Thursday, January 5, 2017

This Makes Me Happy: Matt Savoie's "The Mission"

One of the most underrated skaters. Ever. I love Matt Savoie and this program so much!

2006 Nationals:

2006 Olympics:

Inspiration for 2017: Brian Orser's 1983 Canadian National Championship Freeskate

This program is tremendous! Vintage Brian Orser on his way to a third Canadian Figure Skating Championship. The flying death drop in the beginning is incredible, as is his famous Triple Axel and the awesome delayed Axel at the end. Love this!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017: Scott Hamilton's 1983 World Championship Freeskate

Happy New Year!

What a way to start the year! I love this performance by Scott Hamilton en route to capturing his third-consecutive World Championship title. Scott's skating is ebullient. Love him and the happiness his skating brings.

May your 2017 be beautiful and bright!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Farewell to 2016 with Michelle Kwan's "Winter Song" by Ingrid Michaelson

As 2016 comes to a close, I wanted to share a beautiful program that reflects all the greatness of the last year. This is one of my favorites.

After a long time away from the ice, Michelle Kwan returned here at Yuna Kim's skating show in Korea in 2010. It was wonderful to see Michelle again and to see that she still skated with the same joy that was the hallmark throughout her legendary career.

I wish everyone a very happy new year!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ilia Kulik's "Who Wants to Live Forever" from the 2012 Stars on Ice Tour

I love this performance by Ilia Kulik. Such a natural talent. I love the way he flies across the ice with such reckless abandon and the way he soars in his jumps. Great performance!

Heart and Soul: Evan Lysacek's "Carmen" from the 2006 Olympic Games

No one could compete like Evan Lysacek. Or perform with such heart for that matter. In this come-from-behind performance in Torino, Evan showed everyone why he would be a force to be reckoned with over the next quadrennial to Vancouver. Tenth after the short program, Evan exhibited true passion and grit to move up to fourth place after the freeskate. Even showed the world what he was made of. It's no wonder that he went on to become a 2-time U.S. Champion, World Champion, and then Olympic Champion. Such determination and passion! I love this program; it warms my soul!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Flashes of Greatness: Denis Ten's 2014 Olympic Freeskate

On a night where figure skating greats crashed and burned on Olympic ice, Kazakhstan's Denis Ten rose out of the ashes and shone like gold on the Sochi ice. Had Denis placed higher in the short program, he could have won gold with this near-perfect and powerful freeskate. As it turned out, Ten won the bronze--still a huge achievement for a skater from a country that is not known to produce figure skaters. Denis has always been an enigma: brilliant one moment and inconsistent the next, but this performance will live on as one of his greatest. By far my favorite performance of the Sochi Olympics in the men's freeskate. Bravo Denis!