Chen Lu

gotoschool

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Chen Lu (simplified Chinese: 陈露; traditional Chinese: 陳露; pinyin: Chén Lù) was born on 24 November 1976. Chen is the 1994 and 1998 Olympic bronze medalist and the 1995 World Champion. Her 1994 bronze medal was the first ever Olympic medal in figure skating for China.


She is one of my favorite skaters, so I thought I would open one to honor her for all the great beauty she has shown me in her skating and hopefully others will share their views about her performances.

For me, Chen Lu is one of the most emotionally compelling skaters ever with true elegance, marvelous skating skills, lofty jumps with beautiful delayed rotation, erect posture, and fabulous musicality with outstanding dancing ability that really captures the spirit of the many styles of music she skated to from traditional Chinese music to Rachmaninoff.

Born November 24, 1976

Here are many of her performances

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Lu

Here are some sites about her and video links to her performances:

Worlds 1991 LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60B_VAt7K8E

1992 Olympic SP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQfr1lJJ9h4

1992 Olympics LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS7v47RIvcE

1992 Olympics LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c19Hk1g0qrE

Worlds 1992 SP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPLHDLQ91w

Worlds 1992 LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIRk7djbJEQ

Worlds 1993 LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjguVu__BuE

Exhibition 1993 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDgBYbIO4Hk

1993 SP Claire de Lune Skate Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML97VfCj3JU

Pirouetten France 1993 LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n7t_w7YbdQ

Olympics 1994 LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpFZyY_0_No

NHK Trophy 1994 LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR0qX7xhNLw

Worlds LP 1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARd8UsQj_Ag

Worlds SP 1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbOfhQFjFrI

1995 International Team Challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wDqSQ5sHVU

Trophee de France 1995 Rach II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02GNqdkiBko

Skate America 1995 Rach II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk0stYnfZ8A

1995 Lalique Trophy Rach II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi8eYODnEeE

Grand Prix Final Spring Breeze SP 1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ4a6PSWho8

Worlds Spring Breeze SP 1996 Worlds SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1ufKyTXvJg

one of my favorite performances Chen Lu's Rach II Worlds 1996 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCRaoNfU0r8

1997 SP NHK Trophy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uVOnwuzuCc

Butterfly Lover's Olympics 1998 so beautiful and emotional: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd7qoAr8W2w

Adios Ninos 1998 Olympics SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1XaKf3ssiM

1998 Black Magic Woman Stars on Ice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58pdFFpT74E

2001 Japan Open IF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f50w-9_yvR8
 
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gotoschool

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Thank you for your responses plushyfan and bluebell0710. It is difficult to find high quality photos of Chen Lu but here are some:

1995 I think Worlds LP https://i.ytimg.com/vi/J1XaKf3ssiM/maxresdefault.jpg

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...-program-at-the-nhk-trophy-picture-id51967202

1994 Olympics LP https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wwnKgkGy700/maxresdefault.jpg

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MpFZyY_0_No/maxresdefault.jpg

1998 Butterfly Lovers Olympics http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...r-her-performance-during-the-picture-id329195

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...apan-figure-skating-ladies-picture-id78954430


http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...her-free-skate-program-in-picture-id576826498

Other photos

Worlds early http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...-skating-event-during-the-picture-id494485082

Worlds 1996 SP

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...o-the-audience-during-her-in-picture-id233375

Worlds 1996 LP

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...-a-smile-to-the-audience-her-picture-id238975

Trophy Lalique 1996 http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...-the-1996-trophee-lalique-picture-id635223763

Olympics 1992 http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...ing-the-world-figure-skating-picture-id239791

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...ate-portion-of-the-womens-picture-id462663624

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...ine-during-the-olympic-games-picture-id245895

1994 Olympics technical program

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...al-program-portion-of-the-picture-id462663628

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...al-program-portion-of-the-picture-id462663632

Olympics Long 1994

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos...ine-during-the-olympic-games-picture-id245891

1997 Worlds SP: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...g-the-world-ice-in-lausanne-picture-id1913800
 
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gotoschool

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Here are some articles about Chen Lu:

http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015...dor-for-figure-skating-in-china?tcid=tw_share

http://archive.people.com/people/archive/jpgs/19960506/19960506-750-170.jpg

I am kind of torn as to whether to post these articles because sometimes Phillip Hersh comes across as too harsh, but it has a lot of good quotes from Chen Lu and tells a lot about her struggles, which makes her ability to overcome them by giving such a deeply moving performance in the 1998 Olympics with Madame Butterfly even more compelling.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...ships-world-silver-medalist-chinese-officials

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...lympic-title-athleticism-and-artistry-skating

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-03-24/sports/9603240129_1_michelle-kwan-toe-loop-lu-chen Michelle skated well in this competition, but I really liked Chen Lu the best, especially since the combination of her SP and her Rach II performance is one of my all time favorite overall performances. It is interesting to hear her thoughts and how outspoken she is, though the comments are brief.

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/18/sports/plus-figure-skating-chen-is-retiring-to-study-in-us.html
 
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All the soundtracks of her Butterfly Lovers have been copyright blocked on YouTube. Does anyone know where I can access the Olympic version?
 

Midnightcass

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All the soundtracks of her Butterfly Lovers have been copyright blocked on YouTube. Does anyone know where I can access the Olympic version?

https://m.bilibili.com/video/av7722326.html
^ This site is basically Chinese YouTube. It has a lot of interviews and promotional events from Chinese skaters not found on YouTube.
Best to use on PC and to get rid of the comments on the screen, click on the chat speak image next to the play button.
 

Ballade88

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Apr 19, 2017
Lu Chen is so underrated. She was one of the most musical and artistic skaters ever. I just realized that she has not even been inducted in the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Her legacy as a pioneer for the sport in her country, accomplishments, and amazing body of work warrants her induction. I hope that she is added to the list of legends in the near future.
 
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