honestly all of my childhood hero kristi yamaguchi’s (as scott hamilton would say: “fall down, get up, and smile like kristi yamaguchi), but i’m gonna list her 1992 winning olympic freeskate because it’s a fandango and who doesn’t love that??
i’m gonna be honest with you: i actually tend to find women’s singles boring. there’s too much of the same thing, too much influence from the likes of michelle kwan and sasha cohen: the judges like tiny bendy girls, instead of girls who may actually be the better skaters. that’s why i’m really excited about elizaveta tuktamysheva, who is just super weird and spunky, and this free program of hers in particular, “sandstorm”
they may not jump, but these days, ice dancers are the best skaters in the world. that wasn’t always the case - they used to be really good at posing and not much else. the team who did the most to see that changed that is shae-lynn bourne and victor kraatz, who were often too ahead of their time to ever get the medal recognition they deserved. they did, however, give us one of the most famous figure skating programs of all time: their iconic riverdance free dance
torvill & dean are probably the team that started the change, and their “bolero” is still famous
johnny weir: “poker face” (OBVIOUSLY… what an ICON), “creep” (this is new, and so beautiful), “i put a spell on you” (NERD; also like basically every us figure skater of the last 20 years is in this program?)
brian orser and josee chouinard: “brian’s hat” (honestly just so charming… also, somewhere in my stepmother’s house there is a newspaper clipping with a picture of me sitting on brian orser’s lap, taken the same night i first saw this performed)
and i will leave you with this, the most important program of all time, performed by evgeni plushenko: