Another update from Passion Patinage about another French skater keeping a 2008-9 program: Yannick Ponsero will have a new SP (hopefully with a better costume than this year), but will keep his LP. He may make some minor changes to it.
OT, my reading comprehension in French is getting much better... I actually understood quite a bit of Yannick's interview without resorting to translations! So clearly my occasionally excessive interest in skating has had some positive effects! If only my French class curriculum in high school had been like this .
Tinymavy, I've nothing against Rachmaninov, but I've seen so many programs choreographed to selections from his music, and I don't feel there was anything particularly interesting or engaging about Chan's interpretation. I think Patrick should call Jeff and ask him for advice on music and choreo; maybe he'll end up with something a bit more original that would resonate with him more.
It's never a good idea to use the same FS twice in a row, especially for the Olympics. The judges will expect a perfect performance, and if it is not forthcoming, they may penalize the skater more than they might have if it were a new program.
Considering that Chan didn't skate clean at the two biggest events of 2009 (GPF and Worlds), I think it's a huge risk to plan a repeat program for Vancouver.
I still have the postcard she sent me when I congratulated her on becoming the third woman in history to land the triple axel in competition at the 2002 Skate America, on the day of my birthday no less!
Looking forward to seeing what everybody else has chosen for the Olympic season as well.
I agree that if there ever was a time to repeat a program it is at the olympics. You want to be comfortable, you want to be skating a program you know like the back of your hand. The olympic season is not the time to take risks. If a skater finds something that works, i think it is a good plan for them to stick with it, even if it causes slightly more boredom to the average viewer. Hey, it worked for Sale and Pellitier, Plushenko and Shizuka
I love, love, love Patrick's FP so if he wants to make it his signature piece that's just fine by me.
Yes, didn't Sale and Pelletier get criticized for using a 3-year old program? And I think the criticism was warranted--it was an old program that didn't show how much they had improved since then, even a regession to the eyes of some. And let's face it: Love Story wasn't exactly a masterpiece either. If only they had skated their Orchid LP at the Olympics! THAT was a program (if skated cleanly) that would have warranted the gold over Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze.
Well, she better not do it again, that's all I can say! (And I speak as a fan.)
^We'll know if she does at Skate America.
Sticking with the same program for years seems to be a free skater thing. It seems like ice dancers rarely repeat their FDs. Hmm.