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100 of my favourite figure skating programs part 1

Hi guys! so i’ve seen a lot of people on Tumblr asking for programs to watch to get more into figure skating. I’ve been into this wonderful sport since 2014 so i’m by no means an expert or anything of the sort. But i just wanted to share some of the performances i love. I hope it helps you to get more into figure skating. By the way i’m not too into pairs or ice dance so i will mostly focus on singles. So in no particular order here are 100 performances i’ve watched over and over again:

1. Mao Asada fs sochi olympics (ok this one might be my favourite, i just really love Mao) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9AA39jPJY&t=3s 

2. Mirai Nagasu sp 2016 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl8z-QIBonY

3. Yuna Kim sp and fs Vancouver olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecKnyyuMsmw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoMkWIA2jVY&t=3s

4. Yuna Kim sp and fs 2013 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24nE0lNhBgI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIU7Gsbkghg

5. Mao Asada sp 2014 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2xjUQWPsPY

6. Mao Asada fs 2016 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLYcIi1qcc

7. Yuzuru Hanyu sp and fs 2015 GPF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX3rRGIUpFU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEkYkJ8Vga4

8. Ashley Wagner sp and fs 2014 worlds:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy6VWa85UsI&t=234s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxHdsoCm02o

9. Gracie Gold fs 2016 US nationals:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f44iy1dU2-M&t=87s

10. Jason Brown fs 2014 US nationals:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J61k2XjRryM&t=349s

11. Joshua Farris sp and fs 4CC 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FyUIfXKyHI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej4Wvmfyhzo&t=14s

12. Shoma Uno fs GPF 2015:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2fhSvFhvIk

13. Javier Fernandez fs 2016 worlds:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JK6iHE6oQg

14. Yuzuru Hanyu sp Sochi olympics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk6qrBrqAqo

15. Yuzuru Hanyu fs 2014 GPF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mim1vLRHl0&t=61s

16. Adam Rippon fs 2016 Trophee de France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQiDVE7Ucuk&t=391s

17. Sasha Cohen sp Torino olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELFerA2QZX8

18. Johnny Weir sp and fs Vancouver Olympics (yes he skated to Juan Gabriel which cracks me up everytime): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxqdfsFRwzc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyS4R0Gbrf8

19. Boyang jin sp 2016 Cup of China (i’m trash, but it’s  just so much fun): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfTOY-5biDg&t=204s

20. Nathan Chen sp JGPF 2015 (beware of the terrible illusion spins, but that choreo! ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_YYoRV3l8&t=199s

21. Shoma Uno fs GPF 2016 (yes, i have a soft spot for the  SQUAD hahahahah): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh_MDziMUVk

22. Jason Brown fs 2016 Skate America ( the volunteer wasn’t the only one who cried ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmDhpb1acFU

23. Gabby Daleman sp 2016 Trophee de France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAkhrFzyb74

24. Sasha Cohen fs Mashalls 2004: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo3hgBV59bc&t=4s

25. Akiko Suzuki fs 2013 Japanese nationals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTz2djlZTdc

26. Tatsuki Machida sp 2014 Skate America (i love this music btw): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXGrxK6zES4&t=337s

27. Carolina Kostner sp and fs Sochi olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwcaN6U7Zkc (both in one video)

28. Tatsuki Machida sp 2014 Worlds:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI3XASJeZAI&t=240s

29. Julia Lipnitskaya fs Sochi olympics team event:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke0iusvydl8

30. Mirai Nagasu sp 2010 Worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTv2y7ypYMk (awww and her reaction in the kiss and cry)

31. Yuzuru Hanyu fs 2012 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLFNeOTWXI8&t=3s

32. Yuna Kim sp 2009 worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raCgAaugWwc

33. Patrick Chan fs 2016 Cup of China  (maybe i just really like the music which is lovely and was composed by Eric Radford!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHhz9p1U6UY

34. Daisuke Takahashi sp 2013 NHK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaag382KuBY&t=206s

35. Daisuke Takahashi sp Vancouver olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut5E027T7bs&t=211s

36. Shibutani/Shibutani fd 2016 worlds:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rJkxE_rgZ4

37. Shibutani/Shibutani sp and fs 2016 GPF:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H6sP3kSb8Q and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKqDbbb__Hk

