I had to watch it 3 times in a row just for her Ina Bauer and spins...very, very nice.
That British announcer was very proper and tactful at 0:52 referring to her "characteristic takeoff".....
I love threads like this. I get to watch great selections that I don't have time to seach for on my own.
Last edited by geod2; 12-20-2010 at 08:01 AM.
Even thought the OP specifically stated that "you are not asked to choose the greatest exhibition skate of all time, but just the best out of the three listed," I decided to list my faves of all time anyway.
My favorite ladies exhibition of all time has to be Janet Lynn at the 1971 Worlds.
I've loved most all of Michelle Kwan's exhibitions, topped by East of Eden, and ESPECIALLY Fields of Gold.
Believe it or not, an honorable mention to an exhibition I've always loved, because it showed me that Tonya Harding was capable of beautiful skating - 1987 NHK Trophy.
Of course, that's not to take away from the many performances that have been posted in this thread which are all wonderful, too.
I thought I was the only one with fond memories of Tonya's 1987 EX at NHK. There's so much to admire in that performance-the arms on the opening spin-the way she handles the Ina Bauer so that the maximum back bend is done at just the right point in the music, the way the 3L is also just right to the music.
She indeed should get an honorable mention here.
I also liked Irina's exhibition to Cotton Eyed Joe by the Rednex
It's a true pro program, including doing jumps with a hat and a whip, and the outrageous chaps and the way they move in the spins.
If you were putting together a pro tour, having Michelle do the conventional ladies program, Fields of Gold, with the huge emotion she put into it, and Irina with the fast joyous, what will she do next program Cotton Eyed Joe was a great pairing.
Michelle Kwan - Fields of Gold
My favorite exhibition EVER is Stephane's "Ne me quitte pas" - just brilliant!!
hahahha I guess I should've read the thread title... LADIES exhibition. Haha.
Still. I vote for Stephane!!