View Poll Results: Your favorite THREE Ave Maria Exhibitions & Pro routines

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  • Protopopovs (pro 1983)

    7 11.67%
  • Annenko-Sretenski (pro 1995?)

    9 15.00%
  • Shizuka Arakawa (2007?)

    11 18.33%
  • Oksana Baiul (1993-1996; skated many times)

    17 28.33%
  • Krylova-Ovssianikov (pro 2002)

    5 8.33%
  • Johnny Weir (SA 2008 Exhib)

    20 33.33%
  • Jeffrey Buttle (Christmas exhib)

    19 31.67%
  • Yukina Ota (2006?)

    7 11.67%
  • Carolina Kostner (Euro 2007?)

    8 13.33%
  • Rudy Galindo (1996 ex)

    12 20.00%
  • Belbin-Agosto (2010 ex; skated earlier as FD)

    10 16.67%
  • Other

    7 11.67%
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    Favorite THREE exhibitions skated to Ave Maria

    Ave Maria is another overused music in FS, but there are so many versions of it that I have not yet gotten tired of it. In competitions, I like T&M's SP the best. This poll is limited to exhibition or pro routines because it is hard to compare eligible skating with exhibitions.

    Please pick your favorite 3 Ave Maria exhibitions/pro routines for this poll.

    For YT links to the programs you may refer to this thread:

    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...636#post582636
    Last edited by Vash01; 10-09-2011 at 07:53 PM.

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    Can we make separate categories for the Schubert and the Bach-Gounod music?

    I voted Baiul because I remember how much I loved that program at the time. That little, skinny 15 year old with such amazing interpretive instincts and a body that totally moved to the music.

    I'd also like to put in a honorable mention to the short program Totmianina and Marinin did in 2005. It managed to be a lovely interpretive piece even with required elements.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqMJ...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan M View Post
    Can we make separate categories for the Schubert and the Bach-Gounod music?

    I voted Baiul because I remember how much I loved that program at the time. That little, skinny 15 year old with such amazing interpretive instincts and a body that totally moved to the music.

    I'd also like to put in a honorable mention to the short program Totmianina and Marinin did in 2005. It managed to be a lovely interpretive piece even with required elements.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqMJ...eature=related
    In the original post I specifically stated that I did not want to compare eligible skating with exhibtion/pro since they are so different. I have listed many types of Ave Maria music for the poll- Schubert, Gounod, vocals by various artists, so I don't see the point in listing just Schubert & Gounod. If you want to start a thread like that, you can, of course. BTW I did mention T&M's SP as my most favorite competition program to this music, but it is not an option in this poll.
    Last edited by Vash01; 10-09-2011 at 11:39 PM.

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    Carolina Kostner's 2006 ex:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylqzsaSkmJI
    I started loving her thanks to this exhibition!

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    Geez, Poll Police. Lighten up.

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    Jeffrey Buttle's "Ave Maria" was so beautiful. His every move on the ice is so graceful. Plus his "Ave Maria" s music is so different with drums. Fab skate Jeff.

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    Absolutely hands down goes to Peggy Fleming. This is her doing it at the Carlo Fassi tribute. When a piece of music takes a meaning of its own, an athlete/artist can do wonders. Get out the Kleenex.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPKxL8w1R5I

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    If I could choose just one, it would be the interpretation by Baiul too. I chose her, Weir and the Protopopovs.

    However, when it comes to competitions, it would be the sp by Sishkova/Naumov. Was it in 1997? I'm not sure. I love the way the music interpreted Ave Maria and the way S/N skated to it. One of the most lovely programs I've ever seen in competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadya View Post
    If I could choose just one, it would be the interpretation by Baiul too. I chose her, Weir and the Protopopovs.

    However, when it comes to competitions, it would be the sp by Sishkova/Naumov. Was it in 1997? I'm not sure. I love the way the music interpreted Ave Maria and the way S/N skated to it. One of the most lovely programs I've ever seen in competition.
    It was in 1996. I liked their performance at the Centennial more than at worlds, in spite of a mistake on the jump by Naumov. It was a beautiful performance. It is listed in the 'competition' poll.

