Of course, Alexei Yagudin's Winter.
Stephane Lambiel, Spanish Caravan
I can watch his step sequences in this program over and over again (and I have). The expression, the abandon, the joy...magnificent.
Ilia Kulik, Faust
The version at 1997 Worlds was even better, but I can't find a high-quality version on Youtube.
Jeffrey Buttle, Adios Nonino
Since someone else posted his Rachmaninoff, I'll nominate Buttle's Adios Nonino.
Alexei Yagudin, techno Revolutionary Etude
A masterpiece due to the way he performed it. "Heart and guts" indeed.
Last edited by evangeline; 11-14-2010 at 06:18 PM.
Alexei Yagudin's Winter was my first love , but I must admit lately I've been watching Jeremy Abbott's A Day in the Life more often.
Sorry for the link, the sound will glitch a bit during one of his step sequences, but I thought it's better than another video where someone is almost constantly talking through his whole performance and blocking out the music.
The first two listed (Yagudin Winter and Takahashi Swan Lake) were also the first to come to my mind. Great programs. Yagudin's racing one was also quite good.
Back to the Buttle Rachmaninoff, though (in Amateur's post): it's gorgeous, and to all the people listening to us Rach lovers complain this season about the orchestration Mao used for her long program, this is the real Prelude in C Minor. Buttle uses both the slow, dirgelike section and the fast bridge section, and his program is much the better for the variation in mood and tempo. Can you imagine what Asada would have achieved if she had just used this version?
Just because Browning and Wylie should be in here: Here's Paul Wylie's 1992 Olympic short program, which is lovely, though his real masterpiece is of course his long program that week, to Henry V.
Here's a short of Browning's from 1991, one of his World Champion years:
I prefer his pro career work, because it's more innovative, but the guy had lightning footwork even as an eligible skater, and his jumps are to die for.
Last edited by Olympia; 11-15-2010 at 12:33 AM.
GREAT choices miki88 and evangeline. Yagudin has so many amazing skates to his name (he is IMO the best total package up to date), but Revolutionary Etude is the one I never get tired of watching. It's a triumphant moment, oozing of emotion and energy. He had a bad season with disappointing losses to the up and coming Plushenko (including GPF, Euros and Russians Natls) and a foot injury putting him in great pain. This is one of the skates I look up on Youtube when I seek performances that exhibit transcendence. He's pure 24k champion material.
Takahashi 'Eye - Coba' SP program @ Olympic was a masterpiece too.
It's great to see Yagudin's Revolutionary Etude get some love--I still remember how blown away I was when I first watched it several years ago. Pure transcendence indeed.
In fact, I think Yagudin's 2000-2001 programs (Revolutionary Etude and Gladiator) are as great as--if not better than--Winter and Man in the Iron Mask. It's a pity that Yagudin's injury kept him from winning any major titles that season, because those were truly magnificent programs that deserve to be preserved for posterity.
A couple of my favorites from the dim past:
Boitano, Les Patineurs, US Nationals 1988
Galindo, Pachelbel's Canon, US Nationals 1996 (only the Worlds version is on youtube. It is not as good-the 3A2t was a 3A3t at Nationals)
Orser 1988 Olympics Sing Sing Sing
Victor Petrenko 1990 See Ya Later Alligator
Petr Barna Europeans 1989 Amadeus
and I don't have a link to it, but Ryan Bradley's Happy Birthday Polka SP, as skated at Skate America.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-16-2010 at 07:42 PM.
Yagudin's Revolution Etude SP remains one of my all time favourites, and that performance at Worlds 2001 was electrifying in every sense of the word. The footwork probably would be too simple and repetitive by today's standard, but the musicality and passion that Alexei skated with was just incredible. And I got to see it live!!
Lambiel's Caravan SP makes me feel nostalgic. What I loved the most about the young Lambiel, like you said, was his musicality and the absolute abandon and joy he skated with. When the Yagudin/Plushenko rivalry ended, Stephane arrived. He was such a revelation - so unique and different (even his nationality), and skated like no one else before him. It's been such a joy witnessing his development from a promising young talent into one of the greatest artists of all time. It's been an incredible journey.
I will always feel a little sad though that by the time he reached his full artistic maturity injuries had taken a toll on him, and he was past his athletic prime.
Ilia Kulik is one of the most gifted skaters we have ever seen. One born for the ice. He embodied everything that the Russian mens skating should be. Why can't all these young skaters coming up from Russia try to imitate him instead of Plushenko?
Buttle is not my favourite skater, but he and David Wilson together really have created one of the most impressive bodies of work of all time.
And for the pure creativity and inventiveness I have to add this one to the list -
Dmitri Dmitrenko's 1995 SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgE7_WmCkUU
Last edited by shine; 11-16-2010 at 11:05 PM.