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    "I wish I'd been there when..."

    A thread for the more seasoned among us and the skating historians...

    What performance (or related performances) do you recall that you wish you could have been there to see in person?

    Since I'm starting the thread, I get to impose an arbitrary rule: No performances after 1999!

    Extra credit if you post a video!

    For me: Dorothy Hamill's 1976 Olympic win. Her Long Program was the start of my long love affair with our sport.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h0sQpM-bXs

    Edit: Please post a bit of text explaining why you selected your performance.

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    1994 us nationals practice ladies

    1994 baiul

    1998 surya Olympic backflip

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    1998 US Nationals - Michelle Kwan's triumphant Lyra Angelica after her stress fracture.

    1984 Olympics - Torvill and Dean's Bolero

    1988 Olympics Battle of the Brian's

    Any Gordeeva and Grinkov performance - I never actually saw them live. 1st Ice show I went to was the memorial SOI show in Hartford after he passed.

    1996 World's - Chen Lu vs Michelle Kwan. What a nail biter - could've gone either way imho.

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    Do you have to have been alive then?

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    Worlds 1996 when Kwan and Eldredge both won and Galindo, and Meno & Sand took bronze medals.

    Imagine U.S. skating being that good again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblespiral View Post
    Do you have to have been alive then?
    I don't think you need to. After all, most of us weren't at those particular events anyway, so it's all wishful thinking, right? Go for it!

    I would have loved to see the 1998 Nationals where Michelle channeled Lyra Angelica straight from the sky.

    I would love to have watched Kurt film Singin' in the Rain for his TV program.

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    There are many more but if I had to pick my tops it would be these;

    Kwan
    1996 Worlds LP
    1998 Nationals SP & LP
    2003 Worlds LP
    2004 Nationals LP


    Rudy Galindo
    1996 Nationals


    Johnny Weir
    2004 Nationals LP
    2010 Olympics LP

    Sasha Cohen
    2006 Olympic SP

    Alexia Yagudin
    2002 Olympic LP

    Yuna Kim
    2010 Olympics LP
    2013 Worlds LP

    Adam Rippon
    2010 4CC LP
    2012 Nationals SP

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    Virtue and Moir any performance.

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    Wonderful memories are coming back to me from reading your responses!

    Of course, you needn't have been alive when the performance took place. I'm impressed you've researched historic performances from before you were born. I've tried to find film of Dick Button, Tenley Albright, and some other greats of US Skating. Sadly, they're rare enough not to be found easily, although you can find snips.

    Video recordings of the great Sonja Heney (before Hollywood) are very few. What a tragedy that historical footage is not widely available.

    I mentioned that my favorite was Dorothy Hamill, but 1976 was also the John Curry Olympics! Here's a link to his FS if you've never seen it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djadlQLK_ow

    Regarding Curry, Dick Button called him the most elegant skater he had ever seen, and he referred to this FS as one of the most beautiful moments in skating history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwanIsALegand View Post


    Rudy Galindo
    1996 Nationals
    I was just coming back to add this one....

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    MK:
    1996 Worlds Short: The epitome. There with Yu-Na Kim's Danse Macabre.
    1996 Worlds Long: How you seal the deal.
    1998 Nationals: Just... no words.

    Rudy's Zhivago will forever hold a place in my heart, as will his *SQUEEEEEE* at the scores, and the absolute bedlam it caused. The crowds reaction was as close to a FS riot you will find.

    Curry's Olympics: Cause I love Curry and I also love Toller Cranston, so that Olympics would have been fabulous to see.


    If we were to ever go past 1999:

    2003 Worlds, between Michelle and Shen/Zhao... I just would have been a mute after that week, because of all the screaming and cheering i would have done.

    Lambiel
    2006 Worlds LP: Magic Zebra!

    Buttle:
    2005 Nationals LP: Naqoyqatsi was maybe my favorite long from him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYv170n84Tw

    Joannie
    2005 Nationals LP: Also, Firebird, maybe the best free SHE has ever done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17uTwCAUtrw

    Yu-Na
    2007 Worlds SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTCAsSGgFWc (My personal favorite of her Shorts)
    2009 Worlds SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVasw3hP3Rw (Widely regarded at her best Short)
    2010 Olympics: Pick you favorite commentators... they all say the same thing. BEST OLYMPIC SKATES EVER.

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    Liz Manley's Olympic silver. I watched on tv and seeing Barbara Ann's reaction was wonderful.
    Barbara Ann Scott's Olympic gold.
    Don Jackson's world championship gold.

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    Michelle Kwan 2003 Worlds Lp
    Yuna Kim Olympics Lp
    Carolina Kostner 2012 worlds Lp
    Irina Slutskaya 2005 worlds Lp
    Midori Ito 1989 & 90 Worlds lp
    Sarah Hughes 2002 Olympics Lp

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    Boy, If only I had a time machine....now THAT would be a comp to see.....
    Quote Originally Posted by louisa05 View Post
    Worlds 1996 when Kwan and Eldredge both won and Galindo, and Meno & Sand took bronze medals.

    Imagine U.S. skating being that good again...

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    ....Michelle Kwan fell on her triple flip at the 2002 Olympics. I would have screamed at her before she went in to it to not slip off her toe.

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