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World Team FS Challenge - Vancouver
In the words of Lloyd Eisler "Canada Kicked but" at the World Team FS Challenge in Vancouver, BC. It was an awesome competition - with extra bits of humor added in by Kurt and S&P and B&S. Anyway, it's late, I have to get some sleep. I will give a full report tomorrow.
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
The event was quite good in general with not one single fall, and the atmosphere very light hearted and up beat. And I'm very glad that they left the lights on.
I can't believe I'm saying this but the most pleasant *surprise* for me was Todd Eldredge's artistic program! After the typical Todd GMB he skated to for the technical part of the competition I thought I was going to sit through another zzz skate by him, but wow! What a brilliant program from him it was, and for the first time,*exciting* too! Is this Flamenco guitar program new this year? The music was very unusual and the program surprisingly well choregraphed. He was the only man to do some "real" skating tonight, with an abundance of musical footwork, edge work, and a few barrel rolls (sp?)...! His 3axel right to the almost squealing guitar crescendo gave me chills. I can't say enough about this program and have now a new found respect for Todd. And there IS reason why he's been multiple-time US champion...his edge quality was incredible and speed only rivalled by Yagudin. The question is, why did he never do a program like this when he was eligible??? It was nice to see him place above both Browning, who didn't do much in terms of real skating and whose marks were a bit too high IMO (though he was very entertaining as usual), and Yagudin, who had more skating than Browning but rip-off looking choreography skating to "Memorial". A standing ovation from the crowd.
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.
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.
Now B/S: Meadowland for technical program was a great program, but their performance tonight could have been better. They were slower than expected and cautious at times. They were the only pair to do a sbs 3toe, though Anton doubled and Elena flipped out on the landing. They had by far the most pairs elements and skated like they were doing a real short program.
Time for some gushing now. To see B/S's Let Me Fall live was like a dream. The beautiful forms they create with their bodies were being done to perfection. The choreography of this program is so incredible and I can watch it for a zillion times and still not get bored by it. I do think they skated a bit cautiously, but were nevertheless still so musical and had such emotional tension throughout the performance. It's like once the music starts, a spell is being put on. Elena landed a beautiful throw 3loop but had a minor wobble on the footwork. Other than that they were perfection. I don't think they were appreciated as they should have been. The size of difference in audience response towards them and S/P(who also had a wonderful performance) was quite shocking, but then, not all that surprising. This is in Canada afterall.
..........I'm still in la-la land and can't believe I actually got to see this program live though.
Here are just the highlights for me tonight. More might come.
Last edited by shine; 12-04-2003 at 01:41 PM.