I like these moments. They're so simple but so cool and the second one is so poignant.
Stéphane Lambiel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9snEtUHJZ0 3:11 and 5:02-5:25
in the middle of the difficult season with his injury and uncertainty about Olympic selection, Daisuke fought hard. This segment of Friends and Lovers at Japanese Nationals 2013 gives me chills no matter how many times I watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODVHs3KVZ20#t=02m47s
Daisuke's 2011/12 season SP, i get the biggest goosebumps when he pauses in the step sequence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsUplazBWp0
Like so many of you mentioned, Mao's Sochi LP. Especially from the moment she nails her 8th triple, the loop till the end when she bursts into tears... Gets me every single time.
1996 Worlds Michelle's SP - the part she strokes so graciously into Ina Bauer at 1.24, and where she taps her hands so captured in the feel of the music at 3.20.
2004 Worlds Shizuka's LP - you can see that the usually reserved Shizuka really feels the music at 7.23 during the magnificent Spread Eagle, then to nailing the second 3lutz, then to Ina Bauer till the end.
Shizuka's Torino LP - the part she moves to the gorgeous Y spiral with only a couple of strokes at
Watching Patrick's steps. Especially Take Five.
Davis & White's Free Dance 2013/14. The part they just keep going and going from 3:35 is insane.
Gordeeva's Mahler--like watching the earth move. This piece was nearly unskateable, but no other music could have been better to convey the profound loss and grief Katia had experienced. Confession: When Virtue and Moir skated to this music, I was never able to enter completely into the spell they cast, because the Adagietto has just one meaning to me, and that meaning transcends competitive skating. Tessa and Scott looked beautiful, to be sure, and they well deserved the OGM that this earned them, but I wish that Zoueva had used some other part of a Mahler symphony for them in 2010.
I don't mean to criticize Zoueva at all, but I've always been curious: has anyone ever asked her why she used this music again? She choreographed the original version for Katia out of her own grief for Sergei, so clearly the piece meant a great deal to her. I'd love to know how it came to her to recast it into something more serene and graceful rather than a statement of unimaginable rupture and anguish.
I just want to say kudos to the OP, TMC, for starting this thread as I am so enjoying following the video links of skating performances posted here as well as reading the explanations why they are deemed to give chills.
D/W's Strauss free dance - I noticed a couple of moments in this version (gpf) which I thought were hilarious/awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSzLIs9S24
I can just see what Charlie is "saying":
At 2:19: "Look, I twirled her!"
At 3:24: "Wait...where did she go? Oh there, wait for me!"
Also agree w/ the poster who mentioned Rudy Galindo @ 1996 US Nats & Midori Ito @ 1988 Olys. Rudy's performance had me in tears. I wasn't aware of the anti-gay angle (grrr....); only knew that many people had pretty much written him off and that he had been very discouraged after Kristi Yamaguchi opted to quit their pairs partnership to concentrate on singles. Even without the backstory, though, it was a wonderful skate -- he was simply inspired. No way anyone could have denied him the gold that day.
As for Midori...watching that performance, I found myself wondering if she had springs in her skates or something. Yikes, that was amazing! Also wonder if she would have been on the podium (or at least closer to it) if not for the school figures.