Back in the 90s, I was able to see quite a few SOI shows and one thing that stood out for me was Torvill and Dean. I had seen them on TV many times but to see them live was special. Jayne looked so tiny in person but they moved across the ice and in each other's arms like butter. So smooth and precise. They were the first ice dance team I followed intensely and I'm so glad I had the chance to see them skate live once. Also cherish the memory of seeing Paul Wylie live and Scott Hamilton. Both of them make you want to watch them endlessly. The showmanship is incredible.
As far as contemporary skaters, I was enthralled by Jeremy Abbott...I love his tv skating but to see him live is very amazing. I agree that he "reaches out" and his fluidity and smoothness is just to die for. I couldn't take my eyes off him and I didn't want it to end. Seeing Davis/White, of course, was a complete thrill and I loved how much better I could see their speed and closeness. Seeing their Bollywood OD was a memory I'll never forget.
Michael Weiss is very charismatic on the ice, his moves just make you catch your breath and then you want to cheer. Sasha Cohen is fierce and you really see that when you see her live. She just tries to own the ice and it's surprising for such a tiny thing.