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Which youngster did you think was the next great US lady?

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Rob, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    When you saw these skates (or even earlier ones), which one did you think would be the next great US lady skater?

    (Left out current skaters & skaters who became national champions or Olympians. Also had to leave out some notable like Sara Wheat, Christine Zukowski, Katy Taylor, Sydne Vogel etc. because I couldn't find good junior level clips. Please share if you have any!).

    Liang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2f9IjHNCBI&feature=related

    NNN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S7EEHAM6nU

    Mok: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daa-BFbr0IU

    AP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVNxEWDmJSA

    Kirk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5sNlYf1fhI

    Stellato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj6yxC3rLfo

    Ervin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7ql6E94dw

    Donovan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYYxc3bwGDQ

    Bortz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNnyindwb1M&feature=related

    Mills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4NTWZ3G-os
  2. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    Liang and NNN were very promising. Sigh, what could have been....:drama:
  3. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    NNN - she really stole the show at 1999 Nationals!! :cheer2:

    And maybe also AP McDonough. I was so impressed watching her at 2001 Nationals, lots of elegance.
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    FYI, this was Yebin Mok's Intermediate level winning FS (it was called "Junior Olympics" back then). She won consecutive Juvenile and Intermediate titles in 1997-98 (ETA: She then skipped the Novice level and placed 5th in Junior at 1999 Nationals). I really enjoyed watching her skate despite her inconsistent jumps in competition. Her triple Lutz was a thing of beauty when she hit it!

    Thanks for posting all these video links!
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  5. Jessica

    Jessica Well-Known Member

    These are the two I would have picked also. Liang was always breaking my heart and NNN's injury ended that promise.

    What great videos. Thank you.
  6. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Baby Ye Bin :cheer2:. She got some impressive air time on her 2axel. Too many young skaters whip their axels around at that age, but hers are massive. I didn't follow skating that closely when she won her Jr Nationals titles, but really enjoyed her programs from 2003 Nationals (or was it 2002?) when she finished 6th overall.
  7. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    After 97 nationals I thought Angela Nikodinov would become a major contender. In hindsight, even before her string of tragedies and bad luck, I don't think she ever wanted it badly enough.

    Of those listed, I thought Kirk would win some big medals but her consistency seemed to abandon her after 2001.
  8. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    Ye Bin Mok finished either last or close to last at the 05 US Nats, but she was one of the most enjoyable skaters in the comp. *sigh*
  9. Vash01

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

    Definitely NNN, and Bebe to some extent.
  10. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    NNN, she was so wonderfully charismatic in 99. Seeing, two 13 yr olds in the interview that yr, along with Angela and MK, no one could have convinced me then that it would be Sarah who would go on to win OG and not Naomi.
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  11. carriemarie

    carriemarie Active Member

    Deanna Stellato. Her technique was spot on. Bebe's was as well. I always though Naomi, Jenni Kirk, and AP were iffy with their technique. YeBin was never very consistent and Ervin always look like she was going to get big. Too bad about Deanna's problems, I think she had a solid future. I was always a big fan of Katy Taylor's as well. What happened to her?
  12. chipso1

    chipso1 Well-Known Member

    AP McDonough. After the 2002 Jr. World title and strong showings at Skate America and the 2003 U.S. Nationals, I really thought she'd be a legitimate threat to Sasha by the time Torino rolled around. *sigh*

    Stylistically, Yebin Mok is probably my favorite of those ladies mentioned. But Deanna Stellato and NNN were gorgeous too, so it's hard to pick!
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  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    A combination of injury and puberty derailed her after 2007 Nationals, unfortunately.

    I couldn't find her 2004 US Nationals or Junior Worlds programs on youtube (she won silver and bronze, respectively), but here is her FS from her last junior international competition in December 2005 at the JGP Final (4th place): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6CTR5GlnM
    I loved her smile and energy on the ice. :)
  14. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Deanna Stellato and BeBe Liang all the way :wuzrobbed
  15. Triple Butz

    Triple Butz Well-Known Member

    Bebe. She had such a strong work ethic that I thought it would take her right to the top. Unfortunate hip problems did her consistency in :(. It really is a shame because she developed such a fiery personality on the ice that was all her own.
  16. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    I always enjoyed Bebe's skating and wanted to see her succeed. At least she got a nationals medal and a trip to Worlds.
  17. carriemarie

    carriemarie Active Member

    I always have loved Katy Taylor and she reminded me of Tiffany Stiegler in a way, if that makes sense? I think Cindy Caprel is a great coach and has never found the exact right student. I loved Deanna and thought she had a great future, but with her personal problems and injuries it was not going to happen. What a great talent and such drive.......
  18. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

  19. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Definitely Naomi Nari Nam. I also had high hopes for Ann Patrice McDonough.
  20. OnyxRose81

    OnyxRose81 Active Member

    NNN. Such presence on the ice. I never was a fan of Liang. I don't know why. She just never did it for me.
  21. dawnie

    dawnie Well-Known Member

    NNN by far. She had the whole package minus the lutz. Super talented and like others already said, she was oozing with personality and charisma. She just had that "look". Totally agree, I never would have thought in a million years that Sarah, and not Naomi would be the one to make it big.

    I wasn't that impressed with Bebe when I first saw her, but I did enjoy her programs 2005-2007, especially her Firedance SP. Unlike the majority of the ladies mentioned in the original post, she had a very long career. A top 10 finish at Worlds during the Mao-Yuna era is nothing to sneeze at.

    Jenny Kirk and AP were also very good but I never thought they were World podium material.
  22. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    Ditto... I forgot how blissfully fabulous they were... And as Peggy said of NNN..... that ability to dazzle... You either have it or you don't.
  23. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    World podium material, no, but I'm still surprised AP never made it to Worlds. I remember her from Midwestern Sectionals ages ago, with her mother using half a bottle of hairspray on her bun. "Mom, I think it should hold." "NO! More spray." Yanks her back into the restroom and goes on to spray the remainder of the bottle. I thought it was funny at the time :slinkaway
  24. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    I loved Katy. She was overshadowed by Kimmie, but let's not forget she was the first to the 2 to win an ISU Championship (4CC!).
  25. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    Deana Stellato could've blossomed into one of the best skaters of all time. It sucks all that much more when she retired, she hit a great stride and then never again. :( She was a beautiful skater, I think she would've been a World Champion if things hadn't turned out the way they did.


    NNN had the star power but you could see from the get-go she had lots and lots of work to do on jumps. But I definitely liked her the most from all of the could've beens.
  26. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

    I thought Caroline Zhang and Mirai Nagasu would make it very far after seeing them at Junior Worlds 2007.

    But well...
  27. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    This thread is about retired U.S. ladies, right? As long as Nagasu and Zhang are still competing, there's still hope for them. :)

    10-year-old Ann Patrice McDonough's winning Intermediate national FS (1996): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVNxEWDmJSA

    Naomi Nari Nam won the pewter medal that year with a charismatic performance (including fast spins and some cheated jumps, IIRC) but I can't find her FS on youtube. :(
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
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  28. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    I've been really impressed by Jenny Kirk when I saw her at her first Trophee Lalique.
  29. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    Yes, retired only.

    I thought NNN would be the next big star.

    When NNN was injured in 2000, I thought Jenny would give Sasha a run for her money as the next big thing because of her consistency.

    I thought AP would at least make a World team.
  30. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    The thing is Naomi Nari Nam grew something like almost 5 inches between the 1999 US and the 2000 Nats. She wasn't the same skater and who know even without the hip injury if she would have become a great skater. Having said that i haven't see a 13 year old ladies skater since who seemed to have it all at such a young age.