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    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post
    I will be going tonight - any requests for videos?
    Everyone???? Ha ha.

    Shibutani's and NavBom please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twizzler View Post
    Everyone???? Ha ha.

    Shibutani's and NavBom please!
    Lol, I don't think my camera has that much space, to record everyone. I've found it's difficult to really watch and take video at the same time, so I can't promise full-length vids, but I can take small clips of some performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twizzler View Post
    Everyone???? Ha ha.

    Shibutani's and NavBom please!

    NavBoms I can help with...I was afraid my battery would die before the end of the night, so I didn't get a chance to tape the Shibis.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orp4LqFstWc

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    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post
    I will be going tonight - any requests for videos?
    I would love to see Paul and Dorothy's program.

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    An Evening with Champions DVD

    FYI, the DVD of the show will be available for sale. Here's the information from the flyer:

    "DVDs will feature the best performances from each night and will include all skaters and numbers. DVDs will be ready and sent directly to your homes within five weeks. Please return check and order form to the merchandise [stand] by April 17th or send to the address below by April 20th. Please make check payable to Daval Video Productions

    $33.50 per DVD copy

    Daval Video Productions
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    Will this be shown on TV anywhere? Sounds like a wonderful program!!

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    Last night's show was fantastic. I hadn't realized how many big stars would be there, even if quite a few of them didn't skate.

    Highlights:

    Dick and Peggy talked in the beginning and did the whole "but Peggy has better legs" things, rofl.

    Jason Wong performed his American pie exhibition, as he did last weekend at Ice Chips, and I am definitely an uber. Even his falls are smooth. His jumps look like they get so many rotations in the air. He doesn't do a quad, does he?

    Bennett Gotlieb did "Shout" and it was really cute. Whoever it was that introduced Jessica Lin (I think it was Dick Button) said she was in 3rd grade - they had to correct it later that she's in 7th.

    Emily Hughes did well - I think I was sitting behind her parents because they kept clapping wildly every time she jumped and had their hands clenched for the rest of her two programs. They were really cute actually. Emily had a huge "E" on her sweater - maybe so people would remember which Hughes sister she is.

    The Shibutanis are absolutely lovely to watch live - I just love their flow and edges. Maia has a lovely arch in her back during the lifts too. They did "La Vie en Rose" by Louis Armstrong, shows off their skating so well. I didn't find the height difference that distracting, but I think I've also grown used to it. I had the chance to talk to Maia after the show (she is so sweet!) and asked her if they would be moving up to Seniors next year - she said they have to talk it over with their coach, so either they haven't decided or don't want anyone to know just yet.

    Gregory/Petuhkov was definitely a ?? number for me, with the light-up costumes and weird music. There was some cool choreography in there with top hats, however.

    Navarro/Bommentre, oh how I will miss them. They too have such a nice flow and are so smooth live. I just love how accessible their numbers always are.

    Castelli/Shapnir - these two are lovely too. They have this one move, however, that made the entire audience gasp in fright - I don't know what it's called, but it's where the guy holds onto the girl's feet and is swinging her up and down while he rotates. This move always makes my heart stop but they did a version where he swings her really high up in the air then really low. Seeing pairs moves live is absolutely frightening, at least for me.

    Evora/Ladwig. I saw them at Skate America in November and really liked them there, and I think their skating looks even better now. I think a hush almost fell over the crowd during their number (or it might be all in my head, lol). Perhaps it is the confidence from such a wonderful year. Amanda especially looked like she was shining.

    Dorothy and Paul - I can't believe these two are actually still skating. Dorothy did some lovely spins, Paul did a jump or two and his spread eagle.

    It was a great show (more enjoyable than SOI and only $8). I took some videos that I'll put when I get the time.

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    Thanks for the review literaryfreak! I would of loved to have gone, but it would have been a 3 hour drive each way! I thought Scott Hamilton was supposed to be there according to the flyers, but no one has mentioned him...I''m guessing he was not there?? Would of loved to see Dorothy & Paul's program!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skamper23 View Post
    Thanks for the review literaryfreak! I would of loved to have gone, but it would have been a 3 hour drive each way! I thought Scott Hamilton was supposed to be there according to the flyers, but no one has mentioned him...I''m guessing he was not there?? Would of loved to see Dorothy & Paul's program!!
    They mentioned that Scott couldn't make it.

