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    Quote Originally Posted by TMC View Post
    Davis/White: Borodin free dance, Worlds 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qunGG8qcdpw
    I re-watched this and... This was SO much better than what the teams that placed ahead of them produced!

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    I'd like to add:

    Savchenko - Sholkowy - Pina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4a5FDDgtVg, the mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrC6QZf5pE, 2013 GPF LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx_VQA9aEVU, Sned in the Clowns SP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-BS1rqwkXY
    Yulia Lipnitskaya - Shindler's List
    Carolina - Bolero at the Sochi Olympics
    Berezhnaya - Sikharulidze - City Lights 2001 LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fayQzTC0nk , Lady Caliph - SP at the 2002 Olympics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAJUcgMZMO4
    Annisina - Peizerat - 2002 Olympics OD Flamenko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bewtUDrpaI
    Mishkutyonok - Dmitriev - 1994 Olympics LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNDqZuQVcQg , 1992 Exhibition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZQC34u4AfQ
    Gordeeva - Grinkov - Westside Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qWW-Ok4V0E
    Mao Asada - 2010 SP on Masquerade Waltz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INlNc8nMp2E and 2014 SP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAgVw2CFOqY
    Oksana Baiul - the Swan Exhibition
    Virtue - Moir - Pink Floyd 2009 FD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7vsQKRIP2M, 2010 Olympics FD
    Davis - White - Samson and Delilah
    Shen - Zhao - the Nutcracker LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdmxW2hmVmI
    Denkova - Staviskiy - 2004 FD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJuCv07i0LA and 2007 FD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQO8bYFgJSo
    Bourne - Kraatz - Riverdance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZxdCZUAPjo
    Krylova - Ovsyannikov - Malaguena Exhibition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwiQi9Wdt-A and Cleopatra Exhibition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDgBQhixkT0 - Superb!
    Drobiazko Vanagas - Phantom of the Opera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9VXQbbMGhg

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    From past I would like to add:

    Hanyu 2012 Worlds FP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2eNFaamRdg

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    Lambiel's Worlds 2005 LP, despite it wasn't overall the most perfect I just love the moments of both quads :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nyc3B1hQIQ

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEJXkfMYTX4 amazing Plushenko performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YLFan View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEJXkfMYTX4 amazing Plushenko performance.
    I love Plushy but I prefer the earlier season performances and the original show performances of Nijinsky. By Russian Nationals it was so watered down because he was so injured and tired that it had lost a lot of its original magic.

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    From Olympics/Worlds 2014:

    - The entirety of Mao's Sochi LP, from that triple axel to the final moments when she burst into tears. Dammit, I know it's impossible no matter how they scored it, but I wanted to give her a medal so badly for that.
    - Plushy's Team LP--the moment when Scheherazade sounded. Ah, the memories...
    - Yulia's Team SP--as she traces the heart into the ice in the beginning.
    - Yuna's Olympic SP--her jump landings. Seriously, does she have wings or something? They're so light!
    - V/T SP
    - Yuzu's Olympic SP and Worlds LP, for vastly different reasons. The first was confident, easy, and flawless. The second was a struggle--but darn did he hang in there for every jump! It's something I feel like I've been missing under COP--either the jumps are perfect or they go down. The art of saving jumps seemed lost... until Yuzu and Machida's LPs at Worlds, where they both fought like warriors.
    - Carolina's SP at Worlds--unlike at the Olympics, I felt a genuine connection with her performance.

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    Past seasons: I tried not to make it "my favourite programs" and instead tried to pick out moments that gave me chills. Then I realized that my favourite performances... were simply the ones with moments that gave me chills. So, I guess I'll try to point out those moments, to separate this list from simply being favourite performances.

