Totally in love with his LP. Mesmerizing, indeed.
Thanks for the link, Polymer Bob, re Jeremy, "Olympic Athlete of the Week."
Double congrats to Jeremy!!
Jeremy to Yuka in the kiss 'n cry after seeing his scores: "Oh, I got a medal."
Yes, Jeremy, and the color is gold! Best of luck, Jere-amazin. Keep going strong! There is work yet to be done.
Redemption is attained not only through victory, but is felt within the power of the music and the movement … the journey to it and through it. Thanks for sharing the emotion of that experience with us, Jeremy.
"All my successes have been built on my failures."
~ Benjamin Disraeli
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. ... I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
~ Michael Jordan
"If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless."
I was fortunate to watch the performance live in Shanghai.
I had tears running through my eyes as he finished his FP. I cannot remember when was the last time that skating had this kind of impact on me. The FP reminded me all the things I loved about skating (which I had almost completely forgotten about since I quit skating personally and started going to grad school / starting my job in the office).
Thank you Jeremy Abbott.
The LP is simply stunning. IMO, what it parallels is Jeff Buttle's Naqoyqatsi (sp?) LP.
I am a dissenter, though, on this season's SP; it's OK but it doesn't make my jaw drop the way "A Day in the Life" did a couple of years ago.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.
Is there even a program in his LP?
BOT: I agree with all of the folks praising Jeremy's program, for me Jeremy's program had everything in it that I love about figure skating. Jeremy showed us his soul on the ice and that is a rare talent, he was in the zone.
That's probably more true now when the rules for the long program don't make it very free any more.
Peggy Fleming even named her autobiography The Long Program, and in her day there was no short program, just school figures and free skate.
Jeremy's programs over the last three seasons - particularly his LP/FS - have reflected choreographic and artistic sophistication rarely seen is skating.
I can't think of another current skater with the combination of technique and innate artistry required to bring them "to life".
It has been, and is, a privilege to watch him skate.
Jeremy is a mature artist, elevating the sport, through his work.
We are/skating is very fortunate to be able to see it.
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This is the 4th or 5th year he's gone out of his way to do at least ONE program that sticks out from the rest of the men in choreography, transitions, and interpretation. This year it's both of his programs, he better be rewarded for it. The LP from the theme, to the way he moves, to the choreography with full body movement, jumps that just randomly happen because you are always paying attention to what his feet are doing..
He's way too far behind a few of the guys to really challenge for a World title, but my biggest wish this year (other than Mirai being World Champ) is for Jeremey to finally win a World medal.
I think Jeremey is just making it look too easy. The program can appear empty because it is subtle. None of his transitions look hard, so the viewer seems to be assuming they aren't hard. But if you actually quantify what his blades are doing, the upper body movement- his program is PACKED.
His long program isn't my favorite (I prefer fun to introspective, like his short) but it is a great program.
I concur with the general feeling of everyone about his programs. Specially his lp. I enjoyed the program of the Kerrs to the same music last season but his takes it to another level. It's his best program ever by a long shot and the highlight of the season for me (along S/S modern dance fest program)
About Mirai, I hope she doesn't become world champion with those programs she has. I like her a lot, but that'd be a terrible competition if it happens
^ It would be no worse than Miki Ando's programs from the year prior winning, plus she's potentially a waaay better skater I think the LP will be much different by the time Nationals are here.
LOVE LOVE LOVE. I don't think there's a program of his that I haven't liked. He's showing a ton of versatility and ease in adopting many different movement styles (though I think he had a harder time growing into last year's flamenco SP--it took a while).
Whether he wins any enormous titles/medals or not before retiring (whenever that may be), it sets him up well for a future in professional skating and choreography.