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    Most of my favourite skaters have already been mentioned, but I'd also to add Kristoffer Berntsson and Shawn Sawyer to this list. (Hey, someone has to cheer for the little guys! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliceanne View Post
    Stephane Lambiel. I predict that his professional career will overshadow his competitive.
    I put Stephane in a class by himself

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    Yu-na Kim, Arakawa, Nagasu, Rochette, Asada, Kostner,
    Chan, Dai, Joubert, Lambiel
    This too will pass away.

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    Can't forget Sebastien Britten or Gary Beacom

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    Oh Buttle Buttle Buttle

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    I agree with many of those listed above. No need to repeat. Unless people want to post links to well-choreographed programs and some skaters have many worth posting.

    I'll name a few who haven't been mentioned yet:

    Olga Markova
    Alice Sue Claeys
    David Liu
    Igor Pashkevich
    Michael Tyllesen
    Ryan Jahnke
    Stiegler/Zimmermann
    Annenko/Sretenski
    Usova/Zhulin
    Winkler/Lohse
    Sure, I'll post some.

    Torvill & Dean - 1984 Olympics OSP (Paso Doble)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_8AsMSn1ys
    - perhaps the greatest OSP of all time, such fascinating choreography and it expresses the character of the dance perfectly

    Torvill & Dean - 1984 Olympics (Bolero)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1SEZzqdh3A
    - IMO, the greatest example of seamless choreography

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1986 Worlds (Waltz, Polka, March)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O85swOkgj8
    - such a difficult program, everything flows from one element to the next

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1987 Worlds OSP (Viennese Waltz)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8JCK7YPqRY
    - one of the greatest OSP's of all time

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1988 Olympics (Beatles Medley)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acXA79rFf8c
    - another FD with incredibly difficult choreography but they perform it with such ease

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1989 Worlds (Mack the Knife)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwtIoc6I0t0
    - artistically, I don't care for this FD but the choreography was even more difficult than in prior years and they performed it to clinical perfection

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1991 Worlds (Lawrence of Arabia)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT6nx_ahnNU
    - a personal favourite of mine

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1992 Olympics (Bach)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIxXQWnV_Rg
    - again, very difficult choreography but this time, coupled with more expression

    Grishuk & Platov - 1992 Olympics (Prelude & Allegro)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRlNzp_V35A
    - I personally found the choreography to be fascinating even if the style is love-it or hate-it, a lot of difficult content

    Grishuk & Platov - 1995 Worlds OD (Quickstep)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EqTmB96Jbk
    - love how virtually the entire dance is done face to face

    Grishuk & Platov - 1997 Worlds OD (tango)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pFeVnhwkSU

    Grishuk & Platov - 1998 Olympics FD (Memorial Requiem)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXNmarKjyiY

    Anissina & Peizerat - 1998 Worlds OD (Jive)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiQmRoouSk
    - the most underrated OD that year

    Denkova & Staviski - 1999 NHK (Xotica)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFEgifvy7gY
    - not the most difficult but I found this fd to be fascinating

    Denkova & Staviski - 2003 Worlds OD (march, waltz)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoGjwmOnfCE

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    Current people..

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    So, more links to some favorite choreography.

    Starting with dance.

    Duchesnays 1988 Worlds Tango OSP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEz1xYVO-aw

    Duchesnays 1988 Europeans Savage Rites
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkDmhr4-Evs

    Duchesnays 1990 Worlds Missing (the first half is nearly identical to Torvill & Dean's pro program on the same theme)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgo5-w7smSM

    Duchesnays 1991 Worlds Blues OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aYAGtNxrh8

    Duchesnays 1991 Euros Reflections
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zxqaszjDTI

    Duchesnays 1991 Worlds Missing II
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrAtaiJ2zw



    Usova/Zhulin 1991 Worlds Blues OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdij7eJeEzY

    Usova/Zhulin 1991 Worlds Paganini
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BxsSkL4ooU

    Usova/Zhulin 1992 Olympics FD Four Seasons
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nCz-Pl2Rs



    Rahkomo/Kokko 1992 Olympics Memory
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-5zKsPxQg

    Rahkomo/Kokko 1993 Euros Valse Triste
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk2LqLNPelc

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    I've watched Sebastien Britten's 1994 LP, what a beauty !

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    G/P's The Feeling Begins was definitely the most I've ever seen in the past two decades, infinitely more intricate and difficult than all other teams behind them (and that's pre-CoP!), but I couldn't get the hype about Memorial, which was just a couple of random, ugly squatting moves thrown together for them to race around the rink for 4 1/2 minutes.

    Someone mentioned Vocalise by G/G (or was it in another thread )? That was by far the best pairs program I've ever seen. Was that based on the concept that Katia was a statue that came to life?

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    Adrian Schulteiss came immediately to mind. Jeff Buttle and Kurt Browning, too.

    Reaching back, Christopher Dean, and he still has the magic touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinDonShamu View Post
    G/P's The Feeling Begins was definitely the most I've ever seen in the past two decades, infinitely more intricate and difficult than all other teams behind them (and that's pre-CoP!), but I couldn't get the hype about Memorial, which was just a couple of random, ugly squatting moves thrown together for them to race around the rink for 4 1/2 minutes.

    Someone mentioned Vocalise by G/G (or was it in another thread )? That was by far the best pairs program I've ever seen. Was that based on the concept that Katia was a statue that came to life?
    What made Memorial so impressive for me was how everything kept moving and how each element came out of almost nowhere. Before, G&P were known for fast and difficult footwork but this FD was more about difficult choreography, how each of the elements were done with little set-up time and they were very well-interconnected with one another. I found The Feeling Begins to be magnificent in terms of its difficulty but I personally preferred both Memorial and Prelude & Allegro in terms of how everything kept moving from one manoeuvre to the next (I also preferred the expression as well). Just my opinion of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    Rahkomo/Kokko 1992 Olympics Memory
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-5zKsPxQg

    Rahkomo/Kokko 1993 Euros Valse Triste
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk2LqLNPelc
    I think their 1994 FD to La Strada was much more difficult and interesting than those two (I love those two too) !

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    Jorik Hendrickx

    Feeling Good SP
    Spanish Mix LP

    I wonder who Sandy Sue is. That's the person listed in his ISU bio as his LP choreographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    I think their 1994 FD to La Strada was much more difficult and interesting than those two (I love those two too) !
    OK, here's a link from Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopcVIyZe_w

    More love for Team Scotnicky:

    Goolsbee/Schamberger 1995 Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pytv2NLgfTY

    Winkler/Lohse 2000 Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQW7T7EdELE

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    Savchenko/Szolkowy
    Pang/Tong olympic‘LP

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    Backing up some of my earlier suggestions:

    David Liu 1992 Olympic SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c3ceRk1P0Y

    Igor Pashkevich 1996 Euros LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZRprQWXdv0

    Michael Tyllesen 1998 Olympics SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kzz5RmgDIc

    Ryan Jahnke 2000 US Natls
    SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=124V7_Uh-nw
    LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOUM3koWjvA

    Oh, and another I forgot:
    Andrejs Vlascenko 1996 Worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UusrT8kN4c8

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