Revisiting Shen and Zhao
Mount Olympus 97/98 Season
How many here remember this performance?
After watching both of them skate this I had a hard time watching all of the other couples at 98 worlds. I know they have had many great programs and performances since then but the excitement, interesting music choice and the way the elements blended right in made for much excitement.
Keepin' it real
I can't remember anything that stands out more than when I saw them perform their LP at 2003 Worlds. I think that takes the cake in most cases for me when I think of pairs.
You were sure lucky to be at that one! I can't think of a pairs performance that has moved me more; I'm getting teary just thinking about it!
Originally Posted by gsk8
Well, it is hard to compare anything to that 2003 LP performance at worlds. To this day I can get so choked up watching it and cannot imagine what it was like to see that live. But, to answer the question - yes, yes, yes, I remember this 1998 program. I don't know why, but I didn't see any of the GPs that season, but did hear about "a chinese pair" who won one of the events. So, when the Olympics came around, I couldn't wait to see them. I don't think I saw their short program (if it was aired in US, I missed it somehow or really just have no memory of it), but I did see this LP and was like: wow, wow, wow, wow...brilliant. Not podium brilliant but you I could just feel their power, stamina, energy and was wowed by their big throws, but could also see some nice movements and flow too, and I did quite like those costumes (although I remember them as green, but the Youtbue video looked more like grey...). Anyway, after that, I couldn't wait to see worlds and then on from their through 2010!! and what most impressed me about them is just how much they kept working on improving - and they did this while adjusting to the new judging system too. They just amaze me in talent and that discipline/dedication/worth ethic.
I'll have to watch SPs to pick some favorites; but in terms of LPs, I just love 2003 Turandot, love their Nutcracker a lot, like really a lot, and just swooned all over their Meditation (too bad they never quite got that perfect, but I think their CoC was the most intricate if a little behind at the end).
Gotta Have Music
This is the program that got me started in appreciating this team. Thank you for posting this - great memories!