Tuesday, December 7

Which Program Worked Better? - Part Two

This is part two of a series that focuses on top-level skaters throughout the last few Olympiads who have changed at least one of their competitive programs during the course of a season. If you missed part one, you check it out here

The second part features the following skaters: Stephane Lambiel, the Kerrs, Takeshi Honda, and Surya Bonaly. For each case, I have embedded YouTube videos of both performances, as well as a poll asking which program you personally preferred. Voting ends on December 31st, and each day I will add new programs for you to decide between.
Stephane Lambiel 2007 Short Program
Geissel Drama ==> Blood Diamond

Stephane had the unfortunate fate of having his skates lost at Skate Canada, and his short program was nothing short of a disaster. He dropped Geissel Drama after the event and showed up to the World Championships skating to the soundtrack from Blood Diamond.

Sinead Kerr & John Kerr 2010 Original Dance
I've Been Everywhere ==> Auld Lang Syne

After dropping in the standings at the European Championships and Vancouver Olympic Games, the Kerrs decided to return to a fan-favorite program from the past for the World Championships.

Stephane Lambiel 2010 Long Program
Otono Porteno ==> La Traviata

Lambiel retired from skating for a year only to return in the fall of 2009, competing at the Nebelhorn Trophy to earn a last-minute spot for Switzerland at the Vancouver Olympics. As the case with him in many previous seasons, he switched his long program from the tango to the more traditional La Traviata for the rest of the season.

Takeshi Honda 2002 Long Program
Rapsodia Cubana ==> Concierto de Aranjuez

Honda dumped both of his programs in the middle of the 2002 season, bringing back his Concierto de Aranjuez free skate in between Grand Prix assignments. He finished 4th at the Olympics and won the bronze medal at the World Championships.

Surya Bonaly 1998 Long Program
Samson and Delilah ==> The Four Seasons

Bonaly started the season with Samson and Delilah, but injuries throughout the year caused her to return to Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the European Championships and the memorable Nagano Olympics, when she performed an illegal backflip towards the end of the program.


Anonymous said...

Except for Surya, the Kerrs, and Stephane's Oly LP, I like all the new replacement programs better.

I have trouble focusing on Stephane's Blood Diamond SP, the skating I mean. That is one good looking man, who cares about the 3A fall!

The Kerrs seem to do better in more up tempo programs, they should only skate to music w/ faster beats.

Surya's skating skills are non-existent so why bother changing programs, she never was known for being interpretive on ice, only jumps.

Anonymous said...

I wish Stephane had skated a clean "Blood Diamond", it was a great program