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Performances you love from skaters you don't
There's usually a few performances/programs out there that skaters we aren't the biggest fans of perform. What are they and why? This is not an excuse to start bashing skaters and then throw a link in at the end. Apologies if this is already a thread.
For me there is:
Julia Lipnitskaya 2012 Finlandia SP- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWwOTg7HkZ8 This is my favourite program from her other than her Schindler's List program. It's fun, it's energetic and it has something going on most of the time. I was quite surprised by how well I enjoyed the performance and the speed of the spins at the end perfectly match the increasing pace of the music.
Miki Ando 2005 Cup of Russia SP- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVGPYUm8Bvs I have to admit FlattFan gave me the idea for this topic by posting about this very skate. Here she had a beautifully choreographed program, lovely spins, the jumps were to die for(why the 3-3 was downgraded is beyond me) and she really used all the movements to highlight the music. It makes me sad seeing what she could have been had she not gone to Morozov, although her success may not have been the same so maybe it was for the best.
Agnes Zawadzki 2013 Cup of Russia LP- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW2ZS-2LZf4 The first time I've seen her packaged correctly and it looks pretty good, tango suits her which surprises me. The jumps were off but I really think this could be a good vehicle for her if she learns to skate it clean, a fair amount of choreographic detail that relates to the music. Nice!
Maxim Kovtun 2013 Cup of Russia SP- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GDjwfl0RKo He really benefited from having the home crowd supporting him, he attacked it and whilst the choreography was quite sparse at points I still enjoyed watching him skate. His speed and posture going into jumps didn't bother me as much here either for some reason.
Yan Han 2013 4CC SP- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5_PmrOdIaY Blazing speed, amazing quality of jumps and the choreography wasn't half bad. I wish he'd emote more but I still enjoy watching this performance.
This is a really good idea for a thread, because it stretches us out of our accustomed vantage point and gets us to think of skaters we don't normally enjoy. The first one that comes to mind for me: I was not a fan of Oksana Baiul's, but when I saw her "Swan Lake" Olympic short program all those years ago, I was blown away by it. I was still rooting for Nancy Kerrigan, but I could see what the fuss was all about from that program.
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I'm generally not a Plushenko fan but I really liked his 2002 LP, especially at the Olympics.
A few that come to my mind:
Plushenko 2012 Euros
V/T 2013 NHK
B/S during the 2012-2013 season
Sasha Cohen's 2006 SP. When I first learned that she was skating to Dark Eyes I groaned - never liked the song (& wasn't a SC fan). However, from the very first time I saw her skate this SP early in the season, I loved it: the song, the costume, the choreography all worked perfectly with Sasha's style & look on the ice. From that time on, I enjoyed her skating.
and... World Peace!
Johnny Weir's Otonal
Michelle Kwan's Fields of Gold (mainly because I love the song)
Irina Slutskaya's 2002 SP to Schubert's Ständchen. I might be biased because it's Schubert, but I thought it was great, deserving of 1st place.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Bestemianova & Bukin's Carmen FD
Fusar-Poli & Margaglio's Quickstep OD
Punsalan & Swallow's Cars FD to Yellow and their Worlds 1998 Tango FD
B&S's OD to The Red Poppy as 2 sailors
Plushenko - Tribute to Nijinski LP
Ashley Wagner - Black Swan LP
Yuna Kim - Tango de Roxanne SP, Danse Macabre SP, Gershwin LP, Meditation from Thais Ex
Gracie Gold - Three Preludes SP (yeah, in the minority that like that program)
Miki Ando - Why Do People Fall in Love 2011 Worlds Ex (It was an emotional performance for her which made it memorable to me.)
Kanako Murakami - Violin Muse SP, Pray for Taylor SP, Tango LP (She's not a pretty skater, but she's adorable and performed those programs well.)
Oksana Baiul - The Swan Ex (That program was just unreal, but I thought she gangly was generally overhyped at the time.)
Julia Lipnitskaya - Schindler's List LP (I hated watching her before, but she's converted me to a fan this season.)
Irina Slutskaya-2005 LP at worlds
Julia Lipnitskaia-Schindler's List
Plushenko-Carmen, especially 2002 olympics
Was never a huge Yags fan, but I loved Winter.
Sometimes bad skating happens to good people...
This is an interesting thread. It makes you think out of the box. I usually have reasons for why I don't like a skater (poor posture, lack of stretch, etc) so I usually don't like any program of that kind of skater. One that does stand out is Irina Slutskaya and her Worlds winning LP in 2005.
Oh another one I found really fun was Danielle and Steve Hartsell's 98-99 SP. The music was quirky and excellently choreographed by Norbert Schramm. Poor Steve never had any stretch, and it was kind of icky seeing siblings skating to Romeo and Juliet. So despite the ick factor of the Hartsells, I really liked that SP. I only found their Worlds performance, but the sound isn't good, and they really nailed it at Nationals.
I admit to usually being biased towards my American skaters, but I loved the short programs of all the Russians in 1999. Don't ask me how I even remember after 14 years, LOL! Anyway, Irina skated to a very catchy new-agey type of song, Evgeni did the saber dance and Alexei Yagudin dressed like a piano and played his own leg to a rockabilly, sped up Nutcracker (I think). All of these programs were cheerful and happy, so different from the very heavy, serious programs you see today.
Gotta Have Music
Alexei Yagudin's "Lawrence of Arabia," Winter," "Racing"
Philippe Candeloro's "D'Artagnan"
Timmy Goebel's "An American in Paris" & "American Pie" (an exhibition program he did in COI)
Being a North American, I was excited about Bourne/Kraatz, so I didn't enjoy Annissina/Piezerat. The program that changed my mind and made me a fan was their Romeo and Juliet. Hey, thought I, they're not just being propped up by Euro-phile judges. They're amazing!
So I don't know if that counts as "a program I like by a team that I don't like" or more of a turning point, but either way, I wasn't a fan of theirs when I first saw that program.