38. Virtue/Moir fd 2013 worlds (i kinda hate Carmen but this is a strange and slightly disturbing yet great program):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Oa39Uojj0&t=375s

39. Davis/White fd vancouver olympics :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMlqEXavNEc

40. Davis/White fd Sochi olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrFwokp3z48

41. Virtue/Moir fd Vancouver olympics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZG1cbrQtbQ

42. Virtue/Moir sp 2016 GPF:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3YWdG0zDXU

43. Papadakis/Cizeron fd 2016 worlds:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_EKSQtH1Mo&t=6s

44. Sui/Han sp 2016 Wolrds (hey it’s a pairs program finally!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT-fyhrUCkY

45. Wakaba Higuchi sp 2016 japanese nationals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT_iV5axurc

46. Marin Honda fs 2016 JGP Japan:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UEIkefKSt8&t=130s

47. Daisuke Takahashi sp 2007 Skate America (yes, he skated to hip hop swan lake because he can):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRkdoLxPdD8&t=212s

48. Karen Chen fs 2016 NHK:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMVWjHDIYqY

49. Mirai Nagasu sp 2016 Autumn classic:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCHCuma-qJ0

50. Brian Joubert fs 2007 worlds (maybe it’s just cause he skated to Metallica which i must admit i loved):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtWlkzZfRWA&t=290s

anonymous asked:

Hi ! Just a random question but do you know why Yuzu is sooo loved ? I love him too, he's my favourite skater but I noticed a few days ago that people love him more than others skaters (for exemple, Shoma, Javi, Evgenia Scott/Moir, Papadakis/Cizeron, Duhamel/Radford, Satoko, etc) are really loved by the audience but with yuzuru, it's complety different, almost an obsessive fanatism and i just wanted to know why (I know already that he is incredible, talented and cute haha, but others reason ?)

Well that’s a tough question and to be honest I can’t really answer you that.  Different people have different reasons for liking him. There’s so many factors that play into his huge popularity. I will attempt but I’ll probably fail to give you an objective answer.

First and foremost he’s liked because he’s an incredibly mesmerizing skater. My first thought when I saw him for the very first time was that his skating is beautiful. I was stunned that he has such a charisma and confidence on the ice. I think this charisma is crucial in his popularity. His presence is automatically grabbing the attention of the audience. Charismatic people feel emotions very strongly and also invoke emotions in other people (at least that’s what I learnt in my psychology class at university). I’ve often heard commentators point out that Yuzu is an emotional skater. His passion for the sport really shows. The more emotions a person experiences the more invested you will be in the “cause” of those emotions (= Yuzu). But as you mentioned this emotional attachment can become more extreme and sometimes can be described as fanaticism.

By no means am I implying that other skaters don’t have charisma but it’s just not as prevalent or distinctive in each skater. But skaters like Javier and V/M are said to have a lot of charisma. That’s why the environment (where the popularity is measured) matters too. Of course people usually tend to cheer for their own nationality more than for others. In that sense Javier is clearly disadvantaged considering Spain’s (almost?) non-existent skating history but he’s still well liked in the figure skating fandom/community and it can have its advantages being a pioneer in his country and slowly spreading the sport there.

Long before Japan’s rise Canada had been very successful in the sport. But I don’t believe that any Canadian skater nowadays comes close to Yuzu’s popularity outside of the general figure skating audience. Only in the last 2-3 decades but especially in the early 2000’s figure skating in Japan arguably has shifted into a more mainstream popularity and is more prevalent in the media – especially Mao Asada was treated more as an idol than a “simple” athlete. And I’d say Yuzu did benefit from that. I have to mention that contrary to many beliefs figure skating is not as popular in Japan as the popularity of Mao and Yuzu might suggest. That’s what I meant by environment. Japan is giving athletes a much broader platform for a more widespread individual popularity (even if the sport itself isn’t as big). Just compare V/M and Yuzu. As far as medals are concerned V/M have the upper hand but Yuzu certainly is more popular at home.

