Your favourite performance by a defending champ.
They won last year. They're also the favourite this time around. The pressure is on to bring their A GAME with everyone chasing them for the title.
Which performance from a defending champion have you liked the most?
Tessa and Scott always managed to follow up winning performances with amazing new programs. Same with Yagudin.
Krylova/Ovsiannikov, 1999 Worlds FD (also everything Torvill/Dean and Klimova/Ponamarenko did after their first title)
Originally Posted by essence_of_soy
Alexei Yagudin, 1999 Worlds LP (also Stephane Lambiels 2006 LP)
Chen Lu, 1996 Worlds LP (Yu Na Kim wasn't strictly speaking the defending champion, but her Olympic performances)
Shen/Zhao, 2003 Worlds LP (Sale/Peletier at the Olympics)
Best ever performances to successfully retain a World Championship:
Katarina Witt - 1985
Michelle Kwan - 2001
Alexei Yagudin - 1999
Stephane Lambiel - 2006
Xue Shen - Hongbo Zhao - 2003
Michelle Kwan's "Song of the Black Swan" in 2001 is another that I would add to the list.
Orser's free skate in 1988
Ito's free skate in 1990
Yamaguchi's short program in 1992
Chen's free skate in 1996
Butyrskaya's short program in 2000
Kwan's free skates in 2001, 2002, and 2004
at the Olympics (as "reigning" OGM):
Mishkutenok and Dmitriev's SP and FS in 1994
Grishuk and Platov's FD in 1998
at the Olympics (as the most recent World champion):
Sumners' FS in 1984 (not an "A-game" performance, I acknowledge)
Lipinski's short program in 1998
both of Lysacek's performances in 2010
Michelle Kwan - 2001 worlds
She'd been losing to Irina all year but she came out and delivered under pressure again. Irina tried too hard and was too sloppy and ended up losing again.
all of Torvill Dean's.
Michelle Kwan 2001 Worlds.
Plushenko at 2004 worlds (Nijinski LP- perhaps his best LP)
Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze LP at 1999 worlds (Concert for Coloratura, inspite of a fall on the sbs 2A, it was a beautifully skated program).
Michelle Kwan- 2001 worlds LP (Song of the black swan- one of my all time favorites, and I saw it live in Calgary)
Midori Ito's 1990 worlds LP (Scheherzade), even though she did not repeat as a world champion. It was even better than the 1989 worlds performance, which won her the title.
Chen Lu- 1996 worlds LP (Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto). She got two 6.0's but she did not win the title. It was one of the most mesmerizing performances.
Yagudin- 1999 worlds LP (Lawrence of Arabia- he really developed as an artist that year) and 2001 worlds SP (he was injured and yet he landed all the difficult jumps and delivered it with passion).
Grishchuk & Platov- 1997 (The feeling begins) and 1998 (Memorial at Olympics) FDs, and their 1995 worlds OD (Fred & Ginger)
Klimova-Ponomarenko 1990 FD (My Fair Lady- traditional, but beautifully and perfectly skated).
Brian Orser- 1988 worlds LP (Shostakovich's The Bolt) was a masterpiece.
Mishkutenok-Dmitriev: 1992 LP (Liebestraum at Oly & worlds- neither was perfect but could not be matched in its passion and beauty).
Denkova/Staviski Seven Deadly Sins
- Yagudin at Worlds in 1999
- Plushenko at Euros 2001
- Plushenko at Worlds in 2004 (I was there and it was breathtaking)
- Totmianina/Marinin at Worlds in 2005 (especially considering the beginning of the season 2004/2005 )
- Shen/Zhao at Worlds in 2003
MK 2001 Worlds LP. Amazing considering how much the judges wanted Slutskaya to be World champ.
Lu Chen 1996 Worlds LP. She did even better than the year before. Too bad she didn't win.