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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPack View Post
    When did you first see Bolero? Because *when* is important. I first saw it in the 90s. At the time, it was still extraordinary. Of course, if you're used to today's complexity in ice dancing, Bolero is no longer impressive. But without Bolero, there's no foundation for the skaters today to build on. When I first saw it, I was fascinated by how meaningfully each movement expressed the subtleties and crescendos of the music. The way they acted, it was truly theater on ice. Many of the programs today don't have the same emotional impact of when I first saw Bolero.
    like, during the 1998 olympics? i'd never seen an ice dance performance before and they were replaying it on tv and my reaction was, '...that's it?'

    i rewatched it like five seconds ago though, and i'm even more unimpressed. their pro careers were far more innovative and interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperinflation View Post
    like, during the 1998 olympics? i'd never seen an ice dance performance before and they were replaying it on tv and my reaction was, '...that's it?'

    i rewatched it like five seconds ago though, and i'm even more unimpressed. their pro careers were far more innovative and interesting.

    If you're unimpressed with Bolero, then I suggest you never watch any of their contemporaries (with the exception of Blumberg & Siebert). There was a total formula to ice dancing pre-Bolero: three musical cuts, very traditional ballroom dance movements, not much in the way of theme ("mood" predominated), tacky costumes. It was all very Lawrence Welk on ice. Bolero was like an earthquake, shaking everything up, showing that ice dancing didn't have to be merely ballroom on blades.

    Oh, and the reason for the long intro passage on their knees? They couldn't get a cut of Bolero that fit within the time restraints. But the clock didn't start until the first blade touches the ice. So in order to fit their music cut into the time restraints, they added the introductory section on their knees. Rather clever I thought.

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    Patrick Chan and Carolina Kostner.
    And Bobrova/Soloviev, too... though I liked them this year a bit more, than before...

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    I don't really have a 'not my cup of tea' skater when it comes to the way of skating, and I try to take their interviews/off-rink comments with a grain of salt so no opinion there either. I usually only have issues with a particular program, and then there are some skaters who are not my cup of tea for watching (personal issues with their appearance):
    In ice dance, I'm fine with all.
    In pairs, Savchenko-Szolkowy (their scores as well), Duhamel-Radford, and Stolbova-Klimov.
    In ladies, Pogorilaya and Edmunds, sometimes I avert my eyes at Leonova's very vivid mimics.
    In men, Chan (his scores as well).

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    Although I admired their technical ability and accomplishments, I never cared much for Plushy or Slutskaya. As far as current competitors go, I don't care much for Adelina or Ashley's skating.

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    Carolina Kostner - defenetly not my cup of tea, don't get everyone's buzz around her and don't see that magical artistry...
    Gracie Gold - well, i feel nothing watching her skate+ her smile seems a little fake to me

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    Chan--can't deny his skating skills, but to me there is nothing organic about his performance--every move comes across as calculated and rehearsed instead of truly feeling and interpreting the music.

    Lysacek--I hate hate hate windmill arms! Can't stand frenetic step sequences with no connection to the music either, nor the awful, cheated 3A technique.

    Bobrova--her posture :(

    Jamie Sale--do I even have to explain?

    Scott Moir--I find him fake on the ice and his off-ice persona is simply off-putting.

    Alissa Cizny--beautiful spins, but she is so, so bland.

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    Plushenko - lots of charisma but very little content in his CoP programmes (except the jumps, of course)
    Yagudin

    Ladies
    Schuba
    Bonaly
    Meite
    Helgesson (both)

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    Sarah Hughes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Chan--can't deny his skating skills, but to me there is nothing organic about his performance--every move comes across as calculated and rehearsed instead of truly feeling and interpreting the music.
    This!

    I told my husband during the Olympics that Chan was an amazing skater, but even though he is technically very good and moves artistically, I found his artistry to be robotic. I never thought, before Chan, that you could have robotic artistry.

    It looks like he's thinking "Okay, this is where my arm goes, now look soft. Check." I wish he would learn to extend beyond his movements. They all seem to have a very finite stopping point. I really want to like his skating, and sometimes I do, but often I just can't quite get there because it's just a tad short of where it could be.

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    Jason Brown, Carolina Kostner, Akiko Suzuki, Kanako Murakami, Tonya Harding, Lysacek, Shawn Sawyer, Kevin Reynolds, Caroline Zhang, Rachael Flatt, Surya Bonaly.

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    Laetitia Hubert was discussed the other day and I'm not sure if she's my cup of tea or not. Partially no and yet there is such intrigue in her weird arm movements! You should watch this video for the commentary laughs alone.


    http://youtu.be/sfdeco_kA_E

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch View Post
    Laetitia Hubert was discussed the other day and I'm not sure if she's my cup of tea or not. Partially no and yet there is such intrigue in her weird arm movements! You should watch this video for the commentary laughs alone.


    http://youtu.be/sfdeco_kA_E
    Well, that certainly was different. Who choreographed that? If it had been edited (perhaps a lot) it could have been okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlightSkater View Post
    Well, that certainly was different. Who choreographed that? If it had been edited (perhaps a lot) it could have been okay.
    I really can't tell if I like it or not. It's so bizarre yet....there is something about it. I must admit I've watched it at least 5 times if that says anything.

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    Not my cup of anything:

    Oksana Baiul
    Debi Thomas
    Paul Wylie
    Nancy Kerrigan
    Tonya Harding!
    Kristi Yamaguchi (liked her much more on DWtS)
    Kevin Reynolds
    Ashley Wagner
    the Shibutani's

    I don't know why, but Lloyd Eisler used to bug me.
    And I know I'll be shot, but Julia Lipnitskaia. She's great - but because there's no joy on her face, it loses a lot for me.

    Gracie Gold is young and stupid. She thinks she can behave in the world the way she probably acts with her friends. There's no excuse for that.

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