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    I think I don't like any of those. Please, no more Ave Maria.

    The only one I can watch is Petrova&Tikhonov's because it's not to the most famous Ave Maria's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    I think I don't like any of those. Please, no more Ave Maria.

    The only one I can watch is Petrova&Tikhonov's because it's not to the most famous Ave Maria's.
    Funny. It (Pet-Tik's) is the only one I did not like at all, and I do like them as a pair. Just not this version of AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    It was in 1996. I liked their performance at the Centennial more than at worlds, in spite of a mistake on the jump by Naumov. It was a beautiful performance. It is listed in the 'competition' poll.
    I haven't seen that Centennial performance, but I am curious now. I hope I can find it on YouTube.

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    Just found it on YouTube. So happy to have that program from another event. Thanks for mentioning it! The Centennial performance is as lovely as the Worlds performance.

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    Thanks for posting that skate by Peggy Fleming at the Carlo Fassi Tribute, Louise. I recall having seen it then, but it's great to see it again. Peggy was definitely emotional in the interview describing why the song had such meaning for her, and especially how much her father and Carlo meant to her (and how the song and her skating connected to both of them).

    I voted for Johnny, Rudy, and Oksana. I love all of Johnny's skates to Ave Maria, especially these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G_E3cwRZ2o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR_rW...D84B8B0F04914D

    Each of the above performances are skated somewhat differently to the same music. That to me is the interesting thing about Johnny as a skater and an artist. His moves are so natural and effortless with beautiful flow and grace ... maybe due to the spontaneity of movement and emotion he expresses in the moment. He's soulful, free, and inspiring, especially in his exhibitions (uninhibited by the strictures of rules). Johnny said in an interview late last year, "I have the skin* of a hippo, and the heart of a hummingbird." *obviously not literally, but metaphorically.

    Oksana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lnAVP3ZOaI

    Rudy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpCDljmSxiw

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    My favorite........Emanual Sandhu's exhibition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pokQElpJk4
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarie View Post
    My favorite........Emanual Sandhu's exhibition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pokQElpJk4
    I had never seen this. It's beautiful! Emanuel was such a beautiful skater when he did not have the pressure of competing (and he did have a few really good competition skates too, but too few for his talent).

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    Thanks for the link to Sandhu's skate, clarie. I hadn't seen that before -- very elegant and a lot more relaxed skating than Sandhu has been known for.

    I looked up Jeffrey Buttle's Ave Maria skate:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpGB35cq-Os

    The lighting obstructs the view here, but as always exquisite blade work and gorgeous line and extension from Buttle. I've generally enjoyed Jeff's skating, but sometimes I find him to be a bit studied in his movements, e.g, the head snap at the beginning of the above clip. Overall tho' this is nice, as is this: (really funny bit at the beginning of this prior to Buttle's skate)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=kr-SdShk7B0

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    This is my favorite version by Carolina... not at Euros but at Torino gala. Her skating there was just effortless and so soft.
    Also, I was never a fan of the white wings dress and in this gala she wore simple practice clothes. She looked great though, even without the dress, and it made you focus more on her actual skating IMO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGV5nV_h1ho

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiggs View Post
    This is my favorite version by Carolina... not at Euros but at Torino gala. Her skating there was just effortless and so soft.
    Also, I was never a fan of the white wings dress and in this gala she wore simple practice clothes. She looked great though, even without the dress, and it made you focus more on her actual skating IMO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGV5nV_h1ho
    I love her long lines and smooth skating. This outfit is not distracting like the other, and that helps too. However, I wish she had worn something prettier than this. This looks almost like a practice outfit, and top looks like almost like an undergarment. The skating was beautiful though.

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    I voted for A&S, Buttle, and Oksana, but was so close to voting for Carolina. and I agree, Vash01, I wish she had a better costume but the skating is so bautiful.

    again, so pleased to see the A&S appreciation. I wish they were still skating. I am so thankful for youtube!

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