Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Chen Lu, 2-time Olympic bronze medalist ('94/'98) won her first and only World title with this beautiful freeskate to music from "The Last Emperor" soundtrack. I read that "Lu-Lu" worked with esteemed Canadian legend, 1976 Olympic bronze medalist, Toller Cranston, on the choreography of this program. Cranston did a marvelous job in packaging Lu-Lu into a sophisticated, poised, well-balanced skater. Lu-Lu was always a very strong skater before but this program definitely elevated her into the realm of artistic skater. I really enjoy the musical selections and the unique choreographic elements.
I always really liked this program from the German pair of Mandy Wöetzel and Ingo Steuer. The team used the same program in their 1997 World Championship win. At the Olympics in Nagano in 1998, the team was suffering from an injury as Ingo's shoulder was clipped by a car no long before leaving for the Games. The pair said they would be happy with a medal of any color and they skated away with the bronze. Ironically, 12 years later, Ingo coached another German pair to Olympic bronze when his team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won bronze in Vancouver in 2010.
As commentator Tracey Wilson says in the broadcast this program creates a mood. I hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Click HERE to read an article about Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic Champion, being named a Sports Envoy by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Lysacek left Friday for Europe; he will visit Stockholm, Sweden, and Minsk, Belarus, in the upcoming week.
This makes me want to stand up and cheer every time!! Evan Lysacek is an exemplary athlete and a gracious competitor and role model. His World Championship win in 2009 in his adopted hometown and training base of Los Angeles was outstanding. Enjoy!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Wow, I had forgotten how fantastic Todd Eldredge's 1995 World Championship Freeskate was!! This event was huge for Todd considering he had been out of World competition for three years and hadn't medaled at the Worlds since his appearance in 1991 where he took the bronze as a 19-year-old rookie. At the Worlds in 1995 in Birmingham, England, Todd was in first after the short program and one has to assume, only lost the gold to Canada's Elvis Stojko because of his one missed Triple Axel. How gutsy to throw in another Triple Axel at the very end of the program. This performance gets two thumbs up in my book. I don't care that Todd won the silver, his courageous performance was worth its weight in gold!