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    Big fan of Yagudin. Wish he could have gone on to the 2006 Olympics.

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    Thank you so much for this thread!

    For me, this is probably the most favorite performance by Alexei. Though he did not win World title, I love this one, more than his OGM-winning The Man in the Iron Mask. He shows so much emotion. He lost SP (3rd place), so was ON FIRE.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwy-pNScPA4

    Was that 3A-half loop-3S? or -3F? What a 'gorgeous' combination! Who else can do that among the current crops of skaters? Hanyu. And Aaron, maybe.
    I also love Alexei's speed while doing Circular Step and Straightline Step Sqs, which I miss under CoP rules these days.

    Off topic: I often love watching performances in the Free of those who made mistakes in SP or who got lowbelled in SP unfortunately. Because they are ON FIRE. e.g. Gracie at 2013 US Nats and Dai at Japanese Nats come to my mind.

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    This is going to become one of my favorite threads! Thanks for starting it.
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    Indeed!

    What was the best version of Gladiator, do you think?

    Do you remember what cheesefest it was where Alexei skated with two real knives ?

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    What I'd love to see is the BESP version of Yagudin's 2002 Oly's FS - I remember it as this amazing moment - one of my favourite skating moments ever - and then I found some, I believe, American commentator-vid of it where they basically came across as saying that it was so-so - I believe they used the word "conservative", for instance. Also, they didn't seem sure that he had won, and I remember not one vestige of doubt about it... What a weird feeling... So, if anyone's seen a BESP vid, please post it! (Oh, how I mourn having lost the BESP commentary! I want it baaaaaaack - but, sorry, I digress... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Do you remember what cheesefest it was where Alexei skated with two real knives ?
    This one, doris?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnxkMvBq7w4

    At Sears Open 2001. Wow, 3F, 3A and 3S while holding two knives!
    Loved his step sequences!

    Off topic: personally I still wanted that Joubert would have kept his previous Free 'The Inception', but after watching this, it's understandable and forgivable that Brian dropped it and wanted to go for 'Gladiator'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post

    What was the best version of Gladiator, do you think?
    My favourite Gladiator was Alexei's performance at 2000 Trophee Lalique: http://youtu.be/yG3fQXgQVK0

    The performance is nowhere near clean, but the intensity, the passion, and the abandon that Alexei skated with in especially in the second half of the program is just staggering.

    As for a lesser-known Alexei program, I really liked his Broken Arrow LP as well: http://youtu.be/4Qtl44YyBEc
    I thought Broken Arrow was quite an interesting program and I'm sad that he dumped it for Tosca at 2000 Worlds.

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