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Thread: Favorite Mens Singles Program of All-Time (Amateur)?

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    Favorite Mens Singles Program of All-Time (Amateur)?

    My vote is for Brian Boitano's Napoleon program in the 1988 Olympics.

    Eager to hear others' thoughts!

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    You want us to pick one? This could take awhile. There are several by Daisuke, Kurt Browning's Casablanca, and Paul Wylie's amazing 1992 Henry V long program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    You want us to pick one? This could take awhile. There are several by Daisuke, Kurt Browning's Casablanca, and Paul Wylie's amazing 1992 Henry V long program.

    You can definitely pick more than one!
    I TOTALLY AGREE about Wylie's Henry V!

    Best to watch for inspiration and amazing performance would be the Wylie and Rudy's 1996 Swan Lake.

    But as far as a program that was 1) beautifully choreographed, 2) technically dazzling, and 3) brilliantly performed (no errors) I'd give it to Boitano. Rudy also made no errors, but there were a few aspects of the choreography that were a bit over the top.

    and Ah, Kurt's Casablanca. Fabulous program, but not performed well when he needed it!

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    I love this thread already.

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    The one and only -- John Curry, Don Quixote, 1976 Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I love this thread already.
    Thank you! I love you for commenting on it!
    I think we can all have a lot of fun and good debate with this one! and remind each other of gems we'd forgotten or inform each other about gems we didn't know about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    The one and only -- John Curry, Don Quixote, 1976 Olympics.
    Mathman, that was right before my time- I started watching for the 1980 Olympics. I actually met John Curry once in NYC- he was lovely. Is this program available on video anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    The one and only -- John Curry, Don Quixote, 1976 Olympics.

    Drat! How could I have left that one off my list? It's the wellspring of everything that came afterward.

    Here's one tape of it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z79TMsYRnEc

    Wordsworth, you met him! You lucky duck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    The one and only -- John Curry, Don Quixote, 1976 Olympics.
    Quote Originally Posted by wordsworthgirl View Post
    Mathman, that was right before my time- I started watching for the 1980 Olympics. I actually met John Curry once in NYC- he was lovely. Is this program available on video anywhere?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djadlQLK_ow

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    Man, that guy did sit-spins in both directions. What technique!

    If you started watching in 1980, you got to enjoy Robin Cousins, an elegant skater with a somewhat more jazz/modern dance tone to his skating.

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    Not a note of the music went by without acknowledgement by the skater.

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    OH . . . MY . . . GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John Curry- absolutely EXTRAORDINARY!

    So beautiful- what body line, what innovative and interesting choreography, and what gorgeous jumps.

    and I LOVED Button's commentary. Gosh I miss that man. He could be stern but when he was impressed, he was so ebullient and excited. and his vocabulary is just head and shoulders above the commentators working today- "glided sinuously"!

    Thank you so much for sharing this video with me!

    I met JC in 1989-90 at a party- he came with a prominent NYT journalist. He was very sweet and very shy- seemed like a classic introvert. Beautiful to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Man, that guy did sit-spins in both directions. What technique!

    If you started watching in 1980, you got to enjoy Robin Cousins, an elegant skater with a somewhat more jazz/modern dance tone to his skating.
    Yes, I do remember Robin Cousins! My main memory of that Olympics was Tai and Randy's heartbreaking withdrawal. Just loved them.

    and I remember not understanding how Linda Fratiane came in 2nd when she clearly skated better than the German girl. Now we know abt the fixed judging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Not a note of the music went by without acknowledgement by the skater.
    So true. and I love the way he jumped and landed in time with the music. Gorgeous.

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