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What are your favourite figure skating documentaries?

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Maofan7, May 7, 2013.

  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    What are your favourite figure skating documentaries?

    These are some of mine:-

    Reflections on Ice - A Diary of Ladies Figure Skating

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

    The Road to Glory: Figure Skating

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Link to Part 4 in description section of Part 3, Part 5, Part 6

    On the Inside

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

    Inside Look: Ice Skating

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

    Fire on Ice

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

    Magic Memories on Ice

    Part 1, Link to Part 2 in description section of Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

    The Passion to Skate

    Part 1, Part 3, Part 3, Part 4

    The Story of Bolero + Other Torvill & Dean Docs

    The Story of Bolero: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

    Torvill & Dean: Life Stories: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

    Facing the Music: The Return of Torvill and Dean: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

    John Curry - Maestro

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (Thanks again to Floskate for uploading this)

    Biography Channel Documentary - Michelle Kwan

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

    Peggy Fleming, Carol Heiss, Hayes Alan Jenkins

    Peggy Fleming, Carol Heiss, Hayes Alan Jenkins

    Hope you enjoy those that you have not seen before. Please post links to your favourites.
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  2. viennese

    viennese Well-Known Member

    So many links. I love it.

    The John Curry and Torvill and Dean docs are my favorites, because they give a deeper look at the long and difficult process of composing a program. Curry's story is fascinating - he faced more challenges, personally and culturally, than many realize. He was a great artist.

    Ice Diaries was a detailed look at the life of contemporary, elite skaters - their daily lives as students and elite athletes. I enjoyed that one, too.
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I don't think all 6 episodes of "Ice Diaries" (featuring Alissa Czisny, Bebe Liang, Danielle Kahle, Sandy Rucker in the 2005-06 season) are on YouTube - this user has many video segments of the first 3 episodes: http://www.youtube.com/user/ca2niv

    I enjoyed this one:
    "This documentary goes into the world of Amateur Figure Skating. This originally aired in the fall on 1999 on the Discovery Channel. It follows single skaters Naomi Nari Nam, Michael Weiss & Alexei Yagudin as they prepare to start the 1999/2000 season on the Grand Prix circuit."
    (Nam was shown preparing for and competing at the Junior Grand Prix competition in Montreal, coached by John Nicks.)

    Thanks, Maofan7!
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  4. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Ice Diaries

    Episode 1

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

    Episode 2

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

    Episode 3

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

    Edited to add:

    Sorry, didn't mean to duplicate. You beat me to it.

    Yes, just 3 of the 6 episodes are on Youtube
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  5. lala

    lala Well-Known Member

    I didn't see figure skating documentary on TV never. In my country, the figure skating is not very significant sport. I watched some documentaries on Youtube.
  6. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    i appreciate all your compilation posts maofan!
  7. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    Yes, someone ought to compile all your posts into one thread. :respec: I Really appreciate you taking the time to do this. :)
  8. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    ABC's Magic Memories on Ice series is my favorite. I have all three videos. I wish they were available on DVD, especially the first & third ones (the 3rd one is about the 1995-1996 season).
  9. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Its a shame they are not all on DVD!
  10. lala

    lala Well-Known Member

    This is my favorite, of course :) the sound is not very good quality, and a German documentary, but we can understand. Very interesting. Nijinsky, Joubert, Rus Nat, ECH, WCH

    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  11. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    Not completely off-topic, but you might try searching for CNET and YouTube Downloader to download the files, and then burn them onto DVD or VCD if you can.
  12. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I would Keepvid all these clips while they are still up.
  13. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    I love Maestro (obviously) and the T&D documentaries. I have a Robin Cousins one called Gold on Ice based on the 1979 season which I need to upload - very interesting. The Toller documentaries are terrific but my all time fave has to be Magic Memories on Ice. I found it by chance in the UK in 1989 as a kid in an obscure videostore and immediately knew I had to have it, despite it being very expensive. We only got a VHS recorder in the mid 1980's and everything I knew about skaters before then was from books and pictures (thank you Sandra Stevenson and Howard Bass!!). MMOI brought many of those skaters to life for me for the first time and I can still watch it now despite almost knowing the script. I just love it.
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  14. VarBar

    VarBar Well-Known Member

  15. N_Halifax

    N_Halifax Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much for sharing all of these! Many I haven't seen before. :)
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  17. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Soviet Documentary

