> Here on the West Coast, skating was scheduled at 4 pm, after MLS soccer
> end at 3 pm and one hour of short track speedskating. The soccer went
> overtime and speedskating started late - already in progress, I guess, as
> ended right at 4 pm. Then the exhibitions were supposed to start, but
> ABC started the speedskating program from the beginning! Ten minutes into
> that, they joined the exhibitions already in progress! Vika was skating.
> So... I'm wondering what was on in the first ten minutes that we missed?
> Ryan ~ Elegance on Ice
> "The sympathetic blond lockenkopf did not have to be ashamed of the
> collecting main of the "American in Paris" really. (from Bablefished
What time zone were you all in? In Boston, totally contrary to *any* listing
I had seen, the exhibitions started at 2pm and ended at 4. I happened to be
looking for something to watch while knitting, and stumbled upon this. Now
I'm glad I did!
To answer your question about Vika (the first skater I caught), she skated
to probably the worst rendition of "Memory" that I have ever heard. It was
sung by Sarah Brightman (Lloyd Webber's ex-wife who starred in Phantom of
the Opera), and included instrumental passages from that show as well.
Anyhow, to get back to the skating, I thought Volchkova looked better in the
exhibition than she had in competition. Sasha skated to the soundtrack from
the Zeffrelli Romeo and Juliet; Michelle did Fields of Gold; Sokolova was
indeed wearing that cloak with the cross on the back, which didn't seem to
go with the music. Then she took it off and skated more like her usual
sunny self. I personally thought Weiss's "tornado" was pretty cool,
although his exhibition looked a little too full of tricks and not enough
skating. B&K's number was chock-full of hydroblading moves, and L&A seemed
a little livelier than they did in the FD. I didn't catch any of the other
dancers, and the only pair I saw was S&D. ABC actually announced that Shen
and Zhao were coming up, even though I knew from here that they hadn't
participated in the exhibition....so I wasn't too surprised when all they
did was rebroadcast their LP. I really wish they wouldn't do this!