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    "Artistic" Performances from known "Technical" Skaters

    So I was looking for Joannie Rochette's performance of Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (Samson et Dalila) at the 2010 Canadian Nationals and I found this instead:

    Samson and Delilah by Irina Slutskaya at 2003 Hallmark

    I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly think that this is the best "artistic" performance she's done. Her jumps are superb (beautiful opening triple lutz) in this program and for once, she kinda flows across the ice. I wasn't too fond of her rolling on the ice in the middle of the program, but the rest of it was actually quite nice.

    Another performance would be:
    Midori Ito 1993 World Pro "Rose of Pain"
    Midori really upped her performance skills in this one, imo. She obviously wasn't too convincing, but I liked it. That opening triple axel was nice too.

    And the expression at the end of the video when she got three "10s" was really cute too!


    So my question is, are there any other "artistic" performances from known "technical" skaters that you've been surprised about/liked before?
    Last edited by aftertherain; 01-04-2011 at 10:22 PM. Reason: Spelled "Artistic" incorrectly.

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    This is a nice thread.

    The first one that comes to mind is Midori Ito's 1989 worlds performance. Honestly, I think it was so musical and splendidly performed. Obviously, the wow factor in this performance is her 3a and all her other jumps for that matter and her 3-3. But she also feels and skates to the music and holds out her moves.

    With the 3a hype, it's easy to forget that Midori got nothing but 5.8s and 5.9s for artistic impression for this performance. (Scott thought she should have gotten all 5.9s. )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKGasODrAcU


    But wow! That Rose of Pain program fours years later is every bit as impressive, if not more! Midori put such joy into her skating.

    aftertherain, that was also a lovely program from Irina and I had never seen it before. Thanks for sharing it
    I wonder why she didn't do the Kerrigan spiral in competition? Heh, her artistic impression marks were higher than her tech marks.
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    Great thread, aftertherain.

    I have to say, when I first saw Carolina Kostner skate (I think it was back during her major debut at Europeans a couple of years ago when she landed two triple-triples - both in her qualifying and long program) I was generally bored. And artistically, she's continued to underwhelm me for awhile, but now, I don't know what's happened but I actually enjoy her skating. The lack of difficult triples and combinations have done wonders for her and I actually love her skating for what it is, on its own. I like both her programs this season. Hopefully putting those jumps back in won't take away the developments in her artistry. I'm now a Carolina fan, haha; which is pretty surprising even to myself because I was really angry at her during 2005 worlds.

    Oh! And Layfan! Is that quote under your name, from Dick Button? Or maybe Peggy? Can't remember, but I vaguely remember it being about Kwan a couple years ago? haha
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    Miki Ando "Bolero", 2009 World EX. Just gorgeous.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8hV1...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by herro View Post
    Oh! And Layfan! Is that quote under your name, from Dick Button? Or maybe Peggy? Can't remember, but I vaguely remember it being about Kwan a couple years ago? haha
    I'm not Layfan, but I'd recognize that quote anywhere--Peggy Fleming from 1998 Nationals, Michelle's Lyra Angelica, at about 0:30.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPRcajUQrM

    I love Midori's 1993 performance too. I also think Midori was artistic in her 1992 Olympics EX:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE5ojtzx8ko

    She was buoyant and delightful in the first half, and skated with a fitting kind of serenity during "Over the Rainbow."

    During the Olympics I rooted for Kristi to win and I wanted Midori to land her triple axel (when she did, I got up to my feet in my living room and screeched). I got both of my wishes, but years later, it was hard for me too remember anything about Kristi's performances at all, but I've always remembered Midori's fantastic 3A and her charming exhibition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaylee View Post
    I'm not Layfan, but I'd recognize that quote anywhere--Peggy Fleming from 1998 Nationals, Michelle's Lyra Angelica, at about 0:30.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPRcajUQrM
    Haha, very nice! I guess I need to go and refresh myself on my Kwan knowledge. My break from the skating world has taken such a toll on me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaylee View Post
    I'm not Layfan, but I'd recognize that quote anywhere--Peggy Fleming from 1998 Nationals, Michelle's Lyra Angelica, at about 0:30.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPRcajUQrM
    Correct. I always thought it was the best description of undefinable "it" factor that Michelle has.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buQXBXmjumU

    I've always enjoyed this performance by Tonya. I think it's probably the best LP of her career.

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    Nearly every performance Midori Ito did from 1988 onwards. She was insanely underrated artistically. She is infinitely more artistic than someone like Irina Slutskaya who ended up getting much higher artistic scores from the judges in later years, go figure.

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    Loved that performance of S&D from Irina. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buQXBXmjumU

    I've always enjoyed this performance by Tonya. I think it's probably the best LP of her career.
    Yes, I thought of that one too. Someone pointed it out in another thread, I think it was gkelly, and it was the first time I had seen it. I was impressed. I love the opening spin sequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    Yes, I thought of that one too. Someone pointed it out in another thread, I think it was gkelly, and it was the first time I had seen it. I was impressed. I love the opening spin sequence.
    To this day, I have to turn off the music and just watch her skate. Not that she was horribly non-musical (Tonya was fairly musical), but I cannot stand the slow section! It sounds like music for a "film."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    Yes, I thought of that one too. Someone pointed it out in another thread, I think it was gkelly, and it was the first time I had seen it. I was impressed. I love the opening spin sequence.
    IA. Spinning on one leg and then switching to another non-stop/not in a sit spin? Awesome. The spin was a bit slow, but it was cool nonetheless.

    I still think Midori's jumps are better though.

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    The 1991 Skate America LP was perhaps Tonya's best technical performance, but her LP at 1987 NHK was perhaps a better artistic performance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUUDmn0lvo

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    The 1991 Skate America LP was perhaps Tonya's best technical performance, but her LP at 1987 NHK was perhaps a better artistic performance:
    Personally I prefer the 1991-92 choreography, but different strokes...

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