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    2019 World Figure Skating Hall of Fame announced

    Olympic champions lead 2019 World Hall of Fame


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA (April 22, 2019) – Olympic champions Natalya Bestemyanova & Andrey Bukin and the late Ondrej Nepela lead the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2019, nominating chair Lawrence Mondschein announced today. They are joined by two-time World champion Gabriele Seyfert and renowned coach Yelena Tchaikovskaya.

    “This year's class includes Olympic and World champions and a highly decorated coach,” Mondschein said. “Each has been recognized and honored within their respective countries and admired by figure skating enthusiasts around the world for their significant contributions to our sport."

    The Soviet team of Natalya Bestemyanova & Andrey Bukin dominated ice dance from 1985 to 1988. In the run-up to their 1988 Olympic gold medal, they won four-consecutive World titles and earned four-consecutive European Championships. In total, Bestemyanova & Bukin earned two Olympic medals, eight World medals and seven European medals. Dramatic, innovative and theatrical, their avant-garde programs introduced a new and technically sound style of ice dance.

    Ondrej Nepela of the former Czechoslovakia was the 1972 Olympic champion, a three-time World champion (1971-73) and five-time European champion (1969-73). He died in Mannheim, Germany, in 1989 at the age of 38. In 1993, the Slovak Figure Skating Association established the Ondrej Nepela Memorial (now Trophy) to honor the nine-time winner of the Czechoslovak Championships. Nepela was named the Slovak Athlete of the 20th Century by the Slovak Republic in 2000.

    Two-time World champion (1969-70) and 1968 Olympic silver medalist Gabriele Seyfert is the first woman to land a clean triple loop jump in competition. A three-time European champion (1967, ’69, ’70), Seyfert dominated ladies skating in her home country, winning 10 consecutive East German titles (1961-70). In 1966 she was voted East Germany’s Athlete of the Year. Seyfert joins her mother and coach, Jutta Müller, as a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

    As a coach and choreographer, Russia’s Yelena Tchaikovskaya helped develop the emotional storytelling common in today’s ice dance programs. Tchaikovskaya’s Soviet teams won the first two Olympic ice dance gold medals (1976, Lyudmila Pakhomova & Aleksandr Gorshkov; 1980, Natalia Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov) and helped launch an era of Soviet/Russian dominance. Her students have qualified for the World Championships in all four disciplines, winning 11 World titles.

    The Hall's legends subcommittee, which considers contributions from over 50 years ago, selected Eva Romanova & Pavel Roman of the former Czechoslovakia. The siblings won four consecutive World pairs championships (1962-65). Roman is inducted posthumously.
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    And there's me thinking that all of them have been already in the Hall of Fame for a long, long time! Good on them, well deserved.

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    Cool!

    Is there a list of who's in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame? I wonder if there's any glaring omissions in there, like if Mishin isn't in there I'm gonna be disappointed

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    Mishin was inducted in 2017.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worl...g_Hall_of_Fame

    2018's skaters were:

    Shizuka Arakawa (Japan),
    Viktor Petrenko (Ukraine, Unified Team, Soviet Union),
    Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
    Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov (Soviet Union)

    I am sure there are glaring omissions, since it appears to have started in 1976, and it looks like a one per discipline per year kind of thing

    Unfortunately, the museum's own website is not particularly useful, even for its own store
    http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Mishin was inducted in 2017.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worl...g_Hall_of_Fame

    Unfortunately, the museum's own website is not particularly useful, even for its own store
    http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/
    Glad to see Mishin in there

    The Website is indeed disappointing.

    What's the criteria for getting in, because Yags is there and Plushy isn't? Better be because there's a "Gotta be retired for more than x years" clause or otherwise I call foul.

    Awesome to see Frank Zamboni in there! Now I'm curious as to whether it's for skating or for services to ice smoothing!

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    Is Plushy retired, even yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Mishin was inducted in 2017.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worl...g_Hall_of_Fame

    2018's skaters were:

    Shizuka Arakawa (Japan),
    Viktor Petrenko (Ukraine, Unified Team, Soviet Union),
    Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
    Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov (Soviet Union)

    I am sure there are glaring omissions, since it appears to have started in 1976, and it looks like a one per discipline per year kind of thing

    Unfortunately, the museum's own website is not particularly useful, even for its own store
    http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/
    Glad that many skaters from Soviet Union/Russia/the former Soviet block in Eastern Europe are inducted the last couple of years, this way fixing an injustice. Fully deserved !!! Moiseeva/Minenkov, Bestemyanova/Bukin, Petrenko, Nepala, Gabby Seyfert and many more are a "must-be-present' in the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Hopefully next year we will see more of these athletes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymoose_au View Post
    Is there a list of who's in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame? I wonder if there's any glaring omissions in there, like if Mishin isn't in there I'm gonna be disappointed
    http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/WorldHallOfFame.html

    Or -- on the page linked by Doris Pulaski, click on "Hall of Fame" in the middle of the menu across the top. Then on World Hall of Fame.

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    What's the criteria for getting in, because Yags is there and Plushy isn't? Better be because there's a "Gotta be retired for more than x years" clause or otherwise I call foul.
    I think it is five years to be nominated? There are a number of skaters who, as far as I know, never officially announced their retirements -- Michell Kwan, for instance (last competed in 2006, inducted into the U.S. and World Halls of Fame in 2012).

