Just got home, 4 hr drive to AC, 5 hr drive home, save on hotel.
Wonderful show. I prefer comps, but this show was just very nice. (Not many jumps, and not sure if there were any triples??)
Combination of various intros, folks on stage and skating
Evan - skated his Oly SP - Firebird
then Intro with Mary Carillo, then Nancy Kerrigan and Peggy Fleming
Video on the ladies
Kimmie skated to A Man's World. Nice skate, but does not appear to be ready for comp
Sasha in a very cute black cabaret outfit with hat and stockings. not sure if the music is from cabaret or victor/victoria. almost sounded like julie andrews?? Nice skate, but not for comp
Tenley Albright was introduced and Mary C chatted with her
Sarah Hughes skated next to a Judy Collins song (blanking on name). Her skating was more mature, elegant, but slow and no jumps. She looked very lovely, with hair a little longer and curly.
Tara was introduced. Mary C chatted with her about acting and commentating.
Caryn Kadavy skated next to 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miz. Lovely as always.
Then Paul Wylie was introduced (he is short next to Mary C). He intro for Nancy.
Nancy skated to Defying Gravity, in a lovely green dress with black lace overlay. The program built and the crowd was into it. Nice choreography
Then Debi Thomas skated. I was so excited to see her again and she did not dissappoint. She looked fab, in a 2 piece black outfit with silver sequins. Skated to Christina Aguilera - music from Burlesque. Nice choreography and footwork. Made me think Debi would have done well in ice dance. Very confident and polished.
Dorothy came out and intro Tom Collins and Vera Wang and they chatted. Funny how Collins mentioned COI, and Scott starting SOI and competing.
Richard Dwyer then skated. Mr. Debonair (us bronze medalist 1950, born in 1935), he skated a bit by himself, then one by one he brought a lady out onto the ice...
they did not skate much and Mr. Debonair skated around them. They were all smiling and enjoying themself and crowd was happy.
Dwyer gave flowers to someone in the audience, but on my side of the rink, so I could not really see who.
They skated to oldies... As Time Goes by
Dwyer - great footwork, did a single axel (pretty high)
Then Brian Boitano came out and the 2 of them skated to 'That's Entertainment, and then 2 guys w 4 ladies exited the ice, all hugging each other. Very nice moment.
America performed a medley of greatest hits while a screen listed the names of US champions in order, for each discipline.
Video on Pairs
Then Mary C came out again
Jenni & Todd skated to 'True Companion, very nice. some lifts, but not Jenni over Todd's head.
then Rocky Marval & Calla Urbanski skated to the Doors 'Love me 2 times'. Very fun program, lots of tricks, including the one where Calla backflips over Rocky and the headbanger. Lots of energy as in the past - awesome. Crowd was really into it. I was sitting by Rocky's family (a very good looking guy that must be his brother, and smelled really good, his Mom and others), plus Isabelle stopped by with their daughter. Both very cute.
Kristi was then introduced.
Paul Wylie and Nancy Kerrigan skated their 'pair program' from the 92 Olys (Miss Saigon song). They were wonderful, their unison was very good.
Video on Dance,
Lang & Peter skated to 'Still Got the Blues' - an old program of theirs. They have great flow and looked great.
Film on Scott
Scott came out and chatted, and gave Dick Button Life Time Achievement Award. Dick spoke.
Michael Weiss skated to 'Save the Horse, Ride the Cowboy' Great showman, audience loved him (especially the backflip). Lots of energy.
Todd skated - to an Andrea Boccelli song (Amore said lots). Great skating.
Rudy Galindo came out in his navy outfit and did his Village People medley. Crowd was cracking up. Rudy was way more campy with it than when I saw it years ago in COI.
Sarah - spoke on podium
Brian Boitano skated to Shenadoah.
Finale, all out on ice/stage. Including Tara, and she and Evan did a little bit on the ice.
Then retakes. Weiss did one, then Brian got on ice, and Weiss kicked him off, wanted to retake a second jump. Funny. Brian did his retake, and I realized he seemed nervous when he initially did Shenandoah, and was much more relaxed in the retake. As Brian was leaving the ice, he patted Rudy on the but as Rudy was taking the ice for his redo.
I left, long drive home.
Where the skaters were enterting/exiting the ice, lots of famous folks were sitting there, Tenley, Dorothy etc. Could tell they were all socializing and having a great time. This show was very special. All the chatting was nice, reminiscning etc.