If you give a few tries, you will see the real YuNa, least packaged in her Ex in 2010. She was not acting, she was skating to say thank you with her heart. rare glances into soul of very reserved girl. I was just like her, so I hope we will see her doing some great EX programs. I hope she decides to skate until 2018, as I feel she has depths yet unplumbed. Meditaion was really more YuNa than Bond, and even more so her than Gershwin, IMHO.
Moments to remember.. so many. Tai and Randy not being able to go on. irina rodina winning her final OGM. Joannie Rochette trying to continue skate the short program after the death of her mother. Gordeeva and Grinkov in 1988 long program. Yuna in Vancouver. Klimova and Pomanrenko winning Ogm in 1992 so emotional. The Battle of the Brians. Oddlyh Liz Manlehy's 1988 freeskate - such joy. tonya Harding shoelace breaking and Josee chouinard forced to skate early. Oksana Baiul upsetting nancy Kerrigan after being pummelled (cut) by Sawchenko. S and P and B and S for their performances and oly drama. virtue and Moir winning OGM. The devastation of Kurt Browning and the disappointment of Michelle kwan. The screams of Lipinksi and Hughes. The agony of defeat of Debi Thomas.
Watching Mao land 3 triple axels. Seeing Todd Eldridge force a smile for Tara after sad kiss and cry for him that Olympics. Seeing Brian lose to other Brian-after a truly great LP. This should have been a tie. Seeing Evan win and his great firebird sp. Liz Manley giving the skate of her life. Yuna being crowned after clean, great skating, Joannies heartbreak..and Kerrigan skating her best-it was thrilling. Oksana was a waif in that sp, watching Michelle perform in Nagano, two great programs for ever to recall.
May we have skating like last Oly. Rachael and Mirai were superb, unforgettable.
The Battle of the Brians, G&G, Liz Manley, & Midori Ito in 1988. Paul Wylie in 1992, the smile coming back to Midori's face in her 1992 free skate, her "Rain" exhibition, Torvill & Dean in 1984...
My favorite was Shen and Zhao winning gold. It was magical for so many reasons. Seeing their coach break down into tears even before his last pair skated, knowing one of them would give him the gold medal redemption for his embarrassing experience as an athlete several years ago. Seeing them skate a very good program after all they had been through with injuries; I cannot this of a pair who has persisted through more to get gold than they did.
One moment I'll never forget is that awful fall on the 4S that the Zhangs had in Turin. And then they resume and she lands a 2A+3T (which is insanely difficult for a pairs skater, heck even many female singles skaters at the time) and a practically clean skate. It really displayed what the Olympics are all about and how exciting they can be (plus, it totally stole T/M's thunder... I'll never forget Tatiana's face ).
My favorite moment was also Yuna's FS in 2010. Everything from the 2:30 mark on was as heavenly as a minute and 30 seconds of figure skating can be. Cherry on the top was her emotional reaction afterward.
Vancouver was my favourite figure skating Olympics also. I'm sure that has something to do with my favourites winning in three out of four events! It seems the skater or team I'm rooting for has always faltered at Olympics, but not then.
My favourite moment there, though, was probably Shen and Zhao's win. They'd gone from a mediocre pair; to a strong technical pair that was known for their big jumps, throws and twists but considered lacking in passion and musicality; to a well-rounded team that laid down some riveting performances. It was great to see them finally reaching their dreams after such a long time on the scene.
Other memorable moments from Vancouver:
- Tessa and Scott's FD performance and win
- The entire dance competition, actually. I enjoyed the dance I saw there more than I ever have. I really liked the OD theme that year, too: lots of variety and different flavours.
- Yu Na's performances and win
- Joannie Rochette's tragic situation, decision to compete, and her solid performance that earned her the bronze
- Pang and Tong's surprise silver medal: another case of long-time veterans finally achieving success.
I found the men's competition kind of meh compared to everything else, but you can't have everything, I guess.
But the rest were great.
I also enjoyed the men's competition in 1998. I really liked the performance of the bronze medalist whose name I'm completely blanking out on right now..