Great Skating Moments
As hard core skating fans we sit and watch every competition in hopes that someone will "let it go" and give a performance Dick Button would stand and cheer for! It’s that moment when everything goes away and one is transfixed on the music and movement. The skater is listing to the music with you and hits every beat with conviction and emotion. As the music builds with greater intensity, the speed increases and the passion becomes even more evident. With every driving beat the skater becomes more vulnerable to the music. She spins into the final position with tears of joy in her eyes and a smile plastered on her face. We sit at home truly moved by the moment also with a tear in our eye and a smile on our face. Moments like this are never promised, but these moments are what keep us coming back for more!
What is it about these moments that make us love them? Please list some very special moments that have truly moved you as a skating fan.
The one routine and moment which made me a skating fan (and yes, I am that old *g*) was Torvill & Dean's Bolero at Sarajevo. Wonderful skaters doing an interesting choreography just spot on the music. Btw they dealt with the rhythm especially in a very fine way which makes it even more interesting to me as I am a musician myself. And then - this was a routine about love, it was the climax of their amateur career - and all this on Valentine's day. Here is a quote from their bio: "It was St. Valentine’s Day and I gave Jayne an orchid," Dean says. "She gave me a kiss. When we knelt down on the ice we looked into each other’s eyes and saw total commitment. It was almost as if we were looking into each other’s soul."
For me, "great skating moments" are a little bit more than just merely great performances. I mean, Rudy Galindo at Nats in '96 and Irina's final FS at Worlds in '05 were great peformances, but the "story book" aspect made those events just unbelievably emotional. The "it couldn't be done" so Michelle Kwan just did it --at Worlds '00 -- was another.
At the rink. Again.
Boitano in '88 at the Olympics
Stoiko at the Olympics with his torn groin (94?)
Robin Cousins in the '80 Olympics
Midori Ito at the 89 and 90 Worlds
Harding at the 91 Nationals
And several others I can't think of at the moment...
A. Y. & E. P.: Tzars Of The Ice, Lords Of The Rink
Shen and Zhao: 2003 Worlds, 2004 Worlds long program
Gordeeva and Grinkov: (well pretty much everything) but especially 1994 Olympics long program
Irina Slutskaya: 2005 Worlds long program
Alexei Yagudin: (again pretty much everything) 2002 Olympics, 2001 season, 1999 Worlds
Ilia Kulik: 1998 Olympics
Emanuel Sandhu - 2004 Canadians LP - a basically clean program, and he was so giddy afterwards he didn't bow right away, he just looked elated and skated right over to his coach and hugged her
Jeff Buttle - 2005 Canadians LP - everyone around me had tears in their eyes after that program, finally laying it down at a competition in Canada (where he usually bombs) and winning the Canadian title for the first time (again, where he usually bombs)
Shen/Zhao's LP at both 2003 and 2004 Worlds. I still get chills every time I watch that 2004 LP
Liz Manley's 1988 Olys LP - I get so totally happy for her every time I watch it
Sale and Pelletier's Love Story LP at the 2002 Olympics. I was jumping up and down for them, especially knowing their story going in and how they both almost completely gave up skating only 4 years before. I'm sure the period of time between when they finished the preformance and when they received their marks(when the controversy began)was truly the most wonderful experience in the world for them. You could see it in their eyes!
Anissina and Pezerat's Carmina Burana FD at the 2000 Worlds. I believe it was choreographed by Torvill and Dean(no surprise). I honestly wish I could have been there! Ice dancing isn't my favorite discipline, but that preformance drew me in! Truly amazing!
There have been so many great performances, but here are the ones that really got to me the most on an emotional level......the ones that really inspired:
S&Z: 2003 Worlds LP - The emotion was so intense and genuine towards the end of this program....I also get chills and teary eyed everytime I watch this performance. It is truly one for the ages.
Michelle: Too many to count (00 Worlds LP, 01 Nats SP, 01 Worlds LP, 03 Nats & Worlds LPs, etc.).....but the one that really was so impressive to me for the sheer effort and expression was her 2004 Nationals LP. Granted, I am a Michelle fan and it was my first real competition.......but I had my doubts. She had struggled throughout the season and I personally thought "Tosca" was a weak program. But, she took the ice and proved me (and so many others) wrong. She made a mediocre program brilliant, IMO. The energy in that building was amazing.
Chen Lu: Her 1996 Worlds LP was a brilliant and moving moment, but her comeback at the 1998 Olympics was really exceptional. She came back from a completely disasterous year and regained her form on the grandest stage imaginable.....I was so happy for her.
Tanja Szewcenko: She had so many injuries and setbacks in her career, but her LP performance at the 1998 Champions' Series Final was such a standout. She skated a heartfelt, emotionally powerful program. I was in tears with her at the end. I still cry when I watch it.
Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympics
Angela Nikidinov - 2001 U.S. Nationals
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