"Esspressive, protective, sicure
Above all charming, full of energy and emotions.
The BEST Pair skater EVER!"
"He is one of the most passionate skaters I have ever seen. He has
incredible strength and power, yet is still delicate with his partners. He is
just amazing with Oksana as he was with Natalia."
"Artur is my favroite skater because he is the first pairs skater I can
remember getting an Olympic Gold medal, besides, Oksana Kazakova and Artur
Dimitriev are just my favroite skaters."
"I love the passion he puts into his skating. He makes me feel the music and
the passion he feels when he skates. And of course I love the way he looks,
he has the best body."
"Why do I love Artur? What is there not to love? ...I used to watch ladies
and men skating only. But when I first saw Artur & Natalia in 1989 (I believe),
I decided that Pairs was where it was at! Even my husband was impressed by Artur's athleticism and ability to figure skate
with such power and passion.
Oksana & Artur are the only pair that I find the male partner as entertaining as
the female. With his artistry and dedication, I believe that Artur has
redefined the meaning of Pairs Skating. This is obvious by seeing the new
up-and-coming skaters trying to imitate him.
Never before, or since, have I seen a skater who gives so much of himself on the
ice - truly a joy to watch. Artur has done so much for the credibility of
Artur's and Oksana's performances have brightened up many of my days. God bless
them, their families and their fans forever."
Kim Hebert, 37
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
That is a hard question to answer. I have not always been a big fan of Artur.
I think in the past he was a little selfish and immature. Recently though he
has become the gentleman of pairs figure skating as far as I am concerned. It
was obvious when he first started skating with Oksana that he forced her beyond
her abilities especially by expecting her to be as flexible as Natalia (sp?) was
and she was no where near as flexible. As we all know that is no longer the
case and she is a flexible and beautiful skater. I think something wonderful
happened to Artur's heart because he handles her with so much love and respect
now that my heart skips a beat each time I see him help her on the ice. I cry
every time I watch their short program when he used all of his heart, soul and
incrediible strength to get Oksana through her death spiral. The strength it
took for him to hold that pivot for so long and so low was unbelievable. I
watch it all the time and it effects me each time I see it. Artur has never tried to act like an angel and I know that the new gentle ness of his heart if
very real and he and Oksana are beautiful together. I adore her also. What a
lucky girl to have been given the chance to skate with Artur and be able to rise
to the challenge and form one of the best pairs teams of all time. I think they
are really pushing the envelope with their inovative skating. It is not all
wild, crazy trickery like a certain Canadian couple who shall remain nameless.
They are truly figure skaters with such beauty and grace. I was lucky enough to
get Artur's autograph a couple of months ago after the Campells Soup show. He
was wonderful. My husband helped me yell his name and they are both the same
size so when Artur looked up he could not help but see my husband. He walked
over and was close enough for me to touch, which I did not do, but I was able to
tell him how much I love him and his skating. My heart was pounding when this
Russian legand was standing right in front of me. He only signed one other autograph and then got on the bus. Oksana is very shy and she went straight
to the bus. Artur watched her to make sure she got one. His autograph is
beautiful. He put alot of swirly lines with his name. I will never forget the
experience. I could go on and on but I think everyone will get the point about
how much I love him. I also like Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze but now one touches
Artur. He is truly gallant and a gentleman."
"Artur is simply the best skater I have ever seen. Elegant, sophisticated,
creative and unusual. He actually made me start to enjoy pairs skating, which I
did not really do before he came on the scene. He has contributed so much to the
sport and I hope he continues to do so by becoming a coach or coreographer when
his own skating career is over. He has so much to give and it is hard to imagine
that any skater will ever touch my heart the way he does."
"Oh yes, I am here...Artur..., what can I say, it has been said, and
my goodness, be still my heart. It took me a while to get here but this is
my take on Artur...gothic, graceful, serene, passionate, classy
I first, noticed Artur, at the gee, was it the 1990 GWG's oh I don't know
which one it was, but it was before the 1992 Olympics. But at the 1992
Olympics, Artur & Natalia made me smile, and hope.
