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    Default What are the Top Ten greatest Michelle performances of the decade?

    I am doing this list for all disciplines, and did one for the ladies, but the Kween deserved her own list. Same rules apply, so here goes.


    1. 2001 Worlds LP
    This is her performance of the decade for me because SOTBS is my favorite free skate of hers and like the champion she is, she did it when it matter. It was gorgeous and just awe inspiring. And the crowd going crazy before she finished and her reaction was the icing on the cake for me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37fJ8wTUAA4

    2. 2004 Nationals LP
    Not her most difficult program when it comes to choreography, but the emotions and the attack that went into this program. I was also in the building and I was crying after she finished. The emotion ans passion of her Tosca performance put this one at number two for me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQSoIEAxns

    3. 2000 Worlds LP
    Love, love, love the The Red Violin. Her most difficult when it comes to choreography and I loved how she came from behind to win. Truly a magical performance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptj_tO7tIXg

    4. 2003 Worlds FS
    Aranjuez was a gorgeous and beautiful number and she brought the house down at the end. Love her final move.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXxGW7rH6Bg

    5. 2002 Nationals LP
    I know not many of us have love for Schez, but she nailed it here at Nationals and it was full of the passion that it lacked during the season.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR4VtmHh0Wc

    6. 2002 Olympics SP
    All of us would like to forget this competition, but Rachmanioff is my favorite program of the Kween and she took first place with this performance and I love the contrast from 1998 to 2002. In 1998, I saw a beautiful young lady perform this. In 2002, I saw a beautiful young WOMAN perform this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-tfa...eature=related

    7. 2001 Worlds SP
    East of Eden is my second favorite short program of hers and she performed it beautifully her at Worlds. Should have been ahead of Irina with this number.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZVsfrbfemY

    8. 2003 Nationals LP
    Gorgeous. Nationals and Worlds performances were flawless, but I put her Worlds performance ahead of her nationals one in preference.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpWUo_hf4N0

    9. 2005 World SP
    I liked her Spartacus SP and she was do determined after her qualification round. Should have won the SP. How she was placed behind Sasha out of control spiral and Irina's triple lutz, head banger, double toe, I will never know.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omqE0fv6VCk

    10. 2005 Nationals LP
    I know must of us never warmed up to Bolero, but she I liked her performance at Nationals and that she broke Nationals all-time record with this performance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxDaP...eature=related

    Well, let me know what you think of my choices.

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    2003 Nats SP. I still get goosebumps when she does her footwork.

    Editing to try to add youtube link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpEyP_UKIiQ
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    Out of your list, I would pick #1 or #2 as the top IMO. I just have a difficult time choosing because in 2004, on TV, the crowd cheering sounded like it was about to blow off the roof of my house, so I can only assume the arena was trembling after her LP performance. That performance had a lot of emotion with it, and really pulled you in, especially considering Michelle was coming from behind to win the LP, and she was in full-on attack mode that night.

    2001 Worlds is also right up there with me because Michelle looked *so* fit, and her jumps, spins, footwork, etc looked so effortless. She was definitely on attack there too, and pulled off the victory. This was also the same championship where her luggage was lost, and her boot came apart during the QR warm-up (and she still skated perfectly despite the quick fix that changed the height of her sole). Michelle had tunnel vision in Vancouver, and she didn't look back.

    Hmmmm, so yeah, hard time deciding

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2D9DDQxwIk

    2001 Nats sp..EOE

    I still get chills..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwr4zH53-bo

    2005 Nats Spartacus sp
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    for me the 2002/2003 season. All performances of TFB and Aranquez. A phoenix rising--once again!
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    All of them! Throw out however many you must to make 10, place them in any order, and you'll get a top 10 that will blast any other such list into nano-particles.

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    Default My personal favorite...

    ...was the run-through of EOE I got to see when I went to watch Michelle practice. It was my birthday, 1/9/01, and it was the most perfect performance I'd ever seen. I knew then that Michelle would sweep every medal, which she did, and I felt like it was my personal birthday present from her. I'd never gone to HealthSouth and I made certain to stay in the shadows and not make a nuisance of myself, but it was and will always be one of my favorite Michelle programs ever. Thanks, Michelle!

    ETA: Another one is the completely-void-of-jumps performance she gave at COI in 2006. I believe it was her last COI performance ever, and I didn't realize she was in excruciating pain at the time. She was glorious, and even took time to smile for a picture with my niece who was visiting from Israel. When I found out later that she was headed straight for surgery, I was so impressed. This is Michelle Kwan--never let her fans down, make it look like it's all okay--this is why I've been a fan for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamChez View Post
    All of them! Throw out however many you must to make 10, place them in any order, and you'll get a top 10 that will blast any other such list into nano-particles.
    At this point, I would take Michelle's 1997 Nationals long program over anything today. Even though it pains me to even think of the poor girl's "deer in the headlights" look on her face when she fell, that was still a better skated program than most anything that's winning medals now.

