Lovely words about Oksana, janetfan, much appreciated.
Regards the 3Lutz, oddly enough that is Oksana's favorite jump...though she was an edge jumper (her 2A & 3R were things of beauty)....it was her 3L that really set her apart from all the rest when she was on. I'm serious, that's why she always went for this jump in competition, whether eligible or professional. 99% of the time it was too big & as a result she couldn't hold onto the landing. Not only at the aforementioned pro. competition, but others as well, nevertheless she always went for it. My favorite 3L of hers was at the 2000 Goodwill Games. I recall Peter Carruthers said this about it:
One of the most incredible triple lutzes I have ever seen! That's bigger than Brian Boitano's...that was HUGE!
Regards the announcer you mentioned in your quote up above, lol, that was Verne Lundquist, also a huge fan of Oksana Baiul. He first saw Oksana at the 1993 World Championships in Prague, and it was love at first sight, regards her skating of course (btw his mother & Oksana share the same birthday, November 16th): The following is what he had to say about Oksana at Ice Wars in 2003:
Back to Yuna Kim, since this thread is about her after all. I just wanted to say that I find it fascinating the little similarities between Oksana & Yuna when it comes to their skating. Both artists of course, but Oksana was known to entrance the judges with her skating, and the same can be said about Yuna, which I noticed (& wrote about) the first time I saw her "James Bond" performance at TEB in October. Both different, but oddly similar. Now "Meditation from Thais". Hmm, food for thought. By the way, as I mentioned at TEB, Oksana is still the only one that can make me do both (laugh & cry & feel excitement all at the same time, be it "The Dying Swan", "Swan Lake", "All That Jazz", "Sadeness", "Dove L'Amore", "Desert Rose", "Wonderful World", "Feeling Begins", "Bolero", "Nobody's Business", "Safe From Harm" & on & on & on ad infinitum). Yuna has yet to make me cry...
I don't know if Yuna has ever made me cry, but watching her "Roxanne" has sure made me happy.
I have a feeling that Yuna's "Meditation" will be very expressive. I think it is a very good exhibtion program for the Olympics where fans want to see something special from the medal winners.
Here is Oksana's beautiful exhibition after winning the OGM.
Last edited by janetfan; 12-23-2009 at 08:18 AM.
Yu-Na and Oksana have the most beauyiful arms.
This is my all time favorite program.
I think that a gala programme should lift up the audience with energy, entertainment or profound emotional intensity. Just a couple of recent history examples that immediately come to my mind when thinking of good galas are:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thK6U8svp_E (wonderful execution of blues)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1mFEUrTk-E (musical, fun and so light)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNjV45j8R3g (absolutely silly and incredibly fun.. he's the master of entertainment)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnJp3M6eJXM (if you don't like fun&silly Plushenko, he can do emotional and profound galas too. This is the best for me)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=911uxrpcmY0 (100% pure fun and energy)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHxBvJgKLgA (I guess everyone knows this by now)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIk7...eature=related (She's made for the audiences)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivi941jVyM8 (Who better than the original showman)
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Although not exactly a gala (in fact it's based on his actual free skate) I love this:
It could definitely be a gala... if Stephane were to be included at the Olympic gala, this is what I would love to see him do.
Edit: And to be back on topic, I must also agree that I am much more captivated by Yuna's competition performances than her exhibitions.
Last edited by Phoenix347; 12-23-2009 at 12:33 PM. Reason: To be back on topic