What do you all think of her? What do you think is her best program?
I am personally a big fan, especially of her artistry, and I don't think she got the recognition she deserves.
I loved her "Otonal", and her "Scene D'amour" SP, I think the year before that? Maybe the year after. I think that kind of program really showed her beauty, her gentle grace. I think technically, she was less than enjoyable because of her nerves and very stiff-kneed landings, but Maria was a beautiful skater.
Crazy Armchair Fan/Resident Nerd
Otoñal was by far her best FP. St. James Infirmary, IMHO, was her best SP
I do miss her skating. She had a real mature presence I loved Scence de Amour. It was a shame nerves did her in so many times
average opinionated skate fan
Maria was a skater that I think would have benefitted greatly under CoP system. Though many of her jumps may have lost a little on grade of execution, I'm almost certain that her component scores would have compensated.
I loved her skating. She had great maturity. She did not have the softest landings on jumps, but I enjoyed watching her programs. They had more than just jumps. I really liked her LP at the 2001 worlds. I also liked Otontal and Scene d'mour.
Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport
What year did she perfom these programs, I forget.
Originally Posted by Kasey
I loved her 17 moments of spring - I think it was a 201-2002 program.
Keeper of Bab's Death Stare...
O.K., maybe I'm dumb, but to me, 'St. James Infirmary' sounds like a place where you would go if you had smallpox., etc ! Did her dress look like a nurse's uniform ?? (what a strange name for a piece of music...)
Originally Posted by Matt
But seriously folks, I think she's lovely.
IIRC she skated it at the 2001 worlds.
Originally Posted by STL_Blues_fan
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
It's an old blues song.
Originally Posted by nubka
I went down to the St. James infirmary, I saw my baby there
She was stretched out on a long white table, so cold, and fine, and fair.
Let her go, let her go, God bless her, wherever she may be
She can search this world over, never find another man like me
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
Not a huge fan of Maria B., but I did see her skate live at a pro skate in Vancouver a couple of years ago. That was the best I have ever seen her skate.
I've never got to see her skate. But I do think she looks good.
Otonal was I think 1997-1999 season, ending with her world championship win. Scene d'amour was 1999-2001 SP (it seems she had a history of keeping programs 2 seasons! )
Originally Posted by Dee4707
She was a very pretty picture on the ice. I do miss seeing her skate, I think her nerves held her back a lot but she tried. But once she was done skating it took her forever to get off the ice.