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Extranjera
12-19-2010, 05:56 PM
It's not listed but my choice is Michelle's Dante's Prayer. I just love that program so much.

Me too!! One of the best ex programs ever.

I've always loved Michelle's style, so Winter song was very touching to me (1st program after 3 years break) but this program of Shizuka... WOW! I can't believe I haven't seen it before, it's gorgeous.

mmot
12-19-2010, 06:07 PM
There are so many of Shizuka's exhibition performances I like, but I love this one particularly - as it was performed on the competition sized rink and thus you can really see that she's still got amazing speed across the ice - she even seems 'liberated' compared to when performing on a smaller rink.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WwIiATt1O4

(The video maker appear to have replaced the sound to get rid of commentary though)

Artifice
12-19-2010, 07:35 PM
Arakawa is IMO one of the most packaged skater of all times. Her exhibitions shows how much she is artistic and athletic, close to perfection.

ainouta
12-19-2010, 10:19 PM
Slightly OT, but in addition to becoming a tremendous artist post-2006, Shizuka has also retained her jumps like nothing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPQun-K9rQs&feature=related

DickButtonFan
12-19-2010, 10:33 PM
It's rare to ever enjoy a performance when the ice is so incredibly small. Sasha had problems with her jumps in that performance because there wasnt enough room. It's just too dangerous to jump like that.

Also find there are hundreds of programs that are better than this one of sasha's. I'd pick one of her Romeo and Juliet ones but I'll have to come back and post a link.

eleonorad
12-19-2010, 10:42 PM
The two that I like the most:

Carolina's "Solamente per Carolina" 2006 Oberstdorf EX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf1_5QFLiiw

Shizuka's "Frozen" by Madonna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgHmjWkQGKM

geod2
12-19-2010, 10:52 PM
There are so many of Shizuka's exhibition performances I like, but I love this one particularly - as it was performed on the competition sized rink and thus you can really see that she's still got amazing speed across the ice - she even seems 'liberated' compared to when performing on a smaller rink.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WwIiATt1O4

(The video maker appear to have replaced the sound to get rid of commentary though)
Thank you for that link....exquisite!! :swoon:


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Polymer Bob
12-20-2010, 01:20 AM
Caroline's 2008 TEB exhibition "Lullaby For A Stormy Night" was a big hit with the crowd and announcer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i4RpKDYqrg

geod2
12-20-2010, 01:40 AM
Caroline's 2008 TEB exhibition "Lullaby For A Stormy Night" was a big hit with the crowd and announcer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i4RpKDYqrg

Thanx, PB.

I had to watch it 3 times in a row just for her Ina Bauer and spins...very, very nice.
That British announcer was very proper and tactful at 0:52 referring to her "characteristic takeoff".....;)

I love threads like this. I get to watch great selections that I don't have time to seach for on my own. :D


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krenseby
12-20-2010, 02:46 AM
Thanx, PB.

I had to watch it 3 times in a row just for her Ina Bauer and spins...very, very nice.
That British announcer was very proper and tactful at 0:52 referring to her "characteristic takeoff".....;)

I love threads like this. I get to watch great selections that I don't time to seach for on my own. :D


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Yeah I am really happy that people are posting links here. More great exhibitions for me to watch ;-)

pollyanna
12-20-2010, 04:59 AM
Even thought the OP specifically stated that "you are not asked to choose the greatest exhibition skate of all time, but just the best out of the three listed," I decided to list my faves of all time anyway. :shuffle:

My favorite ladies exhibition of all time has to be Janet Lynn at the 1971 Worlds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0VZyztldo).

I've loved most all of Michelle Kwan's exhibitions, topped by East of Eden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Snwj2HcS4), and ESPECIALLY Fields of Gold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazOhkRuySI).

Believe it or not, an honorable mention to an exhibition I've always loved, because it showed me that Tonya Harding was capable of beautiful skating - 1987 NHK Trophy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9K1W6w-Vw).


Shizuka Arakawa - It's A Beautiful Day (Sarah Brightman) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxfro4HkuTk)

Simply exquisite. :swoon:

krenseby
12-20-2010, 05:07 AM
Even thought the OP specifically stated that "you are not asked to choose the greatest exhibition skate of all time, but just the best out of the three listed," I decided to list my faves of all time anyway. :shuffle:

Actually, I really like the links and suggestions posted in this thread, so everyone keep on bringing up as many exhibitions as you like.

mrinalini
12-20-2010, 05:22 AM
I've loved most all of Michelle Kwan's exhibitions, topped by East of Eden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Snwj2HcS4), and ESPECIALLY Fields of Gold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazOhkRuySI)

It has to be MK's FOG for me, too. Sometimes I think maybe the program is a bit too soppy, but then I go back and rewatch it and realize that it's got just about everything you'd want when watching skating. The jumps, the spins, the little SFLs, the back spiral with her hand touching the ice...all the lovely skating moves are in there.

Of course, that's not to take away from the many performances that have been posted in this thread which are all wonderful, too. ;)

DORISPULASKI
12-20-2010, 05:32 AM
I thought I was the only one with fond memories of Tonya's 1987 EX at NHK. There's so much to admire in that performance-the arms on the opening spin-the way she handles the Ina Bauer so that the maximum back bend is done at just the right point in the music, the way the 3L is also just right to the music.

She indeed should get an honorable mention here.

I also liked Irina's exhibition to Cotton Eyed Joe by the Rednex

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBtGob1AVZg

It's a true pro program, including doing jumps with a hat and a whip, and the outrageous chaps and the way they move in the spins.

If you were putting together a pro tour, having Michelle do the conventional ladies program, Fields of Gold, with the huge emotion she put into it, and Irina with the fast joyous, what will she do next program Cotton Eyed Joe was a great pairing.

ks777
12-20-2010, 05:47 AM
Michelle Kwan - Fields of Gold