I totally agree with the comments about the Duchesnays and West Side Story. I seem to remember that they were leaning towards doing a French apache dance - sort of like their 1988 OSP. I had heard that Christopher Dean gave them an ultimatum. They had a rough year. They skipped all the pre-Olympic competitions, so their debut of West Side Story was on the night of the Olympic free dance (never a good move). Plus, their brother died and Isabelle's marriage to Christopher was starting to fall apart.
We never saw it take on more life than Marshalls but Michelle Kwan's 2006 Totentanz seemed like an incredibly unseemly choice...
While I do acknowledge Michelle's incredible range in music selections, I also don't recall that she has ever skated to such a heavy, dark piece as "Bells of Moscow". Even her darker programs had lyrical sections in them, which is what made them great programs. However, it would be different if she were to choose the original piano version which is hauntingly beautiful. Jeffrey Buttle skated to it once and did a great job.
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Mishkutenok-Dmitriev's Liebestraum in 1992 was like a dream.
B&S's Meditation from Thais was an excellent choice to showcase their strengths- lyricism, lines, speed
G&G's Moonlight Sonata in 94
Katarina Witt's Carmen in 88 suited her very well.
Usova-Zhulin's FD in 1994 - it wasn't them at all. It did not allow them to showcase their strength- drama, lines, fluidity. I believe it was Dubova's choice. I wish they had dumped her before that season (but how could they, after winning the worlds in 93?)
Anissina-Peizerat's FD in 2002- the MLK voice over and the whole program was awful, but it was still good enough for an OGM because of their skating skills
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Ah yes I forgot U/Z's 94 FD. That was... confusing.
Sigh. I love them so much still.
And I can't believe I didn't think of this one straight away:
F-P/M's "I will survive" from SLC.
Butyrskaya in 2002. She should have had music that emphasized her maturity and sexiness (hello, Habanera). Instead she was packaged like an unflexible virgin grandma.
Seasons from Virtue/Moir at 2014.
MK's decision to recycle her 1998 SP in 2002 was a bad one.
I completely agree with both of these quotes. M&D long program in 92' was just gorgeous. To date one of the best pairs programs I've ever seen. I enjoyed A&P's career, but their 02' long program was just awful. I wished they'd done something like Carmina Burana or MITIM instead.MK's decision to recycle her 1998 SP in 2002 was a bad one.
And agreed, MK recycling the 98 Olympic short left a bad taste in my mouth. Though she skated it well, it was very blah - not impactful like it was during the 97-98 season.
Others I'll add:
Yamaguchi - Her 92' long was wonderful. Great music choice and choreography even with the mistakes.
A&P - 02' original dance to Flamenco.
A&P - 98' free program to Romeo and Juliet was pretty spectacular.
Plushenko - His 02' Carmen. Lots of dramatic choreography, the music cuts were great too.
Cohen - 06' Romeo and Juliet was just gorgeous. Wonderful choreography and music cuts. One of the best ladies Olympic long programs even with the mistakes.
Nancy Kerrigan - Both programs for 92 and 94 were awful IMO. Don't get me wrong her costumes were beautiful, but the music cuts were horrible and the choreography wasn't much better.
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Grishuk and Platov's 1994 Rock'n'roll was the best choice of music ever! It showed off their speed and youth and made everyone else look old and past their sell buy date. They would never have won with any other music.
I also loved Alexei Urmanov's 1994 long programme.
On the other hand, Usova and Zhulin's 1994 free dance was a real WTF moment.
For worst: I nominate the entire final flight from the slc dance competition, especially the top 4 finishers. Omg what a awful night of music choices. Travesty that can never be "unheard"