    Awesome to see Frank Zamboni in there! Now I'm curious as to whether it's for skating or for services to ice smoothing!
    Services to ice smoothing. There are quite a few people whose contributions were not as skaters -- ISU officials, etc.

    Cartoonist Charles Schultz is in the U.S. Hall of Fame for drawing cartoons of Peanuts character Peppermint Patty skating, as well as making other contributions to the sport as a general "friend of figure skating."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH_RlC6Ahe8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/WorldHallOfFame.html

    Or -- on the page linked by Doris Pulaski, click on "Hall of Fame" in the middle of the menu across the top. Then on World Hall of Fame.
    Thanks! I did manage to find it in the end.

    I think it is five years to be nominated? There are a number of skaters who, as far as I know, never officially announced their retirements -- Michell Kwan, for instance (last competed in 2006, inducted into the U.S. and World Halls of Fame in 2012).
    I see, how does one get nominated, 'cause if anyone can do it, I'll be sending Plushy's name in right now.

    Services to ice smoothing. There are quite a few people whose contributions were not as skaters -- ISU officials, etc.
    He certainly deserves it!

    Cartoonist Charles Schultz is in the U.S. Hall of Fame for drawing cartoons of Peanuts character Peppermint Patty skating, as well as making other contributions to the sport as a general "friend of figure skating."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH_RlC6Ahe8
    How cool (er...pun intended!)! Thanks for the link, that's some good animation! I always liked Charles Schultz, nifty to know he was a figure skating fan! (Of course now I'm wondering if that tape thing ever happened in real life to someone! I guess they have a spare tape in case, but what if the machine itself breaks?! Guess they have spares of them too.)

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    I'll always think of Tchaikovskaya as the one who saw Butyrskaya's full potential when others could not. I'm very happy to see her get in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymoose_au View Post
    I see, how does one get nominated, 'cause if anyone can do it, I'll be sending Plushy's name in right now.
    I think there is an open nominations procedure. Golden Skate should show its clout next year by picking a couple of our old favorites and starting a campaign.

    Plushenko last competed in 2014 (Sochi Olympics) but I think he maintained training and did not officially retire until 2017. If so, he might not be eligible until 2022 for the class of 2023 inductees. A sure first-ballot shoo-in.

    I was happy to see Emmerich Danzer honored last year. He should have won the 1968 Olympics -- airplane arms and all. He opens with his famous 2Lz+2Lz+2lo+2S sequence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ61-JQ3Svg

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    Charles Schulz had his own ice rink, Snoopy's Home Ice, and staged ice shows with national level skaters on it. It is very cool.

    It is even cooler that it was spared by the California wild fires that levelled a lot of the surrounding area.


    https://mashable.com/2017/10/19/pean...lifornia-fire/

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    How are Bestemyanova & Bukin only now getting in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    How are Bestemyanova & Bukin only now getting in?
    It took them until 2004 to induct Toller. Toller!

    Timing does not appear to be the strong suit of this committee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I think there is an open nominations procedure. Golden Skate should show its clout next year by picking a couple of our old favorites and starting a campaign.
    We should!

    Plushenko last competed in 2014 (Sochi Olympics) but I think he maintained training and did not officially retire until 2017. If so, he might not be eligible until 2022 for the class of 2023 inductees. A sure first-ballot shoo-in.
    I shall have my email at the ready then!

    I was happy to see Emmerich Danzer honored last year. He should have won the 1968 Olympics -- airplane arms and all. He opens with his famous 2Lz+2Lz+2lo+2S sequence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ61-JQ3Svg
    That was a fun watch! Loved his spins and those little twirly hops...Also the bow tie! And man long programs sure were long, that was almost 5 minutes of skating!

    Though Judge 3 didn't seem to rate him

    PS Also Plushy once skated to very similar music, so good taste, Mr Danzer

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonP View Post
    Glad that many skaters from Soviet Union/Russia/the former Soviet block in Eastern Europe are inducted the last couple of years, this way fixing an injustice. Fully deserved !!! Moiseeva/Minenkov, Bestemyanova/Bukin, Petrenko, Nepala, Gabby Seyfert and many more are a "must-be-present' in the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Hopefully next year we will see more of these athletes.
    Absolutely!

    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    I am sure there are glaring omissions, since it appears to have started in 1976, and it looks like a one per discipline per year kind of thing
    That explains a lot. Seems a bit silly to me...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I think there is an open nominations procedure. Golden Skate should show its clout next year by picking a couple of our old favorites and starting a campaign.
    I second that!

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    Heck, Elaine Zayak, Sladky & Schwomeyer, Usova & Zhulin, and the Duchesnays are not there

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Heck, Elaine Zayak, Sladky & Schwomeyer, Usova & Zhulin, and the Duchesnays are not there
    Hopefully, some day they will be!

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    I was waiting for that. Elaine Zayak all the way. 😀 I hope one of these days she will be inducted too.

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    Also on the one list (I think it was the one on Wikipedia) Brian Orser was listed as being inducted as a coach in 2009 but not as a skater? I'm wondering though if that's an error and he was inducted as as skater. For one thing, 2009 would be very early for him to be inducted as a coach...

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