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Thanks Alison for the suggestion. That was a beautiful short skating program from Medvedeva - such artistry. She is as beautiful as a film star and as graceful as a ballerina. Just sitting down to watch the rest of the team event on catch up.

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Wow just seen Zagitova and her Don Q program - terrific. This looks like it will be a great battle!

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I thought Adam Rippon was very nice...I do tend to judge all the routines just on aesthetic grounds, not knowing much about it.

But yes the Russian women are amazing and all the Canadians!

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Just now, Mary said:

I thought Adam Rippon was very nice...I do tend to judge all the routines just on aesthetic grounds, not knowing much about it.

But yes the Russian women are amazing and all the Canadians!

of course all the Canadians :-)

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I know what you mean Alison.  I dislocated both kneecaps almost 25 years ago and I cringe whenever I see a mogul!.  'I could have been a contender!!'  :D

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Owwwwwww ... :(

 

I did actually come in here to post something about the Olympics, but can't remember what it was now!  Glad to see Marcel Hirscher's finally got an Olympic gold though - well deserved.

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I love ice skating. It was the very first thing I wanted to be when I was about five or six. I used to watch World of Sport with my dad and some ice skating came on. I was transfixed. I loved the way the ladies glided along with one leg in the air. Didn't know the thing was called an Arabesque back then. I used to try and slide along the kitchen floor on the Lino with my other leg in the air behind me. Then a few years later I saw a bit of Ballet on TV, and I no longer wanted to become an ice skater but a ballet dancer. A few decades later, and my one and only time ever going on ice, while I was in Japan. What do I do? The moment I step on to the ice I try and do an Arabesque. I ended up on my backside, of course. 

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Hope you didn't hurt yourself Lisa. Managed to watch the pairs skating final tonight - enjoyed all the performances. Great win for the Germans.

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I've been watching it too this evening- a gripping and lovely contest, Thank you BBC i player!

Interesting that the- really beautiful- German piece was choreographed by Christopher Dean. Shame there was no GB pair for him to assist!

 

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I'd thought the style seemed familiar ...

 

Lovely piece, and superbly executed. 

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By the way, has anyone found an actual, up-to-date television schedule somewhere on the BBC website?  With all the delays to the skiing, I wanted to set the recorder overnight, but can't because I don't know what channel I should be recording or when!

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Nobody celebrating GB's first medal yet?  Congrats to Dom Parsons - although it was nailbiting for a few minutes, as he was in 4th place, 2/100ths of a second off the medals.

 

And boy, that is a spectactular medal presentation stage!

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Enjoyed very much the men's short pieces...(though could do with a bit less focus on boring old quads) and the commentaries by Robin Cousins and Christopher Dean. What a wealth of experience they have. Not sure how much expertise they have in ballet but they are very good communicators and really understand performance...perhaps one of them should present the live screenings :-)

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Somebody the other day said something along the lines of "And now we start off with Swan Lake" - only for the Rose Adagio to start. :)  Oops! 

 

By the way, what's so boring about quads?

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Yes I noticed that..that Mr Cousins...hmm,-but I think he was caught up in the drama of the moment. A singe slip..

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19 hours ago, Mary said:

Enjoyed very much the men's short pieces...(though could do with a bit less focus on boring old quads) and the commentaries by Robin Cousins and Christopher Dean. What a wealth of experience they have. Not sure how much expertise they have in ballet but they are very good communicators and really understand performance...perhaps one of them should present the live screenings :-)

 

Robin Cousins choreographed a piece for some of the graduate students at Elmhurst a few years ago. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it it as it was only performed at a gala for which the tickets were too expensive.

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Very interesting cross-over..I wonder how many of the dancers can skate? (except in Patineurs of course :))

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Huge congratulations to Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas for their successes in the skeleton - Yarnold defending her Olympic title.  I felt desperately sorry for the Austrian who ended up finishing 4th, though.

 

And heartbreaking to see Elise Christie crashing and being stretchered off in the short-track skating - but at least there are apparently no bones broken and she should be back for Tuesday's races.

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35 minutes ago, Mary said:

Very interesting cross-over..I wonder how many of the dancers can skate? (except in Patineurs of course :))

 

Katherine Healy was a successful young skater before she joined LFB at the age of 16.

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Thank you Janet, you have a positively encyclopediac knowledge....

There is quite a lot film of her on ice on youtube- she is delightful. You can see she is a dancer, rather than a sportswoman. One piece choreographed by our favourite, John Curry!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCP5sHjpGCQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you noticed how, when skaters perform to a vocal track, the artist and song title are named?  Yet if it's an opera, all we get is the composer and the opera title.  No title of the aria, no artist credited.  Seems a bit unfair to me.

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On 17/02/2018 at 14:31, alison said:

I thought she went to Vienna?  Am I imagining it?

 

She may well have done but as the linked clip is from 1997 she presumably went back to skating at some stage.

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Wow just seen the short programme of the Canadian ice dancers absolutely fab!!

The problem us there is now an Olympic thread so don't really know where to write this! If should be on other thread Mods can move if want!

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Am writing this here as well as on Grace on ice thread!

Just seen the short programme of the Canadian ice dance couple ...absolutely terrific ...this is going to be a great competition!

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Me too- all such fun isn't it.

I am so happy for the British pair, they have done amazingly well so far after all their travails.

 

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I didn’t realise what rotten luck they have had with their health. Go Penny and Nick!

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She is incredibly brave to return after shattering her kneecap in eight places! 

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