I still miss him.
I still miss him.
No-one has ever interpreted music like John. I was lucky enough to see him at the Royal Albert Hall in London where his company skated to a full orchestra on the ice. There is a wonderful statue of him at iceSheffield (the practice rink when Europeans were held there), which captures a great deal of his "essence". I just love to look at it every time I visit.
By the way, his mother recently celebrated her 100th birthday!
He was a master of this sport, a real artist, and a great influence on so many skaters on choreographers.
He died way too young, as so many did, of a terrible disease.
John Curry is one of the skaters that every skater should aspire to emulate. His posture was gorgeous, his use of his arms and upper body was truly remarkable and he felt every note of music down to his fingertips. I'm generally not a fan of figure skating from the 1970s, but he is one of the few exceptions.
John Curry always interpreted and expressed music through his skating- his blades, his whole body, the variations based on the music. He did not just focus on facial expressions. I really appreciate that about him.
I thought I had watched all the John Curry videos on Youtube, and here you have two more new videos I haven't seen!!!!! I can't thank you enough. Do you have a video of his 1972 Sapporo Olympic performances?
Some posters have written that Curry has influenced many a skater and choreographer, but I cannot somehow believe it. If only that were true, we would be seeing more beautiful skating.
Recently, I've seen Hanyu and Machida being interviewed together and Hanyu was saying "I only have jumps, but Machida has artistry." I wish Hanyu would learn from Curry to improve posture, carriage, fluidity on ice, etc.
I would give Hanyu the following two Curry performances as exercises for him to do, until he becomes watchable. I particularly like the Mozart piece. The music, already sublime, is illuminated and enhanced by Curry's skating.
John Curry - Carmen
John Curry – Mozart
His premature death is a great loss to figure skating, but were he still with us, would ISU listen to him?
The ISU doesn't "listen" to anyone.
The fact that John Curry's performances are still viewed so fondly today speaks to the power of artistry and elegance. Technical standards improve over time. Jumps that wowed audiences a few decades ago are blah today. But art is timeless.
I agree with skatesindreams. If the ISU won't listen to someone as influential as Dick Button, John would have had no hope, but he would have deplored skating as it is today apart from a very few rare instances.
remark on it - Brian Joubert, of all people:
I wonder, had Curry not passed away so young, if he might have continued with his unique kind of show skating and perhaps inspired more skaters.I have to say that transitions in edges do add a lot to skating. When you watch skaters from the past on YouTube, like John Curry or Robin Cousins [Olympic gold medalists in 1976 and 1980, respectively], you can see that they did skate many edge transitions, and it was beautiful to watch. But additional arm movements do not bring nearly as much, at least I feel so.
I only meant 'watchable' in the context of these two particular programmes. Hanyu is immensely watchable when it comes to programmes with difficult jumps, spins and certain types of music (where his posture doesn’t ruin the overall look of the programme, eg Parisian Walkway). However, with his current skills Hanyu wouldn’t be able to skate Curry’s Carmen and Mozart. He wouldn’t be able to move me the way Curry does.
I don't understand the harsh criticism of Hanyu in some other posts. He belongs to another generation, another judging system, and almost another sport at this point. I find his youthfulness attractive. He is only 19 so there is lots of time for him to develop, but if he wants to win more titles, he will need to focus on what the current system wants.
What's really hurting FS right now from continuing Curry's legacy is the lack of high quality pro skating- competitive or otherwise. I am only talking of North America. It seems in Japan there is a good market, and that's where skaters can start working on the qualities exemplified by Curry. There is also a need for skaters that can actually teach those, and I am afraid they are fast disappearing.
Curry had triples through 3Lo. It was another eight years before the Olympic champion had harder jump content. Few skaters at the time who had similar content were interested in emulating Curry. He was truly trying to translate ballet to ice. He wanted to be a ballet dancer, but his father forbid it, and he translated ballet to skating.
The criticism of Hanyu is that he's scored as if he was there already.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Such a fantastic skater. Definitely my favorite, and I'm sad I wasn't born at this time. I would have loved to live the revolution he made into Figure Skating.