For some reason, this
yearís show seemed short. I was surprised when it was intermission,
and when I figured that there were only two skaters left at the
end, I was sort of thinking...thatís it? Not that it wasnít good,
just that there didnít seem as many skaters as usual. Maybe it was
just me excited about being able to go backstage after the show
(bowing down to the person that got the backstage pass for me, thank
you SO much!! See below for my report from
backstage.), and itís the same as always, but it just seemed short.
And what is it that I always sit near people that donít seem to
care about skating? I think in general, there werenít any huge ovations
except for some exceptions. But some skaters (such as Sale & Pelletier)
didnít get as big a hand as I expected, or thought they deserved.
There was this person sitting next to me who seemed like she never
even watched the ice. Many times, I felt like I was the only one
clapping around me. But anyway...Letís see, some other non skating
stuff...I didnít see a cast photo (maybe later in the tour, though
there arenít many shows this year), but there was a nice keychain,
and that thing that you put around your neck to hold keys that says
ďChampions on IceĒ on it, along with the usual shirts (one was a
youth shirt that had a pic of all the skaters on it wearing the
opening number costume.) It was great fun meeting people from online
before the show, too! Now, onto the show...
I always liked how they
had a different song for each skater when they were introduced at
the beginning, but they way they did it this year worked well, too.
They used three songs, Music, Body Rock, and Higher. Like last year,
they all had the same type of costumes, which were black and silver.
I donít remember much of what they actually did. Some of what I
remember is Michelle doing a Charlotte and Yspin, Tim a few jumps,
Sasha some split jumps, and Nicole shoot-the-duck. When they came
out towards the end, they all did something, as usual, which 2 sets
of pairs teams doing a double death spiral. Here is the order they
came out, though Iím missing some:
- Nicole Bobek
- Rudy Galindo
- Punsalan & Swallow
- Sasha Cohen
- Viktor Petrenko
- Timothy Goebel
- Todd Eldredge
- Surya Bonaly
- Brasseur & Eisler
- Elvis Stojko
- Evgeny Plushenko
- Michelle Kwan
- Brian Boitano
- Michael Weiss
- Kazakova & Dmitriev
- Sale & Pelletier
I didnít take many notes
this time, only noting the order and other interesting things, so
forgive me that this isnít too technically detailed. It was a pretty
clean show, I donít remember too many falls, though there were a
lot of doubles and fallouts.
Sasha Cohen- Ribbon
number. I forget the song this is. I can imagine how hard it
is to skate, spin, etc using the ribbon, as I know itís hard to
use it, period. It looks especially beautiful when she spins. I
can only remember her doing one jump (a double axel), but I canít
remember how it was landed. She seemed a bit off. I think one of
spirals didnít look right.
Ricky Martin. I like him, but...I didnít like this program
at all. He did a lot of jumps, and I canít remember him landing
most of them well.
Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny. I know this was supposed to be funny.
I guess it just got a little much for me.
Punsalan & Swallow-
I donít know what they skated to, but I liked it a lot, much better
than last yearís program. They had a scarf type thing, and then
it became her skirt.
Backstreet Boys Medley. I just canít picture him skating
to Backstreet Boys, LOL. This one girl near me, who didnít really
seemed interested in much of the skating, was bouncing up and down
the whole number. He landed a nice triple lutz near me, plus several
other jumps, which all looked great. Did some break dancing and
backflip later on.
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze-
Chaplin. Great hobo program, really into the character. Started
off on a chair, and once the program was over, I realized that the
chair wasnít there any longer. I wondered how that happened, but
figure it out later on.
A skin-tight blue costume, almost looked painted on. I donít know
what she skated to. She seemed slow to me, for Irina anyway. She
doubled a jump and landed on two feet, then tried to throw in a
double toe on the end, but double footed it as well. She was one
of the skaters I was disappointed didnít get more of a hand.
