"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.
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).
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)
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.
Eville Eastern Bloc Poster
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
- "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!
Last edited by Germanice; 07-29-2004 at 04:21 AM.
I'll go with all of Paul and Michelle's performances. They were all simply amazing! :D
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.
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"
Last edited by soogar; 07-29-2004 at 01:36 PM.