I saw the show on April
2, 2005 in Philadelphia, PA. I was also lucky enough to go backstage
after the show. You can skip down to my backstage
report, if you want (though go back and see what I said about
the show at some point!)
I'm sure others will
do a much better job of reviewing the show than me. I'm pretty bad
at that sort of thing since I'm just trying to soak everything in
and take pictures, and don't take notes. I always need to take my
pictures. :) I always complain that for some reason, only at the
Philly COI show (not at any other COI show, and not at any other
skating show/event in the same arena, just the Philly COI), I have
major issues getting pictures. I get hardly any clear pics. I don't
get it. I even have a different camera than last year, but same
problem (and it was fine for SOI, so again, just Philly COI.) I
have only one clear pic from the opening (Sasha.) It did get better
as the show went on, I think I got more clear pics than in the past.
Only a small percentage of what I took though. Very weird.
Well, now that I have
the obligatory photographers remorse story, onto the show. We were
3rd row, dead center ice. For the first half, there was no one in
the 3 seats in front of us. In the front row were two little girls.
They were SO cute, moving along to various songs. When Michelle
skated in the opening, she started almost in front of them. They
were freaking out. And the dad was taking pics, but for Michelle's
program, the one girl took the camera and was taking pics. Just
very cute. Anyway, in the middle of Kimmie's number (she was the
first in the second half), 3 people take those seats, so I missed
the end of the number. I'd say it was just people moving to those
seats, but the usher had their tickets, so those were really their
seats. Ah well, there went my clear view. ;) It wasn't bad, just
I was used to that nice no one blocking me (other than when they
went into corners) view.
Michelle got by far
the largest applause the whole night anytime she was on the ice.
Even when she came out for her program, before they announced her,
there was a huge ovation. I don't know how much gave her a standing
ovation after her program, but my mom and I stood up, and so did
a lot around us. LOL, when we were about to sit down, I heard a
guy behind us say "I can't see." Well, hey, you're fault for not
standing for Michelle. :P
When hearing what she
was skating to (so, so happy that it was a new program. Nothing
against Bolero, but I've seen it twice this year, and earlier this
week. I wanted to see something fun and new. :) I would have been
fine with Bolero though, lol.), I didn't think the program would
be sad, even with the lyrics. But hearing them while seeing her
skate to it, yea, I got a bit choked up. Another piece of info on
the program coming up later in this report. ;) I think she did the
most jumps in her program in the show (maybe Tim too? Like I said,
I don't tend to remember jump content in this sort of event.) I
love that costume. I can't believe I didn't like it the first time
she wore it. ;)
It seemed to be a pretty
clean show. I think there was one part of the ice that had problems,
since both Amber and O&L caught an edge just skating there, and
Sasha kind of fell out of her spin in that same spot. Amber fell
on a jump (it was a weird fall, like she landed it and then fell,
but this was in a different spot on the ice.) Michelle doubled her
flip in the opening. Other than that, I don't remember any other
mistakes? I really enjoyed the show this year. I even wasn't as
annoyed by the acrobats like usual. ;)
I know I complain everytime
I go to these things, but I have to cheer extra loud for 75% of
the skaters, since no one else seems to know who Amber or O&L, or
even to an extent B&A are. The woman behind me, when Johnny was
skating, I heard her say "what's his name again? Johnny?" *sigh*
Anyway, a constant skating show pet peeve.
I also enjoyed the finale.
I liked it better than the one they did 2 years ago, the circus
thing. I thought it was cute. They all seemed to have fun with it.
