

    masofs New Member

    Delobel and Schoenfelder, after so many fourth places, won Euros at the ages of 28 and 29 and Worlds the following season at the ages of 29 and 30.