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    SOI DC - Notes from the show

    Hey all,

    Can't find a place to put this- if the mods find a better place, go for it.

    Just came back from the DC show. Good turnout...the Olympic year made things a bit more hectic than usual but it worked out nice.

    Pre-Show Reception

    Once again I got to attend the pre-show reception hosted by the Capitol Skating Fund. This time I'll keep it short and to the point (last year I rambled on- I was overtaken by my own excitement in meeting skaters for the first time...now I'm almost a veteran ). There was an auction where cool prizes from the Olympics were on display. Didn't bid on anything though. First skaters to come were Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Meryl said at the beginning that their schedule was tight and they may not be able to get to everyone, but they were very nice about it. I was successful in getting an autograph and picture. After more festivities, Jeremy Abbot came out- then Todd Eldredge, Mirai Nagasu and Alissa Czisny. They did not spend long, though- there were more people than they could get to. As a result I was able to catch Abbot and Eldredge but not Czisny or Nagasu- they left before I could reach them :(

    The Show

    I felt differently about this year's show than I have about the previous two shows I've been to...I felt that this time, I was enjoying more "individual performances" than the show as a whole, whereas last year and the year before, it was the other way around.

    It started out a bit rough. Four falls in just the first two performances. (I think there were that many TOTAL at the previous three shows I've been to!) Nagasu fell on two jumps, Abbot fell on his first and stumbled badly on a second. After that, though, it smoothed out. I was trying to like Nagasu but I think the falls took her out of the performance (she did her SP)- it didn't have any of the fire and spunk it had at Nats (or the Olympics). Next was Czisny with "You'll Never Walk Alone"- this surprised me a little as I was expecting to like her more than I actually did. She wasn't bad or anything, but I guess I didn't feel a very strong connection music-wise. She's a visually appealing skater though.

    Other highlights- Davis & White- Not a fan of ice dancing but they rocked the Indian folk dance. I also enjoyed Ben Agosto on the guitar, and Tanith/Ben's playful performance to "If It Kills Me". Weiss and Eldredge were the usual- solid, they know how to perform- and make the girls scream, lol. Weiss's backflips were a hit with the audience- big applause each time. And they're great!

    Yuka Sato really is made for this. If I HAD to pick a favorite performer this time around, I think she would eek it out over Belbin/Agosto...I'd have the two tied for 1st, actually. She had me the whole time she was out there. It was great. And weird thing is, I didn't even take huge notice of her in previous years, although she was still a great performer. But this time I felt that she chose the right pieces that really show off her style.

    Oh yeah- the Czisny/Cohen duet was nice too. Better than the video indicated. They actually did do one set of jumps in unison (it occurred after the video ended). And yes, in case you were wondering, both skaters were successful in landing them.

    Czisny's second piece showed off her playful side. Now THIS is the Alyssa I wanted to see. Great second performance from her.

    That's about it. The group numbers were cool too. I think after the initial rough start I was beginning to get concerned it would be a disaster but especially in the second half it turned out to be a really entertaining show. Lots of fun numbers, as I've now come to expect from SOI. As some of you know, those are the performances I enjoy the most, and especially Belbin/Agosto and Sato, and Davis/White- they were my faves this time around. Followed by Czisny's second performance and her duet with S. Cohen.

    Post-Show

    I was a member of the Fan Club and was lucky enough to score one of their "Meet & Greet" passes after the show. It was a little chaotic initially but they got things in order. There were actually two groups- the "Aftershow" folks and the "Fan Club" folks, of which I was in the latter group, of course. After waiting a few minutes in the stands, they let us back into the press room. Now, having already met Davis/White, Abbot and Eldredge at the Pre-Show Reception, I was hoping for different skaters. I especially wanted a second chance to see Nagasu and Czisny in particular. I was so disappointed when I missed them before, especially Czisny. So we're in the room waiting, talking about who might show up and in comes Olympic champ Evan Lysacek. (Taller than I expected, wow.) Nice guy- we were seated at tables and he came to each one, one at a time to sign programs and take photos. When he (finally) got to our table I got an autograph and pic. At that moment Ben Agosto walks in. I was also hoping Tanith was with him but she wasn't :( Still, another very nice guy. Told him he rocked it on the guitar He appreciated us coming out. and of course, got the usual autograph and pic. Once Ben was about a couple of tables away from ours, look who walks in other than Alyssa Czisny. Yes, so the second time IS the charm!! She is also very friendly. I do admit to being just a TAD "giddy" once I shook her hand and she was signing my program- it was just for a second, though. Then I got the courage to tell her I enjoyed her out there. I then asked the host if that was all, because I had to run to catch my return train. Seemed like it was- so I was out of there...

    So glad I got a second chance with Alyssa. (She was worth it!) Sucks that I missed Mirai completely though :(

    Before I Go...

    I have pics, taken with my P&S but actually I had overall better luck this year getting pics to come out because getting my new camera has forced me to learn some photography basics- and that has in turn allowed me to discover some "tricks" I didn't know before. I'm undecided as to whether I will post them or not. If I do it may be tomorrow...this weekend...or maybe a few weeks from now. We'll see.


