View Poll Results: Wha are your THREE most favorite performances skated to Swan Lake?

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  • Maria Butyrskaya (2000 worlds LP)

    18 10.47%
  • Oksana Baiul (94 Olympics SP)

    58 33.72%
  • Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze (98 Europeans SP)

    19 11.05%
  • Sasha Cohen (2004 Worlds LP)

    37 21.51%
  • Rudy Galindo (1996 US Nationals LP)

    61 35.47%
  • Daisuke Takahashi (2008 SP)

    60 34.88%
  • Shizuka Arakawa (2003 worlds SP)

    14 8.14%
  • Other

    24 13.95%
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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    I voted other.

    Rosalynn Sumners nailed it at the 1987 World Professional Championships in Landover. She finished a close second to Dorothy Hamill.
    Oooooh, I had forgotten about this one! Thank you for posting it. This is probably my favorite skate of Rosalynn's ever. And she should have beaten Dorothy, who was very unsteady in her TP to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto 3.

    I've got this program somewhere - I'll see if I can find it to upload.

    ETA: Here is Rosalynn Sumners' Swan Lake at the 1986 World Pros in Landover.
    Last edited by pollyanna; 06-13-2012 at 01:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    I voted other.

    Rosalynn Sumners nailed it at the 1987 World Professional Championships in Landover. She finished a close second to Dorothy Hamill.

    I only have a clip of her winning the Challenge of Champions in Paris, with a step out on the double lutz.
    I had never seen this before. Interesting cuts, and I know many like to rag on Roz but she did possess an incredible amount of musicality and body awareness. When the announcer said that Lorraine choreographed it, I was thinking, well she probably told her where to put her jumps, but you don't move like this without at least half of it being it your own. I was impressed with this.

    The problem I always had with Sandra Bezic and her amateur choreo for Boitano and Kristi was that it was strictly paint by numbers. You hear a boom, a jump is landed on it, a long note or pause most definitely requires a spread eagle for 30 seconds. Dick Button made a comment during a skater's performance about what kind of choreography is to be striven for: Don't just skate to the music, skate to what ISN'T in the music. That's where real interpretation comes in. MI isn't just landing on the booms and snapping your hand out on a beat.

    Anyway, I love this performance, and appreciate it more after a second look. And big surprise Dorothy narrowly beat out Roz at Landover. All Dot had to do was show up and smile big and do nothing technically, and so long as she did not fall, would always win. I wouldn't doubt that Dot had it in her contract that if she didn't fall at Landover she would win, or else she wouldn't participate. Those were strange years where they always had to 'protect' Peggy and Dorothy in those pro comps. Kind of a joke in hindsight.
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    B&S at the 1998 Euro's:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJCGGBmCmf0

    B&S at GPF:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49UJxZLtUYM

    B&S at the 98 Olympics:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AydZTd-ZR7w

    They had a fall in the Olympics program, but the rest of it was gorgeous. Beautiful skating.
    Last edited by Vash01; 06-13-2012 at 07:43 AM.

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    As much as I'm not a fan of Oksana, i thought her SP from olympics was one of the best choreographed programs ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    Oooooh, I had forgotten about this one! Thank you for posting it. This is probably my favorite skate of Rosalynn's ever. And she should have beaten Dorothy, who was very unsteady in her TP to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto 3.

    I've got this program somewhere - I'll see if I can find it to upload.

    ETA: Here is Rosalynn Sumners' Swan Lake at the 1986 World Pros in Landover.
    Thanks, pollyanna!
    Rosalynn really should have won.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    Oooooh, I had forgotten about this one! Thank you for posting it. This is probably my favorite skate of Rosalynn's ever. And she should have beaten Dorothy, who was very unsteady in her TP to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto 3.

    I've got this program somewhere - I'll see if I can find it to upload.

    ETA: Here is Rosalynn Sumners' Swan Lake at the 1986 World Pros in Landover.
    Thank you so much for uploading Rosalynn's and Dorothy's programs from Landover that year.

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    I vote "other."

