I've been youtubing lately and find myself going to the old reliables. Reliable, not because of their competetive metal but because of the care they took when constructing a program. Whilst some of these ladies never medalled at worlds, nor remembered by the current generation of fans, these are trully some of the finest moments inf ladies figure skating of the last 10 years IMHO and I'd love to see the current crop learn a thing a two from the following ladies/programs.
It's all about the nuances IMHO.
- 2007 LP 'Munich' by Susanna Poykio
The original music choice, the quiet performance and understated expression.
The free turns on the music after the first lutz, the build up to the spiral, the super ending right on the footwork..... such a clever program worthy of any podium.
-- 2000 LP 'Legends of the Fal'l by Vanessa Gusmerolli
Again, a quiet performance but so many choreographical highlights. The split stop, the Ina, the change of direction camel spins to finish, packed with originality. Clearly the best program of 2000 and unfortunately only 4th at both worlds and Euros.
- 2001 LP 'Sleeping Beauty' by Angela Nikodinov
I think this is the epitome of flow. IMHO it's a better program and better skated program than anything her more famous compatriot ever produced.
- 2003 LP 'Malaguena' by Julia Lautowa
Call me insane, but I genuinely think this proves how simple it is to make a program come alive...the queen of punctuation. SHe highlights so many random beats, it's very easy to do and very effective...see opening 10 seconds, spiral, even the jumps are placed on the beat of the music (see loop)...and low and behold she splats on the last beat, I believe on purpose, all in the name of punctuation.
-2006 LP 'Turandot' by Shizuka Arakawa
SOmetimes you don't have to have that much choreography when you have killer flow, and jumps that are so pleasing on they eye they may aswell by choreography. When you have an Ina Bauer and a Full split COE spiral too boot......super program.
Plenty more to be added in time.