I'm surprised no one's mentioned Maria Butryskaya's "Scene d' Amour" program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVt3I4IL18s
I also think Tara Lipinski's "Little Women" program was the perfectly suited for her at age 14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Vqo4EHKJ8
Vanessa Gusmeroli's "The Mask" program also gets high marks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_oBT_2NZ3U (would still score well under COP)
And don't laugh, but I think Nancy Kerrigan's program from 1992 was memorable for it's costume, cleanliness, and choreography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v6qwtKRKeM
Jeremy Abbott: A Day in the Life
Carolina Kostner: Canon
Savchenko/Szolkowy: Send in the Clowns
Alexei Yagudin: Winter
Michelle Kwan: Dream of Desdemona, A Day in the Life, Carmen.
Kristi Yamaguchi, "Valencia"
Olga Markova, "Harlem Nocturne"
Maria Butyrskaya, "St. James Infirmary Blues"
Joannie Rochette, "Summertime"
I can call the moon a pear, but it doesn't make it so. -- kwanfan1818
Ina/Zimmerman (2001-2002): "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" ; Tarasova put together two masterpieces that year, with this and Lady Caliph.
Shen/Zhao (2001-2002): "Kismet" ; one of the first programs where this team's artistic potential shown through. The powerful music and choreography were a great match to their impressive technical abilities.
Savchenko/Szolkowy (2011-2012): "Angels and Demons" ; glad to see their Souvenir program already listed; one of greatest COP programs ever.
Olga Markova (1994-1995): "Harlem Nocturne" ; Markova had a style all her own, and while she would repurpose some signature moves throughout her later programs, they were still fresh when this program debuted. She, Bobek, Lu Chen and Bonaly were all so unique and helped move skating beyond pretty princess types of programs.
Lu Chen (1996-1997): "Take Five" ; such a departure in style from her other, more lyrical and romantic programs. Wish we could've seen it skated to its potential.
Krisztina Czako (1996-1997): "Masquerade Waltz" ; Krisztina's partnership with Igor Bobrin gave us some wonderful gems to look back on. This, a clever take on a more traditional piece, landed Czako in the top 5 at Worlds.
Krisztina Czako (1997-1998): "Nutrocker" ; 2 in a row for Czako. A shame she disappeared following Euros, where this wonderful program placed 4th.
Carolina Kostner (2014): "Ave Maria" ; we can only hope she'll skate it to her potential at these Games.
Akiko Suzuki (2013-2014): "Hymne l'amor" ; ditto ^.
Ilia Kulik (1997-1998): "Revolutions" ; much more unique and voidy approach from Kulik, who tended to use more traditional pieces.
Katarina Witt (1993-1994): "Peter Pan" ; skated as it was in Lillehammer with such joy makes this one of my favorites to YouTube every so often. Kati was Peter Pan at those Games, placing 7th after 6 years of retirement.
Nicole Bobek (1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1996-1997): "Moiseev Dances" ; one of Nicole's first sophisticated programs. It's interesting to watch the 1995 version paired with a nice rendition of Dr. Zhivago in the free, and the 1997 version paired with her Giselle free. Each year, Nicole brought more and more to her skating. If only Carlo made it through 1998, I wonder what might have happened in Lausanne and Nagano?
Last edited by JJS5056; 02-07-2014 at 06:05 AM.
I'd like to add:
Mikkeline Kierkgaard 2000 sp
Laura Lepisto 2009 Euros sp
Shishkova/Naumov 1996 Worlds sp
Kristina Czako 1998 Euros sp
Alexander Abt 1998 Euros sp
Wötzel/Steuer 1998 sp
Stannick Jeannette 2001 Worlds sp (actually his Euros sp, but couldn't find it)
Rudy Galindo 1996 Nats sp
Emanuel Sandhu 2004 Nats sp
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Sonia Radeva - 2009 Euros SP CAW CAW CAW!
This is the greatest short program in the history of figure skating.
It's like Radeva ate a kilo of shrooms and had a very bad trip totally freaking out for 2:50 (but may be less).
The angsty, ridiculously overdrawn posing. It's like she is getting a panic attack. Look at her! She can toe-step on the spot for 10 seconds. Isn't that a remarkable display of skating ability?
The fact she doesn't really skate but more like walks on the ice throughout. Resulting in hardly any ice coverage.
The bird noises.
Why can't more skaters take risks and go for crazy leftfield stuff?
Also fantastic although obviously not in the same league:
Savchenko/Szolkowy "Send in the Clowns"
The complexity of the choreography and transitions and the way their movement captured the character of the music were just .
Daisuke Takahashi "The Eye"
Fantastic step sequences, great energy and command of the ice. I still can't believe this didn't lead by a mile at 2010 Olympics.
Last edited by Ziggy; 02-07-2014 at 08:07 AM.
Thank you for that one.
Perhaps Adrian Schultheiss will inspire younger skaters to do something different.
Men and I are like pianos - when they get upright, I feel grand!
A couple other gems:
Yukina Ota's Picasso Dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y1pEqiKTmk
The 2003 SC version is the best but I couldn't find it online. Amber Corwin must have had a real special day to beat this program.
Annette Dytrt's Danse Macabre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A87plX6Q7RQ
Yu-na's Danse Macabre is great but my personal favorite interpretation is Annette's.
Another voidy SP, Vanessa Giunchi's from 2002: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPVv9p8BpRw
As an alternative to Fassi, I wonder how she would've fared had she stuck with Richard from 95 onward. The thing with Nicole was that regardless of coach, she needed to be motivated in order to show up in top shape. She also let themnerves get to her, rarely skating a clean free; I always assumed the hip injury caused her Olympic disaster, but the British commentators mentioned that she was nailing the triples in the warmup. Such a waste.