    So I agree with SamChez - pick any ten of Michelle's programs and I would consider them "best."
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    Not in any particular order, but :

    Worlds LP 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

    Worlds SP: 2003, 2004 (even with the unfair time deduction)

    Nationals LP: 2002, 2003, 2004

    Nationals SP: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

    Olympics 2002: Exhibition (FOG)

    I know this is more than 10, but all are deserving, IMO.
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    I agree with all the above! Plus I love the debut performance (or any of them) of her 99 lp Lamente DeAriene or however that is spelled! 99 nats sp to Fate of Carmen, and her Pocahontas Exhibition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilahupa View Post
    I agree with all the above! Plus I love the debut performance (or any of them) of her 99 lp Lamente DeAriene or however that is spelled! 99 nats sp to Fate of Carmen, and her Pocahontas Exhibition.
    those would be considered part of the top ten of the previous decade lol

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    Surprised no has added this one yet. My all time favorite is the 1998 Nationals LP to Lyra. She skated with such abandon and joy. It was awesome

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPRcajUQrM

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    Oh whoops, didn't see that we were talking about THIS decade. Are the 90's really already LAST decade??? YIKES!

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    Yes to all, but I really love her newest works to Carmina Burana and Winter Song also. The fact that we had not seen her skate in 3+ years, that she had rehabbed from hip surgery, was 29 at the time, had graduated college, and that she chose to do these beautiful, technically exquisite numbers added to the drama of it all for me. What a lovely gift she gave us. They're both in this link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3KuqVCm3v8

    It's too hard to decide, so I'm going to watch them all again and again and again. It's such a touch job, but I'm volunteering so you all don't have to do it.
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    I agree with most of the nominations others have made but I just want to give a heightened mention of 2005 Nats SP. In my mind this was her last great, transcendent competitive performance. Which is to say that, IMO, it was the last great, transcendent ladies' program ever skated. This would have been a once-in-a-lifetime skate for so many; for MK it was practically an asterisk at the "end" of a career: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwr4zH53-bo

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    Its amazing she has so many to chose from and that we can actually come up with a list of 10 truly great programs. Can't say that about her competitors during 2000-2005.

    My ultimate fave of the decade is 2004 Nats LP. I know that technically 2000 and 2001 worlds were stronger but there was just something about that program. I think it was the fact that everyone was practically handing the title to Sasha LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyS View Post
    ...was the run-through of EOE I got to see when I went to watch Michelle practice. It was my birthday, 1/9/01, and it was the most perfect performance I'd ever seen. I knew then that Michelle would sweep every medal, which she did, and I felt like it was my personal birthday present from her. I'd never gone to HealthSouth and I made certain to stay in the shadows and not make a nuisance of myself, but it was and will always be one of my favorite Michelle programs ever. Thanks, Michelle!

    ETA: Another one is the completely-void-of-jumps performance she gave at COI in 2006. I believe it was her last COI performance ever, and I didn't realize she was in excruciating pain at the time. She was glorious, and even took time to smile for a picture with my niece who was visiting from Israel. When I found out later that she was headed straight for surgery, I was so impressed. This is Michelle Kwan--never let her fans down, make it look like it's all okay--this is why I've been a fan for so long.


    Izzy, this is a wonderful post of a wonderful...well, 2 wonderful MK moments..

    Your post jogged my memory and took me back to the first ladies' practice at 03 Worlds.....when MK came out and skated a perfect run-through, a SEVEN triple program of Aranjuez. Five of us were sitting in the end-zone..we were mesmerized, captivated, totally blown away..She owned the ice that day...and every day after that for the remainder of the competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    Izzy, this is a wonderful post of a wonderful...well, 2 wonderful MK moments..

    Your post jogged my memory and took me back to the first ladies' practice at 03 Worlds.....when MK came out and skated a perfect run-through, a SEVEN triple program of Aranjuez. Five of us were sitting in the end-zone..we were mesmerized, captivated, totally blown away..She owned the ice that day...and every day after that for the remainder of the competition.
    I remember reading the reviews here. Worlds 2003 LP--I got into D.C. just in time to check into the hotel and run over to have dinner with the MKF, and then got treated to yet another of my favorite performances of all time. I still think that weekend ranked among my top ten weekends of the decade. It might even be #1. I got to see Washington, which was amazing, and two (2) marvelous Michelle performances. And meet the East Coast MKFers, too. It was magic!

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    Default And while we're trading memories...

    ...one of my all time favorites was the dinner the So Cal MKF contingency enjoyed, compliments of Michelle's peeps. COI 2002 Anaheim--none of us will ever forget it! Thanks again, Michelle!

