Best/Most Important Michelle Kwan performances/programs?
As my skating education of my new husband and stepdaughter marches on (I'm doing my best to get them ready for and invested in the skaters by Nationals/Olympics), we have reached Michelle Kwan. What are the 6-10 most important/best Michelle performances that will give them an overview of her career and show them what an unparalleled talent and joy she was?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!
Oh god this is a tough question! I think 98 Nationals certainly comes to mind.
I also think to truly understand the scope of her achievements and what she did it's important to show the less happy moments in her skating to emphasize the triumphs and the level and presence and vulnerability she really was displaying on the ice.
Fields of Gold in Salt Lake for sure.
I know the two videos I've shown friends who know little about skating that have elicited tears from them are her free skate at 2002 nationals and either worlds or nationals in 2003.
Good luck! let us know how it goes.
Mazel tov on the marriage! Michelle's programs between '96 and '01 have things that your hubby and stepdaughter may recognize in the CoP programs -- choreography, transitions, and the spinning in both directions (which is a feature that may move a spin up a level) -- that Michelle's post SLC programs didn't have. I would recommend:
1996 Worlds ... both SP and FS
1998 Nats ... both SP and FS
2000 Worlds FS
2001 Worlds ... QR (emergency boot repair before her QR -- her great skate in the QR shows something of her mental strength. Her 2004 Worlds FS ... complete with streaker ... also shows her focus)
Great ideas and thoughts- thank you so much!
Originally Posted by samson
I am also planning to show a picture or video of her pre the 1996 transformation so they can see how young and little she was and how she came into her own in 96.
Thanks for your kind words! Excellent points you make here. I am compiling a list based on your and Samson's great suggestions. Big Thanks!
Originally Posted by attyfan
Answer: Too many. I give up.
My favorite program of Michelle's - East of Eden! The music was beautiful, the choreography was exquisite, and Michelle skated it with her heart. Was it important? I don't know. I just know that it was mesmerizing and really showed what a beautiful skater Michelle was.
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
Skating is art, if you let it be.
^ AMAZING compilation. A few more:
1996 Pocahontas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbLdsAh7_cc Phenomenal emotion and character study. This is what skating is missing so much of the past 6-7 years.
2000 Worlds SP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX1RbjiLorc SO underrated.
1994 Worlds LP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDEqF3ykrgA 13 years old and already you can see the consistency and radiance.
1999 Nationals LP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYMMAyyMWg Yes, she fell, but the rest of it was perfection and this version of the program is actually a little better than her 1998 World Pro performance, because of the stunning 3-3 combo.
Also, her 2001 Worlds SP performance is better than her 2001 Nationals SP performance that you linked. The costume was far better for the program at Worlds. ^_^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTO6104VEqc
Dantes Prayer for the Choreo. superb.
This. Michelle was sublime on all of these occasions. I think the 2001 Worlds LP is my favorite.
Originally Posted by museksk8r
I'm so glad you're introducing your new family to Michelle's work. Everything that's been mentioned so far is worth looking at. My top choices are generally Worlds 2001 LP (Song of the Black Swan) and Nationals 1998, both SP and LP, as well as the 1998 Pro-Am performance of East of Eden, but all the others are compelling as well. Enjoy!
Dante's Prayer is EXTRAORDINARY. That piece is the very essence of skating to me.
Gotta Have Music
Salome (1996 Worlds), Lyra Angelica (1998 Nationals), Dante's Prayer, Winter, East of Eden, Hands, Pocahontas, 2003 Worlds LP
One that usually isn't mentioned (I haven't read the thread), One More Time. Beautiful performance.