Originally posted by shine
Oksana Bauil got very good reception from the crowd. She landed an absolutely clean 3sal, 3toe and 2axel and was in first after the technical program...! Her jumps were amazingly on and OMG, SO BIG. I was amazed by her absolute no caution/decceleration into any of her jumps. The program itself was okay.
ME: yes, I agree, her jumps & her acceleration into them are truly a thing of beauty. In fact, I've always thought that skaters in general skate the way they are as people. By that I mean their personalities show through in their skating. And in Oksana's case that translates into skating without bounds/all-out/risky/joyful/emotional/powerful. JMHO.
Swan Lake, on the other hand, was a thing of beauty to witness live. This is the first time I've ever seen her skate live and I'm stll in awe 2 hours after. Her jumps weren't on like they were in the technical program, but her speed and effortless stroking were unbelievable to watch and put the current eligible ladies to shame. With only a few strokes and she was already on the other side of the rink. The program wasn't really jam packed with choregraphy, but who cares when there's just absolutely no other woman who can move to perfection like Oksana does on the ice. She's born a ballarina and those theatrical skills just come so naturally for her. All I can say is this Swan Lake was divine, and the music should be banned from skating forever. I don't understand how she only managed to get mostly 9.5's and 9.6's for this performance.
ME: thank you, shine, for putting into words what I've always felt also. Btw, there is one pro. competition that Oksana did back in 1997 where you can actually see how fast she accelerates with only a few strokes (no lie), which is very rare as television usually doesn't capture this (btw that's why I remember it). It was her Safe From Harm program (which she has only performed once ever) and it was simply phenomenal. First time I ever saw Oksana truly capture the essence of hard rock. And boy did she ever!
Back on topic, there's one important note I would like to make as regards Swan Lake and Oksana. To me, though her 1994 Swan Lake performance was exquisite & one-for-the-ages, she really didn't capture the essence until now. And that's b/c she was only a teenager when she originally performed it (heartfelt though it was), but alas she is now a fully matured woman. It's like comparing apples & oranges IMHO. And in that respect, I feel that one cannot truly give a COMMAND performance until one becomes of age.........body fully matured........a woman so speak (or a man; ala Adam Cooper). Anyhow, it reminds me of that ending scene in the movie Billy Elliott where Billy ~ now fully matured; a man ~ is about to take to the stage as The Swan. And the baby teenage ducklings (young men), whom make up the supporting cast/ensemble, are all watching him. Perhaps hoping that one day they too will have grown enough (not only physically but emotionally as well) to play the part of The Swan as it was meant to be played. JMHO.