OK, I could go on...
Denise, who says, age is nothing but a number..."
Joo Hyung In
"He is the best pair skater"
"Artur and Oksana are my favorite pair. Aside from the fact that I find
their skating profoundly moving, I have met both of them and they are very kind.
He is quite a gentleman and I will admire him forever."
"Artur is a paradox - his flair is toned by his ballet training, his
athleticism coupled with grace, his power with artistry. He is unique and
Oksana is just icing on the cake!"
Anke Elter, 32
"I admire Artur not only because he's the greatest male pairs skater of this
time, but also because he's a very great person. His sweet kind of relation
with Oksana and the way he kisses her hand after their performances is
Of course he is only one half of a pairs team, and Oksana is a great partner
with her own style and grace. I love both of them likewise, because
of their passionate and emotional style and their kind to skate for the
audience. When they skate you can feel, that they skate to embody
the music, the music does not accompany their skating, but the skaters,
the skating and the music are one unit. They feel the music and they
express their feelings while they are skating. They always mediate
the feeling, that the most important thing of skating is to please the
audience and to get a standing ovation."
Takayuki Sato, 27
"Two words: "ruggedly artistic."
Jayne Olson - Mozart, 22
"Because he is an awesome pairs skater, a nice guy, and Russian!"
Marie Madelaine G., 27
"In too many skating pairs, the man seems to just fade into the background,
or act as a 'porter' who carries around the lady and shows her off. Artur is so
much more than that, with a strong and passionate presence of his own. He is
like Nureyev on the ice! He even impressed my husband at COI this year. When
asked about the show, the first thing he would bring up was how incredible Artur
"I love the passion for skating he shows
on the ice and also the fact that he's
kept growing as a skater and has not
been content with 'the same old stuff'."
Sandra, age 35
"Too many reasons - tights for one!"
Shoko Tokuda, age 29
"I love and respect Artur tremendously for what he has achieved in this sport.
He seems like a man among little boys in pairs skating (especially in Nagano).
Strong, masculine, passionate, graceful, gentle, fun-loving... He is able to
convey all of that in his skating. Not many ladies skaters can do that!
Natalia and Oksana seem to have two different styles of skating and he has been
able to show his versatality by skating with both of them, without it looking
like an act, 'forced', or unnatural.
I'm looking forward to what more he can offer to the sport of figure skating!
Also, I must admit, as a woman, he makes me go weak in the knees everytime he
kisses Oksana's hand! What a gentleman! I wouldn't mind being on the receiving
end of one of those kisses!"
"Artur is inspiring because he considers the "art" of skating as
important or more so than winning a medal. Watching him show up at various other
skating venues to cheer on his teammates shows what a team player he is.
He seems to have little or no jealousy towards his competition (he is a
good friend of Katia Gordeeva and the late Sergei Grinkov ) and a mentor to
Anton S. The consideration and respect he bestows on both his partner and
coach is heartwarming. Plus, Artur is defying the "age concept" in figure
skating. He has proven that he is the equal and superior to many skaters
much younger than himself. He combines athletism and artistry beautifully in
programs. This ability showcases his dramatic charisma and sex appeal. I
could go on and on citing reasons Artur is my favorite pairs skater but his
record speaks for itself."
"He is so artistic and physical."
Kate Speers, age 16
"Artur is the best skater in the world! He and Oksana have a quality
that no other skater has, and is almost imdescribable. I love Artur's appoach
to skating and everything else, and I adore how he treats Oksana like such a
lady by kissing her hand after every performance, even if it wasn't very good.
There are SO many more reasons I love Artur AND Oksana, but it will take FOREVER
to list all of them! :D"
Jen, age 13
"Usually when you think of skaters, you think of them as *skaters*.
When I think of Artur, I also think of him as a person. His
passion is great to watch on the ice, but he keeps all his success
in perspective and gives the impression that there's more to life
than just skating. He is soooooooo sweet to Oksana who is
great too BTW! My other fav pair is Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze, but
sometimes they remind me of a boy and a girl when they skate, while Artur
and Oksana skate like a man and woman."
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