    I have a video of Dorothy and Paul's number on my camera but I believe ioana's video is better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFRZh...layer_embedded

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    Thanks for the link. Dorothy and Paul were great! (Although I didn't care for her costume!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    NavBoms I can help with...I was afraid my battery would die before the end of the night, so I didn't get a chance to tape the Shibis.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orp4LqFstWc
    Thank you! Were you able to get the Shibutani's also?

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    I have to upload the others, but here is my video of the Shibutani's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYdaS4uFOs0

    My zoom wasn't working properly so the video is from farther away than I would have liked.

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    Plus, they seem to have been allergic to your end of the rink!
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    Poor Bennett Gottlieb was misidentified as a girl by Peggy Fleming. Later Peggy introduced "Cure-an Oil" when Curran Oi was about to skate. (One personal gripe, which Peggy probably had nothing to do with - they did not identify Curran as a freshman at MIT. I yelled out "MIT Rocks" after he skated.) Curran did the Aerosmith number that he skated at the MITFSC show in March.

    Judy Sladky was wearing a jacket with a huge Snoopy on the back and a small Woodstock on the front. snoopysnake likes!

    Peter Carruthers' Dick Button impersonation was spot on and first-rate. Sounds just like him, and Dick warned Peter that he might not be around much longer if he keeps doing it!

    Paul and Dorothy enjoyed themselves so much; it was really a treat to see their heartfelt smiles, not to mention their middle-aged but form-perfect skating. My favorite number other than them was the Shibutani's.

    DH took a lot of photos, for which I hope to post links in a week or so.

    After the show the younger skaters were having a lot of fun fooling around before and after press photos of the whole skating and non-skating cast were done. Ross Miner, Jason Wong, and Mark Ladwig were practicing pair throws. I think Amanda's job's in no jeopardy!

    Janet Lynn and Paul Wylie got the biggest cheers of the "older generation." She did not have skates on but looked radiant in a turquoise coat about the color of this smilie (Watch out, Janet, snoopysnake shares not just your first name and middle name with an extra 'e,' but these days your clothing size too. snoopysnake would like to wear that coat!)

    A sweet moment was seeing Tai and Randy and JoJo and Ken skating pairs side by side in the intro, which to my delight was Emerson Lake and Palmer's version of "Fanfare for the Common Man." DH got a very good photo of that.

    A note of good wishes from Scott Hamilton was read. He could not be at the show due to a family obligation, but he expressed appreciation for the tradition of the show and its role in helping to fight cancer.

    It was not a full house, which was a shame since this was quite an extensive gathering of skating greats. I hope it gets good coverage in IFS and/or Blades on Ice, and that some TV outlet will air the program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post


    Castelli/Shapnir - these two are lovely too. They have this one move, however, that made the entire audience gasp in fright - I don't know what it's called, but it's where the guy holds onto the girl's feet and is swinging her up and down while he rotates. This move always makes my heart stop but they did a version where he swings her really high up in the air then really low. Seeing pairs moves live is absolutely frightening, at least for me.
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    I believe the name of this move is appropriately named 'the headbanger'

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    literaryfreak, I forgot to ask you to take a vid of Curran Oi. Does anyone who was at the show remember what he skated to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopysnake View Post
    Poor Bennett Gottlieb was misidentified as a girl by Peggy Fleming. Later Peggy introduced "Cure-an Oil" when Curran Oi was about to skate.
    I wondered if Peggy had trouble reading the cue cards due to poor lighting. There were a few other stumbles on Friday and she could never get passed pronouncing Hingham until Dick came and rescued her.

    Also, thank you and smurfy for identifying Judy Sladky for me! I'm off to watch some of their dances on youtube.

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    Thank you for all the reports! I'm glad to hear the show was great and also that Amanda & Mark skated so well and were well received there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    I wondered if Peggy had trouble reading the cue cards due to poor lighting. There were a few other stumbles on Friday and she could never get passed pronouncing Hingham until Dick came and rescued her.

    Also, thank you and smurfy for identifying Judy Sladky for me! I'm off to watch some of their dances on youtube.
    Her maiden name was Schwomeyer, so you will see that name in some of the history too. Sladky was her first husband, but they eventually divorced. She had Charles Schulz give her away at her wedding to her current husband, and had a Belle and Snoopy bride and groom on top of their wedding cake. This topper she donated to the Peanuts Collector Club for one of their convention auctions, which benefit Canine Companions, Schulz's favorite charity. My fiance and I bought it at the auction and had it on our wedding cake at our wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanithandBenFan View Post
    literaryfreak, I forgot to ask you to take a vid of Curran Oi. Does anyone who was at the show remember what he skated to?
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