Little things in skaters' routines that you really like

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  1. falling_dance

    falling_dance Well-Known Member

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    Past and present, in a particular performance or as a general trend. To get the sugarcoated medicine ball rolling...:rollin:

    I've always loved the way Kim Yu-Na finished her flying sit spin in the SP at 2011 Worlds. That element just flowed seamlessly into the rest of the program.
  2. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Jonathan Cassar's spread eagle - gorgeous

    Leng/Leduc's side by side jumps - wonderful.

    Maia Shibutani's hands
  3. circuscandy

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    Meryl and Charlie's hair situation.

    That counts, right?

    I really loved this little change they made to their final step sequence last season. I wish it had been there from the start.
  4. Cachoo

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    A good falling leaf: I loved Kwan's use of it in "East of Eden."
  5. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    I've always loved it when any skater looks like they're really enjoying themselves. Like when Plushy was rocking the hell out of his steps in the short program at EC, laughing in spite of his pain. Or Josh's smile when he did the arabesque spiral in his long at Nationals, like he knew how well he was skating.

    Anything that shows joy, that shows they still remember why they started in the first place, that makes me happy.
  6. aims

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    The expressive hand movements Yuzuru Hanyu displays in all his spins. If you look closely, his hands are always moving in synch with accents in the music.
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    Watching the Russian Junior Nats, I love Seraphima Sahanovich's entrance into her 3F.
  8. briancoogaert

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    Carolina Kostner 2011 LP Afternoon of a faun :
    I love the entrance to Loop and the rest of the program : 3Loop, spiral sequence, step sequence...
    http://youtu.be/dEHzfiygvtU?t=2m53s
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  9. TAHbKA

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    Stolbova depicting the Family Adams hand with her arm.

    Generally when the programmes are 2 directional - Morozov is the worse - all his programmes are choreographed to the judges side, if you are sitting on the opposite side of the rink you'll see the skater's behind most of the time. Fernandez' SP to "Nu Pogodi' and his step seq with the eyebrows is the example to the worst ever.
    IMHO Kostner's programmes are beautiful from any direction, much to my surprise so are Stolbova/Klimov's and (ouch) Agafonova/Ucar
  10. Holley Calmes

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    Arakawa's Ina Bauer! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

    Ditto on Charlie's hair.
  11. miki88

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    I like Michelle's COE spirals which were always a highlight in her programs. I also really like the beautiful opening to her Dreams of Desdemona program.

    I like one-handed biellman spins, especially the one used by Mao at the end of her Nocturne SP.
  12. JasperBoy

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    I like it when any skater reaches down and caresses the ice. The first skater I recall doing that was Toller Cranston, and many other Canadian skaters have used that move since.
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  13. l'etoile

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    When skaters, especially female skaters, have full extension in landing position ala Michelle and Caro's double axel. Honestly, Carolina's double axel makes me grasp my breath(besides the long set-up)!
  14. aliceanne

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    I like walleys, half loops, and one footed axels as connecting elements. A good Russian split jump. In pro skating a huge delayed split or tuck axel. An exceptionally musical skater always gets my attention even if I don't like the music. As far as spins - a fast camel spin with beautiful line and stretch.

    I like a skater who works with their body type and does what they do well. If you are built like a brick house go for jumps and grand moves. If you have spaghetti legs go for the interesting flexibility moves.
  15. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    I guess this is a somewhat controversial choice, but I think what helped edge Kwan out over Irina in the 2002 SLC SP (other than skating on home turf) was all the little nuances Kwan had throughout the routine such as her sit spin, and her air punch during her combo spin, etc. It's the little things that matter most.
  16. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ I agree with you about the controversial part ;)

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    What do you define as "little things" ? Kwan's split falling leaf and Jonathan's spread-eagle are highlights in their respective performances, so I would not classify those moves as little things. Some memorable highlights for me are choreographic details like the way Kwan moved her upper arms and shoulders in wave-like motion before going into the flying camel in her Schez LP, or how Sergei and katia's hands weaved under and over each other but never touched in their MoonLight Sonata performance.
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    that has always enamored me too
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    I love the way Tessa and Scott's movements are so completely in sync. Their attention to detail is exquisite.Their connection to each other is second-to-none.
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    ^ I just looooooved their original SD opening choreo this season which shows how little things in movement can make a huge impact. Too bad it's gone:(
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    I've always loved the way Michelle Kwan pointed her fingers on the landings of her jumps. It always stood out for me and caught my eye, really nice touch.
  22. DORISPULASKI

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    This is probably a big thing :slinkaway! but Hanyu's counter before his 3A-it was such a surprise that a jump came after it!

