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Nadin
10-16-2011, 11:24 PM
Stéphane Lambiel: "It's a great life to just skate for yourself and the crowd and I love it"

http://www.absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=interviews&id=2011stephanelambielgs

Willowway
10-16-2011, 11:46 PM
Completely charming. Thank you.

viv
10-17-2011, 02:58 PM
Great interview. :)

ros01
10-17-2011, 04:18 PM
Great interview. Really looking forward to seeing his choreography. I'll have to look for his new programs on yt.

ChelleC
10-18-2011, 02:42 AM
Wonderful interview, thank you for posting it!

Doggygirl
10-19-2011, 01:35 AM
Thanks Nadin! Sounds like Stephane is having a lot of fun and staying very busy.

dinakt
10-19-2011, 02:34 AM
Thank you, Nadin, for a wonderful, in- depth interview!!!
I love Lambiel, absolutely love him. More now (even:)) than I did in his competitive years, because he shows every time that he has it all: artistic integrity, creativity, awareness of others, love for skating and that wonderful curiosity that keeps people young. You go Stephane.

museksk8r
10-19-2011, 02:48 AM
What a beautiful, enchanting young man he is! :swoon: Love his artistic, free-spirited nature and sense of humor. Thanks for sharing! :)

shine
10-19-2011, 03:05 AM
Thank you, Nadin, for a wonderful, in- depth interview!!!
I love Lambiel, absolutely love him. More now (even:)) than I did in his competitive years, because he shows every time that he has it all: artistic integrity, creativity, awareness of others, love for skating and that wonderful curiosity that keeps people young. You go Stephane.
Ditto. I think in my many years of skating fandom, Lambiel is really one of the very, very few skaters that have never, ever disappointed, for me. And he keeps on improving and impressing me in ways that I didn't think he would. I've always known he was special, but I think we are just starting to see how truly special he is. I always loved his skating, but honestly I didn't know there was so much desire in him to create. I hope to see many of his choreographic works in the future, both for himself and for other skater! So many skaters have said that they love watching him and want to move like him or work with him. :cool:

Allskate
10-19-2011, 05:27 AM
Thanks for the link. His interviews never disappoint. I wish we could see more of him in the United States.

LilJen
10-19-2011, 02:11 PM
I hope his knee recovers OK. Love his assessment of why coaching is not for him:
I'm not ready to be square. I'm not. (He was referring more to a regular schedule and being responsible for a bunch of skaters.)

lauravvv
10-19-2011, 05:08 PM
Thank you once again, Nadin. Really good interview :).

Here's another interesting and new interview with Lambiel. It was originally (well, not quite) in Russian (taken when he was in St. Petersburg for the 'Triumph of Tamara Moskvina'), but some nice person translated it in English. Thanks to marmelatte from the 'ontd-skating' - http://ontd-skating.livejournal.com/1202330.html?view=134472602#t134472602

I so love Russian translations of Stephane's answers :) (or not). They are so, so perfect, and they make him seem so incredibly serious, wise, mature and, most importantly, so eloquent/well-spoken. Of course, he is all of those things, but his English and his way of talking are not nearly as perfect as those Russian translations. In truth, I love interviews where Stephane's answers are written down in their original form, or at least close to it (like in Nadin's interview). Thankfully, marmelatte's translation is a very precise translation of that Russian translation, otherwise I don't know have many of Stephane's original words would have remained there.

Nadin
10-19-2011, 07:26 PM
Thank you for the nice feedback :)


I've always known he was special, but I think we are just starting to see how truly special he is.

I totally agree with this, it seems like he's one unstoppable bundle of creation right now, and he just looks like he's arrived.

I think that many skaters who have retired ooze this feeling of 'having arrived', for example Jeff Buttle and Joannie Rochette who also skated in Turin. You can really feel the sense of freedom with which they skate and it's such a pleasure to watch skaters who are clearly enjoying themselves so much on the ice :)

lauravvv
10-19-2011, 07:28 PM
Great interview. Really looking forward to seeing his choreography. I'll have to look for his new programs on yt.
Here are Stephane's main programs this year:

Bring me to life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uteWqWJqzq0&feature=channel_video_title) at 'All That Skate Spring' (was originally made for 'Art on Ice' to Katherine Jenkins's version of this song, but I like this performance better)

Don't Stop The Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MVF0aL7bq4) at 'Golden Skate Awards'

And a professional video of it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG3YzZdUTPs) from that same 'All That Skate Spring' (he skated it also at 'ATS Summer', but the "professional" video of it was much worse :rolleyes:)

(Rachmaninov's) Prelude in G. minor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQnJnL_1PX4&feature=related) at 'Dreams on Ice' (probably not the most enregetic performance of this program, but quite well filmed and, oh, the blessed silence during it :)). I actually like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z9qwo71-IQ&feature=related) performance from the previous day better, but the commentary :(...

And the most recent performance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT3r1rozN3A) of 'Rachmaninov' at the 'Triumph of Tamara Moskvina'.

Finally, Rigoletto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0enO4Vy-txI) from 'Opera on Ice' (there are better quality videos of it from the 'Triumph of Tamara Moskvina', but it seems that Stephane's acting was better here, besides, it was meant for the samll rink of the arena of Verona).

And the Carolina's Tosca (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLixN51Sm5Q) program choreographed by Stephane. In another interview he said that Carolina didn't have enough time to work on those exhibiton programs, so only a small part of his ideas were actually realized. It explains why it looks a bit empty, although the mood is there. Unfortunately, videos of Carolina's 'Carmen' performance are of too bad quality.


I know that this is too much. But what can I do - I am such a fan, as you can see :).

annie_mg
10-20-2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks so much for this interview. I especially like this part: "I know I did some tangos and I've been choreographing many tangos for my students but I still want to do a tango in a different way than I have done in the past. So I'll have that in mind and we'll see."
Stéphane and Tango! One of the best combinations ever :) can't wait to see what he's got planned. I'm so happy he's still around, even if he isn't competing.