It's been a while, though, and I don't know m any of the up-and-comers. My loyalties still mostly rest with the old timers, m any of whom are no longer in the sport. Those like Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, Elvis Stoiko, Dorothy Hamill, the teams fo Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto and Ekaterina Gordeeva/Sergei Grinkov, Sasha Kohen, Victor Petrenko. There are several more, but they escape my memory right now- and some I simply can't spell or pronounce correctly! Some o fthem are a bit more recent than others, of course.
And of course, I've saved the very best for last- my very favorite skater, Scott Hamilton! I don't think anyone is as great as him, and I was devastated when I heard he was sick, and then later, retiring. Every dog has thier day, though, and all good things must come to an end. Some of my best memories are of watching Scott Hamilton do things on the ice that the other skaters- even the best- could only dream of doing.
These days, I don't watch the skating- or gymnastics- as much as I used to, but when I do I am always taken back to those days of memory. I will always treasure what these unknown strangers have given to me. I don't think many of them realize or understand what part they play in the lives and memories of so many people, as opposed to the movies stars and starlets, tv actors and actresses, and the music stars.