Valentina Marchei of Italy in action during the Ladies Free Skating during the ISU European Figure Skating Championships at Motorpoint Arena on January 28, 2012 in Sheffield, England.
Part of me wanted Alissa to win because she looked like she was the whole package and her spins were amazing, but Ashley is a great ladies’ champ also.
The ladies’ medalists at the U.S. National Championships.
1. Ashley Wagner
2. Alissa Czisny
3. Agnes Zawadzki
4. Caroline Zhang
I never knew anything about figure skating until I saw Peggy Fleming at the 1968 Olympics win the gold medal. In 1961 on the way to the World’s Championship in Czechoslovakia, an airplane crashed with all the members of the U.S. Figure skating team as well as coaches. The World’s were cancelled that year. The entire American figure skating program fell back on a young Peggy Fleming and foreign coaches who came to America to help. Peggy won the first of 3 World’s gold medals in 1966 and became a professional or show skater after the World’s in 1968.
peggy fleming 1966 US nationals LP (filmed by howard craker)
Nancy Kerrigan - I had tickets too see the U.S. Nationals finals in Pairs and Ladies in 1994. That was the year that Nancy Kerrigan got attacked (of course in Detroit) and the hoopla all began over that. I, though, thoroughly enjoyed my day watching all the skating.
Nancy was a beautiful skater, though, I felt she was a bit stiff. In my opinion, she should have won the gold medal at the Olympics in 1994 because her technique was far better than Oksana Baiul. Oksana two-footed almost all of her jumps. But, she was considered the fan favorite and she did have something extra in her skating. With the judging system they have now (which I hate), Kerrigan probably would have won.
And to go to Tonya Harding - I do not believe she deserved all the backlash that she received. I believe she had nothing to do with the clubbing on Kerrigan. There’s much more I could say about this, but I won’t.
Kim Zmeskal - She was the first American woman to win a gymnastics all-around gold medal. All-around means she was the best of all four apparatuses - vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor. Sadly, she suffered injuries going into the 1992 Olympics and did not do as well as hoped. She was found to have had a stress fracture of the ankle all during competition.
Joilieder: Nicole Bobek - She is a blast from the past. A beautiful but undisciplined ice skater. She has won a gold medal and 3 bronze at the U.S. Nationals, and in 1994-95 season, won a World bronze medal. She had a lasting impact on ladies’ figure skating because of her signature move, a spiral (seen in the photo) with the free leg extended very high.
26th December 2011
Now Draw This
This picture truly shows the 4 inches the ladies work on. The ability and concentration must be great.
things like this? how are they humanly possibly. homg.