Stephane Lambiel - Poeta
Jeremy Abbott - Life is Beautiful. Such a beautiful program... It's a shame he never had a clean performance of it.
Daisuke Takahashi - La Strada
Jeremy has so many beautiful programs. such a shame he could never pull it together. Which year did he do Life is Beautiful? Not sure if I've seen it or not.
Originally Posted by gourry
It was 2010-2011 season.
Originally Posted by wordsworthgirl
This is from NHK Trophy: http://youtu.be/HihZ7L2MSE8
I can't remember which competition was his best that season... but this one was pretty good too.
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Long Programs, chronologically:
Brian Boitano - Napoleon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmPt90PnRf4
Paul Wylie - Henry V - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nLhA7CVIok
Alexei Yagudin - Gladiator - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwy-pNScPA4 (annoying commentary, unfortunately)
Evgeni Plushenko - Nijinsky - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OZVZcx1w1c
Johnny Weir - Otonal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttNzEwPMLM
Matt Savoie - The Mission - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRqY2Q2WUl8
Johnny Weir - Child of Nazareth - http://youtu.be/ZanKBHcQ8CE (too bad he could never deliver all the jumps)
Stephane Lambiel - Poeta - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5vSl4Aif2I
Jeremy Abbott - Eight Seasons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R01yT7n8_qQ
Jason Brown - Nessun Dorma - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G94pHGvq3Fs
That's a lot more American-centric than I thought it would be. Oh well. I really feel these are the ten best.
Gotta Have Music
Well, if I limit it to one (admittedly so hard to do), it's Todd Eldredge's "First Knight" from 1996 Worlds (his performance of it at the 1998 Goodwill Games - in a different costume was also great).
Ilia Kulik - the Addams Family sp from 1996 Worlds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9KjmsDW4BA
Ilia Kulik - Aladdin fs from 1996 Centennial on Ice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojGVgMLOSzw
Evan Lysacek - Carmen from 2007 US Nationals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8zJXcviX0I
Evan Lysacek - Firebird sp from 2010 Olympics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9YUYOM_IXE
And of course most of all my very first favourite in men´s skating:
John Curry - fs from 1976 Olympics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z79TMsYRnEc
Johnny Weir - The Swan SP - Also my vote for best male costume; don't care who thinks it was tacky, it was brilliant
Daisuke Takahashi - Eye and Garden of Souls SP's
Stephane Lambiel - Poeta LP
Yuzuru Hanyu - Romeo & Juliet LP
I have to agree with Mathman. It was a masterpiece!
Originally Posted by Mathman
Mine is Kulik at the 1998 Olympics, particularly because he was able to peak and deliver his best ever performance there. His R&J from the previous season was even better choreographically but I don't know that he ever skated it clean.
and... World Peace!
Perhaps it was because of the emotion surrounding the skate, and the fact that I was in the arena and it was very real and evident, but the one that has stuck in my mind ever since is Tim G's 2005 Nationals SP - http://youtu.be/c0EjEssavls
Daisuke Takahashi's La Strada and Jeremy Abbott's Muse are some of the most recent ones that come to mind for me.
The first one that came to my mind was Browning's Casablanca, if I could only choose one favorite.
I could probably choose 100 that I love.
When I get a chance, I'll try to figure out some of my favorite IJS-era men's programs. But because I get to see so many more programs a year now, what with online streaming, I don't tend to rewatch the same programs as often as I used to when videotapes were precious, so they don't stick in my memory as well.
Daisuke- La Strata
Philippe Candeloro- D'Artagnan
Kulik- Romeo & Juliet
Exactly! Tarasova made the Olympic program easier than R&J and other previous programs for Kulik to be able to deliver, though the R&J program had really great transitions for its time.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
With out a doubt - Kurt Browning's Casablanca! The character he played, the finesse and class he displayed, not to mention the technical expertise. IF ONLY he had had a good short program!
I agree abt that program- it was beautifully choreographed, loaded with technical difficulty (everything except quad), and gorgeously delivered at just the right moment. One of the most thrilling Worlds performances ever!
Originally Posted by iluvtodd