Lots of figure skating 1/10/04
Posted 16 January 2004 - 10:39 AM
I say this as one who always admired his edging, footwork, line, and flow. The great thing about his performance, for me, was seeing an athlete with a troubled career achieve a personal best on the greatest stage in his sport, and be rewarded for it. He really came into his own as a pro.
djb, I wonder if we should be so hard on skaters who look chagrined or "pat themselves on the back" after a poor or good performance? After all, the pressure is intense (and many of the skaters are just kids). I think they should be forgiven a little emotion!
Posted 16 January 2004 - 03:21 PM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 06:13 PM
djb, I do see your point, and I've seen the same thing. It's like an actor suddenly coming out of character, and it can be jarring.
Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:17 PM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:44 PM
The other skater I was always wondering about was a fabulous young ice dancer--I think Jamie Silver(stein)--but I could be wrong--her former partner was at the nationals this year. If I remember correctly they did quite well jr. internationally and were beginning to skate as seniors.
Another random ice skating question--I recall reading a blurb somewhere about a book written by a competitive ice skater--sort of an insider's view. Of course, I've lost my diary where I wrote down the title...has anyone heard of it or read it?
Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:58 PM
I think that honor goes to Scott Hamilton. Petrenko had a wonderful first half, but ran out of steam, which was his pattern. I remember being blown away by his 1988 Olympic long program, when he was just a kid and won bronze behind Boitano and Orser.
Many skating judges and fans shared the opinion quoted (credited to a well-known skating pundit) that Petrenko's was the worst Olympic gold medal performance by a man in thirty or forty years.
One of the reasons that Wylie had such wonderful line was that he studied briefly with John Curry in Colorado Springs, when Curry was being coached by Carlo Fassi. Wylie said that those sessions had a big influence on his skating. If he had to choose anyone to emulate, Curry was The One.
Dirac, I agree with you about Arakawa. I would add the beautiful flow she gets out of her jumps, especially the 3 Lutz in combination, and the quietness and power of her stroking. I think her Turandot program this year has the fullest and richest choreography; she practices the program without the jumps in each practice session, and it shows.
Paul Parish, I think Cohen has the most wonderful carriage, and is one of the few skaters to have an straight back position and extended leg in the toe jumps on both entrances and exits. To me this, more than her flexibility, is what makes her exquisite.
Posted 17 January 2004 - 08:45 AM
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Posted 20 January 2004 - 10:15 AM
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Posted 20 January 2004 - 01:30 PM
Only two other performances of male skaters have impressed me after Petrenko; Alexander Abt at 1998 Europeans and Yagudin in his short program "Winter".
I think we can distinguish difference in opinions just because we live in different continents :yes: Being in Europe we/I don't have so many chances to see professional skaters and exhibitions. We do, on the other hand see the Russian amateur skaters more often which tend to make me/us to like them more than the US/Canadian skaters :grinning: .
Posted 20 January 2004 - 02:47 PM
hockeyfan228, while Hamilton was far from his best in the 1984 free skate, I hope we are not suggesting that Scotty didn't deserve his gold. Them's fighting words, mister.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 03:01 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 07:30 PM
Interesting comment about the concept of elegance. Browning is as dashing and elegant as they come, IMO. He may get it on to "Brick House" or "Play That Funky Music" but look at the versatility! He can skate to virtually any music, and bring an interpretation that no one else would have thought of. So many skaters, including the most renowned, entice their audiences with jumps, back flips, toothy grins, hip swinging, a few cliche sexy moves, etc. Browning isn't about any of that. It's footwork and inventiveness and musicality and feeling. I like that Kulik also seems to be of this ilk.
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