Here is my first video, a collection of family footage from 1997 to 2003, through my birth and my sisters birth until I am five and she is two years old. It shares some special and sometimes very funny moments from my childhood.
Pilot - Hey Arnold! - Hey Arnold! The Movie - Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie
1996 - 1997 - 2002 - 2017
We’re at HABBENIN’ LEVEL RED now for The Jungle Movie so maybe I got overexcited and made this thing. I considered putting in Claymation era but Helga’s costume in the pilot is pretty much the exact same as the claymation (though Arnold’s is VERY different) so I finally decided against it.
I like how the first and second ones came out, I’m a little on the fence about the third and forth. Helga is both really easy to draw and really hard to draw at the same time.
Happy 37th Birthday! My only wish is that you are healthy and happy for a very long time ♥
While he was competing, Yagudin always had his birthdays during the World Championship or very close to it, so in lieu of cheesy photoshopped birthday cards, I’ve decided to do a self-indulgent retrospective of my favorite Yagudin performances from the six senior World Championships he competed in between 1997 and 2002.
1997 - March 16 to 23 (age 17, bronze)
1998 - March 29 to April 5 (age 18 and 15 days, gold — second-youngest men’s singles world champion in history)
Flawless performance of a fantastic program, and the moment Yagudin proved to the world that 1) his 1998 gold was not a fluke, 2) leaving Mishin, moving to the US, and begging Tatiana Tarasova to train him was the right decision, and 3) that bratty upstart Plushenko had nothing on him, yet. A lot was riding on this championship, and still this is one of the cleanest performances he ever gave in his eligible career.
There’s a certain youthfulness to Yagudin’s Lawrence that I like; he doesn’t have the gravitas or the control of his upper body movement that he gained (I think) a season later with Broken Arrow, but there’s something more simple and straightforward about this program and his performance that’s very refreshing, especially after repeat viewings of something hefty like Gladiator. There are also a lot of small things about it I love, like how he moves across the ice on one foot after the 4T, the spiral position at 2:30, the 3F-3T, the change foot upright spin, and the circular step sequence with the cut-throat mime. And how exhausted but elated he looks at the end!
Also, check out this fluff piece of Yagudin at the height of his spotty teenage years wearing a crazy hat and fluffy animal slippers. Classic.
This was the one world championship Yagudin lost to Plushenko. He had strained his right ankle and it was so swollen he could barely fit into his skates, and everyone – Tarasova, Morozov, the physician, his entire team – was telling him to withdraw. Except (who else?) Piseev, who told him to go skate, because if he didn’t, Russia would only gain two spots for the 2002 Olympics. Yagudin obliged, although not because Piseev told him to; he had never withdrawn in the middle of a competition before and he wasn’t going to let this be the first time.
To be entirely honest the judges probably gave him the silver medal because the look in his eyes was saying “I will murder you and your children and their children’s children if you dare give me anything below 5.8, heretic” and they genuinely feared for their lives, but this is a fantastically intense performance that should remain legendary for a very long time, regardless of the missed elements. I usually respect Peter Carruthers as a commentator, but he’s entirely wrong when he says that Yagudin failed to bring the character of the music to life because of the mistakes; this performance embodies a gladiator going into battle well knowing there is no victory in his future, only certain death.
Anyway, this performance isn’t about the elements or what he did or didn’t do, so stop reading this and just go watch it, dammit. (You can find the k&c here.)
This is a better performance than the one at the Olympics, albeit less emotional, of course. Yagudin is very tired as he approaches the end of the program, but he doesn’t look as exhausted and out of breath as he did during the last step sequence at SLC. Part of that was probably the altitude (Yagudin doesn’t deal well with it), but mostly I think the pressure was off him; this is Yagudin at the peak of his athletic ability and self-confidence, and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Yagudin was right when he held up four fingers (for “fourth world title”) to the audience at the end. Bratty, with four skaters left to skate? Yes. True? Also yes.