Why Yuzu is very popular in Japan I can’t exactly pinpoint – it’s probably a mixture of several reasons. For example he’s like you mentioned the cutest thing living on earth. But he’s also very well spoken and intelligent, extremely humble and hard-working which are definitely valued especially in Eastern cultures. National pride is another thing. I’m sure he was plenty popular before Sochi but the honor he brought Japan to win gold at the Olympic Games was huge. On top of that it was the only gold medal for Japan - which might have put the spotlight even more on him alone. With success comes popularity and Yuzu continues to bring home gold medals and world records for Japan. There’s also empathy because of his personal experiences with the disaster in 2011. His continuous commitment to the victims is very well respected. Despite his own sufferings he gives hope to a lot of people.

His popularity outside Japan is growing by the day. It’s helpful that there’s already an existing and quite active fandom for Yuzu. Because there’s already much information and translations available and fans ready to share this information (which we shouldn’t take for granted!!) that it was easier for international fans to learn more about him. Connecting to the earlier mentioned argument that Japan gives Yuzu a platform by releasing many footages from competitions, shows or CM shoots as well as interviews, magazines etc. for fans to share. A constant stream of information keeps the fandom alive in hard times (the off-season and long breaks between competitions).

One aspect which I can’t dismiss here is his appearance. Seriously he is blessed with his beauty. Just recently I read Yuzu became relatively famous in China for his good looks. His skin and proportions are to die for. I remember a junior(!) girl expressed her envy over Yuzu’s waist xD Kidding aside but he is a looker and has that ethereal beauty to him which does help in his skating too. Because of his long limbs and slender body his jumps are very fast and straight (which makes them very beautiful to watch) but don’t forget that a good technique and enormous strength are fundamental in his jumping. He’s got good flexibility for his spins to boot. Some might complain that “he’s not a pretty face” but it does play a huge role in his popularity whether they want to admit it or not. However, he should NOT be reduced to his looks alone!

Many people are also awed about him fighting through any hardships. He’s so tenacious be it in his “fight” against asthma, natural disasters, losing his home rink or several severe injuries (though I’m still iffy about people glorifying him competing at CoC in 2014).

Surely other Japanese skaters like Shoma or Satoko aren’t as popular. Maybe it’s because of the fact that they are relatively new on the top senior level but (in my opinion) personality is the dividing factor here. Compared to Yuzu those two are more reserved off-ice and only recently started to break out of their shell. Yuzu is a very open and chatty person (which can sometimes be even overbearing lol). Maybe it’s also intriguing how he’s different from his “prince” image that he’s often portrait as. Of course he’s a thoughtful and considerate young man (to skaters, fans, reporters, cameramen etc.) but he can also be cheeky, he loves to tease his juniors and he says what he thinks straight-forward.

Comparisons with other skaters end here as I’m not familiar enough with their personality. I’ll just continue fawning over Yuzu and what I personally like about him:

- I love how he’s always grateful of his team and fans that are supporting him

- I love how he’s so supportive of other skaters and can see the good qualities of his competitors (he also doesn’t shy away from complimenting his competitors)

- I love his fierceness when he competes (How he’s ready to crush everyone – almost stand-offish^^)

- I love that you can see him having fun when he skates

- I love how he’s making the rink his “playground” and always engaging in his jump battles with Javi, Evgenia etc. (never admiting defeat)

- I love his strong desire for perfection  

- I love that he hasn’t really changed from when he was a kid

- I love that he’s a unique skater and stays true to himself

- I love how he can laugh about himself

- I love his animated expressions and antics

- I love how modest he is but isn’t at the same time?! (lol sounds contradicting)

- I love that he’s not afraid or hestitant to make mistakes but actually takes this as opportunity to learn and grow

- I love how he’s very self-critical and I’m always stunned at his self-awareness

- I love his smile and laughing

- I love how he always evolves his programs and how he’s constantly challenging himself

- I love his hot-bloodedness (at the same time I don’t because it’s killing me)

- I love his Pooh^^

Trust me this list goes on and on. I think I gave you tons of reasons why he’s so liked but on the contrary he’s by far not perfect and there are also people who don’t like him or aspects of him. But nonetheless, we all look beyond that and just see him for who he is. I think we all learnt so much from him. I feel blessed to go “this journey” along with him, seeing where he’s headed to and giving me inspiration for my own life. It’s not always easy to be his fan but he gives us moments where we think it’s worth it. I know it was an awfully long post but to put it short we like Yuzuru simply because he is Yuzuru. Nothing more and nothing less.

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