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    "Missing" One Of My Favorite Ice Dance Programs of All Time...

    It was choreographed by none other than Christopher Dean and was given to Paul and Isabelle Dushesnay in 1990 for the World Championships. I love Toller Cranston's comments during the marks. The program was absolutely stunning from start to finish and Paul and Isabelle were electrifying. As Toller predicted this program and the way Paul and Isabelle skated, ice dance would be changed forever.

    I always thought it was a shame that Paul and Isabelle decided to leave Canada and skate for France. It was sort of Canada's loss.

    The reason I mentioned this program is because tonight their other wonderful program The Planets was on. I missed the beginning so did not get it recorded. It was an amazing production with Brian Orser as the God Mercury.

    Here is "Missing"

    http://www.ask.com/bar?q=paul+and+is...%3DWPDko5EgNqs

    TV special The Planets
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3DS9INm6fo

    Amazing!!!


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    Yes, it is true, it was a mesmerizing program.
    Please, find the Missing on the youtube, performed by Torvill and Dean themselves.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJC_D8RLHQ
    This "basic version" was created in 1988., 4 yrs before the Duscehsnays has been competed with.....
    You will understand that why Duschesnays could loose against Klimova-Ponomarenko.

    The skating skills is so much better on Torvill-Dean at the same program.
    Even though the Duscehsnays was also breathtaking because of their rough, rural and unpolished way of beeing beutiful....

    It is a bit out of the topic but I would like to share with you the best ever ice-dance (IMO) in my book, the Oscar Tango:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKykr...eature=related

    If you are watching that you will understand why the old fans (like me ) thinks that Virtue-Moir can be the next Torvill-Dean.
    Simplicity, pureness, technique and beauty gives the drama spontaneusly. If you "make" drama it is becoming just a ridiculous overdramatic parodia (ala Domnina-Shabalin)....

    If you wanna enjoy it again, here is the version which they won the Professinal Worldchampion title in 1990.with.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkA7ty4bR4A&NR=1
    Last edited by bigdeal; 08-06-2009 at 04:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdeal View Post
    Yes, it is true, it was a mesmerizing program.
    Please, find the Missing on the youtube, performed by Torvill and Dean themselves.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJC_D8RLHQ
    This "basic version" was created in 1988., 4 yrs before the Duscehsnays has been competed with.....
    You will understand that why Duschesnays could loose against Klimova-Ponomarenko.

    The skating skills is so much better on Torvill-Dean at the same program.
    Even though the Duscehsnays was also breathtaking because of their rough, rural and unpolished way of beeing beutiful....

    It is a bit out of the topic but I would like to share with you the best ever ice-dance (IMO) in my book, the Oscar Tango:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKykr...eature=related

    If you are watching that you will understand why the old fans (like me ) thinks that Virtue-Moir can be the next Torvill-Dean.
    Simplicity, pureness, technique and beauty gives the drama spontaneusly. If you "make" drama it is becoming just a ridiculous overdramatic parodia (ala Domnina-Shabalin)....

    If you wanna enjoy it again, here is the version which they won the Professinal Worldchampion title in 1990.with.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkA7ty4bR4A&NR=1
    Yes, as a former figure skater myself (from the old school of skating), I have seen the original Missing program as performed by Torvill and Dean and as Toller Cranston comments the Duschesnays did lose techinically to Klimova-Ponomarenko. However, it was their (Duschesnays) pure raw talent that shone in the "Missing" routine. They were fresh and young and brought a certain raw energy to their skating. Also the music was so haunting, that it made it one of the most memorable ice dance programs of all time.

    Although the Duschesnays are Canadian because of their French background they were able to move to France and represent France. They made the move because the climb to the top in Canada in ice dance was so competitive at that time they thought they would rise more quickly to the top by representing France. I suppose they were right. So it was Canada's loss, but France's gain. Of course, Canada never suffered for lack of ice dance talent!!

    Yes, I agree Virtue-Moir will be great.

    Thanks for your comments.

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    Well, I would have said that the difficulty of the climb in Canada was impossible to understand. The Duchesnays were miles, miles better than the Garossino's, but apparently it was wait your turn in Canada at that time.

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    I thought it was because they were "too weird" for the Canadian Federation and as a result weren't getting the support they needed/felt they deserved. Later results, of course, speak for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Well, I would have said that the difficulty of the climb in Canada was impossible to understand. The Duchesnays were miles, miles better than the Garossino's, but apparently it was wait your turn in Canada at that time.
    Well, yes, politics has always been a part of ice dance - especially then. The Duchesnays were miles ahead of the Garrisinos but did not "wait for their turn" as you stated. I am sure it would not have taken them long to overtake the Garrisinos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    I thought it was because they were "too weird" for the Canadian Federation and as a result weren't getting the support they needed/felt they deserved. Later results, of course, speak for themselves.
    You must remember, it was a different time then and the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada) was still ruled by the old guard. They were new on the scene and brought a whole new look to ice dance. Maybe Canada was not ready for that. Anyway, today they probably would have stayed here to compete and would have been appreciated.

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