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.