Happy New Year!
So, obsession may be a mild description of my love of figure skating. Figure skating partially defined who I was throughout high school. (Obsession #1 may or may not be Star Wars. ^_~) I almost religiously followed every figure skating event, manning the VCR record button like a DJ. I plastered their images on every surface I could. I wanted to be as graceful and powerful as Michelle Kwan and Ilia Kulik and my parents humored me by paying for my figure skating lessons. I bought a pair of high quality figure skates for my birthday. Skating was like flying. …and I tore my PCL (knee ligament) while ice skating in high school.
I stopped following it back in 2002 because none of the programs were as captivating as ones I had seen from Michelle Kwan, Ilia Kulik, Kurt Browning, or Brian Boitano. Sure, Stephan Lambiel, Evan Lysacek, and Evgeni Plushenko were fun to watch at times, but the new points scoring system really did a number on making the skate programs boring. Very BORING.
However, it looks like figure skating has now adapted to working with the system. I really enjoyed watching Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Mirai Nagasu at the Vancouver Olympics. And then last night, while having pop culture force fed through mediocre New Year’s Eve programming, I stumbled upon a rerun of the 2011 Figure Skating World Championships. And Patrick Chan, who has matured into a damn fine figure skater:
My husband supports my addiction. =)
In celebration, and procrastinating writing my thesis, I decided to post some of my favorite figure skating programs.
Ilia Kulik’s Rhapsody in Blue 1998 Olympics: The program that started it all. My favorite is when he skates this at the 1998 Golden Gala Skating Exhibition, but apparently that’s under copyright protection:
Michelle Kwan 1998 Nationals SP- Rachmaninoff: While I like the Russians, Michelle Kwan is my favorite skater hands down. Her 1998 short program was brilliant and mesmerizing.
Michelle Kwan ~ 1998 ~ Fluff + Dante’s Prayer: I admit to becoming interested in Loreena McKennitt* through this video and Dante’s Prayer is one of my favorite songs:
*In fact, you could probably trace many of my interests to figure skating. Sad, but true.
Brian Boitano 1988 Olympic Freeskate: It was a different era, but his skating is so clean! Look at how he lands his jumps, not to mention that spread eagle!
Brian Boitano – Music of the Night: While we’re here, might as well post this one:
Kurt Browning – Singing in the Rain : Skating in the rain! I love the movie and this program:
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov Euros Gala 1994: Classic. You can’t watch figure skating without coming across Gordeeva and Grinkov.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White 2009 Grand Prix Final ~ Bollywood dance: Amazing. Easily my favorite ice-dancing program.
…though I also have a soft spot for Maria Annisinna and Gwendel Peizerat:
Stéphane Lambiel – 2006 Olympics Gala: Blatant eye candy. Eye candy for me. =)
Evan Lysacek – 2006 Olympics Exhibition ~ Sway More eye candy for Liz. The music is slightly lounge lizardish, but again with the long legs:
Evgeni Plushenko 1998 Worlds -EX : Hee, Evgeni as a youngster! 15 years old, World bronze medalist, and doing Bielman spins. Adorable.
Evgeni Plushenko-Sex Bomb (2001): Of course, Sex Bomb. Always lights up my day.