    It's apparent from the posts that everyone has overlooked a very classic Swan Lake program that had timeless choreography.


    http://youtu.be/itr3_8E-m7w?t=4m14s

    Yes, Kyoko Ina's Swan Lake is one for the ages


    And we hear one of my favorite Dick Button quotes:
    "I think it would help if there were a little more swan in this Swan Lake"


    ***Just in case I need to clarify, this is not my favorite, but just a joke***

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootie12 View Post
    I vote "other."

    It's apparent from the posts that everyone has overlooked a very classic Swan Lake program that had timeless choreography.


    http://youtu.be/itr3_8E-m7w?t=4m14s

    Yes, Kyoko Ina's Swan Lake is one for the ages


    And we hear one of my favorite Dick Button quotes:
    "I think it would help if there were a little more swan in this Swan Lake"

    Did Lauren Sheehan design her costume? IIRC, 1993 - 1995 were the puffy sleeve years for senior ladies at US Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    Did Lauren Sheehan design her costume? IIRC, 1993 - 1995 were the puffy sleeve years for senior ladies at US Nationals.
    I believe so. Her dresses had a distinctive look...the puffy sleeves with fabric hanging, and usually small crystals hanging at the tips of the fabric. Somewhere on YouTube there's a video of her talking about creating dresses. Perhaps it was a fluff from 1992 at the Olympics when a piece was done on Kristi.

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    I don't remember clearly, but did Lauren Tobel skate a comedy routine to Swan Lake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I don't remember clearly, but did Lauren Tobel skate a comedy routine to Swan Lake?
    And Carmen !. I loved how Katarina Witt had him skate that program on one of her Katarina & Friends show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casken View Post
    B&S's easily. I always wished Moskvina would have turned that into a LP for them.
    Glad we're talking about this romantic and beautiful program. B&S are my favorites, even above G&G

    I think maybe they displayed a tad more athleticism along with the beauty? That's the combination of strengths that I really love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blancanieves View Post
    Glad we're talking about this romantic and beautiful program. B&S are my favorites, even above G&G

    I think maybe they displayed a tad more athleticism along with the beauty? That's the combination of strengths that I really love.
    B&S often don't get enough credit for their greatness. They did perform some more difficult elements, and I loved the creativity and beauty of their choreography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I don't remember clearly, but did Lauren Tobel skate a comedy routine to Swan Lake?
    I believe this is the one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA9hQh1IUHk

    and "Carmen"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24p4FvujHqc

    Sorry for the off topic .

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivika1982 View Post
    I believe this is the one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA9hQh1IUHk

    and "Carmen"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24p4FvujHqc

    Sorry for the off topic .
    That was hilarious! I loved it!

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    vivika1982 - thank you for the Tikhonov/Valyanskaya-link. Alexej Tikhonov is one of my favourite skaters, so it was a joy to watch.

    Here is one more swan lake routine from a Russian man - Ilia Klimkin:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLVGH...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivika1982 View Post
    Something graceful
    Tikhonov/Valyanskaya
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eXogVsKJrc
    Damn, that was great!! This is from the mid-90s, eys? This can't be from a celebrity show as of late, right, she'd be like 50 years old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    Damn, that was great!! This is from the mid-90s, eys? This can't be from a celebrity show as of late, right, she'd be like 50 years old
    No, it's certainly not a celebrity show - I would have sincerely wished to see celebrities skating like this in Ilia's show .
    It's a German show, as coverage is from Hessen TV, a local TV station in Germany.

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    Here's another of my favorites:

    Lucinda Ruh (SUI) - Black Swan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zF-p...4&feature=plcp

    Her years of training and understanding of the role are apparent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    Damn, that was great!! This is from the mid-90s, eys? This can't be from a celebrity show as of late, right, she'd be like 50 years old
    In this video she is probably in her mid or late 30's but still in good shape.
    Off topic info:
    According to Vaycehovskaya's interview Tikhonov skated with Inna Volinskaya in "All Stars" in1995.
    http://petrova-tikhonov.ru/press/view.php?id=23
    She and her partner placed third in Russian Nationals-1980
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_..._Championships
    Fourth Place in 1981 NHK
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_NHK_Trophy

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