Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Vash01, Jun 11, 2012.
What are your THREE most favorite performances skated to Swan Lake?
Does Daisuke Takahashi's Cyber Swan (aka Hip hop Swan Lake) count?
ETA: Oops, didn't see the poll.
Other for Ashley Wagner's Black Swan, which was more or less Swan Lake.
I decided to include it, to increase the number of options.
Yes, it could have been included. I did not think of it.
Shizzle's voidy swan is tops in my book.
Dai's cyber swan is
And BRAVO to Ashley Wagner for skating Philip Mills' Black Swan choreo to perfection.
Oksana skated a pro routine to the traditional Swan Lake music (not the Black swan), but I liked her 94 SP much better.
Rudy! Gawd I was in freaking TEARS at the end of his 96 Nationals LP!!
John Curry with Cathy Foulkes
Sasha Cohen of course, the greatest Swan ever in figure skating, but definitely not 2004 Worlds. She had a lot better performances that season, the last one at Marshall's being the best. However, my favourite is the first performance of the season, at 2003 Campbell's where she had TAT's choreography, much better in my opinion than what she had with Robin. 2003 SA was also a wonderful performance.
Rudy for sure!
B&S's easily. I always wished Moskvina would have turned that into a LP for them.
Oksana and Rudy are definitely my top 2.
For my 3rd, I chose 'other' ... although not an elite international competitor, I have always loved Kathryn Kang's Swan Lake program from the '09 Canadian Nationals where she placed in the top 5 and made the National team. Here's a link to that performance:
1. Sasha's Swan Lake is my favorite by far, although I preferred Tatiana's version over 2004 Worlds. (I'm not a big fan of Robin Wagner).
2. B&S - Just about anything Tamara Moskvina touches is golden in my opinion.
3. - Rudy 1996 San Jose was a once in a lifetime performance.
As "Ballet on Ice" this can hardly be improved upon.
For the thrill of performance in competition - Rudy in 1996.
I loved that SP. I remember at the Europeans, which I saw on my poor quality video, the commentators were raving about this young pair. Although they had skated together for just about 18 months, they had breath taking unison, speed, lines, posture- everything that pairs skating should be.
Oh, shoot I voted for Oksana and then I realized there's an option for Rudy!
That was quite a performance!
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze without a doubt. That was a breathtaking performance. I watch it from time to time and it still mesmerizes me.
I liked Fumie Suguri's LP that had TWO footwork sequences, probably not the best ever though. I also thought Mai Asada did a surprisingly good job with it at a cheesefest in the fall of 2006.
ETA: Love Rudy, but couldn't vote for him because of his lack of ice coverage.
Rudy for me.
Baiul's is probably my least favorite whenever I think of how that overscored technically. (Artistically, a triumph, but not so much on the technical front.)
She had a 3L-2t combination (slightly 2 footed, but a great outside edge and height)- same as other top ladies, a 2- flip (I think they did not allow a second triple jump those days, unless it was a part of the combination), a 2A. She had the best spins of all the ladies, and good footwork (remember it was not a COP program). You can dislike it as a personal taste, but I don't see how you can say it was not much on the technical front, when that's what all the other top ladies were doing (Kerrigan, Chen, Sato, Bonaly- out of these only Kerrigan had a clean 3L)
I voted other.
Rosalynn Sumners nailed it at the 1987 World Professional Championships in Landover. She finished a close second to Dorothy Hamill.
I only have a clip of her winning the Challenge of Champions in Paris, with a step out on the double lutz.
However, since this program is four minutes long, boost the doubles to triples and it would make a great ladies free even now.
I'm not fond of them, but Oksana Baiul's, Sasha Cohen's and Rudy Galindo's are the best of the list, for me.
I love Yuzuru Hanyu's SP from last season, but it's not the original Swan Lake.
One of my votes went to others with reference to Alexej Urmanov's Swan Lake:
I love it!
And me, I love this one :
How did I forget this? I really liked that program.
Rudy, Dai and I don't care.
Urmanov for me.
Wow! The whole thing is beautiful, but that one move they do early on is just incredible. I loved it.
Who is she? When is this from? She looks like Petrova, but with longer limbs so everything looks more striking. Alexei looks young here, so this is isn't one of the those recent celebrity shows, right?
And the Butyrskaya hate goes on...........................
She was one of the few to use the arm movements to show the Swan.
But her free skate at the 2000 Europeans was far better than the Worlds that year.
Where do you see the hate ?
Don't you think Oksana Baiul used her arms ?
ITA with the above...where's the hate? I haven't seen one negative post about Maria in this thread. I voted for her and I'm not even a fan. Her LP was elegant and her costume was one of my favorites.
I just think she gets dumped in every poll. Never gets the credit that she should.
I said she uses her arms better than most. Baiul was beautiful with this music.
Also Elena & Anton.
Choreography wise she was way better than Slutskaya's Carmen in the same season yet Irina got similar artistic marks.
One of the best audience reactions I've ever been a part of - Tracy Tanovich/Michael Chau's gold medal-winning Junior Pairs FS at 2009 US Nationals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov8yTHmriCg
I don't see any Butyrskaya hate either. Just because people don't vote for her as their FAVORITE doesn't mean they hate her. I am a big fan of Maria, but her Swan Lake wasn't my favorite.
Inna Volonskaya competed in pair with Valerii Spiridonov during late 70's and won Bronze medal at Russian Nationals in 1979/1980.
She skated with Alexey Tikhonov for few years around 1995 in Tarasova's "All Stars" in spectacle "The Prince and Cinderela".
OK, I see what you meant and I agree !
You see the real hate in the Survivor threads.
In general, Maria is not a popular skater on this board, but she did survive a couple of rounds over Kimmie and Miki.
I liked Maria's skating, and I found her underrated, but her Swan Lake LP was not one of my favorites. It was just OK for me.
Their "Swan Lake" program is wonderful.
Wow, so many of these skaters gave me chills with their Swan Lakes. If I had to choose one, it would be Oksana. I am a major fan of Maria Butyrskaya's because she choreographed this one on her own and I could see me doing a very similar interpretation.
One that isn't listed but which I could watch again are the Stieglets in 1995 at the Olympic Festival. Tiffany was a diamond.
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