Lesser known skaters of bygone era?
Needing a break from Olympics with not much on TV nor any movies I want to see at Redbox, I found myself watching a Canadian lady of the fabulous 90's who is one of my past favorite skaters, though she was not a great competitor. Joannie Rochette has long been a favorite single skater, and I think the best Canada has produced. Barbara was of course from another era technically. I am not a fan of the current ladies, and J. Robinson was lukewarm I always felt. I found myself watching a wonderful short program from Josee Chouinard who was a lovely skater, truly charming ice persona. She was not a great competitor internationally, suffering nerves but it made me think of a thread where we share short programs from the 'forgotten' skaters. By this I mean those that don't seem immortalized. Josee was very loved in Canada but was not a big name outside her country. I will have to find the performance-it might have been a gala skate. It was so charming, I thought others who did not ever know Josee or forgot her after the glut of 90's TV cheesefests were done. (I miss those shows however...cheese can be good)
While I am looking on youtube, do you have performances of someone that really struck you, but the performer was not a big name? (I have started MK fave threads but this thread is for the people who were under rated, poor competitors, did not make it big in the golden age of skating. Outside Canada, how many knew and remember Josee? She was wonderful in performance but medals are what gets the recognition. That is sport.
I think you'll find that Josee is more well known than you suggest. She was in Ice Wars, beloved by Scotty, and if he wasn't pushing for her to get in different shows, Kurt Browning definitely was... she was a busy and favorite pro...
and most Kwan fans remember her as the woman who stole a gold medal at a pro-am competition from MK... (Josee deserved the win... soooo much better lol)
yes, there were those lucky days where scooter got her gigs...but no one mentions her when we do threads,so I will link to the one I loved when I find it. Kwan was not always the best, but consistent. I see your points you made in past about her. To each her own.
Josee is generally spoken of fondly on GS - except for that one matter, that's all I meant. Whenever the 94 Olys are talked about she gets mentioned as "poor josee" until someone reminds us all that even without a scandal she'd not have made the podium, that the nerves would still get the better of her.
Her Sweater program is still considered one of the best exhibitions by skating fans (social media, GS, other boards).
I saw her live in 99 and while she wasn't on with the jumps, she still sold her programs with that smile of hers and girl next door charm/flirtation. She skated to Rose in the Wind (one of my favorites) and Prima Donna. Other great programs for her, IMO, were the Mime, Harlem Nocturne, My Drag, Moon River... I could go on and on... unfortunately most are not on youtube it seems... such a bummer...
Here's her signature program, though - http://youtu.be/Fbe97GLGAmk
ETA - found more
Prima Donna - http://youtu.be/6lzgXEEQhMg
O Mio Babbino Caro - http://youtu.be/kXzGEz5J0VA
Ice Wars 99 - http://youtu.be/qNVfTo5Yl-4
Last edited by Tonichelle; 08-01-2012 at 02:19 AM.
You linked to it, The Sweater program. It is adorable and showed her personality. Cute beyond words. I'm glad others enjoy her skating. Tks for links.
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There are a lot of skaters who provided great moments.
Rudi Galindo stole the show at the 1996 US Championships, but Dan Hollander was great there. He has had a good career as a comic show skater since.
His LP (Legends of the Fall)
His SP to the Barber of Seville had the comic touches, prefiguring his pro career
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Yes, Josee was a real Canadian sweetheart. You are right about her nerves getting the best of her during her competitive years. However, she really blossomed as a performer and pro competitor. I remember her "Moon River" program and thinking why did she not skate like that as an amateur competitor? Still she became one of my favorites. My husband really likes to watch Josee skate. Someone mentioned Kay Thompson - she had a lot of promise and was one of the best female spinners to ever grace the ice. I think she was one of the skaters that was under appreciated as well. So many skaters come and go over the years, some go on to great things, others leave us wanting more. It's nice to reflect on all these wonderful talented skaters and say "thank you" for leaving the sport a little more enriched.