And Michelle's four 2x axels at the end were so much fun. I actually
forgot she was doing that until she did the second one, and then
I remembered more were coming. ;) During the finale, my mom swears
at that at then end, when she's like right in front of us, she nodded
to me and waved. I didn't believe it, lol. Judging by later on,
maybe that did happen. Or not, who knows. ;)
backstage! I was first worried since they were doing it like they
did last year (usually it's downstairs, where they *have* to past
to get to the buses. Last year, because of a hockey playoff game,
they just put people in a hallway, and the skaters didn't have to
pass by. Only a few came, and we never saw Michelle.) But, that
was last year. This year, they seemed more organized doing it this
way, and we saw just about everyone. The only people I don't remember
seeing were Surya, Viktor, Tatiana, and Marina Anissina. A few other
skaters we saw (Pang & Tong, Maxim), but missed getting autographs
I always like to get
pictures I've taken signed, rather than just the program or something
like that. I'm not really an autograph person, but this makes it
more personal. This year, just about every skater really liked the
pictures. They all commented on them. I felt bad that I didn't have
extras to give to some of them, they liked them so much. ;) Most
of the pics I had were from Nationals or the Tampa event (I really
have to upload some of my non MK Nationals ones! And my Tampa ones
soon.) For other skaters, I had to go back a few years on COI (since
most of my pics last year didn't come out.)
Lets see if I can do
this in order. Tanith was the first one out. She was out for a while
before anyone else even came out. I remember I was talking to her
about the pictures, I didn't even remember to congratulate her on
Worlds! One of my pics was from Tampa, one from Nationals (my mom
got another pic signed, if I could decide which I liked the best,
lol.) She asked where they were from, and I said, and when I said
Tampa she said, wow, that just happened! I got my picture with her
(she and Michelle were the only ones I got my pic with. With most
of the skaters, they were all there at once, so I felt bad asking
to take up time.)
Next was Katie Orscher
& Garrett Lucash. Katie was first, Garrett was a bit behind her.
They were actually coming the opposite way of the line. This (one
skater coming up the line one way, one skater coming up the other
way) is what made things confusing and making it go by quickly!
They both signed a pic from Nationals (Katie seemed to really like
it, she asked where it was from.) I told them how awesome they were
at Nationals. :)
Jenny was next. I had
3 pics I was deciding between, so I ended up with one from her Nationals
exhibition, and one from Tampa. The one from Nationals is when she's
sort of combing her hair. She looked at it and was like, ha, this
is an odd picture, where's it from? LOL, I should have pulled out
the other Nationals (from her long program) picture instead. Skip
the next few lines if you don't want to be spoiled on how she skated
at the Tampa event. ;) So I said the other picture was from Tampa,
and she lit up. I said, you were wonderful in Tampa! And she kind
of pumped her fists, smiled big, and said "yea! Clean program!"
I asked her for a picture, and she posed. The person next to me
asked her about the closing of the show, and she said how much she
loves it, and that it's a lot of fun. She was asked how they know
what to do during it (or something like that), and she said "someone
tells us, and we just do it!" It was cute.
Ben Agosto was next.
Thankfully I remembered to tell *him* congratulations on Worlds.
He laughed at the Tampa pic he signed (it was from when they were
announced as the silver medalists at Worlds, he has a cute expression
on his face.)
Amber was next. She
was wearing a COI shirt I just bought. ;) I had a pic from Nationals,
she liked it, I think she said aww? I asked her if she was glad
she was on the tour this year, and she said YES! She said she was
having so much fun, and there were so many great people on the tour.
I'm so glad she was in the show this year.
Dan, Rudy, and Elvis
came along next in some combination of that order. ;) The pic of
Dan was from the closing 2 years ago, and he saw it, laughed, and
said "thank goodness I don't have to wear that anymore!" The Elvis
pic was from that same closing. And Rudy from the COI program that
year. I think they came so bunched together, I didn't really get
a chance to say anything.
Sasha was next. Like
Jenny, I had narrowed my pics of her to 3, 2 from Nationals, one
from Tampa. The Tampa one is a closeup of her spiral, when she's
looking up. She saw it and said "wow, that's a real personable picture!"
I said, it was from Tampa. Then I told her I was on her flight coming
back from Tampa, but I didn't want to bother her, so I never said
anything. She laughed (I wasn't even going to mention it, but it
just came out. ;) And, yea, I feel weird bothering anyone in the
non sports setting, so I didn't anything to her at the airport.)
