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7 minutes ago, alison said:

Does it help being young and petite, I wonder?

 

Indeed. A maturing female's body gradually starts protecting itself, preparing for motherhood.

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3 hours ago, alison said:

 

By the way, when are the Worlds?  Another couple of weeks?  I'm wondering whether we shall even get any highlights on the BBC.

I very, very much doubt it.  :angry:

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On 21/02/2018 at 15:28, ninamargaret said:

Am I the only one to really dislike the mashed up music used for so many of the skating routines? Today we had odds and ends of Swan Lake,

 

And I *really* don't think it's suitable music to do gymnastics to :(

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Oh, thanks for that.  I loved John Curry although today he looks a little wooden.  Does anyone remember my all time favourites - the Duchesnay brother and sister?  They absolutely rocked with their Christopher Dean choreography.  I was working in PR at the time and tried very hard to get a well known lager brand to sponsor them.  Unfortunately, the client couldn't see the connection - and neither could I!

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Just now, penelopesimpson said:

Oh, thanks for that.  I loved John Curry although today he looks a little wooden.  Does anyone remember my all time favourites - the Duchesnay brother and sister?  They absolutely rocked with their Christopher Dean choreography.  I was working in PR at the time and tried very hard to get a well known lager brand to sponsor them.  Unfortunately, the client couldn't see the connection - and neither could I!

 

I loved them too!  Especially their free dance that was reminiscent of Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances.

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Thanks for posting this. I agree such a wonderful couple. I didn’t find the choreography similar to Ghost Dances other than a couple of the holds and sideway steps which  Bruce gives the three ghost dancers to do repeatedly ( sorry this is a little vague in description). Obviously the choice of music too. I never felt the Duchesnays got the recognition they deserved on the world stage. 

I saw th Curry documentary earlier in the year and it made me realise just what an exceptional artist he was.  He made a lasting impression on the world of ice skating, at least equal to Torvill and Dean, although such comparisons are unimportant. 

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Is it a whole year since we were all enjoying so much watching and discussing the Olympic skating...very sad not  to have seen any on TV since, unless I have missed something....

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1 hour ago, penelopesimpson said:

Does anyone remember my all time favourites - the Duchesnay brother and sister?  They absolutely rocked with their Christopher Dean choreography. 

It is a wonderful performance: so much so, Christopher actually manages a small smile at the end!

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37 minutes ago, Odyssey said:

 I didn’t find the choreography similar to Ghost Dances other than a couple of the holds and sideway steps which  Bruce gives the three ghost dancers to do repeatedly ( sorry this is a little vague in description). Obviously the choice of music too. I never felt the Duchesnays got the recognition they deserved on the world stage. 

I saw th Curry documentary earlier in the year and it made me realise just what an exceptional artist he was.  He made a lasting impression on the world of ice skating, at least equal to Torvill and Dean, although such comparisons are unimportant. 

 

And the costumes...  I personally recognised the essence of a lot of the choreography in Ghost Dances.  I remember there being quite a controversy at the time.

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2 hours ago, alison said:

Rather too reminiscent, as I recall!

 

 

That's exactly what I was going to say.  Was that the year the planned free dance was too intellectual for the judges to appreciate so it was replaced very speedily by the Ghost Dances number?  Either way, that routine was not one of Christopher Dean's most original creations.

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2 minutes ago, Two Pigeons said:

 

 

That's exactly what I was going to say.  Was that the year the planned free dance was too intellectual for the judges to appreciate so it was cery speedily replaced by the Ghost Dances number?  Either way, that routine was not one of Christopher Dean's most original creations.

 

If you mean the "drum dance" tribal dance - it was in 1988 (according to YouTube).

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3 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

I am absolutely certain that I saw Chris and Jayne skate this in a programme before it was skated in the Olympics and Worlds. 

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Worth looking at their first dance, a sort of jungle themed piece which brought them to public attention.  The crowds always loved them but unfortunately the judges will stuck in the Russian set piece style.  Sorry I can't do the link - can someone else?

 

I remember watching an interview Paul did just after they revealed their dance saying that when Christopher Dean first showed he the choreography he said 'you want me to do what???'  That's because its all skated at an incredibly low level.

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It’s my favourite ice dance by them. 

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2 hours ago, Mary said:

Is it a whole year since we were all enjoying so much watching and discussing the Olympic skating...very sad not  to have seen any on TV since, unless I have missed something....

It has all but disappeared since Sky took it.  I don't have Sky.

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10 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

 

I  watched again  it with the family before you posted it. I do think the Duschenays were unlucky as were Barber and Slater. Their “Dragon Dance” was awesome.

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I've enjoyed watching these greatly, thanks everyone.

A bit of a change from Patineurs!

 

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I realize this is a very old post, but it just caught my eye on the first page of the thread:

 

On ‎26‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 11:28, Fonty said:

I used to love ice skating, but if they don't show it regularly you get out of touch with who the current people are.

 

Watch show-jumping.  I hadn't for years, but when I switched on the TV for bits of it at the 2016 Olympics I discovered that the "current people" on the British team are mostly still the same people as the ones I remember being the "current people" in the mid-80s :D

 

New horses, though...

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6 hours ago, RuthE said:

Watch show-jumping.  I hadn't for years, but when I switched on the TV for bits of it at the 2016 Olympics I discovered that the "current people" on the British team are mostly still the same people as the ones I remember being the "current people" in the mid-80s :D

 

New horses, though...

 

This is actually one of the reasons I love both showjumping and cross country. They may only get broadcast on the BBC a couple of times a year but most of the riders are still familiar names, many from when I was having my teenage horsy phase 20-odd years ago (I helped out at a stables whose owner had a horse that was ridden by John Whitaker). It's great to see a sport where people can still compete into their sixties. Sports like gymnastics or swimming on the other hand seem to have an almost completely new set of competitors at every Olympics/Commonwealth Games. Ice skating (trying to drag this back on topic!) isn't quite as bad but still isn't great for longevity.

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Sorry to take it back off-topic, but as you mention gymnastics...

 

...when I watch women’s gymnastics on TV I’m always astonished by the ridiculous anomaly (I mean this in terms of utmost respect and astonishment) that is Oksana Chusovitina. She’s THREE years older than me. She has been competing at international level since I started watching the sport - which was at the Barcelona (1992) Olympics. When I was 14. And she’s still going - specialising in vault, which surely has to be higher-impact than any apparatus other than possibly floor...

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