Best Olympic Bronze Medal Winning Ice Dance Team

  • Other: 1976: O'Connor/Millns (USA); 1980: Moiseyeva/Minenkov (URS); 1984: Klimova/Ponomarenko (URS)

  • 1988: Tracy Wilson & Robert McCall (CAN)

  • 1992: Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin (EUN)

  • 1994: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)

  • 1998: Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat (FRA)

  • 2002: Barbara Fusar-Poli & Maurizio Margaglio (ITA)

  • 2006: Elena Grushina & Ruslan Goncharov (UKR)

  • 2010: Oksana Domnina & Maxim Shabalin (RUS)

  • 2014: Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)

  • 2018: Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA)

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I believe it has been katsalapov who was the main source of all the problems for I/k and s/k and his recent maturity has been allowing them to be consistently winning major competitions! I mean from 2010 to like 2017 in the first GP of the season I/k and s/k were total disasters. Remember their nhk trophies when he would drop his partners and theyd get level 1 step sequences?! Lol. The common thread there was katsalapov. I said at the time I strongly supported I/k breaking up because no one ever did worse with higher expectations ever!! But maybe he just had to mature and blamed all the wrong things. Like ilinykh affair with Morozov. He is like really amazing now. He’s almost both white and moir in one. He merges all of white physicality and moir grace
I don't think Katsalapov is like Moir at all. His style of movement, his use of his torso, and the visual effect his overall presence has with his partner is completely different . He also really had to learn how not to chew the scenery as a performer once he stopped skating with Ilynikh.

While I was never a fan of Charlie White's, or D&W in particular, I also don't see that many comparisons here either. Charlie's / D&W's strength was that they skated with tremendous speed within their steps and movement and no music was too much for them to keep up with. They had close holds and jammed in a lot of transitions and their twizzles were impressive
IMHO, they also tended to sacrifice posture , line and positioning and body rhythm and, for me ,had a very ragged rushed quality that just wasn't my bag.
Whereas Nikita-S&K finally found consistency in slowing down their movements and taking their time while maintaining speed and ice coverage . S&K's skating is also relatively open. Katsalapov's twizzle technique :shuffle:

Nikita is his own person. He is much improved and now a contender , but there no need to make him someone else.

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