What was the first figure skating program you watched ever?

skylark

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Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

The joy! that's what I remember best ... plus their skating seemed like an ideal, the kind of harmony and unity of purpose that could be aspired to between a man and a woman ... and this was before (they knew) they were in love. I felt sure that such harmony and tender caring between a man and a woman would eventually grow into romantic love ... it just had to, if there was any romance in the real world! :)

this is a great idea for a thread, Rafael Astro, :thank:
 

surimi

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I admire everyone who remembers! My first memories of watching FS are quite fuzzy as I was just a kid keeping company to my grandpa who was the one watching skating in my family. I have some extremely hazy memories of Navka/Kostomarov and Anissina/Peizerat, so I guess one of these would be it.
 

amanuenssi

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The European Championships in 1960 and the Dutch figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra. I was 5 years old and the television set was a brand new thing in the Finnish households!
 

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I am pretty sure the "actual first ever program I saw" had been buried deep into the abyss of oblivion.
The event however was Sarajevo 1984 and Torvill & Dean's Bolero became officially the begining of my life long association with Figure Skating.
 

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Peggy Fleming's Olympic Gold Medal in Grenoble in 1968. I don't even remember who else skated. Just remember that green dress and how graceful she was. Didn't know anything about figure skating.

Ditto! I thought she was wonderful. I later went to see her in an ice show or two, but she didn't do much and it was not as inspiring as that Olympic skate. The first male skater who captured my attention was John Curry at the Olympics. He set my standard for what I love about Men's skating. But Peggy was the first skate that I actually remember. On TV, with that primitive technology they had then. I may well have watched Olympic skating before that, but I don't remember them. I do remember the Carol Heiss specials, but I don't remember the Olympic skate. I was probably too young to appreciate it.
 

Jetta

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Great thread!

It was the 1976 Olympics. I remember watching Dorothy Hamil. That’s when I fell in love with figure skating.
 

Ulrica

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That I clearly remember it was Yuzu's Parisienne Walkways on Sochi Olympics,

But the first time I watched FS and loved it even though I knew nothing about the sport was Torino 2006, it was either Ice Dance or Pairs.
 

mrrice

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Probably Peggy Fleming from the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. The chartreuse dress. Apart from that? - ABC's black & white coverage of Wide World of Sports.

Me too. I remember it being in black & white as well. The first live figure skating event I went to was Skate America in 1991. Won by Tonya Harding and Christopher Bowman. It was the first time I saw Todd Eldredge and was an instant fan.
 

LauraV

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Great thread!

It was the 1976 Olympics. I remember watching Dorothy Hamil. That’s when I fell in love with figure skating.

That was the first time I watched skating at the Olympics too! I was very young and I remember being at my grandparents and seeing Dorothy Hamill skate her short program. Hearing about figures, and seeing a short clip of a few skaters doing them. I remember seeing the long programs of Dorothy and John Curry. I'm sure I saw others, but those are the two that stuck in my memory. I think I saw Irina Rodnina skate with one of her partners but I don't recall much about the pairs event. If there was ice dance at that Olympics, I have no memory of seeing any of it.

I recall seeing more mens and womens skating in the following years, and I remember Tai and Randy from the 1980 Olympics, but I don't remember seeing any ice dancing until Torvill and Dean in Sarajevo.
 

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What did I first watch? Or what I first remember watching, LOL!! I recall fleeting figures on tv and knowing some names but the first program/skaters I can recall was Mack and Mabel from Torvill and Dean.
 

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Dorothy Hamill at the 1976 Olympics. I was three and a half.....

It warms my heart to see so much love for Torvill and Dean. I'm a huge fan.
 

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I'm pretty sure it was either Kat Witt or Roz Sumners at the 1984 Olympics. I didn't become a real figure skating fan until the Michelle Kwan era.
 

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I am pretty sure the "actual first ever program I saw" had been buried deep into the abyss of oblivion.
The event however was Sarajevo 1984 and Torvill & Dean's Bolero became officially the begining of my life long association with Figure Skating.

Same
 

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The first one I remember is Viktor Petrenko at the Winter Olympics (not saying which year...), although someone from an earlier group might have been the first one I actually saw. Not only was his program my first memory of figure skating, it's my earliest memory of anything. I was much, much younger than most people would even believe possible to remember.
 

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I have vague memories of Dorothy Hamill from the 1976 Olympics. I also remember watching skating at my grandparents house and people saying watch this girl put her skate over her head (didn't know her name at the time but it was Denise Biellmann). I didn't become a diehard fan though until the 80's.
 
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