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    I would put Michelle's performance at Worlds in 2004 in with the "top ten", along with the 2001 Worlds QR. Considering the circumstances (streaker in 2004, boot trouble fixed just prior to the QR) her focus is simply incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyS View Post
    ...one of my all time favorites was the dinner the So Cal MKF contingency enjoyed, compliments of Michelle's peeps. COI 2002 Anaheim--none of us will ever forget it! Thanks again, Michelle!
    We had one, too..in NYC before the 03 Campbell's competition..We were shocked..and so appreciative..

    What wonderful memories we all have because of that fine young woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    We had one, too..in NYC before the 03 Campbell's competition..We were shocked..and so appreciative..

    What wonderful memories we all have because of that fine young woman.
    I remember reading about that one, too! Soooooooooooo wonderful!

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    Default My Top Ten

    For me
    10. Scherezade - US Nationals 2002
    This is the performance we were hoping for at the Olympics.

    9. Tosca - US Nationals 2004
    This was a beautiful, clean, and emotional performance.

    8. Aranjuez - Worlds 2003
    Another great performance that made us all go crazy. It was also the last time Michelle was crowned world champion.

    7. Song of the Black Swan - Worlds 2001
    This is a beautiful performance that had seven clean triples and was a great blend of the technical and artistic sides of skating.

    6. East of Eden - Worlds 2001
    East of Eden is just a beautiful choice for Michelle's skating. I for one am disappointed she never turned this into a long program. The music seemed to resonate with her.

    5. East of Eden - US Nationals 2001
    I just love East of Eden. I always felt she should have ended her career skating to this (as a long program) and Rachmaninoff.

    4. Spartacus - US Nationals 2005
    How emotional was this performance. This is an example to me of how Michelle can take something beautiful to the next level. The simple change in moves just played with my heart. The arms in that layback seemed to say so much to me. The simple cross of the arm in the spiral position also seemed to make that move even more beautiful than before.

    3. The Feeling Begins - Worlds 2004
    This program had fire and to me was the best short of the night. I love Michelle when she has something to prove.

    2. Aranjuez - US Nationals 2003
    I pick the Nationals over Worlds because I felt Michelle was more free and more on the music at Nationals. This program also shows how technically perfect Michelle was. I mean remember how we used to awe about the control on her double axel? Well what about the control on her lutz landings all season long!!! Simply beautiful.

    1. The Red Violin - Worlds 2000
    This is the Michelle I love. The one where she is on fire and skates with total abandon. Never has Michelle been more free flowing than in this program.

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    OMG! It's been forever! I decided to pop in to see what's going on in MKF land. I just watched MK's performance of Winter Song for the first time and the girl has still got it! Beautiful! And Carmina Burana! Wow--that would make an amazing SP or LP!

    What a decade of skating! My tops in no particular order:

    Aranjuez at 2003 Worlds (I still tear watching it)

    Tosca at 2004 Nationals (Power and beauty)

    Spartacus at 2005 Nationals (Just amazing and perfect and brilliant)

    Fields of Gold at 2002 Olympics ('Nough said)

    Red Violin at 2000 Worlds (Never underestimate the power of Da Kwan!)

    The Feeling Begins at 2003 Worlds and 2004 US Nationals (Those eyes!)

    Spartacus at 2005 Worlds (A slightly different version with straight-line footwork and just lovely)

    You Raise Me Up at 2005 Nationals Exhibition

    East of Eden at 2001 Nationals

    Song of the Black Swan at 2001 Worlds (Artistry and athleticism combined)

    Carmina Burana at Ice Stars...woah I felt like I was watching a competition again! Amazing! Winter Song was just lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Googoo View Post
    OMG! It's been forever! I decided to pop in to see what's going on in MKF land. I just watched MK's performance of Winter Song for the first time and the girl has still got it! Beautiful! And Carmina Burana! Wow--that would make an amazing SP or LP!

    What a decade of skating! My tops in no particular order:

    Aranjuez at 2003 Worlds (I still tear watching it)

    Tosca at 2004 Nationals (Power and beauty)

    Spartacus at 2005 Nationals (Just amazing and perfect and brilliant)

    Fields of Gold at 2002 Olympics ('Nough said)

    Red Violin at 2000 Worlds (Never underestimate the power of Da Kwan!)

    The Feeling Begins at 2003 Worlds and 2004 US Nationals (Those eyes!)

    Spartacus at 2005 Worlds (A slightly different version with straight-line footwork and just lovely)

    You Raise Me Up at 2005 Nationals Exhibition

    East of Eden at 2001 Nationals

    Song of the Black Swan at 2001 Worlds (Artistry and athleticism combined)

    Carmina Burana at Ice Stars...woah I felt like I was watching a competition again! Amazing! Winter Song was just lovely.


    Hey, so glad that you posted!!
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