Tripping on the Podium
Tonichelle I am happy you got to see Brian Orser skate to Ebbtide....I saw it on tv and thought it was great.
Another skater that I've always enjoyed is Matt Savoie. He got a standing ovation in 2006 at Nationals to his program to the Mission. He just channeled the music ...brought tears to my eyes. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRqY2Q2WUl8
Tripping on the Podium
Don't forget this one:
Judy Blumberg/Michael Seibert 1984 Olympics,Scheherazade
Their lunge sequences leave me speechless!
I have really enjoyed looking at everyone's selections -- keep 'em coming!
Last edited by Kitt; 06-09-2010 at 09:39 PM.
For Mao Asada, I would add her "so deep is the night" exhibition to her other chopin programs:
I can watch this again and again!
Thoughts while reading this thread.
1. THAT'S Gary Beacom! Sakes alive, I LOVED him as a kid. He would do these funky spins and was so weirdly cool. I cheered when I clicked the youtube link and saw who it was. Mathman, you just made my day.
2. Matt Savoie's The Mission was gorgeous. The way the camera moved around during the spin with the climaxing music was practically poetry. Kudos to whoever shot that, and kudos to Mr. Savoie for skating that program so gorgeously.
3. Jeff Buttle's "Naqoyqatsi". It's not a program I can watch repeatedly because it gives me the heeby-jeebies, but the construction and skate is just stunning. The bent-legged spread eagle collapse thing sends shivers up my spine.
4. Stephane Lambiel's "Poeta." If someone could explain the physics of that final spin, that would be great.
5. Daisuke Takahashi's "Swan Lake (Hip Hop)" was electrifying. I think if I were trying to convince people that figure skating's a sport and richer than stereotypes suggest, I'd show them this performance.
6. Missing... one of the all time great programs.
Director Doug Wilson can be thanked for some of the BEST skating photography on television. He was a genius. Skating on TV has not been the same since his retirement. Fantastic individual. Totally dedicated to showcasing the sport. I think his retirement was the real reason ESPN lost interest.
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
Thanks so much for putting up the link to this! It's a gorgeous program, and you're right about the lunge sequence. It's as good as anything people are doing nowadays.
Originally Posted by Kitt
Edit: I just went back and watched Mao's "So Deep the Night." A gorgeous piece. Her expressiveness, both of face and of movement, is so engaging. I think that's also my favorite costume of hers--a beautiful, intense color, simple lines, perfectly suited to the music. That and "Por Una Cabeza" are probably my two favorite pieces of hers. I know they're both exhibition numbers, but they also tell us a lot about her skating skills. She's not phoning it in here. I agree with you, SkateSkates, that I could watch this again and again!
Last edited by Olympia; 06-09-2010 at 11:17 PM.