Monday, May 19, 2014

Flashback to the 1994 World Championships: Stojko & Candeloro

If I wasn't already sold on figure skating before the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, I was irrevocably hooked after watching the men's competition. The top three at that year's event, Canada's Elvis Stojko, France's Philippe Candeloro and Ukraine's Viachaslav Zagurudniak were epic. Elvis' freeskate to the soundtrack of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," and Philippe's freeskate to the music from "The Godfather" are two of the best freeskates that I've seen in my twenty years of following the sport. These freeskates have everything: incredible triple jumps (and in Elvis' case, a nearly-landed quad-triple), great, passionate movie soundtracks, and artistic concepts that skillfully showcase the best that each skater has to offer.

Elvis Stojko's "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story":

Philippe Candeloro's "Godfather":

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