Off-season video suggestions: what gives you chills?
It's off-season and I've been watching a lot of old videos on Youtube.
I've realised that I seem to be exceptionally susceptible to chills/goose bumps/shivers when I see something awesome, and I always seem to get them at the same point of a programme. It doesn't necessarily have to be an especially cool lift or an exciting jump or a fast spin - sometimes the tiniest hand gesture just hits the spot exactly! I thought it might be fun to see if the parts that we find chill-inducingly awesome are the same for others, and at the same time give each other suggestions for vids we haven't seen/have not watched in a while that are worth a re-watch.
Some of my "special moments" are:
- Charlie's huge half-loop in their Borodin free dance
- The few strokes exactly to music just before the diagonal step sequence in D/W's Samson & Delilah & the back spiral into the camel spin in the same
- The Y-spiral followed by the 'tano Lutz in Jason's Riverdance free skate
- The hand gestures exactly to the music in the 2nd spin in Ashley's Samson & Delilah free skate
- The step sequence in Max's Tron sp - there's one cool step he does that I can't really describe, but it gets me every time
I am a figure skating newbie so I don't know all the correct terms. But of some of the recent skates I have seen I love the way Carolina Kostner glides from one element into another during Ave Maria. There is something so refined and feminine about every little movement she makes that is unmatched by any other female skater I have seen. Also at one point she comes to a complete stop during the performance, which I found quite daring and very powerfull.
Another favorite moment for me was Adelina Sotnikova encouraging the crowd during her Fs in sochi. I know a lot of people don't like it/her for various reasons, but to me there was something so beautiful and powerful about that moment. Here is this little girl with all the pressure in the world on her shoulders in front of a home crowd doing the skate of her life. Having made it trough all her difficult jumps and spins, she is finally able to relax a little and just be in this moment of pure joy and extacy. I just found it a very moving moment.
Max's Tron SP is just all-round epic awesomeness. (That whole first group at 2013 Nats was epic awesomeness, actually.) And I think I know which step you mean.
Originally Posted by TMC
In that vein, Jason's lovely Liebestrame free skate at JW2013. The whole thing!
The step sequence in Plushenko's 2013 European SP. Oh, it is pure magic. He knew his back was screwed, he knew he couldn't go on, but the steps were just...
Josh hits every nuance of the music in his almost-perfect Bach SP at 2013 Nats
Plushenko's Russian Nats SP - that chilling, spine-tingling moment when he took the ice again after that back surgery, against almost impossible odds...
Brendan Kerry's hauntingly perfect SP at Nebelhorn...
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan
First that comes to my mind from recent performances is Hanyu's Ina Bauer at Worlds:
Wicked Yankee Girl
From old performances, T&D's paso doble osp, 1984, the part when Chris strides up the ice, dragging Jayne, a fluttering cape, behind him.
What have I just seen... That was INCREDIBLE! Thank you!
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
I agree re: Adelina - it was almost uncanny how relaxed and happy she was! It looked like I'd imagine she'd look if she did a run-through of her programme just for fun for a group of friends! Incredible composure for a 17-year-old.
Originally Posted by kwanatic
Let's see: it's at exactly 3:56 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVm1sNlgMQo
Originally Posted by karne
I hadn't seen that one before, thanks! It was awesome!
Originally Posted by FSGMT
I always preferred this osp to the Bolero program, not just the concept and the execution but the music (love Capriccio Espagnol!—far richer music than Bolero for my taste) and those splendid black-and-white costumes. Before YouTube I depended on retrospectives on TV to get to see it, but now I can enjoy it any time I want, and it never gets old. Definitely gooseflesh-inducing.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
The program "Missing," which Dean choreographed for the Duchesnays using music from the Andes, always gives me chills.
Lots of T&D's dances give me chills. One of them is definitely Encounter. The whole dance gives me goose bumps, but those moment (4.05, 4.28, 4.42) are just ...
In search of a summer sport to love <3
Lu Chen's Nagano Olympic long program is chill worthy. But her in a triple-triple at the end and her reaction to a job well done is mega chill worthy.
1. Mao Asada's Sochi Freeskate is the most chill inducing for me: 1. When she hits the triple axel 2. When she cradles her arms beneath her neck and looks up smiling at the sky in the middle section after doing a sit spin. 3. The step sequence
2. Lu Chen's Roch 2 performance Worlds 1996
3. When Midori Ito hits the triple axel after falling on her first attempt in the 1992 Olympics LP