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    "Chill Inducing" Performances

    Perhaps I am just a very emotional cheeseball, but there have been several performances over the years that have managed to give me chills and move me almost to tears. It doesn't happen very often and when it does I know again why I love to watch skating. I was going to post this in the voting section with a poll, but then realized that this is a very subjective thing and 10 options of my choosing would not be enough to satisfy the diverse tastes of this board! Name the performances (as few or as many as you like) that have had the greatest emotional impact on you.


    1. Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic LP - This program had so many wonderful moments. He had such carriage, style and grace and you could sense that he was "seizing the moment" and finally letting all of the pressures of past expectations slip away. I am all chills at the end of this program, from the footwork into the 3t on especially.

    2. Chen Lu, 1996 Worlds LP

    3. Michelle Kwan, 2001 U.S. Nationals SP

    4. S&Z, 2003 Worlds LP - Oh, I cried like a baby during this one. The last minute still gives me chills....like 50 viewings later! They don't have the exquisite line and flawless packaging of the famous Russian pairs...but they do have more heart and reflect more genuine emotion than any pair I can recall from the past several years. They take your breath away (or mine anyway!) simply by being themselves.

    5. Michelle Kwan, 2003 U.S. Nationals LP - Over the hill, due for retirement, 3/3 less, slow, bland, an Olympic failure....blah blah. She skated just to skate and it showed.

    6. Michelle Kwan, 2004 U.S. Nationals LP - "Tosca" isn't my personal favorite as a program, but I was in Atlanta and the feeling that she created in that arena was unbelievable. It was electric. I will never forget standing among thousands of other people as she came out of her split jump and into the final seconds of her program. There aren't many words to describe it.

    I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind.

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    M&D's Rachmaninoff LP (and later exhibition- a shortened version) always gives me chills.

    Katia's first solo performance skated to Mahler. I cried with her (and probably with everyone else).

    Others:

    Katia's skate to Rachmaninoff's Elegy at a pro competition- one of her first solo performances.

    B&S's Meadowland SP- the power in it gives me chills

    Chen Lu's LP at the 1998 Olympics, particularly at the end

    Michelle's 2003 USN LP (Aranjuez)

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    I would get chills hearing the music from Henry V while Michael Weiss was skating it last season because it made me think back to Paul Wylie's skate. There's plenty of other chill-inducing moments I could think of but none come close to Paul's 1992 Olympic performance.

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    Without special order and further comments ... too many!

    - Natalia Mishkotionok/Arthur Dmitriev - "Liebestraum" - Worlds 1991 (?)
    - Isabelle- and Paul Duchesnay - "Missing I + II" - Worlds 1990 + 1991
    - Katarina Witt - "Sag' mir wo die Blumen sind"
    (Where have all those flowers gone) - German Nationals 1993
    - Oksana Baiul - "Black swan" - Olympics 1994
    - Kurt Browning - "Casablanca" - Olympics 1994
    - Lu Chen - "Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2" - Worlds 1996

    Alexei Yagudin:
    - "Lawrence of Arabia" - Worlds 1999
    - "Gladiator" - Euros 2001
    - "Revolutionary Etude" - Worlds 2001
    - "Winter" - Masters 2001
    (Looks I was a little bit too fixated on him at that time, really can't remember much other great performances ..., LOL!)

    - Ekaterina Gordeeva/Ilia Kulik - "Casi un bolero" - SOI 2000
    - Elena Berezhnaya/Anton Sikharulidze - "Lady Caliph" (sp.?) - Olympics 2002
    - Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao - "Turandot" - Worlds 2003
    - Shizuka Arakawa - "Turandot" - Worlds 2004
    - Johnny Weir - "Dr. Zhivago" - Worlds 2004

    Wow, seems I'm "easy" to impress!

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    I'll go with all of Paul and Michelle's performances. They were all simply amazing! :D

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    chillers

    If I had to pick just one (and not most of Michelle's ) I'd have to say Paul Wylie's Oly '92 LP. I can't even watch the movie Henry V without thinking of Paul's jubilant, dramatic performance - brings tears to my eyes.

