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    Short Program Masterpieces

    I was disappointed...watching 2010 Skate America Ladies Short Programs.
    After the competition...I went to YouTube and watched 5 Masterpieces in ladies SP History.

    1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju4H8risUms
    2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlveIc_LH-o
    3.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvrZ8RafX4M
    4.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Ig_...eature=related
    5.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELFerA2QZX8

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    Kwan, 2001 US Nationals SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb51K3GcGCE

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    What a great idea for a thread! Blades, I'm with you on all the Kwan short programs. I just re-watched her 1998 Rachmaninoff, and, as Peggy Fleming said, I forgot it was a short program. The beautiful flow of the choreography, the clever way Nichol mixed the Rachmaninoff piano concerto and a bit of his cello sonata (a sublime piece that isn't well enough known--everyone, head over to YouTube and give the complete sonata a listen if you haven't yet encountered it), and Michelle's astonishing blend of technique and musicality make this one of the pinnacles of skating.

    I'm also grateful that Lucinda Ruh was included in this mix. She's a wonderful skater who isn't nearly well known enough. Because her spinning skills so outstripped her jumping ability, she fared better as a pro. I always find her a treat to watch.

    The Mao/YuNa collection is wonderful. Seeing Mao's 2006 Grand Prix short program reminds me of what it was like to encounter her at the beginning of her senior career. Can you believe her maturity? She didn't have a trace of juniorish coltishness. Her arm positions were wonderful, as they are today.

    Since no one else has provided a link to Sasha Cohen's wonderful Olympic short program from 2002, to the Sentimental Waltz, here it is. I think it belongs in this group.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIie7mouHpQ

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    Thank you for this thread. I'm enjoying all of these.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bt98gppjr0

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    I have no interest in watching and worshipping old stuff mid season. Yeah they were good, who cares? What I care about is how bad the athletes compete and not able to come up with good performances, when they should. This year is their best opportunity to make a statement and are falling short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLouise View Post
    Thank you for this thread. I'm enjoying all of these.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bt98gppjr0
    I was just going to post this performance! You beat me to it.

    I'll post some of my other favorites.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GfZW03lM4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zKfZVurJY
    Last edited by miki88; 11-14-2010 at 08:28 AM.

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    My favourites are (all already posted):

    YuNa's Tango de Roxanne
    Mao's Nocturne
    Michelle's Romanza
    Michelle's Rachmaninoff - Peggy's so right, it doesn't even feel like a short program.
    Sasha's 2006 Olympic SP (sorry I don't know the name of it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLouise View Post
    Thank you for this thread. I'm enjoying all of these.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bt98gppjr0
    I always enjoy this program - her "reserved elegance" is something that has rarely been equaled and I enjoy it so much more than over the top theatrics we too often see which come off as fake and add nothing to the skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    I always enjoy this program - her "reserved elegance" is something that has rarely been equaled and I enjoy it so much more than over the top theatrics we too often see which come off as fake and add nothing to the skating.
    I love how she really embraced her heritage in her programs and chose to use Chinese folk music for several of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    I love how she really embraced her heritage in her programs and chose to use Chinese folk music for several of them.
    Yes, I always admired that too. But something else that separates Lu-Lu is that it is her skating itself, her positions, the subtle attention to the nuances in the music is how she was expressing herself.

    I see this in Mao at times - where the expression is coming from the movement and body lines and not dependant on overly dramatic facial expressions. We should not confuse too much manufacured facial expressions or pep for artistry. Those qualities are theatrical and can add to a performance but have nothing to do with the skating itself.

    I prefer the artistry that comes from the skating and the expression that the blades combined with the body line and positions - whether subtle or powerful - is being used to interpret the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettykeys View Post
    Sasha's 2006 Olympic SP (sorry I don't know the name of it)
    It was Dark Eyes.


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