Friday, February 26, 2010

And Lest We Forget...

Not-so-great quality of the videos but oh, the memories!

Video of the great Michelle Kwan's breathtaking short program at the 1998 U.S. Nationals.  I've yet to see another skater do a better performance to this music by Rachmaniov. 

Video of Michelle Kwan's exquisite performance in the free-skate (back then they called it the long program) at the 1998 U.S. Nationals.

Look at what they now call the "transitions" between the elements, her presentation, timing, musicality, that electric connection with the audience that cannot be forced (not to mention her technical skills which at the time were among the best in the world).  The edges, the entries into and out of the jumps, her body lines.  Her speed, flow, and coverage of the ice.  All superb.  Kwan scored more perfect 6.0s than any skater in history for these two performances.  It gave me chills again to watch them.

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