You Really Got Me Now.. LOL, I always get a kick out of
him mouthing the words while heís skating. The audience here really
loves him, he always gets one of the biggest hand, and people screaming
throughout the program. Iím pretty sure he did a double toe/triple
toe combo (the first didnít look like a triple to me). He also did
a few other jumps. Edited to add that I am told that he *did*
do a triple/triple. It was at the other end of the rink, I was probably
just blinded by all the flashes going off or something!
Sale & Pelletier-
The same adorable program they did at Worlds. Of all the skaters
I was upset didnít get a bigger hand, this one I didnít understand.
Even after the show, my mom said the same thing. I thought they
would get a really good ovation, but they got barely polite applause,
even when they were done. I tried to overcome that by applauding
loudly. ;) I donít think the section I was in even clapped much
when they were done. The one section on the side, when they were
bowing, applauded loudly though. I was so happy to finally see them
Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock. Wearing prison garb,
comes out with a ďball and chain.Ē When he was done, there were
sirens, and he put his hands up, which was pretty funny. I donít
know if any of his comic stuff is going to top last yearís program,
Brasseur & Eisler-
Ricky Martin. Ricky was really popular tonight. ;) When they
came out, the arena was pitch black, and all you saw were lights
she was twirling around. Really neat, though I donít know what it
had to do with the rest of the program. Lots of tricks and great
pairs moves, as always.
Cabaret. I was pretty surprised she skated first after the
intermission. They usually donít have one of the top draws in that
spot (since people are still getting to their seat), and I thought
Nicole was one of the big draws. Her costume was...well, there wasnít
much there (she even had garter straps on), though it fit the program.
I seem to remember liking the program better when she did it at
World Pros. I donít know if it was changed or what.
Usova & Platov-
Desert Rose. As I tend to with dance, I donít know what to
say. I was changing my film, so I think I missed part of it as well.
Fosee. It starts off that thereís a curtain around him, supposed
to be his star dressing room. And then it drops down. He stays in
about the same spot, so you could see that the curtain was slowing
being pulled away by someone off the ice on a line of something.
So thatís when I realized thatís what they did with B&Sís chair.
;) I think a lot of people were whispering about it, it just looked
so funny...this thing slowly being pulled away. Anyway, Rudy was
great. Got one of the biggest ovations of the night.
Besedin & Polishuk
Acrobatic skaters. Did the same routine as last year. Judging by
the audience response, I was the only one who wasnít into it. At
least do something different than last year (though I didnít like
it then, either.) Though they were good at what they were doing,
I was there to see skating. And, I tend to have a problem with them
getting one of the biggest hands of the night, even more so than
World and Olympic champions. But, again, maybe thatís just me.
Bullfighting. I canít remember much here. Um, he took his
shirt off. ;) I remember when he went into the audience to kiss
the girl, he basically fell into the seats there, though knowing
Philippe, thatís the way he wanted it. The one he went to was a
girl who was holding up a sign for him, so I thought that was nice.
(On that note, I noticed a lot of signs this year. Just mentioning
Typical Surya program.
Thank You For Loving Me. Wore his short program costume from
this year. Did a lot of jumps, but not many of them came out well.
But I still have to give him credit for planning all those jumps
in a show number. I think he went for a triple axel, but only doubled
it. I know people will say itís same old Todd, but I will watch
same old Todd anytime. :)
Sex Bomb. Uh... definitely not the same thing he skated to
last year! Thankfully I saw it on TV, or I would not have believed
it was Evgeny. I kept wondering if from the nose bleed seats, if
it looked like that was a costume, or if they thought that was his
skin. ;) And then I kept thinking of the ABC announcers during the
broadcast. LOL He ran into the crowd in the section directly opposite
me, in what I think was my row (I had an end seat.) Got a big ovation.
Kazakova & Dmitriev-
Somewhere out there. Sheís blond! Thatís all my mom kept
saying...look at her hair! It looks really good on her. The program
was really nice, though I canít remember elements.