I had the 3 pics there, and she signed them all. She actually almost
signed a pic of another skater I had, lol. Then I remembered after
she could have signed that one, since it was of the ladies medalists
at Nationals. She posed for a pic for me as well.
Irina came somewhere
around this time. She's the only one I don't remember exactly where
she was. She was actually passing us since another skater had just
left us, and I had to say "Irina!" so she came back. ;)
Kimmie was next. She
liked the pic I had of her at Nationals. I said something stupid
about how I wanted to get a pic of her when she landed the axel,
but I was too excited so I didn't. I was happy she was at this show.
Even though I missed the end of her program, I liked it better than
when I saw it at Nationals.
Tim was next. When he
saw the pictures (one from Nats, one from Tampa), he said "cool!"
My mom asked him if the program he skated to was going to be his
new program (I know that's speculation by others who have seen it.)
He said, um, it's a new program. LOL, so that really wasn't an answer.
Johnny was next. Skip
the next few lines if you don't want to be spoiled on how he skated
at the Tampa event. ;) One pic was from Nationals and one was from
Tampa. And he said "eww, Tampa!" LOL (he didn't skate so well there!)
I said "well, you skated awesome at Nationals!" And he thanked me.
was...Michelle! I had seen her walking past us to go to the end
of the line when I think we were with Kimmie.
When she gets to me,
she's signing one of my pics, I said "I hope you enjoyed the book
we gave you in Tampa." And she said yes, she loved it, and thank
you so much. She she really appreciated it. She said thank you for
your support (and to you guys) several times, I lost count!
And then, she says "I
like your hair, it's nice down and straight." Which of course, blew
me away. ;)
I had two pics signed,
both from Nationals (one of my favorites from Bolero and another
from You Raise Me Up spiral, that's been my wallpaper basically
since Nats.) She saw the You Raise Me Up picture, and that's the
same costume she's wearing for her program on tour. So she looks
at the pic, and says "did you take this yesterday!?" and I said,
I'm not THAT fast. And she laughed. Then I said, but I do have one
I took in Tampa. She said she wanted to see it. It wasn't a great
one (I didn't have much luck picture wise at that event), but I
showed her. And she liked it. She didn't sign it though. ;)
I then got a picture
with her. She was just so great. :)
She kept talking to
me even when she was several people past me. It was very cool. One
time, when she was walking away, she jokingly asked "why weren't
you guys in Moscow!" I said, "aww, I know! I'm sorry!" lol but I
did feel bad. ;) After that I thought, oh no, I'm going to have
to go to St Louis, aren't I? ;)
OH!! And I asked her
when she was past us who choreographed her program. And she smiled
and pointed to herself!! Aaah!! I saw, wow, it's beautiful!
LOL, and one time, when
she was past me, I was going to take a picture of her signing for
another fan. And it was funny, because she turned just at that moment
to look at me. So it wasn't the best picture (it was a *bad* one...I
don't think Michelle can take a bad picture!) After I took the picture,
she looked and said, "oh, you need a better picture than that!"
And she came back to me, and posed for a picture! :) That picture
is beautiful, of course. She said, "I guess I'll see this on the
website" haha. And I said, you bet! :)
Have I mentioned yet
how cool she is!? When she was about 3 or 4 people past me, she
turned back towards me, and I said I'd say hi to everyone for her,
and she said yes, please do! And waved.
I hope I'm not leaving
anything else out. If I remember anything else, I'll be sure to
post again. She said a lot of thank yous and such. It was great.
I was very, very happy. ;)
Gwendal Peizerat was
the last skater to come down the line. I said I was so glad they
were back on tour. The pic I had was from the last COI they did.
And that was that! It was pouring rain today, so I don't think anyone
waited by the buses to wave or anything. I certainly didn't.
Check out my
pictures from the show and backstage!
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