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    Wow Gipson,
    I know what you mean about Henry V. I've never been a fan of Mikey's skating but somehow that musical choice made me like him even more b/c it made me think of Paul Wylie. I wasn't too into Paul's Olympic LP. Paul's best performance was in 1990 Nationals. His feet were on fire in the LP.

    My chill inducing performances:

    Katarina Witt's Where Have all the Flowers Gone: The best program of the 1994 Olympics

    Oksana's Olympic Swan Exhibition - the stunned look on Jane Torvill's face (and that she actually stood out on the side to watch it) said it all.

    Usova & Zhulin: 1991 Worlds, they should have won that one
    1989 Worlds: Mars/Chopin
    1990 Worlds: Sophisticated tango

    Klimova & Ponamerenko: Air (1992), Beatles Medley (1988)

    Yevgeny Plushenko: 2004 SP at Worlds
    2004 LP at Russian Nationals

    Brian Joubert: 2004 SP at Worlds ( I got a lot of chills at this year's worlds)
    Shizuka Arakawa: 2004 LP Worlds

    Tara Lipinksi: 1998 LP and SP, 1997 LP (everytime I saw Tara I got chills)

    THE KING OF CHILL INDUCING (I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS PROGRAM AND I WANT EVERYONE FIND IT AND SEE IT)

    BRIAN BOITANO : Canvas on Ice, skating on the glacier to the theme from "The Secret of my Success"


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    Quote Originally Posted by soogar
    BRIAN BOITANO : Canvas on Ice, skating on the glacier to the theme from "The Secret of my Success"
    actually it was a lake on a mountain, but close LOL Glaciers aren't really made for skating at least not the ones in Alaska


    anywho... mine are...

    Kurt Browning 1994 Olympics Casablanca... where was that guy in the SP? :( It was a great way to go out on teh Olympics though. I want to cry every time just because dang it I want to say he's the Olympic Champion! :(

    Paul Wylie's 1992 performances... the look on his face pretty much sums up everything... I loved the backstage shots of him waiting for his turn to skate... checking his pulse... too funny LOL

    Jamie and David's "Love Story" at the 2002 Olympics, I was crying by the end of it... she hit teh jumps man!

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    In no particular order:

    Michelle Kwan: 1998 Nationals SP and LP (I was there)
    Michelle Kwan: 2003 Worlds LP (Again, saw it live)
    Michelle Kwan: FOG, 2002 Olympics Exhibition
    Paul Wylie: 1992 Olympic Long Program
    Nancy Kerrigan: 1994 Olympic LP (finally, clean and full of life)
    Brian Boitano: 1988 Olympic LP
    Torvill and Dean: 1984 Olympic LP
    Sale and Pelletier: 2002 Olympic LP (I'd never seen it before, the ending just nailed me)
    Shen and Zhao: 2003 Worlds LP
    And--the first time I saw Dorothy Hamill skate live after I started skating (1999) -- the purity of edge and form just pierced my soul.

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    Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao - Nutcracker Pas de Deux
    The rink I skate at has been doing the Nutcracker Ballet on Ice for 30 years. I'd love to just drop a screen down in the middle of the ice and show this program at this point in the show. Just amazing. I was totally balling by the end.

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    Tonichelle:
    In Sandra Bezic's hardcover book on skating (I think it was called Skating), she said that they took forever to find the perfect glacier for Brian to skate on. Even if they *settled* on a lake in the mountains, it was a stunning backdrop to Brian's magestic skating.