    - Evgeni Plushenko, Tribute to Nijinsky (Russian Nationals 2004): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEJXkfMYTX4 -- Not any of the (stellar as usual) jumps, but the beauty of the movements. 1:27 and 4:19 specifically. And the spin at the end. Simply divine.
    - Michelle Kwan, Tosca (US Nationals 2004): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQSoIEAxns -- No other skate with such command, such "This is my title, and none of you will take it from me!" The piercing look at the beginning. The step sequence at the end.
    - Alexei Yagudin, The Man in the Iron Mask (2002 Olympics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqiIHxaMKK4 -- The choreography at 2:00. I actually like that he stopped skating for a moment to tell a story.
    - Daisuke Takahashi, Luv Letter (2010 Olympics exhibition). Full gala here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKdoodCaJw (at 21:50). -- As is the usual with Dai, every movement is precise and beautiful. But what really got me was that spin at the end, with the camera shooting him from above. His position is simply fantastic. And I like how the spin wasn't going at breakneck speed--it instead went with the music and highlighted his wonderful position.
    - Mao Asada, Bells of Moscow (Worlds 2010): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCZCM8AKCU -- I know many people think it's too dark and heavy. But that step sequence at the end!

    Now, for a weird and unconventional pick, which gave me chills despite not being a very good performance:
    - Elvis Stojko, Dragon (2002 Olympics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jxl_c_Z0Mw -- Why this flawed performance, and not the one back in 1994 that some (not me) argued deserved Olympic gold? Well, to be honest, it took me many years to appreciate Stojko. I started watching figure skating near the end of his run, where he seemed kinda clumsy compared to Plushenko and Yagudin. Didn't like his style at all. But as I grew up, I started to appreciate what he did to push the sport forward, and how he fought on during the last few years. I looked back on his performances recently. I'm still not a huge fan of his style. But I appreciate that he did his own thing, and I became part of the "Stojko had his own style" camp instead of the "Stojko has zero presentation" camp.

    All these years later, this performance in Salt Lake actually became quite... touching. Despite being past his prime and way out of medal contention, he did his best out there: did two quads (!), fought and struggled for every jump regardless of how flawed they were, and never gave up on the performance. Back in 1994, I feel like he skated the Dragon program like a regular Bruce Lee fanboy. The 2002 version, on the other hand, felt like it was skated by a man who understood hardship and pain. Okay, maybe I'm projecting things. This is a seriously weird video suggestion, but a thread like this is probably where it belongs (rather than "favourite programs")

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    Here are the two performances of Nijinsky I vastly prefer:

    A Dimitriev show (mid 2003)

    and the encore at said show

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    I'll just borrow someone else's post from another thread I started.

    Originally Posted by blue_idealist
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0fvU4wnp34

    I originally watched this one on a different network, but I remember it because of the commentators gushing over her spins (as they likely do on this one too).

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    Some Favorites Include: (I tried to post different ones than other individuals have...so some of my favs are missing bc they're already on here.)

    Davis/White:
    2012/2013 FD - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkLwFvvu6fE
    2013/2014 FD - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrFwokp3z48&app=desktop
    Gala/Ex "Fade Into You" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlWAYa47wHA --> This is one of my fav. versions of this exhibition. There's something about the music and the program that I just really love, even if it is just an exhibition.

    Virtue/Moir:
    2008 FD - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRjqNbM9RHM
    Gala/Ex "Stay" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ixEbXhpC7Q --> Has a great intro about the storyline and such by them!

    Volosozhar/Trankov:
    2013/2014 SD - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1XXRFTG_bI --> I like this version, but prefer the Sochi version...couldn't find it.

    Ilinykh/Katsaloapov:
    Scohi SD and FD … But I can’t find video links right now

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    Snejina Gordeeva - Grinkov - Westside Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qWW-Ok4V0E
    -- Thanks for sharing!!! Always loved that piece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Here are the two performances of Nijinsky I vastly prefer:

    A Dimitriev show (mid 2003)
    . Yes!! This is purely from the heart and soul of a master.

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    @Karne
    I finally braved the cruddy video editing and the sound-coming-from-one-ear thing to rewatch those videos. Can't remember if I even got through them the first time due to the sound (apologies to anyone who read the Plushenko fan thread, where I already complained about the sound). I can see where you're coming from. There is more ballet, more dance here. I especially liked the extra choreography in the beginning--dunno why that was taken out, it's not like it took a lot of time or was very fast/tiring.

