Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Queens of the Ice



Dorothy Hamill, 1976

Who are your top five?  (And your top five least favorite)



Linda Fratianne, 1977



Anett Poetzsch, 1978



Linda Fratianne, 1979



Anett Poetzsch, 1980



Denise Biellmann, 1981



Elaine Zayak, 1982



Rosalynn Sumners, 1983



Katarina Witt, 1984



Katarina Witt, 1985



Debi Thomas, 1986



Katarina Witt, 1987



Katarina Witt, 1988



Midori Ito, 1989



Jill Trenary, 1990



Kristi Yamaguchi, 1991



Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992



Oksana Baiul, 1993



Yuka Sato, 1994



Lu Chen, 1995



Michelle Kwan, 1996



Tara Lipinski, 1997



Michelle Kwan, 1998



Maria Butyrskaya, 1999



Michelle Kwan, 2000



Michelle Kwan, 2001



Irina Slutskaya, 2002



Michelle Kwan, 2003



Shizuka Arakawa, 2004

Irina Slutskaya, 2005



Kimmie Meissner, 2006



Miki Ando, 2007

Mao Asada, 2008

Yu-Na Kim, 2009



Mao Asada, 2010


Miki Ando, 2011



Carolina Kostner, 2012

8 comments:

  1. So interesting that Denise Biellmann did a beautiful triple lutz (not a flutz!), but no 3flip or loop.

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  2. That was very common back then and really until Ito and Harding (and sort of Yamaguchi) made at least the first five triples standards, that is until UR calls in CoP led to girls dropping certain jumps. Witt did triple flips early in her career but rarely triple loops. Liz Manley had a great lutz when her head was screwed on straight (wonderful BO edge) and did the other triple except the flip as well. Trennary had a beautiful flip when her nerves did not get her, but never completed a triple loop in competition AFAIK. Boitano (and to a lesser degree Fadeev and Petrenko) led the charge for a complete arsenal of triples for the men. Orser did not do triple loops and Hamilton did not do triple loops or triple axels.

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  3. Least favorites...Trixie Schuba and Sjouke Djikstra. Those were some manly broads.

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  4. The best queens? I'm young yet. I think Irina Slutskaya, she is my favorite for all time, and obviously Carolina Kostner, I've grown up with her and her victory has been the beautiest moment in years .. the old school? Denisse Bielmann and Midori Ito! I love the jumper and spin girls!

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  5. There are many queens, but there is only one Kween!

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  6. There is only one Kween. Yeah it's easy to name least favorite...Tara Lipinski and Kim Meissner (like her off the ice).

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  7. Oops..like most but my least favorite is Meissner, Slutskaya and Lipinski.

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