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    Gettin' old

    I get the chills at least once while watching any competition, even little kids at local ones. So, I reached down inside and stirred around see what "surfaced" without having to think about it---these are the performances I saw either live in person or broadcast live on TV---so I was reacting as I saw it and not because I saw footage later after everyone else talked about it (so that means that some great performances might not be included simply because I was not in the right place at the right time, even tho' I might have seen them later):

    Ponemorenko's Oly Liebestraum--the first time I paid attention to Ice Dancing
    after Torvill and Dean

    14-yr-old Tiffany Chin at World's

    Kurt Brownings "Singin' in the Rain"

    Paul Wylie's Oly silver medal long program

    Liz's Manley Oly silver medal long program

    MIchelle's '98 Nationals gold--both short and long

    First time I saw Michelle's "Fields of Gold" exhibition

    Boitano's Oly gold long

    A pro tour number by Brian Orser skated to the memory of his mom.

    Katia's "ghost pair" skate at the memorial skate program for her husband.

    G&G's second Oly gold long

    a Denise Bielman's pro win (can't remember year...I just remember her outfit w/
    bare midriff) I've never seen a woman so buff or so in control in my life.

    Galindo's Nationals gold long

    watching Punsalen and Swallow Oly skate after knowing that her dad had just
    been murdered by her brother.

    Baiul's Oly swan

    The first time I saw Johnny Weir skate a flawed Jr. program...I still knew he was
    "it". So, even though it took a long time and I had my doubts that he'd ever
    have the "nerves" to compete how I knew he could---when I saw this year's
    Nationals long, I got the chills knowing that he had it in the bag at last.

    I quite chilled at moments in Baldwin and Inoue's "Pearl Harbor" program
    because of the particular pairing and the program music, but I also liked
    their choreography. I also loved their exhibition "At Last".

    After I sign off, I know I'll think of a dozen more. This is what "floated up" first for now.

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    I quite chilled at moments in Baldwin and Inoue's "Pearl Harbor" program
    Oddly enough, I do too. They never really gave it the performance it deserved as a program, but I thought it was still very beautiful even with mistakes. They have so much potential and I love the way they relate to one another on the ice. I really wish they could pull it together.

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    Too many to list here but here are some:

    Liz Manley - 88 Olympics - I was standing in my living room jumping up and down before she hit her final stance. What a thrill.

    Kurt Browning - Casablanca - he brought a whole new meaning to interperative skating. That program transcended perfection in style. Also his Singing in the Rain program. It was like watching Gene Kelly on ice.

    Toller Cranston - his program skated to "Too Beautiful too Last" - inspiring. Every time I hear the music he comes to mind.

    Martini and Underhill - winning the worlds in 1984.

    Karen Magnussen - winning the worlds in 1973. My skating hero.

    Torvil and Dean - Bolero - perfection on ice - the difinitive ice dance program.

    Sale and Pelletier - Inspire me. Their unison is wonderful.

    Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay - their program "Missing." Haunting. The first time I saw it, I was mesmerized.

    Elvis Stojko - Watching Elvis skate always thrilled me. I loved his program skated to "The Mission." One of his best.

    Brian Orser - Always perfection on ice.

    This one is obscure, only those who have had the tedious task of doing school figures can appreciate this: Having the privilege of seeing Trixi Schuba trace perfect figures at an exhibition in Vancouver during a world tour. How could figures be chill inducing? If you have ever had to trace them at 4:00 am in the morning then you would appreciate seeing the ultimate example of perfection.

    There are so many more skaters I could mention.....

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    In no particular order:

    Katia and Ilia´s duet "Casi Un Bolero in SOI 1999-2000
    Ilia Kulik "Liebestraume" from Europeans 1997 exhibition
    - "Always" from Trophee France 1995
    - "A House Is Not A Home" from Bacharach show and Ice Wars 2003
    Torvill & Dean "Bolero"
    Evgeny Plushenko "Bolero" in Finlandia Trophy 2000
    Rodnina&Zaitshev "Kalinka"
    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze "Let Me Fall" in the St. Petersburg show 2003
    Shizuka Arakawa "Turandot"
    Shen & Zhao "Turandot"
    Gordeeva & Grinkova several programmes...
    Katia Gordeeva "Stella Errans" (the scarf programme) 2003
    Oksana Baiul "Swan Lake" from Olympics 1994

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