Olympia thanx for your post, I ll bookmark it and search about it later in the week, it is always the worse week when I come back from vacations, I was working up until an hour ago
I love Sasha yellow adress and the number of Shen/Zhao was amazing, her white dress was gorgeous. Highlight for me was the Crocodile Jungle program! Big drawback, the guy who was singing Caruso was a nightmare, he ruined my dreamy Plu number.
Btw Weir is a very interesting person to talk to off ice, he is calm and friendly and pays attention to what you say, I stopped caring what people say about skaters and the image media create once I met some of them backstage and saw how they behaved to me that I m a nobody.
^Thank you for the great photos. Don't be embarrassed you really got some really fine shots of the skaters.
Glad you got to meet Johnny, he is a sweetheart.
I'm not sure John Curry's R and J was the one Toller skated in. Toller skated in a televised production that featured I think Brian Pockar (a Canadian skater from the eighties) as Romeo. Toller was a splendid Tybalt. Dorothy Hamill may have been in it.
The ballet movie I was referring to, Joe, was a very old filming of a Bolshoi Ballet production featuring Galina Ulanova as Juliet. You would love it; it's from the first great internationally available era of the Bolshoi, before Maya Plisetskaya. This could be it:
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Thanks, Evangeline. I couldn't remember Curry's--maybe it wasn't televised?--but I'll never forget the one Toller was in. Thank goodness some of it at least is on YouTube. What a treat. Toller's like Kurt and Janet Lynn: another example of a skater so good that he didn't need a world gold to validate it. You could watch him today and still be mesmerized by his freshness and technique, despite the fact that jumps have advanced.
But when I watch Toller skate I get the feeling other things may have regressed. He had beautiful edges and superior balance and his posture and stretch appears to outclass most of today's skaters.
Very few Men in skating history seemed as enjoyable for me to watch as Toller. He was inventive and maybe it is best he was from an earlier era. The CoP would have stifled his creativity which is what set him apart.
After watching the Vancouver Olympics he said, "I watched with shock and awe and horror. I find the new marking system to be stupendously flawed -- as political and as inaccurate as the former one."
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I tend to ignore Toller in what he says just because he's so off on his opinions of Kurt's skating most of the time that he must be off on everything