Whose Don Quixote performance did you like the best?

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Which Don Quixote FS performances(2) did you like the best?

Poll closed May 14, 2011.
  1. Viktor Petrenko (LP)

    8 vote(s)
    6.5%
  2. Yuka Sato (LP)

    7 vote(s)
    5.6%
  3. Takeshi Honda (SP)

    13 vote(s)
    10.5%
  4. Irina Slutskaya (LP)

    10 vote(s)
    8.1%
  5. John Curry (LP)

    60 vote(s)
    48.4%
  6. Mishkutenok-Dmitriev (SP)

    27 vote(s)
    21.8%
  7. Shishkova-Naumov (LP)

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  8. Other

    16 vote(s)
    12.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I just returned from watching the ballet Don Quixote. Many pieces of the music reminded me of old figure skating performances. Obviously a very overused music, but it's a wonderful music for skating. I hope you remember those performances and programs. I don't remember what year they skated in, with the exception of Petrenko (88,89) and Yuka Sato (93 &94), so I have left out the years and competitions. I hope that won't pose a problem.

    Question: Which Don Quixote performance did you like the best? Short or long does not matter.

    ETA: You can pick two performances.
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  2. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    John Curry, 1976 Olympic LP
  3. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    No one could touch John Curry's 76 Olympic LP performance to DQ.
  4. DORISPULASKI

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

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  5. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    No surprise from me : John Curry had the best Don Quixote (and the best Sheherazade) ever.
    I like the program of Yuka Sato but in term of interpretation, it's not the best. ;)
  6. misskarne

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

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    Add another vote for John Curry; just exquisite.



    (Although I'll always have a soft spot for Junior Worlds Plushenko, if only for the cuteness factor. He was so little! :p)
  7. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

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    John Curry, no question. I can't even remember what the other ones look like, but Curry's performance is engraved in my mind.
  8. gkelly

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    John Curry of course.

    And I'd give honorable mention to Mark Mitchell's 1993 long program and Alizah Allen's 1996 and '97 long program.

    But I really find that music to be pretty boring and I wish Curry had chosen more interesting music for his masterpiece that has inspired so many followers.
  9. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I knew John Curry would win running away, that's why I made it a multi-choice poll, where you can pick 2 (I edited my original post right after I posted it). I was thinking Curry would get first place votes. Who will get the second place?

    I love Don Q music, even though it's overused. I loved Viktor Petrenko's 1988 Olympics LP. At age 18 he was so mature artistically that I thought he would become a great artistic skater, but it seems later he focused more on the jumps (and still was inconsistent with them). He does have a great presence on the ice.

    I thought the music fit Irina really well because of her vivacious personality.

    Who can forget M&D's SP to this music at the 1994 Olympics where they unexpectedly delivered a clean performance, with Artur falling on the last pose. Again, great energy in that performance.
  10. let`s talk

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  11. Louis

    Louis Tinami 2012

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    Sarah Hughes's is not a choice? ;-) That, to me, is the most unforgettable.... but not in a good way. :lol: The arm movements, all one beat off the music, are burned in my brain forever.
  12. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    What year did Yuka sato use it??
  13. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    93 & 94 I think
  14. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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  15. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    I must admit to not having seen half of the DQ performances on the list. Anyone knows which version to view for which skater (and if you have links?)? I know I should watch Curry's at the 76 Olympics, Sluts at the 99-00 GPF and Honda's at the 02 Olympics. Don't know much about the others :)

    Curry was awesome, no doubt about it. :)
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  16. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

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  17. merrywidow

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    John Curry's for competition & Klimova & Ponomorenko's fabulous exhibition number after a Skate America comp. (1990?) They didn't compete for some reason but did appear in the exhibition.
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  18. skatesindreams

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  19. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link. Such a cutie! I noticed he did the Biellman on both sides like Irina in this program. Even at that young age (13?) he had such confidence on the ice!
  20. pinky166

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  21. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

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    I remember attending Junior Worlds in Brisbane back in 1995, and it seemed like every other lady skated to that music. I think it's time to retire DQ.
  22. AnnieBgood

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    I loved the one Katarina Witt did a few years back. Wish I could find a video of it.
  23. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

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    I Don't think I have ever seen anything as beautiful as THAT John Curry skate. Thank you for the topic and the link
  24. Cheylana

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    I liked Yukari Nakano's version a few years ago :)
  25. Loves_Shizuka

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    I absolutely HATE this music. That is all I have to add to this thread.
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  26. equatorial

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    I'd say John Curry followed by M/D (Dmitriev was fab, but Mishkutenok as Kitri?! :lol: )and I/K.
  27. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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  29. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    Everyone who skates to DQ has to do the raise the one arm in air and the other hand on the hip thing at every punctuation in the music.
  30. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    Best - John Curry, without a doubt.

    Not-my-fave department - Sarah Hughes (too gangly)
  31. CantALoop

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    Glad to see Curry has the largest percentage by far. I couldn't bring myself to vote for anybody else, it's that good.
  32. satchelpooch318

    satchelpooch318 New Member

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    Ditto!
  33. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

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    Holy sh*t. Plushy's skating was sooo much more likable back then. Such confidence and classic elegance without appearing cocky or over-the-top. As soon as he turned seniors, he took that confident projection to a new level, the sincerity disappeared and he got off the right track IMO. What a shame, he really could've been so much more.

    OTOH, I/K :swoon:
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  34. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I liked hers too. I miss her.
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  35. orbitz

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    Just like Samson, Plushy drew his over-the-top cockiness and strength from the length of his mullet :lol:
  36. essence_of_soy

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    More than a decade ago someone posted a hilarious skating parody set to the tune, "The Hokey Pokey." I can only remember the first verse but it went something like this.

    Strike a pose.
    Put your hand on your hip.
    Stick your hand in the air and wave it all about.
    You do the Don Quixote and flail around.
    That's what it's all about.
  37. briancoogaert

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    I agree. that was AMAZING !
    This is the first time I watch it and I'm impressed. Of course, I knew he was a phenomenal skater, but in this video, he shows style, elegance and musicality.
  38. Maximillian

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    Tiffany used this piece a lot as the majority of her programs were essentially the same three pieces of music pasted together in different variations.
  39. Tak

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    I voted for Mish/Dmitriev, but I also really like I/K's FD - it gets better every time I see it. I/K and M/D are without doubt my 2 fav DQs.
  40. Rae35

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    I guess it's politically correct to vote for Curry. Cleanness of line, use of the music etc and all excellent. But I voted for M & D.

    Watched them both live doing their DQ. John Curry at 1975 Brit nationals and M&D in 1992 Olympics. The pair had a greater effect on me. Perhaps I wasn't the least bit bit mature in 1975 (and that would be on the money).

    John Curry was a lovely skater.... and I always felt a little bit bored. (a politically incorrect comment).

    I liked action. Triple jumps were becoming more common throughout the mens field in the mid 70's. It was exciting and new. First the men, then the women, then pairs. Barriers and boundaries started tumbling.

    Dorothy Hamill was the last woman to win Olympics without a triple if I recall correctly. A lot happened technically in the mid 70's. Certainly the short program was invented by the late 70's.

    The sport came out of the dark ages .......... and contemporary music became popular - maybe not for the judges, but it was a preferred choice for the young people who were competing.

    there's my thoughts - FWTAW