Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Top Pairs of The World

Babilonia and Gardiner, 1979

The running theme is that Russian women are fierce as hell and the Chinese have enormous throws.  And Tamara Moskvina is an effing genius.

Cherkasova and Shakrai, 1980

Vorobieva and Lisovsky, 1981 (Moskvina's first World Champions)

Baess and Thierbach, 1982

Valova and Vasiliev, 1983

Underhill and Martini, 1984

Valova and Vasiliev, 1985

Gordeeva and Grinkov, 1986

Gordeeva and Grinkov, 1987

Valova and Vasiliev, 1988

Gordeeva and Grinkov, 1989

Gordeeva and Grinkov, 1990

Mishkutenok and Dmitriev, 1991

Mishkutenok and Dmitriev, 1992

Brasseur and Eisler, 1993

Shishkova and Naumov, 1994

Kovarikova and Novotny, 1995

Eltsova and Bushkov, 1996

Woetzel and Steuer

Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze, 1998

Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze, 1999

Petrova and Tikhonov, 2000

Sale and Pelletier, 2001

Shen and Zhao, 2002

Shen and Zhao, 2003

Totmianina and Marinin, 2004

Totmianina and Marinina, 2005

Pang and Tong 2006  (Video is from Olympics, but they won Worlds weeks later.)

Shen and Zhao, 2007

Savchenko and Szolkowy 2008

Savchenko and Szolkowy 2009

Pang and Tong 2010

Savchenko and Szolkowy 2011

Savchenko and Szolkowy 2012


  1. No Volosozhar/Trankov for 2012? I know they haven't reached iconic status yet, but I thought their Black Swan free skate ended up being more memorable than S/S. Even though S/S had interesting choreography, the performance level just wasn't at its peak at Worlds.

  2. AJ posted the World Champions. Shen and Zhao out-skated T/M in '04, but AJ put the World Champions.

  3. 1996 with Eltsova and Bushkov was a weak year.

  4. But wait, where are the US pairs teams in that lineup? ::snickers::