After seeing sloppy repetitve programs after sloppy repetitive programs this season, I decided to dig up some tapes and was so amazed by Gusmeroli programs. Boy do I miss her, and I wish some of her creative moves and choreography would be translated into some of these skaters today. I understand the whole thing about points and number of revolutions and the 10,000 positions everyone has to do, but Gusmeroli in many ways was ahead of her time, and cover some of the COP aspect creatively.
I used think her skating was good but not great, somewhat unpolish, but relooking at some of her programs, they were defintely some of the best in the world. They always tell a story and kept me guessing what move she would do next. Some of my favorites were her Sliding Spirals, Splits on the ice especially in between footwork, and her Camel Spins.
Her SP to The Mask was truely innovative (and relooking at 97 World Champs....I would have acutally had her first, plus she did one of the first T.Lutz-d.loop ever). Than there was here stylish Rats d'Hotel program with her all black and diamond costume, and the classic Legends of the Falls. Please alert when we will ever see a skater to take the time and end a program with 3 camel spins to the L-R-L....