Pardon me if THIS has been done before! But I'm still relatively new here and haven't seen it, or participated! I was thinking last night of my personal fondest skating memories...but I know that my skating experience is limited by time/age as well as nationality (Let's face it, up until Nancy/Tonya, the USA was not the greatest at televising international skating). So my top skating moments are biased, I'm sure....but I wanted to share mine. I'm sure other people can think of ones I either don't even know about, or have forgotten.
1. Rudy Galindo's win at Nationals....My mom STILL watches that on tape a couple times a year! Totally perfect, perfect timing, everything...absolutely wonderful.
2. Paul Wylie's silver medal at Albertville....Paul Wylie was the first skater to make me interested in skating outside of the Olympics. If it was on TV, I'd watch it sometimes, but never felt invested in a particular skater. Paul changed that with his National's performance in 1990, and knowing his history, Albertville was remarkable. Would only have been better if he'd gotten the medal he DESERVED!
3. G&G in 1994 Olympics...I'd watched them in '88 too, and thought they were pretty amazing...so perfect and concise. But they were young then, and didn't have the same emotional impact on me. In '94, you knew their story, their romance, and could see that connection on the ice. Maybe it wasn't perfect, but it was breathtaking.
4. Tonya Harding at 1991 Nationals.....sure, she turned out to be a major, felonious, trailer trash skank...but anyone who watched her win National's in 1991 has to admit, it was impressive.
5. Shen and Zhao, LP, 2003 Worlds...It's recent, it's still easily brought to everyone's minds. What can I say? I was watching alone at home and gave them a standing 'O'.
NOW, it gets a little harder....moments *I* liked, but didn't have that same impact on me....
6. Alexei Yagudin's 2002 Olympics....'Winter' was incredible...'Man in the iron mask' was not perfect....but watching his emotions after the LP, knowing all the little snipes from his former coach, and having watched him grow up from being a bit of a brat....THAT was what made it great for me
7. Jozef Sabovcik's first quad....Yeah, I know it wasn't ratified, and the camera angle was off, etc etc etc. Makes no difference. For me and I'm sure at least a few others, Joe landed the FIRST actual quad.
8. Michelle Kwan's 2003 Worlds....She's always impressive, she's almost always near perfect, and she has a lot of class. Maybe her constant quality works against her on this list! But after taking almost all year off, to see her win Nationals was impressive...I didn't see what everyone else seemed to tho, I didn't think it was her best performance. Like she was holding back. But at Worlds, the long program, there was so much more emotion and joy to her skating. It was absolutely beautiful to watch.
9. Yagudin's 1999 Worlds...So I'm partial to the boy! But truly, seeing the metamorphesis after less than a year with Tarasova, and seeing it so masterful and powerful...it was very impressive to me.
10. First time seeing Bourne and Kraatz...for me, it was in an exhibition, I think Elvis Stojko's tour, in 1994 or 1995....they were still pretty new, obviously, and it was strictly a performance number as opposed to competitive. But still....their moves, their connection...suddenly, I actually LIKED an ice dance team. They are still one of the FEW I like to watch in dance....hopefully will get to see them as pros for a while.
Okay, so where's your list?