    Part 1, Part 2

    Tamara Moskvina & Soviet Pairs Skating

    Unfortunately, only Part 1 available.
    Last edited: May 11, 2013
  18. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    floskate, thank you, as always, for sharing so much from your own collection.
  19. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Sharp Edges: this is an absolutely fascinating documentary made by Sandra Luckow, which follows a then relatively unknown Tonya Harding to her first National Figure Skating competition in 1986
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  20. care bear

    care bear Active Member

    I love "Wenn die Füße Flügel hätten" in German by Arte 2005. Can not find it on youtube.:confused:
  21. BmcC102

    BmcC102 Active Member

    My favorite is definitely 'Fire on Ice.'
  22. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    There was this one-hour figure skating special on I think CBS around 1999 or 2000 that covered a bunch of scandals. Mainly, I remember them talking about the Grishuk/Usova/Zhulin scandal and how Maya slammed Pasha's head down on a counter in a bar. It was called On Thin Ice, or Thin Ice or something like that. I've been trying to find it but I can't remember the actual name, and my internet search has brought up nothing good. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I think the Tonya Harding scandal was also on it, and maybe something about Oksana Baiul but I can't remember about Baiul.
  23. floskate

    floskate Vacant

  24. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

  25. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    Hmmm - the dramatization given, this documentary is more about the scandal :skandal than the actual skating. It's been years since, and I'd like to know what the people involved think about it with a little distance. Thank you for posting it, floskate.
  26. lala

    lala Well-Known Member

  27. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    The thing I actually found the most offensive is that Pasha allegedly said to Evgeny that he was only responsible for 20% of their Olympic gold. What a slap in the face.. if I put years of work in with a partner and they told me that, I would be super mad. I don't see Evgeny as the inferior partner in the team at all. If anything, he's slightly better than Pasha.
  28. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    Agreed with most posted here. I'd like to add a Japanese Denise Biellman documentary and a small program about Dutch figure skaters Sjoukje Dijkstra and Joan Haanappel, Ice Storm about Sale/Pelletier in 2002 Olympics. I love most documentaries. There are many new ones on YouTube, mostly from Korea and Japan with English subtitles. There are also more Russian documentaries, not all subtitled. I think fsvids.net has the most available. I remember one about Slutskaya and one called 'Roses for Elena' I think, it was about Bereznaiah/Shikhuralidze. I especially enjoy the ones from past decades as they help to get to know those skaters better and to get an idea of skating back then. What about 'Die grossen sportduelle' episode about Killius/Baumler and the Protopopovs? Or 'The real John Curry', 'Sonja Henie Queen on Ice' , 'Kufen die die Welt bedeuten', Robin Cousins Gold on Ice and Generations, Jury of Nine about the judging in those days, there are so many great documentaries. I love them all. Can't find them all on YouTube though, most are on fsvids.net only.

    Not sure to call it fluff or documentary, but:
    Yuna Kim S diary MCB with Eng subs

    The real John Curry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBpyePyCpjs (part 1, the rest is also on YouTube)

    John Curry's 50 Golden Days
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvkgDwJ_Onc (part 2, can't find part 1 on YouTube)

    Eisfieber Arte 2004

    Facing the music Torvill and Dean
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-2J1Xi07fU (part 1, more on YouTube)

    Hot ice of Irina Slutskaya
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6eb2wFuHgo (part 2, can't find part 1 on YouTube, it has no Eng subs and is in Russian)

    Not really a documentary, but this is an hour long broadcast of 1988 Olympic Ladies Long program, complete with medal ceremony:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stCjUMic98k (Russian channel broadcast with Rodnina interview at the end, no subs)

    1980 Olympic Ladies sp and lp, about 49 minute broadcast, with podium:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMWvqmoHVdE (Russian language, no subs)

    1968 Olympic ladies lp, about 47 minutes, no podium:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MayZNWzPZtA (Russian language, no subs)

    And these are the Pairs from 1968, about 41 minutes

    Here the 1968 Men, about 49 minutes:

    I was looking for 'Skate to Survive' about Ellen Burka on YouTube, found this, about 47 minutes, seems to be the same documentary:

    Duchesnays 'Missing I' documentary (found while actually looking for 1989 ctv documentary)

    There is so much on YouTube in different languages. If you look each year, you're bound to find a new 'old' or recent figure skating documentary.
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
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  29. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    The reason part 1 of 50 Golden Days is missing is that youtube took it down due to IOC copyright and I can't re-upload it or my account might be suspended. S sorry :(
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  30. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    A documentary cut in 6 parts on the Duchesnays' carreer:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    Part 4:

    Part 5:

    Part 6:

    Although my french is lousy, it is my favourite, I found it on YT not too long ago. I also like very much the slow motion video of "Missing" that sadya posted.