Kwan- This Time Around. If there was a definition of
a statement program, this was it! Wore that gorgeous gold costume,
skating to a song with words ďThis time around, no second places,
I'm showing aces, I'll win, I'm gonna have it all.Ē I do not think
that itís another GFB, it seems more powerful than that. Not every
song sung by a female singer is a GFB. Her hair was in a bun. She
did a triple lutz and two triple toes. So nice. Some other elements
were a falling leaf (I knew it was coming, but I didnít move to
take a picture because that move is so beautiful), ina bauer, layback
(that was in her short this year), and spread eagle. Her spiral
seemed to go on forever! All around the rink and then some. She
was the only one to get a partial standing ovation (including from
myself, of course.)
Blue. He tried something different again, and I think I like
this program. Did a huge Tano lutz right in front of me, and when
he landed it, he had a HUGE smile on his face. He seemed really
happy throughout the program.
OK, I can not explain
this at all. I like how theyíve been having group endings like this
the last few years. I think I may have liked last yearís better,
though this one was funny. It was a western thing, and at one point,
Michelle is being carried by half the skaters, moving towards Dan,
who is being carried by the other half. They all have these over
the top costumes with feathers and the works. Michelleís costume
was red and black. Dan wore a yellow costume with this huge hat.
LOL, I just cannot explain this. I hope they show it on TV!
OK, I donít know where
to begin! Everything is still jumbled in my mind. I had such a great
time backstage, it was so much fun. It wasnít anything big...you
stood behind a rope, and the skaters went by signing and posing
for pics if asked, but it was still so much fun. When we got down
there, Todd was leaving, but he kept saying, ďIíll be back!Ē And
he did come back. Once we were down there, and didnít have to wait
much longer for the first skater to come out, David Pelletier. I
was closer to the end of the line, so I could see who was coming,
and have plenty of time to get to the right page in the program.
Iím not really an autograph person, Iím more a pictures person,
but I still got most to sign the program. I donít remember the rest
of the order they came out, only who was first and last, so I hope
I donít forget anyone. I guess Iíll just go by the order of the
program. Maybe when I get my pics back, Iíll be able to figure out
came out in the middle of all the skaters, or so. Once I saw her
coming down the line, besides me screaming "AAAAAH Michelle!!!"
in my head (just in my head, they probably would have thrown me
out if I did it there, LOL), I got the book of congratulations from
MKF out, and the printout of the front page of my site I wanted
her to autograph. I knew I had to give her the book first, or I'd
totally forget (my mom said I should have told her my name, but
I probably couldn't have even remembered it if asked!) I first said
that I had a web site on her (showed the print out of the main page),
and said I also am co-moderator of the Michelle Kwan Forum, and
the members put together a book of messages congratulating her on
winning Worlds. I showed her the book, and opened it to the cover,
and she was genuinely touched. You know how some people can
be fake, or just say "oh thanks." You could see in her face how
much she appreciated it. She said something like "aww, thank you
so much!" Then I asked her to sign the printout,
and she said something like "I think I've seen your site before!"
At which point you could have knocked me over with a feather. So
then I took a picture of her. I had asked the woman next to me before
the whole thing started if she could take a pic of me with Michelle.
After Michelle had signed for them (she was also sweet with them...the
girl asked if she could sign it to her name, and she did), the woman
took the pic of us (though she wasn't really sure how to use my
camera, she kept apologizing that it might not have came out.) LOL,
when she was saying he wasn't sure how to use it, Michelle said
"just point and click!" in like a sing-song type of way. So then
she went further down the line, and I took some more pics of her.
She must have seen the flash (I was surprised I didn't see as much
picture taking, mostly people wanting autographs). Anyway, so one
time, she turned to me, and flashed a huge smile...of course that's
probably not the pic I got, LOL. But I was just so excited, that
I got everything I wanted there, no problems, no me just missing
Michelle or anything. I was talking with someone later, and she
said that Michelle looked "sharp." That fits it to a T. She had
on a long coat, that I guess went to her knees. I honestly don't
remember what else she was wearing. She had her hair down. She looked
great. And just always smiling. Smiling all the way. :)
Next in the program
is Brian. He signed my program, but there was a lot of skaters around
at that point, and I didnít get a picture. Next is Todd. Like I
said, he came back! I actually think I saw him coming down a second
time. Next is Elvis. He actually was right after Irina. As she was
signing my program, I asked for a picture. As I was about to take
the picture, Elvis moved out of the way, so I said, no thatís OK.
