Definatly both of mao's programs belong to my favorites this season. I also love akiko's Phantom and adelina's LP (sorry, dont know the name, i'm very bad at names xD)
I'm very fond of the Shibutani's Free Dance this year, their Michael Jackson Medley is so entertaining and fünf to watch. Moreover, I really adore Savchenko/Szolkowy's Nutcracker LP, even if it may not be as original as some oft their previous LPs, I still enjoy watching it :-)
I love Mao's SP the most this season. And as far as dance, Charlie and Meryl's LP is to die for. Its so superb.
Originally Posted by tana
I like Patrick's LP music, but I don't like the choreo/interpretation
Cesario (YES I KNOW SHE'S NOT AN OLYMPIAN)
Martiusheva/Rogonov (AGAIN, YES I KNOW THEY'RE NOT OLYMPIANS)
Ilinykh/Katsalapov (IMHO, the best SD this season)
Not in a specific order
Abbott's SP and LP
LP wise, it's quite a disappointing season
Berton/Hotarek's SP and LP
Hurtado/Diaz's SD and FD
Hawayek/Baker's FD (although they're not olympians)
I tried to limit myself to one program per competition. It was hard!
Tatsuki Machida - WOW! His performance at Japanese Nationals was so moving.
Jason Brown - OK so it was hard not to choose him for both, honestly, but I chose to spread the love. I felt there were more quality men's short programs this year so I chose Jason in the long. I also enjoy Takahashi's long, though.
Ashley Wagner - I love the fire in this program when she is on and I like that she takes a risk musically. This is a style for her that really works, IMO.
Mao Asada - I know most have not loved/connected with her R2 program but I adore it. It's my most rewatched program of the season so far.
ICE DANCE SHORT DANCE
Chock/Bates - I know this is probably a controversial choice but their program really sticks in my mind for some reason.
ICE DANCE FREE DANCE
Davis/White - In my opinion, if skated well in Sochi, this could be the greatest Olympic ice dance of all time.
Admittedly, I don't follow pairs very well. I actually like Savchenko/Szolkowy's take on Nutcracker, which I know many haven't. But I haven't studied the pairs programs well enough to have strong opinions.
Other programs not mentioned above that I've enjoyed are Yuna's short, Asada's short, and Lipnitskaia's long.
There also a few non-Olympic programs I've adored this season... to wit, Radionova's short and Rippon's long.
Best Short: Mao's Nocturne
Best Long: Jason's Brown's Riverdance, probably the program of the season!
Kostner's Bolero is also good but the choreography is not as great as the original. As TSL mentioned before, the last salchow was everything about that program.
Best SP: Yuna's Send in the Clowns
Best LP: Akiko's Phantom of the Opera
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Brown's SP and LP
Brezina's SP (even though it's a repeat)
Julia's SP and LP
Osmond's may become favourites after I've seen them more than once.
Might be some I'm forgetting from dance, but I might come back and add them later.
My favorite short and Long for men by far are Jason Brown's. If that LP well skated doesn't get him a bronze, what will? If it had a quad, I think he could get a gold as the crowd loves him everywhere.
For women, there are a number. I love Caro's Ave Maria, Ashley's Pink Floyd, Mao's Nocturne, Yuna's Send in the clowns
In icedance, the top five teams have wonderful programs. I am partial to the Shibs homage to Michael Jackson.
In pairs I can't say I love a program, even tho I am a fan of the V/T and have always been awed by Robin and Aliona's daring programs. But think the programs that people will recall come from American teams this year. Jason will be a big favorite with crowd. Ashley, if she can do justice to Samson & Delilah will be memorable. Polina has a fiery short program, music escapes me ? now. Julia will be a big hit as the music is so haunting from a beloved, true story, and she will likely podium in the little red coat.
Caro has Bolero. Her SP and LP are great. Akiko has two good programs, but her performance ability is what makes the programs special. Adam Rippon has two beautiful programs that sadly were bombed at Nationals, but they are very nice when performed well.
All in all, I think people will remember Jason and Julia more than anyone else.
Welcome to Golden Skate, Nocturn. Thanks for joining us.
I really only follow dance ;
SD; W/P ( SC 2013, wow ), V/M (GPF,wow), I/K
FD; C/B (EC 2014 wow), W/P, I/K, G/P (I know not Olympians but they came close).
Will come back if any other pairs come to mind.
Thank you, Mathman :-)
Originally Posted by Mathman
I have been following this forum for a while now and wanted to join the discussions :-D
Yuna's SP & LP
Yuna's SP and LP, Mao's SP, Adelina's SP, Julia's LP, Polina's LP, and Akiko's LP