    Hope this post was worth your time. - RD

    P.S. I didn't post this at the time but I did have an encounter with Kimmie Meissner a few months ago. I don't think I've ever been more nervous meeting someone in my life. But I did a good job not showing it. And don't even ask me why I was. Surprised me, too.

    Tally of skaters I've encountered so far: Sasha Cohen - Shen & Zhao - John Zimmerman - Todd Eldredge - Michael Weiss - Kimmie Meissner - Ben Agosto - Davis & White - Alissa Czisny - Evan Lysacek - Jeremy Abbot. I think that's everybody. All encounters except Meissner took place at an SOI show, either pre- or post-performance. And to think just two years ago I was marveling at all the folks that have gotten to meet skaters (how'd they do it??) when I have met exactly zero.
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    Thank you, RD! Glad you had such a great time! If you have a chance to go to Mike's foundation show in the fall (usually some time in September - most recently held in Arlington, VA), go for it!

    Our SOI show is tomorrow evening. Can't wait!

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    Thanks for the great report, R.D.

    Yuka Sato really is made for this.

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    Thanks RD.

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    RD, the one time I saw Alissa live she was completely underwhelming as well. I'm glad to hear she can bring it when she has the right number.

    Sorry to hear Mirai crumbled - I'm sure she'll get it together soon. But I'm happy to hear that some of the skaters are doing their competition routines. That makes it so much more exciting!

    How were Sasha's solos? Did you see Shen & Zhao? Did Jeremy get it together after the stumbles? And how did you like our OGM? Oh yes - and were there any chants of "John-NY, John-NY"?

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    RD, Thanks so much for the report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    How were Sasha's solos?
    YMMV, but overall I found myself a tad bit underwhelmed by her. She did her SP for her first routine and skated to "Hallelujah" for her second. It reminded me of the 2008 show where she was completely going through the motions and seemed uninspired by performing for an audience, which IMO is what this type of show is ALL about. But, that said, she did get big applause. She has a lot of wow moves and "it" factor. I just wish she'd loosen up a bit. She could really be stunning if she did that.

    You probably would have enjoyed her though. Other Sasha fans that attended report that they liked her, so... *shrugs*


    Did you see Shen & Zhao?
    They weren't in this show.

    Did Jeremy get it together after the stumbles?
    Yes, he did his second routine very nicely.

    And how did you like our OGM?
    Lysacek was actually a pleasant surprise. I like "Man in the Mirror" and I think he did a good job with it. The edits could have been a bit better IMHO but that's nitpicking and probably more the choreographers' fault than the skater's. And getting to meet him post-show was great, too. Now I can say I've met an Olympic champion

    Oh yes - and were there any chants of "John-NY, John-NY"?
    Not that I can recall.

    EDIT: Be on the lookout for pics soon.
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    Thanks for the extra detail. I'm very pleased to know Sasha too is doing her SP!

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    Pics are up! Let me know if you can see them. This is my first attempt at using Flickr (in the past I was using Webshots but I prefer the Flickr interface)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8440248...7623815961014/

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    The show sounds awesome! I can't wait for mine! (I'm REALLY hoping I get my chance for an encounter with Evan - I got a Fan Club membership in hopes of meeting him)

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    Pics are up! Let me know if you can see them. This is my first attempt at using Flickr (in the past I was using Webshots but I prefer the Flickr interface)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8440248...7623815961014/
    Nice pictures RD. Ben looks much better with a hair cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    Pics are up! Let me know if you can see them. This is my first attempt at using Flickr (in the past I was using Webshots but I prefer the Flickr interface)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8440248...7623815961014/
    They display fine.

    Great shots of Tanith and Ben, Ben playing guitar, and [/b]Michael Weiss in mid-backflip[/b] -- unusual angle!

    Would s be wrong of me to say Yuka Sato looks good from the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Would s be wrong of me to say Yuka Sato looks good from the back?
    Not at all...I agree

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    I was also at the DC show. I really enjoyed the number that B&A and D&W did together. Also loved being able to see the Bollywood program in person, despite Meryl's stumble on the twizzles. I think D&W had trouble doing that program on such a small surface. There were times when they seemed to almost run out of real estate! There were many falls in the first half but after they resurfaced things got better. I loved Sasha's Hallelujah program. I don't think Michael Jackson works for Evan, but it was nice to see him in person. Jeremy has incredible skating skills and edges in person. And sorry, R. D., I thought Alissa's second performance totally did not work. Playing the sex kitten is not her forte. She did not sell it. I loved the Alissa/Sasha duet. At the end of the show, Ben Agosto came over to our row and slapped hands with us. Mike and Todd are good performers and crowd pleasers, but neither is appealing to me. I was pleased this year that the show seemed more geared to adults rather than kids and didn't have so much of the fluff stuff that other SoI shows have had. They also kept the banter to a minimum and I appreciated that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked View Post
    And sorry, R. D., I thought Alissa's second performance totally did not work. Playing the sex kitten is not her forte. She did not sell it.
    Well...different strokes right? I thought her second routine was miles better than her first.

    And the "Hallelujah" number, while better than Espana Cani, still lacked that "emotional" impact for me. It's a song that really begs for an emotional skater to perform to it.

    At the end of the show, Ben Agosto came over to our row and slapped hands with us.
    Over on this end, we got handshakes from Todd Eldredge.
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