Post Your Favourite Olympic Programs Here
We are in the last three months until the Olympics! Between now and then, we have a Grand Prix Series to conclude, a multitude of National Championships (There will be tears), Four Continents and Europeans.
So in excitement of the Olympics, I wanted to open this thread for you to post links to your favourite Olympic Programs.
When you post, please
1. Give us the skater's name/couples names
2. Which Olympics (Place and Year)
4. Program (E.g. SP/FS/FD/OP/OD/CD/OSP etc.)
5. Music/Program name
6. A little caption/why is this program a favourite of yours?
...AND A LINK TO THE VIDEO!
As a template, I'll share one of my favourites
Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder
Ice Dance FD
La Quete (The Impossible Dream)
This was the program that caught my eye onto this sport. This Free Dance was their last performance in competitive skating and it was memorable because it told the story of their remarkable career. Her shoulder injury/pregnancy and putting together an Olympic campaign in four months was astonishing and heightened the excitement. Though they didn't medal and finished in 6th, this team's innovation, creativity, versatility to adjust from 6.0 to IJS and originality put them in my mind as one of the best dance couples in history.
Yagudin, SLC, 2002, Men, LP, Man in the iron Mask http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVYs2M_rIm0
It was a impressive performance, good program, music, jumps, presence.
Sasha Cohen, SLC, 2002, Ladies, LP, Carmen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6wsyPTtaeM
It is one of her best programs, she shows a lot of passion
Philippe Candeloro, Nagano, 1998, Men, LP, D`Artagnan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDb3fuvslfc
Nagano was the first Olympic games I had seen, he was so charismatic, I can watch this program over and over without getting bored
John Curry's LP from Innsbruck, 1976, so simple, classic and elegant.
Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao
Who wants to live forever
In their last Olympics of their careers, this veteran couple produced 2 outstanding performances to win an elusive Gold Medal. The fact that they performed at such a high level even when age was not on their side makes this moment an Olympic program to remember. This is perfection!
Carolina Kostner's LP at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Elegant falls all over the place!
1. Todd Eldredge
2. SLC 2002
5. "Il Mare Calmo Della Sera"
6. To Quote the commentator - his final bow on the Olympic stage. it was a program that was the epitome of what figure skating should be + My fave men's skater
Gotta Have Music
^ I'm totally with you on this!
I have to add Paul Wylie's magnificent free skate in Albertville 1992, both Brians in Calgary, G&G & Midori Ito in Calgary 1988!
Since these types of threats usually fill up with LPs (and understandably so; that's when the medals are won, after all), I thought I'd share some of my most memorable Olympic SP performances.
Rachmaninoff's List of Top Olympic SPs
Oksana Baiul's Swan Lake, 1994
Michelle Kwan's Rachmaninoff, 1998
Yagudin's Winter, 2002
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze's Lady Caliph, 2002
Sasha Cohen's Dark Eyes, 2006
Davis and White's Indian Dance OD, 2010
Virtue and Moir's Spanish OD, Farrucas, 2010
Oh, and of course, what GF2445 said:
Originally Posted by GF2445
Kurt Browning's Casablanca from the '94 Lillihamer Olympics.
1980, Lake Placid
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, and Born Again don't remember the artist - from a movie, I think.
This was one of the first things I ever video taped and I have always thought I got a gem. Robin at the height of his interpretive powers. I don't think anyone has ever done Michael Jackson better. This is not the ABC broadcast but it's very good. On ABC, Dick Button and Jim McKay gushed over it. One tiny side note - I think I remember that the two children who gave him flowers (just a flash of them) are Dick Button's children.
Chen Lu of China
1998, Nagano, Japan
What makes this so emotional is her comeback, she was fighting with her federation the year earlier. She finished 25th, from 2nd the year before. She came back that season and built up slowly. She won the bronze in Nagano. Beautiful, program, wonderful arm movements. She really feels it. I love it when she skated to Chinese music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYzxIjEewukChen Lu, 1998 LP
ISU - yeah, well, what are YOU gonna do about it?
Katarina Witt (GER)
Ladies Short Program
OST Robin Hood
To quote Scott Hamilton: "She makes me love this sport!" Just a great moment, great charisma, and a beautiful personal story (double olympic champion, but the GDR never allowed her parents to leave the country to be present during those comps since they feared they might flee to the West. In Lillehammer, her parents were there for the first time)
Ladies Free Skate
Everyone will remember her courage and determination at the 2010 Olympics, and for good reason but her performances at the 2006 Olympics were also impressive. Her first Olympics, she was ninth after the short, and skated one of the best performances of the night, landing six clean triples and a beautifully choreographed program. She finished a very impressive fifth place. What I love about Joannie is she is everything figure skating is about, beautiful lyrical skating as well as great athleticism. She looked like she was just enjoying being at the Olympics and really skated for the moment, no pressure. She's always been one of my favourites.