So I got a cute picture of the two of them together.
Isabelle Brasseur looks
so pretty close up. I didnít see Lloyd, but I got her autograph.
One of the last ones to come out was Artur Dmitriev. I must have
missed Oksana, cause I didnít see her either. Surya was, I believe,
the second to last skater to come out. I think she took the longest
to sign than any skater. On that note, a lot of skaters seem to
write the year down with the name.
Elena Berezhnaya seemed
so shy. Itís not that she didnít say much, itís was just, I donít
know, her body language. I didnít see Anton. For Tim, I remember
saying something to him about attending Nationals. Next in the program
is Punsalan and Swallow. He came down the line a lot earlier than
she did. I think she was the 3rd to last skater to come out or so.
I told them both how I enjoyed their program.
Michael Weiss is next
in the program. I missed him. He came at the point when there was
a lot of skaters. Someone was signing for me (I think Elena?) and
he just went to the next person. I didnít even get a pic. Then,
his wife came around, and was passing out autograph pictures of
him. I got the last one. ;) I later saw him walking around with
When Rudy was signing
for the person before me, the girl next to me was asking who was
next (meaning after Rudy), and he turned and said Iím next.
It was so funny. I canít remember if I got his pic or not. I tended
to forget at times!!
Usova & Platov were
the only couple who came down the line together, so I know I got
their pics together. My pen started to leak just as Evgeny was signing,
and I later realized it got on my face and new (I mean, this was
the first day I was wearing it) jacket. Next in the program is Plushy.
He had his own pen (as probably half of the skaters did), which
was silver. I just found that funny for some reason. I already wrote
about David, and Jamie Sale came much later. Her hair was wet, but
she still looked cute. She just looked so happy. Sasha Cohen was
one of the first to come out. I told her how I loved her hair. I
think she may have smiled in the pic I took, but I canít remember.
The last skater out was
Nicole. She had on a bright red leather jacket. And, once she got
up close I noticed her eye lashes. She had on these eyelashes that
were very long, and part of them were this metallic red. They looked
right on her, though. Only Nicole. ;) I said something like, uh,
When we were done, you
went outside. I saw all these people hanging by the fence, and then
I heard yelling...and I realized that's where the buses were. Geez,
if I'd only knew this all along, this is always near where we park,
we could have done this every year. Anyway, we were above where
the buses were. I asked someone was if Michelle had already gotten
on the bus, and they said yea, along with most of the skaters. A
little after I got there, Nicole was just showing up at the buses.
I saw Irina and Elena just hanging out together. Sitting on the
grass, that type of thing. I took several pics of that. Surya kept
going on and off the bus. One time, she came off with a bag of Cheetos,
and then she kind of sheepishly stuck the bag behind her back. ;)
Eventually, she took her stuff off the bus, and got into a cab.
I saw Brian come on and off the bus a few times, too. Sasha I think
ended up switching buses.
At one point, I hear
someone say "there's Michelle, in the front." So, I moved so I was
actually standing in front of where the buses were. The windows
were tinted, but you could see what was going on inside. Sure enough,
there was Michelle, in I believe the 3rd row, seat by the window.
And low and behold, what was sitting there in plain sight in the
seat next to her, but the book!! I was, once again, like "AAAAH!"
LOL, so much so, I had to tell the person standing next to me, who
I later found out is a visitor to my site. ;) But I was so happy.
I guess she'll read it on the bus. :) She later came out of the
bus (when I only had 1 pic left, of course), walked around somewhere.
And then the people started screaming Michelle (OK, me too ;)),
and she looked up, and waved to everyone. And then later went back
on the bus, still sitting next to the book. I think when Brian got
on the bus, he was sitting right behind her.
Thatís about it. I hope
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