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    The greatest pair skating performances

    For me the greatest performance ever was the 2003 Worlds performance of Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao. I think that is the gold standard of Pairs skating and is the best performance ever.

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    ummm I guess you weren't born yet when gordeeva-grinkov were skating? there's no pair better than they, shen and zhao in my opinion don't even come close.

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    G&G of course were far better skaters, but I agree with Christina that the 2003 Worlds performance of S&Z moved me like no other pairs performance ever. I even preferred M&D at 1992 Worlds to any performance of G&G. I kind of feel similar about Baiul; she was probably my favorite skater although I hated almost all of her competitive programs.

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    G&G of course are the best pairs skaters, in my opinion. And Sale & Pelletier's Love Story at the Salt Lake City Olympics is one of the great skates for me.

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    I started following skating in the late 1990s, so I missed out on some great pairs in real time. From what I've seen, I'll go with Elena and Anton's Lady Caliph SP as my favorite pairs' program. Their SLC performance was just stunningly beautiful.

    Much as I admire Shen and Zhao, I just didn't love their 2003 LP; I liked them more when they were still a bit rough around the edges, before they were Nicholized.

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    G&G's Rodin Number (which is where Lady Caliph came from for B&S which is honestly why I never got into it)
    Jamie & David's Love Story
    Brasseur & Eisler's "Patricia The Stripper"... ok I just had to so sue me!

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    In terms of pure skill, precision and execution, I would rate G&G's 1988 Olympic free as the very best. In terms of pure passion for the sport and guts, Shen and Zhao's 2003 Worlds free takes the cake. Both are phenomenal performances which I could and have watched endlessly. Both still give me chills even after hundreds of viewing.

    G&G 1988
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B0tSnQKzwo

    Shen and Zhao 2003
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqHEd0Bq9o

    In the next tier below them I'd rate these among the best:

    G&G
    1990 World Pro AP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2tK...eature=related

    1994 Canadian Pros
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYIww...eature=related

    1994 World Team Championships
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GucNZ...eature=related

    1994 Olympic Exhibition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiUuTLHrGFg

    1991 World Pro
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSR9IgM75I

    1989 Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSSfZ...eature=related

    Shen Zhao
    2004 GPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQRfNDX3kI

    Pang Tong 2010 Olympic Free
    http://www.wat.tv/video/pang-tong-20...mj_2jwix_.html

    Savchenko Szolkowy 2009 Skate Canada
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8JBJSAsHw


    Sale and Pelletier
    Love Story
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRWHw...eature=related

    Tristan and Isolde
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELys8PkIjEM

    Jenni and Todd's 1995 nationals Nessun Dorma
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijS30mfZFqI

    Mishkutenok and Dmitriev
    1992 Worlds Free
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXkncOJyUTs

    1994 Olympics Free skate
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv21jhHimMs

    Underhill and Martini 1984 Worlds Free
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReTmpfiimoc

    Babilonia and Gardner 1979 Worlds Free
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63cmIfO-u6k

    Peter and Kitty 1984
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5agtpQats8M

    Valova and Vasiliev 1988 Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jti4obxh7lo

    Rodnina Zaitsev 1980 Olympics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZCzOHDFoHE

    Kovarikova and Novotny
    1992 Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKLLl...eature=related

    1995 Euros
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy1Y0ZIp9zE

    Berezhnaya Sikharulidze 1997-98 GPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsVK_sbA5M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I started following skating in the late 1990s, so I missed out on some great pairs in real time. From what I've seen, I'll go with Elena and Anton's Lady Caliph SP as my favorite pairs' program. Their SLC performance was just stunningly beautiful.
    Like Buttercup, I must put a vote in for Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze's Lady Caliph SP. It is possibly the most beautiful pairs short program I have ever seen and it was exactly that performance that convinced me to watch pairs skating.

    I also enjoyed B/S's City Lights LP, here at the 2001 Cup of Russia: http://youtu.be/eLpXj6PD9HE

    (yeah, I'm still pressed that B/S lost the 2001 World title to Sale/Pelletier's flawed performances)

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    The best ever short program, I'm agree is the Lady Calyph program at the Oly 2002 by Berezhnaya, Sikharulidze..


    But this topis is the best ever LP. I have to agree with those who got a goosebump from Shen/Zhao 2003 Turandot program, but their 2004 World LP The Nutracker was even better, but they won the silver because of their faulty SP there.

    My other emotionally favourite program was the Love Story 2002 Sale/Pelletier,

    and Mishutionok/Dmitriev Oly 1994.

    I also think that the most beautiful pair ever was Gordeeva/Grinkov, but as the best program these are my favourite one's.

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    1. I remember that the first pair skater program I have ever seen was B/S Caliph program and that is when I fell in love with figure skating. I have never seen such a gentle skate. I kept rewinding it watching it over again about 3 or 4 times. I also loved their Chaplin program. They are my ultimate pair skating team.

    2. Mishkutenok/Dmitriev's olympic skate was also amazing.

    3. I don't think I saw anyone write this but Totmianina/Marinin's 2006 Sviridov Romance was also amazing and had some beautiful lines.

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    Last edited by SugarCranberry; 09-18-2011 at 02:26 PM.

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    Volosozhar and Trankov 2011worlds to be in their early pantheon of great performances (hopefully)!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    Volosozhar and Trankov 2011worlds to be in their early pantheon of great performances (hopefully)!!
    I hope so too. Their short program was strong and emotional.

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    I love greedy threads like this, where we all grab up a zillion skating programs and then can't bring ourselves to narrow down the list! Who could? All of these are splendid.

    If we can add pro programs, there are the handful or so of Underhill-Martini programs such as "Unchained Melody." Talk about chemistry!


    By the way, is "City Lights" the B/S Chaplin program? The one where Yelena portrays the little boy? That's one of my top faves. At one point I think she balances on her head, on top of his head. And that's just one of the wow moments in the program.
    Last edited by Olympia; 09-18-2011 at 03:18 PM.

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    For me the greatest performance ever was the 2003 Worlds performance of Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao.
    I have to agree. I was there and was so very moved - especially after her injury. It was very intense!

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