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Which Skaters From Which Country (Other Than Your Own) Are You MOST Drawn To?

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by PeterG, Aug 25, 2012.

Which Skaters From Which Country (Other Than Your Own) Are You MOST Drawn To?

  1. Canada

    38 vote(s)
  2. China

    17 vote(s)
  3. Finland

    13 vote(s)
  4. France

    36 vote(s)
  5. Germany

    16 vote(s)
  6. Great Britain

    8 vote(s)
  7. Italy

    17 vote(s)
  8. Japan

    110 vote(s)
  9. Russia

    108 vote(s)
  10. Switzerland

    23 vote(s)
  11. U.S.A.

    30 vote(s)
  12. Other

    12 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    I think about this topic every now and then, and while I have favourite skaters from pretty much every country that has figure skaters, I think I've liked pretty much every skater or team from France that's had any international success. I started thinking about the various French skaters and realized, "I have never found any French skater or team to be boring". I know the song is about the U.S.A., but the thought that just went through my head was, "God Bless The French" (says the devout atheist!). :lol:

    So which country, other than your own, has the skaters that you just looooove? :D

    P.S. I made the poll multiple choice, so you can pick as many countries as you like (love). :)
  2. Vash01

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

    For me:

    Russia- G&G, B&S, M&D, Protopopovs, T&M, S&N, V&T, K&S, Plushenko, Yagudin, Kulik, Urmanov, Abt, Slutskaya, Butyrskaya, Tuktamysheva, Radianova, Lipnitskaya, K&P, B&B, K&O, U&Z, A&S, N&K

    Japan- Ito, Asada, Arakawa, Takahashi, Sato, Hanyu, Nakano

    Ukraine- Petrenko, Baiul, Volosozhar

    Canada- Orser, Browning
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  3. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    from the current and new crops

    Russia - women/girls, pairs, some ice dancers
    USA - men/boys, women/girls
    China - men/boys, pairs
    Japan - men/boys, women/girls ( especially to Hanyu the Prince of FS )
    Canada - maybe ice dance ? but I don't watch much ice dancing
  4. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    My country is not listed so it is easy to make ticks without feeling like a traitor! Peter G, I assume 'skaters' include CURRENT Seniors and Juniors. I like to be specific. :D
  5. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    I loooooove the Japanese skaters!
  6. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Russia - Plushenko, Gachinski, Yagudin, Kulik, Abt, Tuktamysheva

    USA - Brown and Farris, with a small fondness for Abbott
  7. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    Michelle Kwan! B Boitano! Peggy Flemming! Jeremy Abbot! A Yagudin! Evgeny Plushenko! Irina Slutskaya! K/O! oh, and I forgot to vote for Canada which has produced V/M, Chan, Kurt Browning, B Orser, B/K:D
  8. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

    I don't care where a skater is from. If i like them I like them. I'm a Brit - I can't say I'm "drawn" to British skaters anymore than I am anyone else. At all.

    That being said I do have a thing for Finns (Korpi, Lepisto, R/K :D ) and Japanese ladies.

    I also love the Frenchies - Bonaly, Hubert, Gusmeroli, A/P, Duchesnays, Joubert, Amodio, Dambier, Abitbol/Bernadis :smokin: :glamor:

    Finally, I do pretty much love ALL the Russians :cheer: :40beers:
  9. flipforsynchro

    flipforsynchro New Member

    Russia and Canada.

    And the Czech Republic. Verner and Brezina:swoon: are so sexy and talented. And that dance team was full of voids.
  10. centerpt1

    centerpt1 Well-Known Member

    Japan for sure. So much talent.
    Second: tie Canada and Russia
    Hon Mention- love the Italian Ladies (used to love their dance teams- but not so much lately)
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  11. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

    Japan and Russia.
  12. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

    Always been drawn to the Russian skaters and the French :)
  13. skfan

    skfan Member

    i saw hwi choi at JGP courchevel, and youtube linked up a lot of suggested vids of korean skaters. i must say i like the attention to beautiful arm and hand movements from many of the korean ladies in these videos--thank you ms. kim for your legacy. :)

    it's not just the korean ladies though--ziquan zhao and zijun li have near lu chen level arm movements, too :)

    OTOH i will always favor the US ladies because they have the nicest layback spins the world over and some of the nicest spirals.

    i like many of the japanese ladies, too--mao asada, haruna suzuki, shion kokubun, haruka imai. daisuke takahashi is my favorite among the men (kozuka is second).

    and i like ms. viljanen from finland--i prefer her to korpi, maybe even lepisto. back in the day i loved baiul and swevcenko and M&D. so i guess the country doesn't matter after all, unless you're talking about layback spins :)
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  14. zilam98

    zilam98 Well-Known Member

    i tend to immediately look for russian skaters for their classical styling and sometimes voidiness
  15. Zokko!

    Zokko! Comansnala?

