We've all admired Lu Chen's Rach and felt better about our own sanity after watching Olga Markova's "Let My People Go" at one point or another. But, what are some performances or programs you feel haven't gotten the attention they deserve, whether that be because you think they've been overlooked or because they simply haven't been seen by many?
Olga Markova - 1997 SP
In honor of Markova's better days, I present her take on Bolero from 1997 Europeans. This was to be Olga's final season of relevancy, as she would be surpassed by Sokolova in the 1997-1998 season, but I'll always love her for bringin' voidy back when it was simply called Euro-trash.
Shishkova/Naumov - 1997 LP
Olga's teammates, Shishkova and Naumov, also were more or less retired at this very same competition. Robbed of being 3-time World Champions and Olympic bronze medalists, they would return to their Don Quixote LP the following year for their GP events, but not before gracing us with this lovely rendition of Meditation that showed off what made this team the class of an otherwise embarrassingly thin field of pairs during the mid-90's.
Krisztina Czako - 1998 SP
Krisztina Czako would meet a similar fate to S/N and Markova just one year later. While her 1997 programs that won her a European silver were brilliant, it's her 1998 SP that proves they were no fluke. Uploaded by Krisztina herself, this program would contend for 1st at any major event these days.
(Warning: the sound is a bit off so it may seem she is off the music at times)
Underrated as always, she was placed 4th in this segment of 1998 Europeans and disappeared from the eligible skating scene soon after in spite of a brief comeback in the fall of 1999:
Stiegler/Zimmerman - 1997 Worlds LP
The forgotten Stiegler, Stephanie, finally made a World team in 1997 after just missing out in 1995 and 1996. While their inconsistency cost the USA a third spot for Nagano, her and John Zimmerman's free skate to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is one of my favorite pairs long programs. It's also one of the very few of his career that really showcased John's talents, IMO, that were largely wasted on the ice queen Ina. Their skate from Nationals has long been admired, but it's nice to hear an international commentary of the program.
Shizuka Arakawa - 1998 Olympics SP
Diva Arakawa busted out a double lutz-triple toe in the short program of her first Olympic Games. Who would've thought this same skater would win gold 8 years later?
Laetitia Hubert - 1998 Olympics LP
Sadly, 1992 wasn't Laetita Hubert's only Olympic meltdown. This performance resulted in a heated feud between Laetitia, her coach, and the FFSF.
Laetitia Hubert - 1999 LP
One year later, Hubert portrayed a drug addicted prostitute. Though this program has become more mainstream since being shared on YouTube, I don't think it's right for a thread on obscure programs - or one mentioning Hubert - to not include a link.
Schwarz/Muller - 2000 LP
Peggy Schwarz competed in 3 Olympic Games with Alexander Koenig before teaming up with Mirko Mueller and landing on the podium of the 1998 Worlds. For their final year of competition, they took on the heavy theme of domestic abuse for their long program:
Denise Biellmann - 1993 TP
Denise Biellmann is known mainly for her spins and athletic jumps, but her 1993 program to "On Golden Pond" showed a different side to her skating that was really quite lovely.