    But there are still things I prefer from the RN2004 version: the moment at 4:19 I pointed out, the insane final spin, and the fact that the spins and step sequences were better timed to the music (imo). I guess it comes down to how the RN version is so familiar to me, I love it so much, and thus, while I can appreciate the merits of the original, it's... I dunno, difficult to get used to it? It's kinda weird to realize this step sequence was the original. I associate Nijinsky so much with the RN2004 step sequence. Anyway, I can totally see why you prefer this version, I think perhaps this version is a more "complete" dance, but the RN version had these moments that really floored me in a way that no other performance did.

    @Sam
    The spins are, of course, phenomenal. I... can't bring myself to agree with Dick Button regarding her arms. They make me rather uncomfortable. Too floaty? Or maybe it's just that she's so thin and lanky? I can watch her spin all day, but I'm not quite sure about the performance as a whole.

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    Just want to add, after Yulia's LP in the Team Event...when she picks up the Russian hat and puts it on her head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandaatlarge View Post
    My recent goose bumps may sound weird... it is the final 2 jump passes of Hanyu's 2014 Worlds LP, which clearly had some issues (Here starting from 03:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP6N31F9nzQ#t=209). The reason is it shows how he wants it.

    The 3Lz1Lo3S combination, after watching the awkward 3Lz landing I just thought "alright, done deal, he just lost it, congrats to Machida", but then he made the 3S out of nothing. "How he did that? I have no idea". And amazingly, because he had some problem with the jumps which slowed down the speed, as a result each of the landings hit the right note of the music:P

    Then the final 3Lz, it was the only time of this season that he showed emotion by making a fist after landing it. At that moment I knew he was going to make it. And again, the landing and the gesture just hit the right note of music, which I like so much:P

    OK were I not in the Arena that day, I might not be that impressed. But still goose bumps to that determination to get something you really want.
    This.^ The way Yuzuru fought with every fibre of his being to land every single jump (including his bete noire 4S) in that 2Q 7T FS to overcome his seven point deficit to Tatsuki in the short was just amazing and goose bump-inducing, even to veteran skating commentators who were moved to marvel at his mental strength ("He didn't come here to lose!" ) and to call him a legend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMLQB4YuMk8.

    And of course Yuzuru's 2012 Worlds FS which I can never watch without being immensely moved. It has parallels with his 2014 Worlds FS: saving through sheer willpower and nearly impossible skill his 3Lz (2:03), which, like his 4S at his 2014 LP, was landed with his skate tilted at a 45 degree angle, and how he looked totally spent at the end, after giving everything he had. The final step sequence after his primal scream (3:58) was just...wow! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mwoR7YSkSM&app=desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titatovenaar View Post
    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.
    Hi,
    Some skating performances are beautiful not only because of the choreography but because of the difficulty faced by the skaters.

    Here are some that have some deep meaning.
    Rudy Galindo, 1996 US Nationals
    Rudy was not the judges favourite, being gay and all. Based on a book I read the judges had already decided he was not going to medal (maybe bronze). However after this performance, they could only shut up and give him the title.

    Midori Ito's LP at the Calaragy Olympics in 1988
    Midori was not the fav, Witt and Thomas were the medal contender. However among the ladies, this is the performance that I always like to watch. Maybe she is a bit rough around the edges, but she is amazing.

    Natalia Mishkutenok-Artur Dmitriev's LP in 1994 Lillehammer Olympics
    probably the best stake of their entire career. They had a tough time during their pro-career and decided to compete at this Olympics.

    Ekaterina Gordeeva and Ilia Kulik skating to Casi un Bolero in 1999/2000
    This is probably one of the best ice dance performance, perfomed by non-ice dancers.
    Gordeeva who used to be a pair skater with her late husband Sergey Grinkov, started to date Ilia Kulik four years later. This performance is about them.

    And finally, Gordeeva skating to Mahler - Symphony No. 5 during "Celebration of a Life" in 1996
    Here Gordeeva skated her first solo performance after Sergei's death.
    "The crowd rose and clapped, then stopped and was transported. For the next five minutes, to the haunting strains of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5, Gordeeva exposed her soul with such gentleness and pathos and strength that no one watching could remain unmoved. This was a rarity: sport, art and tragedy fused into one"

    All these performances are available on youtube. Please watch them if you haven't done before.

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