    In this order: Russia - Japan - China - France - Johnny Weir! :swoon:
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  16. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    Yes. :respec:

    The ones who I feel drawn to are from a lot of different countries:
    Russia/Soviet Union: Rodnina/Zaitsev, Klimova/Ponomarenko,
    Canada: Cranston, Orser
    Great Britain: Cousins, the Kerrs
    Switzerland: Biellmann, Lambiel
    France: the Duchesnays, Bonaly, Anissina/Peizerat, Candeloro
    Italy: Fusar-Poli/Margaglio, Faiella/Scali
    Bulgaria: Denkova/Staviski (who else?)
    Finland: Rahkamo/Kokko and the fabulous synchro teams from Finland
    Japan: Ito, Oda
  17. os168

    os168 Active Member

    I see the skater and don't see the nationality. They could be martian for all I care :p (Actually I do wonder sometimes, some of them seems unreal.)

    Given the size of the market in Korea that financially benefit the sport, I do think it deserve to be listed properly and not discounted as some 'other'.

    Not to mention the amount of times the flag or the anthem showed up these past 5 years except the last year relative to many countries on that list. :)
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  18. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

    I too adore skaters from many countries outside Canada!

    Finland Rahkomo and Koko
    France Annisina Peizerat
    Switzerland Stephane Lambiel
    China Chen Lu and Shen and Zhao
    Great Britain Torvill and Dean, Robin Cousins
    USA Michelle Kwan, Paul Wylie, Old school Johnny Weir, Davis and White and many more
    etc. etc.

    But I have LOVED THE MOST from
    Japan --- Ito, Honda, Oda, Arakawa, Suzuki, Takahashi, Hanyu to name a few
    and Russia ---- too many to mention them all but here are a few Yagudin, Usova Zhulin, Slutskaya, Gordeeva Grinkov, Fadeev, Petrenko and Baiul who I know are from the Ukraine but represented USSR
  19. Simone411

    Simone411 Covfefe! FSU Uber fan!


    Same here! I'm glad we could choose multiples this time. I chose all the countries listed. The list of skaters I like would probably take up a whole page in this thread. :lol:
  20. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    USA, Russian and Japan.

    I have a joke with a friend that I think of US Nationals like my own nationals haha.
  21. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    It truly depends, because country affiliation has nothing to do with who I like -- it's all based on who moves me. I picked Germany in this instance because I am a huge fan of Savchenko/ Szolkowy. Obviously, Japan and Russia are winning in the poll due to the sheer numbers of skaters from those countries who possess amazing talent. Perhaps the numbers are down for USA due to many participating in the poll being from USA (or Canada).
  22. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    I like North american's basics more than russian's basics (especially canadians). But about skaters, it depends. For example, I love Polina Korobeynikova, who is not a north american skater.
    About the style, canadians again, and german pairs (from Schwarz&Muller, Woetzel&Steuer... to Savchenko&Szolkowy)
  23. invierno

    invierno Member

    What? You don't have Korea? :p

    For me it's Canada.
  24. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    South Korea, Belgium and Spain did not quality for the long program. :D
  25. SkateBlades17

    SkateBlades17 New Member

    I don't like a skater based on where they are from at all, I just like who I like. It's nice to hear some other people say the same thing. I've been called unpatriotic because I don't always root for the American skaters (I'm from the US) just because they are American. The country that the most skaters I like are from though is Russia or Ukraine, G&G, G&P, K&O, M&D, N&K, Yagudin, Baiul, Petrenko, etc.
  26. flipforsynchro

    flipforsynchro New Member

    I think most of us don't like a skater based on their country either. We just happen to coincidentally like a lot of skaters from a certain country.

    ETA: Or we might happen to like a characteristic that a lot of a country's skaters have.
  27. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

    Yeah, like IMO French skaters tend to be voidy, Italian skaters tend to be emotive, Japanese skaters tend to have pure skating skills, Canadians tend to have CoP ready programs, etc. So one's preferences could favor one country because one prefers a certain style that country has in abundance, while also appreciating a skater from another country who has those qualities (eg, Takahashi is voidy and emotive in addition to having great skating skills).
  28. sk8ingcoach

    sk8ingcoach Active Member

    Russia, Japan and Italy
  29. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    For me, I'd say Russia.

    For about my entire skate fan life until a few years ago, my favorite pairs have invariably been Russian. (For the last several years, I have had no favorite pair because they all suck by G&G/M&D standards.) Between 1984 and the end of the 1990s, it was also always the USSR/Russian ice dancers who were my favorites (though Klimova-Ponomarenko alone account for about 8 years of that). Russian/USSR men have also very often been my favorites (Petrenko, Kulik, Yagudin). Interestingly, I have never found any USSR or Russian lady to be much worth watching.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  30. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

    I have not been drawn to skaters because they are from a specific country, the country has never mattered. My favourites are from

    Great Britain (Torvill & Dean, Curry, R. Cousins), USA, China, Japan, France, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Switzerland