    The little changes of edge in the spirals Meryl and Charlie addd to their free skate at US Nationals:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=A6FJeYztaeI#t=138s

    I like the stalking like a cat section where Tessa is chasing down Scott at the beginning of their Carmen FD.
  23. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

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    I loved that moment from D/W, too! So genius:swoon:
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    i love how ashley wagner used her arms in her black swan spiral sequence- i also loved how g&g presented thier jumps - skating backwards with a landing position prior to the jump sequence- it alwasy seemed so polished to me
  25. falling_dance

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    I loved Sasha Cohen's very musical and long entry into her 3Flip in her Malaguena SP.
    Also liked Slutskaya's entrance into her 2Axel in her Olympic SP. I have "stolen" this entrance from her for my pupils actually ;)
  28. viennese

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    Jonathan Cassar's spread eagle sequence - deep edges, incredible speed, real drama.

    I also loved Courtney Hicks' split jump variations in her exhibition programs and her wonderful combination spin. Was it my imagination, or did she and Agnes Zawadski both do blindingly fast back spins in their programs? Great way to end a program.
  29. Marco

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    I love the way Kwan used to combine her spirals together. 1998 East of Eden and 2002 Fields of Gold are grand examples.
  30. Vash01

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    I loved the smile flashed by Midori every time she landed a difficult jump- not really a part of 'skating' but it generated a lot of excitement for the viewers.
  31. Ziggy

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    Facial expressions. Nothing more off-putting than seeing a skater look like they'd rather be anywhere else. It makes me think: 'If you don't give a shit about your own performance, why should I?' Performance skills in general as an extension but whilst not everybody can easily achieve a great posture, lines, etc. etc. it really doesn't take that much to show some kind of emotional involvement (yes, I know it's not easy if you're focusing on technical elements but still).

    Giving a shit about music is nice as well. :p You know sometimes a really little detail, like bobbing your head to a musical accent, can make a big difference.
  32. Vash01

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    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze 2002 SP: I love the spread eagles & turn right after landing the throw before getting into the split double twist.

    I also like their hands/palms/fingers positions throughout- a lot of attention to detail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAJUcgMZMO4

    In their LP (Meditation from Thais) there are so many interesting little moments- the mohawks, the shoot the duck, taking steps back, the Eternal spring position from Rodin sculpture, the final sustained spread eagles-spiral positions, and they all were smoothly interwoven in to the choreography.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=B_VDRBCOslo
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  33. Vash01

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    Oksana Baiul's 1994 Oly exhibition, skated to The Swan:

    The way she looks at certain places in the routine, moves her neck, gorgeous arm movements and the little hand movement to indicate the dying swan. This is one of my all time favorite exhibitions by any skater.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI27ulyzUoM
  34. nuge

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    Yes love Shae's head bobble in the SLSS in Waltz OD 2003:)
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    The very beginning pose and first movement of Michelle's East of Eden. She's not even skating yet, but looking over her shoulder, then reacting to the beginiing of the music.
  36. l'etoile

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    When music goes down then you can here that pure sound that skate blades make with ice. For example, this. It's the moment of serenity. Just beautiful.
  37. kiss-n-cry

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    Slide spirals!!! :swoon: Alex Johnson does a small one as part of his step sequence in his current FS. It is a nice highlight; makes me catch my breath every time a skater performs one. Jeremy Abbott did a nice one in his Life is Beautiful program. IIRC, Robin Cousins had a gorgeous slide spiral... time to look on youtube!
  38. briancoogaert

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    I want to watch him at practices without music and listen to his blades, for all my life !
  39. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    Yes! :)
  40. nuge

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    Gwendal's split position in the lift in TMITIM FD. I get goosebumps everytime I watch that programme especially leading up to that part.